Tau Beta Pi Vision Development Group
Inaugural meeting of the VDG on April 15, 2011.
Seated left to right: Gil Amelio; Larry Simonson, President; Ray Rothrock; Norman Pih, Executive Councillor.
Standing left to right: Patrick Harker; Harry Lange; Henry Schacht; Pat McDaniel, Director of Development; Jay Light; and Rodger Smith. Not pictured: Ralph Rockow.
A group of high profile Tau Beta Pi members that included former corporate CEOs, high level business executives and professionals in higher education formed the Vision Development Group to provide guidance for Tau Beta Pi as the Association planned to assume new leadership. The first of four meetings was held in New York City on April 15, 2011, the final meeting being held in New York on September 11, 2012.
The members of the Vision Development Group are:
Dr. Gilbert F. Amelio, GA A '65 - senior partner at Sienna Ventures, former CEO and chairman of Apple Computer Inc., and former president, CEO, and chairman of National Semiconductor Corporation; Dr. Patrick T. Harker, PA D '81 - President of the University of Delaware, and former dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania; Harry W. Lange, MI Z '75 - former manager of the Fidelity Magellan Fund, and member of TBP's Trust Advisory Committee (TAC); Dr. Jay O. Light, NY D '64 - Dean Emeritus of Harvard Business School and the George F. Baker Professor of Administration Emeritus; Ralph A. Rockow, OH G '58 - founder and president of Exodyne, Inc., of Phoenix; Ray A. Rothrock, TX D '77 - general partner of Venrock Associates venture capital firm in Palo Alto, CA; Henry B. Schacht, CT A '56 - managing director and senior advisor at Warburg Pincus LLC. private equity firm, and former chairman and CEO of Lucent Technologies and Cummins Engine Company; and Rodger F. Smith, WI A '64 - managing director of Greenwich Associates and chair of TBP's TAC for more than 25 years.
The committee submitted the following recommendations which were accepted by the Executive Council on Sept. 30, 2012:
- Formation of a Young Engineer Organization (YEO) to help young TBP professionals 40 years of age and younger advance their careers, recruit students to seek and join Tau Beta Pi, and form more connections with employers and luminaries in the geographic area.
- Develop high level recognition programs to celebrate the lifetime achievements of individuals and to recognize the most significant engineering innovations over the past 100 years, the best emerging ideas/innovations, and the most impactful engineering advances each year.
- Form two advisory boards consisting of students and distinguished alumni from different disciplines.