Bagley student is one of four Society of Petroleum Engineers members to win Tau Beta Pi scholarship

November 6, 2018

Mississippi State University senior Ritabrata Santra was recently selected as a Tau Beta Pi Scholar for the 2018-19 academic year.

A petroleum engineering major in the Swalm School of Chemical Engineering, Santra is one of only four members of the Society of Petroleum Engineers to receive the recognition, which comes with a $2,000 cash scholarship from Tau Beta Pi. Tau Beta Pi Scholarships are awarded for high scholarship, campus leadership and service, and promise of future contributions to the engineering profession.

Ritabrata Santra

“I am truly honored to be chosen as one of the scholars and to be among the top engineering students in the nation,” Santra said. “I have been involved with Tau Beta Pi since 2017 and it has been a fascinating journey of self-development and it has made me appreciate the value of service and giving back to the community.”

A past MS Alpha Chapter Service Chair and current Vice President, Santra has several research interests, including compressed air energy storage, geological CO2 sequestration and enhanced oil recovery. He has conducted research in Germany on froth flotation techniques as a DAAD RISE scholar and plans to work as a reservoir engineer as well. In addition to his major, Santra is minoring in mathematics, economics and global engineering leadership.

“I am grateful to my mentor Dr. Amin Amirlatifi,” Santra said, “and to everyone in the Swalm School of Chemical Engineering for their support.”

Tau Beta Pi is the second-oldest honor society in the United States. Mississippi State’s Bagley College of Engineering is one of 247 engineering colleges in the US to host a Tau Beta Pi chapter. In order to join, students must be in the top eighth of their junior class or top fifth of their senior class, making it one of the most prestigious honors societies in the United States.

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By: Julia Gibson