May 16, 2023
The Mississippi State chapter of Tau Beta Pi, an honor society for engineering students, recently inducted 24 new members into its ranks.
Open to all engineering concentrations, Tau Beta Pi is the oldest universal engineering honor society and the second-oldest honor society in the United States. Tau Beta Pi chapter advisor and assistant professor of mechanical engineering in MSU’s Bagley College of Engineering, Matthew Priddy, spoke at the ceremony. His talk centered around innovation and the three key elements associated with it: curiosity, persistence, and preparation, and how each one can stand alone and be practiced during academic and professional careers, but it takes all 3 to lead innovative change.
“This has been an incredible year for the MS Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi. The chapter has initiated more members this school year than in any year’s past, and the chapter has been really active with member engagement opportunities,” Priddy said. “This is such a fun and special group of students to interact with because of their enthusiasm and high level of commitment to excellence for all things MSU.”
Tau Beta Pi was founded at Lehigh University in 1885 and has over 250 chapters and 622,000 members at colleges and universities today. Mississippi State’s chapter, Mississippi Alpha, was established in 1928 and was the first chapter in Mississippi.
This semester’s inductees include by hometown:
CALEDONIA – Justin Black, a junior petroleum engineering major.
CANTON – Christian Johnson, a senior computer science major.
COLUMBUS – Hanna Hardy, a junior biomedical engineering major.
COVINGTON, Louisiana – Nathan Snyder, a senior aerospace engineering major.
DIAMONDHEAD – Karime Alonso Ixtepan, a junior civil engineering major.
GULFPORT – Olivia Leatherman, a junior mechanical engineering major.
HOOVER, Alabama – Reid Crawford, a senior mechanical engineering major.
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Kathryn Petersen, a junior mechanical engineering major.
KATHMANDU, Nepal – Anamica Khadgi, a junior biomedical engineering major.
LIBERTY – Kenneth McGowan, a senior computer engineering major.
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – Ian Bunker, a senior mechanical engineering major.
MADISON – Umamah Amer, a senior mechanical engineering major and Cameron Fowler, a senior industrial engineering and business administration major.
MCCOMB – Joseph Walker Willis, a junior mechanical engineering major.
MEMPHIS, Tennessee – William Quinlen, a senior mechanical engineering major.
NOXAPATER – Matthew Swiderski, a senior aerospace engineering major.
OCEAN SPRINGS – Jeremy Adriano, a senior mechanical engineering major.
OMAHA, Arkansas – Jordan Gabriel, a senior chemical engineering major.
PEARL – Nolan Richard Jones, a senior mechanical engineering major.
PENSACOLA, Florida – Charlotte Thompson, a senior mechanical engineering major.
RIDGELAND – Kathleen Abadie, a junior chemical engineering major.
SUMRALL – Madison Milton, a senior electrical engineering major.
TRUSSVILLE, Alabama – Annamarie Thompson, a junior biomedical engineering major.
VADODARA, India – Siddhrajsinh Padhiyar, a senior computer engineering and mathematics major.