The Fellowship Board of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, announced the selection of 25 engineering students from 312 applicants for graduate fellowships in 2017-18. Two are SWE members: Katherine Hollar of Boise State University who is majoring in biomedical engineering and Rebekah Koehn who is majoring in mechanical engineering. Hollar was awarded an Anderson Fellowship, and Koehn was awarded a King Fellowship.
The Anderson Fellowship is named for Mabel E. and Marshall Anderson, MI ’32, who was TBP Fellow No. 19 and left a bequest to the Society in 2005. The Harold M. King Fellowship, awarded for the 56th time, honors the 1954-58 president of Tau Beta Pi, Harold M. King, MA 1910, and is given to that recipient whose participation in his/her technical society is judged worthy of special mention.
Twenty-four of this year’s recipients will receive cash stipends of $10,000 for their advanced study. More than $6,700,000 in stipends will have been given by the Society when this 84th group of fellows completes its graduate work. All Tau Beta Pi Fellowships are awarded on the competitive criteria of high scholarship, campus leadership and service, and promise of future contributions to the engineering profession. All fellows are members of Tau Beta Pi and may do their graduate work at any institution they choose. Click here for a complete list of this year's recipients.
This year’s recipients will study several different fields of engineering, including five chemical engineering, four biomedical engineering, and two each of aerospace engineering, civil engineering, computer science & engineering, electrical engineering, materials science & engineering, mechanical engineering, and robotics. The others have chosen to study bioengineering and engineering for sustainable development.
Tau Beta Pi was founded at Lehigh University in 1885. It has collegiate chapters at 246 engineering colleges in the United States and active alumni chapters in 42 cities. It has initiated more than 580,000 members in its 132-year history and is the world’s largest engineering society.
These awards bring the total to 1,603 fellowships granted since the program was inaugurated in 1929.