This evening, three members of the Sharma Lab were elected to officer roles in the Florida Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the nation’s second oldest engineering honor society. Tau Beta Pi was founded at Lehigh University in 1885 to, according to their mission statement, mark in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their Alma Mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as students in engineering and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges. The UF chapter is the first Tau Beta Pi chapter to have formed in Florida in 1961.
Shreedevi Kumar, a PhD student in the Sharma Lab, was elected to chapter Vice President. She has been a member for 1.5 years and has served as the Vice President of Elections for two semesters.
Olivia Liseth, an undergraduate student in the Sharma Lab, was elected to Corresponding Secretary, the officer responsible for all chapter communications and reporting to Nationals. Olivia has previously served the chapter as a Service Coordinator.
Shannon Brown, a PhD candidate in the Sharma Lab, was elected to Pi Day Coordinator, the officer responsible for organizing Pi Day events and the annual Pi Day 5k run. Shannon was initiated in Spring 2012 and has been serving the chapter through a variety of officer positions since then. As her 13th semester running for an officer position and as she enters her final year in the PhD program, Shannon felt bittersweet to report that this was likely her final elections at Florida Alpha.