MSU Announces New Members of Engineering Honor Society

April 22, 2009

Tau Beta Pi

In the group photo is Robin Littlejohn and Justin Warren, ISE Graduate Students and Glenda Young and Henry Leggett, ISE Undergraduate Students

More than 30 Mississippi State students and two university faculty members are 2009 spring initiates of Tau Beta Pi international engineering honor society. Out of that group four were Industrial and Systems Engineering students.

Founded in 1885 at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, the organization now is based at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Over the decades, its membership has included future Nobel laureates, astronauts, state governors, and corporate chief executive officers, among others.

Eligible undergraduate students must be in the top eighth of the junior class or top fifth of the senior class. Graduate students must be in the top fifth of their class and have completed 50 percent of their degree requirements.

Faculty selections are designated as Eminent Engineers and have achieved distinction in a specific field of the profession. Inducted for the spring semester are Dr. Roger King, director of MSU’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, and Dr. Donna Reese, associate dean of academics in the Bagley College of Engineering. King is a professor of electrical engineering; Reese, a professor of computer science and engineering.

New student members of MSU’s Tau Beta Pi chapter include: (by hometown)

ADDIS, La.–Senior computer engineering major Austin J. Lee, formerly of Louisville [Miss.].

BELDEN–Senior computer engineering major Jacob A. Bowen.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.–Junior aerospace engineering major Travis A. Cope.

BYRAM–Junior electrical engineering major Cody R. Griffin.

CANTON–Senior mechanical engineering major Edward S. Guerry.

CLINTON–Senior chemical engineering majors Benjamin J. Craft and Paul W. Davis, and senior software engineering major Lona L. Smith.

COLUMBIA–Senior civil engineering major Brock B. White.

COLUMBUS–Senior civil engineering major Joshua W. McCool.

CORDOVA, Tenn.–Junior biological engineering major Samuel B. Latham II.

DECATUR, Ala.–Junior chemical engineering major Robert C. Foster.

ELK RIVER, Minn.–Paul G. Allison, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering.

GREENWOOD–Senior biological engineering major Jason F. Moss.

GULFPORT–Civil engineering major Stephen M. Dix and mechanical engineering major Jacob W. Spigener. Both are seniors.

JACKSON, Mo.–Junior chemical engineering major Jasen T. Price.


LUCEDALE–Junior computer engineering major Timothy M. Pitts.

McHENRY–Senior software engineering major James A. Pettitt.

MADISON, Ala.–Electrical engineering major Michael Helmbrecht and software engineering major Nathan P. Lewis. Both are juniors.

MARY ESTHER, Fla.–Senior electrical engineering major Ashley N. Stockbridge.

MIDDLETOWN, Del.–Robin A. Littlejohn, a doctoral student in industrial engineering.

MONTGOMERY, Ala.–Junior biological engineering major Katherine Bryan.

RIDGELAND–Justin M. Warren, a graduate student in industrial engineering.

STARKVILLE–John J. Ramirez Avila, a doctoral student in civil engineering, and senior industrial engineering major Glenda D. Young.

TEXARKANA, Texas–Junior biological engineering major Nathan M. Johnson.

VICKSBURG–Senior electrical engineering major Steven Price and junior biological engineering major Jada M. Selma.

WEST POINT–Junior biological engineering major Anna J. Hood.

WIGGINS–Senior industrial engineering major Henry D. Leggett.

For more information about Tau Beta Pi visit the organization’s Web site at