College of Engineering Technology Students Honored by Tau Alpha Pi

Ferris State University
PHOTO CAPTION: Ferris State University's faculty advisers of the Michigan Epsilon chapter of Tau Alpha Pi, the national honor society for engineering technology students, announced their 2017 list of inductees. Here, the students and CET faculty advisers are shown with President David Eisler, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Paul Blake and CET Dean Larry Schult.

Faculty advisers of Ferris State University’s Michigan Epsilon chapter of Tau Alpha Pi, the national honor society for engineering technology students, announced their 2017 list of inductees: Automotive Engineering Technology students Matthew Falconer, of Anchorage, Alaska; Michael Brown, of Big Rapids; and Trevor Wilson, of Battle Creek; Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology student Nicholas Adams, of Wyoming, Mich.; Mechanical Engineering Technology students Alex Cleaver, of Livonia; Kyle Wagner, of Cedar Springs; Michael Snyder, of Big Rapids; and Ryan Denbraven, of Lowell; Manufacturing Engineering Technology student Kurt Thum, of St. John’s; and Welding Engineering Technology students Christopher Smith, of Hopedale, Ill., and Jacob Hamilton, of Goodrich.

“Eligibility for membership is limited to the top four percent of all full-time students who have completed at least three-fourths of their studies in an eligible engineering technology program. So, these are the best students in some of Ferris State University’s toughest programs," said Jim Rumpf, chapter advisor. "In addition, besides being academically eligible, candidates also must be recommended by their faculty group. So, these inductees were not only academically outstanding, but also have displayed excellent character during their careers at here. They have earned both our respect for their accomplishments and our appreciation for their performance.”

Rumpf and CET faculty advisers Gary Todd, Chuck Drake, Ben Upham, Ken Kuk and Rich Goosen processed nominations earlier during the Spring 2017 semester. 

Inductees received certificates, pins and diploma seals on Tuesday, April 18 at a presentation ceremony with President David Eisler, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Paul Blake, and College of Engineering Technology Dean Larry Schult. The inductees had their names added to the Tau Alpha Pi plaque on display in the College of Engineering Technology.

The Michigan Epsilon chapter of Tau Alpha Pi was established at Ferris in 2000. Tau Alpha Pi is the national honor society for engineering technology, as Phi Beta Kappa is for liberal arts and Tau Beta Pi is for engineering. Founded in 1953, membership is open to both associate-degree and baccalaureate candidates. The society’s purpose is twofold:

  • to recognize high standards of scholarship among students in engineering technology programs; and

  • to promote and encourage scholastic achievement by offering outstanding engineering technology students membership in the society. Tau Alpha Pi rewards selected scholars for past achievements and accomplishments, while encouraging a lifetime of commitment to learning and scholarship.

More information on Tau Alpha Pi can be found at the organization’s website: www.taualphapi.org.