Four Engineering Students Honored by National Honor Society
Timothy Moeller, Jeffrey O’Brien and Yichao Pan, recent graduates from the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, were named fellows of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. A fourth undergraduate, Matthew Charnley, a rising senior in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has also been awarded a scholarship from the society.
According to Patrick J. Flynn, professor of computer science and engineering and chief adviser of the Tau Beta Pi, Indiana Gamma Chapter, “These scholarships are presented to student members of the society on a competitive basis of high scholarship, campus leadership, service and the promise of future contributions to the engineering profession. Only 200 scholarships and 36 fellowships were awarded this year.”
One of Notre Dame’s 2012 valedictorian candidates, Moeller studied aerospace engineering. He is a member of Sigma Gamma Tau, the American honor society for aerospace engineering, and has interned with the Structures Group at Blue Origin, LLC, and at General Electric. In addition he has participated in several service trips where he helped flood relief and rebuilding efforts in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the aftermath of the 2008 flood. Moeller is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and he will be pursuing a master’s in aerospace engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology this fall.
O’Brien, also a 2012 valedictorian candidate, is a national merit finalist and a member of Pi Tau Sigma, the mechanical engineering honor society. He has worked as an intern at General Electrical, in the Internal Combustion Laboratory in Schenectady, N.Y., and in the company’s transportation facility in Erie, Pa. During his tenure at Notre Dame he has also worked as a research assistant for Mihir Sen, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, and a volunteer tutor at St. Adalbert’s Elementary, where he tutored students in mathematics. This fall he begins work on his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Stanford University. He is a native of Mokena, Ill.
From Suzhou, Jianqsu, China, Pan recently graduated with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma and has served as a research assistant/intern at RWTH Aachen University in Aachen, Germany; the Hessert Laboratory for Aerospace Research at Notre Dame; and GE Energy Hangzhou Co. Ltd. in Hangzhou, China. He has also worked in the University’s Learning Resource Center and as a grader and teaching assistant for the Department of Mathematics. Pan will be pursuing his master’s in mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall.
Charnley, who is participating in a Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology this summer, has also recently received a merit scholarship from Notre Dame’s Department of Mathematics. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Charnley is from Livonia, Mich. He has served as president of the Quiz Bowl Club and is a member of the Math Club. He also is part of the Keenan Hall Music Ministry, playing piano for the dormitory’s weekly church services. When he returns to Notre Dame in fall 2012, he will be working as a research assistant in the Ionic Liquids Laboratory.
Tau Beta Pi is the world’s largest engineering society. Membership represents the highest honor to be obtained by an engineering student and is awarded on the basis of high scholarship and exemplary character.