Senior engineering student Cynthiya Shrestha has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship by Tau Beta Pi, the only national engineering honor society that represents all fields of the engineering profession.
Shrestha, a mechanical engineering major, plans to graduate in the spring of 2018. She hopes to gain some work experience in her field before entering graduate school to pursue an advanced degree in biomedical engineering. Her ultimate career goal involves helping to design and develop more efficient and cost-effective medical devices.
Shrestha is president of the Tau Beta Pi UNO student chapter. The chapter was established in 1993 and has initiated approximately 450 members since then. Membership is by invitation only to top performing engineering majors in their junior or senior year. In addition to providing recognition for academic achievement, membership in the honors society also offers opportunities to serve fellow students. For example, Tau Beta Pi members have conducted workshops focused on helping other engineering students learn “soft skills” like teamwork and problem-solving that can help ensure success in the workplace. This semester, the group organized Fall Fest, a major annual campus event showcasing UNO’s many student organizations to help promote student engagement, and served free coffee for all students during mid-term week.
A UNO engineering student has won a Tau Beta Pi scholarship every year for the last five years. Past recipients include: Mark Parsons, a naval architecture and marine engineering major; Tesla Medina Berrios, a civil engineering major; Kyle Tyson, a naval architecture and marine engineering major; and Ana María Muñoz Solis, a mechanical engineering major.
Scholarships are awarded to students based on “the competitive criteria of high scholarship, campus leadership and service, and promise of future contributions to the engineering profession,” according to the organization.
UNO’s College of Engineering offers the only mechanical, electrical and civil engineering degrees in the New Orleans area. Its program in naval architecture and marine engineering makes UNO the only school in the Gulf Coast region where engineering students can specialize in designing boats, ships and offshore structures.