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Tau Beta Pi Announces Pat Homen as 2009 National Outstanding Advisor

Posted On : October 9th, 2009

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Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, has named its 16th National Outstanding Advisor in its program to recognize engineering faculty who make important contributions to students and collegiate chapters. While the primary goal of Tau Beta Pi is to recognize students of superior scholarship and exemplary character and to honor eminent practicing engineers, the Association also lauds excellence in engineering education and in the ethical practice of engineering.

Patrick D. Homen, California Upsilon ’85, faculty instructor of mechanical engineering at the California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), and Advisor to the California Upsilon Chapter, is the 2009 Tau Beta Pi National Outstanding Advisor. He will be honored on October
17, 2009, at the 104th annual national Convention to be held in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Tau Beta Pi President Dr. Larry A. Simonson, P.E., will present $1,000 and a commemorative plaque to Mr. Homen. Another $1,000 grant will be presented to the California State University, Sacramento, engineering college’s discretionary fund.

Mr. Homen was cited by students and friends of Tau Beta Pi for his district level activity,service as President of the Tau Beta Pi Sacramento Alumnus Chapter, and ability to steer
students toward success.

Mr. Homen returned to his alma mater, CSUS, in 2001 after working in the engineering industry following his graduation. Since his return, “Professor Pat,” as he is known, has been extremely active as a chapter advisor, and has been praised for a wide range of work helping the chapter meet its goals. During the period of his leadership, the chapter’s annual number of initiates has nearly doubled.

He is also a Tau Beta Pi District 15 Director and President of the Tau Beta Pi Sacramento Alumnus Chapter. He has turned the California Upsilon Chapter into the “go to” engineering organization on campus.

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Tau Beta Pi, the world’s largest engineering society, has initiated more than 508,000 members since it
was founded in 1885. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Association has 234 active collegiate
chapters and 17 active alumnus chapters throughout the country.

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