Leadership

Student Leaders

Vismaya Bachu
President

I am currently a junior studying Chemical and Biological engineering here at CU Boulder. As a pre-medical student, I also intend to minor in Biomedical Engineering. My passion lies in science and I’m excited to someday work at the intersection of medicine and engineering technology.

Although born in India, I was mostly raised here in Colorado. I love hiking 14ers and the outdoors. Growing up, dance, singing, and playing the violin were a fairly large part of my life. Additionally, I can’t seem set books down after I’ve started reading them; my favorite author is Dan Brown.

Around campus, I’m also involved with volunteering in a sports medicine clinic, researching in a metabolic engineering lab, and bringing thought-provoking speakers to campus via the Distinguished Speakers Board.

Alexandra (Ali) Borelli
Vice President

I am currently a Senior Studying Chemical and Biological Engineering with a pre-med option. I plan to graduate in May of 2018 and I am currently the Vice President of Tau Beta Pi for the 2017-2018 academic year. When not studying, I am an avid football fan, and love to attend home Bronco games, as well as, Buffs games. I am involved in other student groups on campus, including: the Society of Women Engineers, Engineers Without Borders, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. I am currently an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Fox Lab at CU-Boulder, researching an enzyme relevant to cancer and diabetes.

Sean Sundberg
Treasurer

I am currently a junior studying mechanical engineering with a minor in engineering management here at the University of Colorado Boulder. Out of the breadth of the mechanical engineering scope, I enjoy solid mechanics, CAD, and working in MATLAB the most.Outside of my coursework and activities in Tau Beta Pi, I am currently working in the College of Engineering's Non-linear Mechanics Lab, researching the adhesion and friction of patterned surfaces on soft, slippery substrates. I am also a brother in CU Boulder's Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity where I get to interact with people outside of the engineering college and do non-science things for a bit.

With what little free time that I have left I enjoy watching movies, sports, and TV, reading books, going to concerts, and spending time with my girlfriend.

Joel Courtney
Recording Secretary

I am sophomore studying Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science, and I hope to graduate in 2020 or 2021. I like all things STEM, but I particularly gravitate toward orbital mechanics and computers. I love writing electronic music and coding random, useless programs for fun, and I am a founding member of the CU Boulder Racing Team.

I was born in California, but raised in Texas; and I moved to Colorado in 2010. I love all manner of hiking, biking, climbing, and snowboarding, even though I'm not terribly good at any of them. I work in OIT as an admin for CU's Linux-based systems; and when all other activities fail, I enjoy wasting my life on mindless video games.

Trevor Goldman
Corresponding Secretary

I am the Corresponding Secretary for the chapter in the 2017-2018 school year. I am currently a senior in the Chemical and Biological Engineering program. My plan is to graduate in May 2018. I am involved in other groups including American Institute of Chemical Engineers: Chem-E-Car team and the Engineering Leadership Program. Outside of school, I love sports and being outside. I am originally from the Chicagoland area, and my favorite sports teams are the (2016 World Series Champion) Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears. I enjoy hiking or just throwing a Frisbee outside.

Nickalaus Clemmer
Colorado Mesa University Representative

I currently attend Colorado University at Boulder working towards my mechanical engineering degree and Colorado Mesa University for my physics degree. Engineering was an obvious choice for me because it combined my love of mathematics, science, and problem-solving into a blend of work that is both rewarding and can aid in developing the technology of the future. I am passionate about my education because I know that it is the foundation for all of my future goals and aspirations. I plan to continue to graduate school in pursuit of masters and doctorate degrees in engineering.

Outside of class, I engage in numerous outdoor activities and participate in several clubs on CMU campus. I have lived in Western Colorado for the past 17 years and find the landscape in and around Grand Junction to be the perfect blend of desert and mountainous terrain. I enjoy hiking, fishing, biking, and camping in the surrounding areas. I am honored to be a national council member of the Society of Physics Students and the president and founder of the Mesa Jugglers Club.

Norma Langdon
Corporate Liaison

I am senior studying Chemical and Biological Engineering and will graduate in May 2018. Upon graduation, I hope to work in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry as a Process Engineer. I have worked as an undergraduate researcher for the Shirts Group over the past year and a half, executing computational research into nanoporous membranes. Over the summer, I interned at Merck and am excited to bring my experience to Tau Beta Pi and, hopefully, help members land similar opportunities.

I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, but now call Colorado Springs home. I love to ski – I even lived in Whistler for a couple of years. I also play lacrosse, but really spend most of my free time watching Netflix (engineering school is tiring, right). My goals for the immediate future include landing a job and getting a dog.

Advisors

Sandy Pitzak
Chief Advisor

Sandy Pitzak is an aerospace engineer who spent over a decade working for various companies in the industry doing design, analysis, and operations of civil & commercial, manned & unmanned spacecraft before starting her own independent subcontracting business. Sandy's experience includes space situational awareness, orbital mechanics, systems engineering, electrical power systems, and environmental control & life support systems.

As an undergraduate, Sandy served first as corresponding secretary, then as president of the Colorado Beta chapter. Upon graduation with her BS/MS in aerospace engineering in May 2001, she was elected to the advisory board, becoming chief advisor in 2003. In this role, she helped Colorado Beta host the Tau Beta Pi National Convention in 2006. She is also a director of the Front Range Alumni Chapter, acting as liaison between the alumni and student chapters.

In her spare time, Sandy enjoys reading and watching programs about science, science-fiction, and fantasy. She can often be found riding her bike around Boulder or walking her pet dingo. Other hobbies include knitting, sewing, and personal finance. Feel free to contact Sandy with questions about Tau Beta Pi, anything space-related, life after college, etc.

Dr. Wendy Young
Faculty Advisor

CU Boulder Senior Instructor Wendy Young enjoys her mix of classroom teaching and external relations responsibilities. Since joining the department of chemical and biological engineering (ChBE) in 2009, she has tackled a diverse range of projects, from organizing department career fairs to lab renovations to creating triannual newsletters.

After receiving her PhD from CU in 2002, Young spent six years as a Senior Process Engineer with the Portland Technology Development (PTD) division of Intel Corporation. In this role, she was responsible for developing new lithographic tool and circuitry layer technologies, then teaching these technologies to visiting engineers from around the world. Since leaving Intel for CU, she has been fortunate to work on highly engaging service tasks while also teaching courses such as Chemical Engineering Laboratory and Separations and Mass Transfer. In her role as ChBE Director of External Relations, she has focused on department branding, communications via digital and social media, facilities management, and engagement of students, alumni and industry through mentor programs and various events.

Young is also the faculty advisor for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and Omega Chi Epsilon, the chemical engineering honor society, student chapters at CU.

Outside of CU, Young enjoys ultraracing, cold beers after long runs, and above all spending outdoor time with her family.

Greg Newcomb
District Director & Chapter Advisor

I've worked at CU's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) for nearly a decade as an Embedded Systems Engineer, which means I gets to combine three of my favorite hobbies: software, electronics, and space. My MS is in Electrical Engineering from CU Boulder.

I've acted as an advisor to the CU Boulder chapter since 2007 and before that served as the chapter President. I was appointed a TBP District Director in 2011, a post intended to facilitate communication between collegiate chapters and TBP HQ. My favorite parts of being involved with TBP are the frequent chapter visits, establishing relationships with chapter officers, and seeing officers grow into strong leaders.

Scott Busch
Chapter Advisor

Scott is an alumni of the Computer Science department of CU Boulder. He graduated from the BS/MS program at the end of 2009. Since graduating, he has been working for Brocade Communications System in Broomfield, Colorado. For Brocade, he is a embedded software and linux kernel module developer working on the firmware running their network switches and routers.

Outside of a work, Scott dedicates a lot of time to his athletics as a endurance cyclist participating in many rides in the front range and Colorado mountains. In addition to cycling Scott, is starting to participate in triathlon racing. In the time remaining, he likes to read, learn to play the piano, and get together with friends.

Scott has been an advisor for the Colorado Beta chapter since 2010. He is a past president of the CO-B chapter and currently is a member of the Front Range TBP Alumni chapter. He has greatly enjoyed working with the students to support them for leading the chapter's membership. He enjoys watching the students grow and learn new skills and grow in their experiences.