Leadership

Student Leaders

Juliana Carmack
President

I am a junior studying Civil Engineering with a prospective focus in structural and sustainable design. I plan to integrate renewables and natural energy flows into infrastructure, such as water flow through elevation and specified building placement/materials, to promote reduced energy consumption and the complete removal of carbon-based fuels. I hope to one day design buildings of this nature, which will lead me to a masters degree in sustainable design and/or architectural engineering.

When I’m not in school, I chase the beauties of life through travel, both in beautiful colorado and beyond. I hope that one day I will bring a sustainable motive to the multitude of places I visit and work in,

Brock Cross
Vice President

I will be finishing up my degree in mechanical engineering this May here at CU Boulder and I am very excited to serve the wonderful organization that is Tau Beta Pi my last year of college. I was born in New York, but my father served in the United States Army for the majority of my childhood so we moved around quite a bit. I have had the pleasure of seeing most of the country and meeting amazing people from all the places I have lived.

When I am not in the library, I enjoy skiing, hiking, fishing, and going to the gym. Also, I am currently working towards earning my private pilot’s license, as I have always had a passion for aviation. I have had two internships with Lockheed Martin – one as a mechanical engineer intern and the other as a systems engineer intern and I have enjoyed using the skills and knowledge learned in school to solve real world problems and help save lives.

James Schultz
Treasurer

I am a senior pursuing a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science and a certificate in leadership. My plan is to complete the bachelor’s Accelerated Master’s Program completing a master’s degree in Spring of 2022. During my time here at CU I have done my best to do everything I could during this once in a lifetime opportunity. I joined the Engineering Leadership Program (ELP) my freshman year which has since given me the opportunity to be a mentor for incoming students, an advisor on the student advisory council for ELP, and participate in a cultural immersion on a trip to Uganda and Rwanda. I have worked in the BOLD center as a tutor as well as the Idea Forge as a leading woodworking and sewing workshops.

Outside of school I like being outdoors and staying as active as I can. My favorite sport is probably basketball. You will likely see me at the Rec Center playing when I have some free time. I try to get to the mountains as much as I can whether it be for a hike, a camping trip or skiing. I enjoy going on bike rides, runs and anything that will get me outdoors really.

Aparna Lobo
Recording Secretary

I am a senior studying Chemical Engineering with a minor in Business. I am part of the Living Materials Lab on campus studying Ice Recrystallization Inhibition of Biomimetic Antifreeze Polymers. My research interests include green energy and storage as well as biodegradable polymers. Over summers, I have completed three different internships at W.L. Gore & Associates, giving me experience in nanotechnology, adhesives, and fuel cell technology. I am actively involved in the Figure Skating Club on campus as well as the Global Engineering RAP. Outside of school, activities I enjoy include ice hockey, skiing, hiking and kayaking.

Lynnae Johnson
Corresponding Secretary

I am a senior in Civil Engineering here at the University of Colorado Boulder. After graduation, I hope to gain my Professional Engineer's license and work in transportation, specifically in airfield design. I have completed two summer internships with the Aviation Design Group at Jacobs Engineering.

I am a National Merit Scholar from Colorado. Before transferring to CU Boulder, I completed the first two years towards my degree at the University of Oklahoma. At OU, I was a member of the ASCE Concrete Canoe team where I competed as part of the paddling team and served a year as Financial Lead. In my spare time, I love running half marathons and charity races, hiking open spaces in my area, and volunteering at the Colorado House Rabbit Society.

Jenna Nielson
Community Service Coordinator

I am a junior studying Chemical and Biological Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. While my various academic interests have led me to research biodegradable electronics and intern at Phillips 66 so far, I aim to explore different fields as much as I can while at CU. I also enjoy giving back to the school by working as a Course Assistant and volunteering for various student organizations. Outside of school, I enjoy spending my time either skiing or hiking with friends and family.

Henri Wessels
Outreach Coordinator

I am currently a sophomore aiming for a major in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in both Engineering Management and Computer Science. I’m not only deeply passionate about each of these topics individually, but how they interact to create a discipline that fosters ingenuity and collaboration in the workplace as well.

As a recent US citizen and a South Africa native, I have found a great appreciation of the outdoors and the beauty that it unconditionally provides. I also look forward to enjoying the limitless opportunities that Colorado brings from a career development standpoint. With that in mind, I’m excited to bring exciting events to TBP!

Noelle Boyton
Promotional Officer

I am a senior studying Chemical Engineering and Applied Mathematics here at University of Colorado Boulder. I am interested in materials science and nanomaterials. I am also a member of the Engineering Honors Society and have participated as a recitation leader for the program.

I am a Colorado native, and outside of school I love to be outdoors in any way I can. I enjoy hiking, skiing, hanging out in my hammock, and backpacking. My other interests include reading, cooking, baking, watching far too much TV, and traveling the world.

Advisors

Sandy Pitzak
Chief Advisor

I am an aerospace engineer who has done design, analysis, and operations of civil & commercial, manned & unmanned spacecraft for various companies before starting my own independent subcontracting business. My experience includes space situational awareness, orbital mechanics, systems engineering, electrical power systems, and environmental control & life support systems. Currently, I am a Senior Spacecraft Engineer at Atomos Space in Denver, designing space tugboats.

As an undergraduate, I served first as corresponding secretary, then as president of the Colorado Beta chapter. Upon graduation with my BS/MS in aerospace engineering in May 2001, I was elected to the advisory board, and became chief advisor in 2003. Since then, I have helped Colorado Beta host Tau Beta Pi National Conventions in 2006 and 2018. In 2016, I received the national Outstanding Advisor Award from Tau Beta Pi. I am also a director of the Front Range Alumni Chapter, acting as liaison between the alumni and student chapters.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading and watching programs about science, science-fiction, and fantasy. I can often be found riding my bike around Boulder or hiking along the trails. Other hobbies include knitting, sewing, and personal finance. Feel free to contact me with questions about Tau Beta Pi, anything space-related, life after college, etc.

Dr. Donna Gerren
Faculty Advisor

Dr. Gerren graduated from the University of Colorado’s Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences with her B.S. in 1977 and her M.S. in 1979. She obtained an M.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas, studying under legendary aircraft designer Dr. Jan Roskam.

She has experience as an intern at Lockheed Martin in Waterton, Colorado, as a Mass Properties Engineer, working on Titan missiles. She also served as an intern at Johnson Space Center in Houston as a technical journalist on the joint US/Soviet space mission, Apollo-Soyuz.

Her professional experience includes working at Douglas Aircraft Co. in Long Beach, California, DARCorporation in Lawrence, Kansas, and NASA Dryden (Armstrong) Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, California, before being hired here in the department by Chair Dick Seebass.

Dr. Gerren has earned numerous teaching awards, including CU’s Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award in Education in 2002, awarded to less than 1% of CU engineering alumni. She also received a Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellowship in 2007, in time to see the first Dreamliner roll out of the Everett factory. Dr. Gerren is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a Fellow of SAWE. She has a pilot’s license and is proud to have flown 80 parabolas on the KC-135 “Vomit Comet”, only tossing her cookies once.

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

I am an alumni of the Computer Science department of CU Boulder. I graduated from the BS/MS program at the end of 2009. Since graduating, I've has been working for Broadcom Limited (used to be Brocade Communications System) in Broomfield, Colorado. For Broadcom, I am a embedded software and linux kernel module developer working on the firmware running the network switches and routers.

Outside of a work, I dedicate a lot of time to my athletic pursuits as a endurance cyclist participating in many rides in the front range and Colorado mountains. In addition to cycling, I am starting to participate in triathlon racing. In the time remaining, I like reading, learning to play the piano, and getting together with friends.

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