Ben Freedman ’09 receives Tau Beta Pi Fellowship

Engineering Society Names Fellow
UMaine News

ORONO — Benjamin Gordon Freedman of Caribou has been awarded a 2009-2010 graduate fellowship from Tau Beta Pi, the world’s largest engineering honor society.

Freedman, the son of Dale Gordon of Caribou and Jon Freedman of Bangor, will pursue a doctoral program in bioprocess engineering at Virginia Tech, focusing on the research and development of renewable fuels.

Tau Beta Pi Fellowships are awarded on the basis of scholarship, campus leadership and service, and the promise of future contributions to the engineering profession.

Freedman is a graduate of the Honors College at University of Maine, with dual degrees in biological and chemical engineering. He served as president of the Maine Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He also is a 2005 graduate of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics.

A Tau Beta Pi fellowship can result in a $10,000 academic scholarship if a fellow demonstrates financial need.

In addition to Freedman’s fellowship, Tau Beta Pi junior members Evan McLellan, an electrical and computer engineering major from Freeport, and David Hunter, an electrical engineering major from Unity, have been named 2009-2010 Tau Beta Pi Scholarship recipients and are receiving $2,000 scholarships.