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Chua '14 ChemE is Tau Beta Pi Laureate

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dennis Chua '14, center, is president of Base Productions, the university's largest dance group.

Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, has named Bingxuan Dennis Chua '14 ChemE among five laureates in the association’s annual program to recognize gifted engineering students who have excelled in areas beyond their technical majors.

Cited for his achievements in the arts, Chua was president of the university’s largest dance group, “Base Productions.” The service-oriented dance group served as a vehicle for promoting dance throughout the local community. He also helped organize the citywide “Basement Party” with all proceeds donated to charity. Not only was he the leader of the group, but he is also a talented dancer and an inspiration to others.

He is passionate about different cultures and has traveled to six of the seven continents. During his travels, he has served as a soldier, volunteered as a nurse, protected lions and other endangered animals, worked as an investment banker, and set up mobile clinics in Peru.

On campus, Chua served as president of the New York Delta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, was a 2013 TBP Scholar, and has pioneered various new programs to increase member activity. He was recently named a 2014 Merrill Presidential Scholar, the highest honor given by Cornell University to a graduating senior.

The other 2014 Tau Beta Pi Laureates are: Christopher M. Douglas, a 2014 graduate of Bradley University, cited for his diverse achievements; Lisa N. Garrett, a graduate of Iowa State University, cited for her diverse achievements; Erika M. Pliner, a graduating senior of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, cited for her achievements in athletics; and Tonya J. Whitehead, a Ph.D. candidate at Wayne State University, cited for her service contributions.

The laureates will be honored with other 2014 national award winners on October 4, at the 109th annual convention in Spokane, Wa. Tau Beta Pi President Larry A. Simonson, Ph.D., P.E., will present each with a $2,500 cash award and a commemorative plaque.

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