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TBP Recognizes CEAS Students

July 15, 2014

This Tau Beta Pi Honors Banquet is a very special occasion for the College of Engineering and Applied Science. It provides the college with a wonderful opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of its students, faculty, and staff, and to thank our scholarship donors for their generous support of its students.

Elizabeth ButlerElizabeth Butler


Beth started on the engineering path when she attended UW’s Engineering Summer Program in high school. She had been looking for a major that mixed math, chemistry, and innovation and found that chemical engineering was the perfect combination. While growing up, Beth competed in Destination Imagination, a team-oriented creative thinking club, where she gained the necessary skills to become an engineer. She later coached Destination Imagination at the UW

Lab School. During her time at UW, Beth enjoyed being a student ambassador, a member of Tau Beta Pi, treasurer of American Institute of Chemical Engineering, a member of the Society of Women Engineers and a member of UW’s competitive swing dancing team. Beth participated in summer internships with Sinclair Oil and Marathon

Oil, where she valued getting practical job experience that directly supplemented her academic learning. After graduation, Beth plans on working in the biofuel industries.

Beth is the 2014 Joint Engineering Council Outstanding Senior of the year.


Tanner HarmsTanner Harms


Tanner was born and raised in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. He came to the University of Wyoming because it offered D1 wrestling as well as a strong engineering program; both continue to be influential in his life.

While his first love was wrestling and he continues to pursue it wholeheartedly, he has realized over the last three years that he also loves engineering, and that this is the discipline of his future.

After a redshirt year, he wrestled in the UW varsity lineup for two years, although he has had to take time out due to serious injuries. Always demanding and often disappointing, it has afforded him invaluable lessons- most of all, to persevere unwaveringly. But most importantly, wrestling has been a venue through which he has been able to influence others- coaching young wrestlers, speaking to high school students, and leading his peers through Fellowship of Christian Athletes. For that he is most grateful.

Wrestling has been instrumental in his personal development, but it is only one facet of his life. The further he progresses in his mechanical engineering degree, the more he realizes how much he loves what he is learning to do. More importantly, he is recognizing that engineering is one of the finest avenues to contribute to humanity. This discovery is altering his course; this summer he is pursuing an engineering internship first, with the opportunity to continue his wrestling training second. Engineering is his future. Being a wrestler gets someone’s attention; being an engineer gives them a solution. His goal is to address problems in third world countries, where millions of people are in desperate need of help.


He is humbled by this recognition and mindful that he owes so much to many others who have helped him: parents, coaches, teachers and mentors. Most of all, he is thankful to the Lord Jesus Christ for the opportunities he has been given. Anything worthwhile that he has accomplished is not by his own power, but God’s. He does not yet know where God will lead him, but he is excited about the possibilities.

Tanner is the 2014 Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Junior of the year.


Jeremy ClayJeremy Clay

My name is Jeremy Clay, and I have gratefully been awarded the Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Sophomore Award for the 2013/2014 academic year. I am a second year student pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering. I am a member of IEEE, a volunteer for the Robotics Research Program, as well as the Computer Engineering Representative on the UWEFE Council. I am an active community member here in Laramie as well. I volunteer to help coach youth sports through the local community recreation center, and I serve on the board of directors for Albany County

Habitat for Humanity.

I am a husband and father of three children. My wife, Kelli, is an alumni of the University of Wyoming. She graduated from UW with her Master’s Degree in 2005. Our oldest child, Ryland, is a senior at Laramie High School, and is registered to attend UW in the fall semester of 2014. We also have two younger children, Tyler, 6, and Cameryn, 3, who occupy my free time. Perhaps they will want to follow the footsteps of their parents as well as their older brother and attend the University of Wyoming as well.

After Graduation I plan to pursue a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Wyoming.

Jeremy is the 2014 Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Sophomore of the year.

Elizabeth HungerfordAlso recognized was Elizabeth Hungerford the 2014 Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Member and the Wyoming Engineering Society Student Engineer of the year.

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