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Engineering Student to be Honored by Tau Beta Pi

Samantha van der Drift honored with Tau Beta Pi laureate for outstanding academic achievements and community service.

Written by Allison Matherly

Samantha van der Drift is a senior civil and environmental engineer from the Netherlands.

Samantha van der Drift is a senior civil and environmental engineer from the Netherlands.

A Texas Tech University senior civil and environmental engineering major will be honored as a Tau Beta Pi laureate Oct. 17 at the society’s national convention.

Samantha van der Drift, one of four laureates selected for 2009, will receive the award for her diverse achievements in tennis, her work as an athlete mentor to school children and an elementary school reading program. The laureates will be honored with other 2009 national award winners at the 104th annual convention, which will be held in East Brunswick, N.J.

Along with these achievements, van der Drift’s career goals include becoming LEED accredited and saving the environment for future generations. She also is involved in Engineers Without Borders, where she is the fundraising chair of a project to create a water sanitation system for a tribe in Panama.

Van der Drift grew up in the Netherlands and began playing tennis at the age of 6. In the under-17 age category, she rose to number four in the rankings in Holland. She has co-captained the Texas Tech tennis team for two years and was unanimously voted by her teammates as captain for her senior year. She holds the record for the most singles matches won at the university.

Tau Beta Pi is the world’s largest engineering society and has initiated more than 500,000 members since it was founded in 1885. The Laureate Program goals are to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges and to recognize students of superior scholarship and exemplary character.

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6 Responses to “Engineering Student to be Honored by Tau Beta Pi”

  1. harry en afra Says:

    Hallo Samantha van harte gefeliciteerd knap gedaan hoor .
    Ons engels is niet zo goed maar als ik het een paar keer lees begrijp ik er wel wat van .
    Je hebt het er wel druk mee met alles wat je doet daarom ook onze waardering voor jou
    Ga zo door .

    Groetjes Harry en Afra

  2. Hans & Linda Says:

    Lieve Samantha,
    Van harte gefeliciteerd met deze prijs. Echt geweldig! Volgend jaar komen we je op zeker opzoeken. We hebben het al in grote lijnen met je ouders besproken en we verheugen ons er enorm op. Nog veel succes met alles waar je mee bezig bent, maar natuurlijk ook veel plezier. Geniet van het succes, je verdient het want je werkt er hard genoeg voor. Heel veel dikke Zilkse knuffels van Hans & LInda.

  3. Wout Klomp Says:

    Hoi Samantha,

    Leuk om te horen!
    Gefeliciteerd en ga zo door!
    Misschien nog eens tot ziens bij de HTC.

    grioeten en het aller beste
    Wout Klomp

  4. shalem Says:

    congrats..! keep rocking..!!

  5. Maanisaad Shahriar Says:


    You deserve this award for such strategic co-ordination and balance of academic, athleitc and inspirational activities. I am very happy for you!!!

    Keep on being ‘highly’ successful and motivated.


  6. Frits Bijl Says:

    Hallo Samantha,
    Gefeliciteerd met deze mooie prijs !
    Een mooie waardering voor al die zaken die je naast je studie doet.
    Heb je nog wel vrije tijd over ?
    Succes met je laatste studiejaar.
    De hartelijke groeten,
    Frits Bijl

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