Texas Tech Engineering Student to be Honored by Tau Beta Pi
October 14, 2009
A Texas Tech University senior civil and environmental engineering major will be honored
as a Tau Beta Pi laureate Saturday (Oct. 17) at the society’s national convention.
A Texas Tech University senior civil and environmental engineering major will be
honored as a Tau Beta Pi laureate Saturday (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.
CONTACT: Jeff Sammons, senior editor, Whitacre College of Engineering, Texas Tech
University, (806) 742-3451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.