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Carnegie Mellon University Student Esther Yu Receives Tau Beta Pi Engineering Scholarship


May 16, 2006

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University student Esther Yu was recently awarded the Tau Beta Pi National Honor Society Scholarship. She is one of 123 nationwide recipients of the scholarship, which recognizes outstanding junior engineering majors.

Yu, daughter of Samuel and Grace Yu of Taipei, Taiwan, is a junior with a double major in materials science engineering and physics. She is active in several campus organizations, including Christian Fellowship and Dancers Symposium, and has strived to help other students through programs such as Peer Tutoring. She has also served as a tour guide for prospective students and as an orientation counselor, helping first-year students transition from high school to university life.

Kurt Larsen, assistant dean of Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering, praised Yu’s work. “I’ve known Esther since her freshman year and have always enjoyed our conversations on subjects ranging from engineering to dance to the Mandarin language. In short, she is a well-rounded scholar, most deserving of this Tau Beta Pi award.”

Founded at Lehigh University in 1885, Tau Beta Pi ( is the National Engineering Honor Society. It has collegiate chapters at 230 colleges and universities in the United States and active alumni chapters in 17 cities. It has initiated more than 482,000 members in its 121-year history and is the world’s largest engineering society.


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