The Sigma Xi Columbia-Willamette Chapter recognized Maseeh College instrument technician, Tom Bennett for outstanding service in support of STEM education and research for 2013.
Since joining PSU's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in 2006, Tom has worked with faculty to upgrade the undergraduate fluid dynamics laboratory. Examples of these improvements include the addition of “Weather in a Box” experimental equipment, originally developed at MIT, and a “rotating tank” that emulates the Earth's rotation and simulates Hadley cells and other observed phenomena. He continues to work extensively in the Infrastructure Testing and Applied Research (iSTAR) Laboratory to improve safety, air quality and hydraulic systems. Most recently, he designed and constructed the world’s tallest barometer, tentatively named the Bennett Barometer, which is on display in the Maseeh College atrium and will be used in research studies.
Prior to his time at PSU, Bennett served as a high school math and physics teacher, and worked at the Physics Department at Lewis & Clark College and Legacy Research.