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CBE professor emeritus Hill to be honored by Tau Beta Pi

Jim Hill
Professor emeritus Jim Hill

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) emeritus professor James C. (Jim) Hill will be recognized for his contributions to the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society at its annual convention October 12 in Denver.

Tau Beta Pi LogoHill has been named the 2018 McDonald Mentor. The award celebrates excellence in mentoring and advising among Tau Beta Pi educators and engineers and who consistently support the personal and professional development of their students and colleagues. It recognizes true concern for the individual, supporting an environment for developing talents, and those who have earned respect and recognition for contributions to their field and to the greater community.

Hill retired from CBE in 2017 after serving the department and Iowa State University for more than 40 years, which included the position of CBE department chair from 2005-2009. His service to Tau Beta Pi’s Iowa Alpha Chapter began in 1978 as an advisor, and he was named the society’s first National Outstanding Advisor in 1994. In later years he also served as a district director. One of Hill’s most noteworthy contributions to Iowa State and mentoring of student engineers was his leadership of the university’s solar car team, a role he held for nearly 30 years.

Read more about Hill and the McDonald Mentor honor here.

Hill with Hillier
Jim Hill retired from CBE in 2017. He’s shown here receiving a plaque from Reginald R. Baxter Endowed Department Chair Andy Hillier.
Hill with solar car
One of Hill’s lasting legacies at Iowa State is his leadership of the university’s solar car team for nearly 30 years (Iowa State University photo by Christopher Gannon).