In recognition of her commitment and dedication to science, technology and engineering, Middlesex Community College Professor Mary Rayappan was inducted as an honorary member of the Epsilon Pi Tau (EPT) national honor society. EPT honored Dr. Rayappan during its annual student induction ceremony held at Manchester Community College on April 17.
EPT selected Dr. Rayappan based on nominations by her colleagues that detailed her contributions to the enhancement and development of engineering and technology education in Connecticut. Her leadership in these fields was recognized as playing a crucial role in preparing today’s workforce for a healthy economy in the state and throughout the country.
In addition to teaching at MxCC, Dr. Rayappan is the College’s academic division director of the School of Allied Health, Business, and STEM. She was educated in India, earning a Ph.D. in applied mathematics and a master’s in business administration.
“Preparing students for STEM careers has been a major emphasis at MxCC, and our programs have excelled under the leadership of Dr. Rayappan,” Dr. Steven Minkler, MxCC dean of academic affairs, said. “We are glad to see her inducted into this important honor society – which is a testament to her dedication and quality of work. We are fortunate to have her as part of our academic team.”
During the ceremony, more than 100 students from the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system were inducted into EPT. These students have achieved excellence in science, technology, and engineering through strong participation, dedication, and persistence.
EPT (www.epsilonpitau.org) is the leading international honor society for technology. It recognizes students who have demonstrated academic scholarship and leadership in science, technology, and engineering. The induction ceremony was co-sponsored by the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence.
Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College (mxcc.edu) is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. In all it does, Middlesex Community College strives to be the college of its community. By providing high quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, the college enhances the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. MxCC, recently named a “Great College to Work For” by “The Chronicle of Higher Education,” offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, the shoreline, and online.