March 7, 2013
THE FLATS – Senior Eric Powers, a member of the Georgia Tech men’s cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field teams, earned the Tau Beta Pi Cup Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a senior in the College of Engineering at Tech.
The award recognizes the overall academic excellence in addition to extra-curricular activities of a senior in the Georgia Tech engineering program. It is sponsored by the family of Dr. Narl Davidson, who served as Associate Dean in the College of Engineering before his retirement in 2006.
Powers maintains a cumulative 4.0 GPA in chemical and biomolecular engineering. More impressively, the Mt. Pleasant, S.C. native, has never achieved below the perfect 4.0 in any of his seven semesters at Tech.
The distance runner raced in all six cross country meets. He completed the VT Invitational with a time of 25:26, his best time of the season, and ran the NCAA South Regionals 10K in a career-best time of 32:51. During the 2013 indoor track season, he placed first in the 3,000 meters at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener Jan. 12 in a time of 8:24.32, defeating the competition by almost a full second.
Powers currently serves as the men’s cross country representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB), and is involved in several GTAA community service projects, including the Annual Michael Isenhour Toy Drive, Project Open Hand and the GTAA Leadership Academy.