Tau Beta Pi is the nation's oldest and largest engineering honor society. Founded in 1885 at Lehigh University, it is the only engineering honor society that represents the entire engineering profession. There are now collegiate chapters at 248 US colleges and universities and a total membership of approximately 594,000. The Utah Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi here at Utah State University was established in 1974.
How Do I Join?
Membership in Tau Beta Pi is offered to those "who have conferred honor upon their Alma Mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as students in engineering, or by their attainments as alumni in the field of engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges" (Preamble to the Constitution of Tau Beta Pi). To identify students that represent this ideal, Tau Beta Pi membership is offered by invitation only, though participation in chapter activities and meetings is open to all. Specific requirements for undergraduates and graduate students are as follows:
- Fall within the top 1/8th of your Junior class (measured by credits) in terms of GPA
- Fall within the top 1/5th of your Senior class (measured by credits) in terms of GPA
- Be recognized for "exemplary character" by your fellow students and teachers
- Complete 50% of your coursework
- Submit a letter of recommendation from your advisor to the chapter presidency
Why Should I Join?
An invitation to join Tau Beta Pi is a great honor that indicates the effort and dedication you have put toward the engineering profession. Though you may not have known that it existed before the invitation, a great deal of employers will recognize that you are a valuable asset to their company. In addition, upon joining Tau Beta Pi, you immediately become involved in a huge network of talented and prominent professionals. Prominent members of Tau Beta Pi include: Buzz Aldrin, Michael Bloomberg, Leon Cordero, Seymour Cray, and many others. Finally, being involved in Tau Beta Pi will allow you to develop professional skills that will be an asset to you as you enter the workforce.