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Famous Tau Bates

  • Buzz Aldrin - Second Man to Walk on the Moon
  • Jeff Bezos - Founder of Amazon.com
  • Michael Bloomberg - NYC Mayor
  • Wehrner von Braun - Rocket Scientist
  • Frank Capra - Movie Director
  • Linus Pauling - Two Time Nobel Prize Winner
  • Rosalyn S. Yalow - Nobel Prize Winner
  • Mildred Dresselhaus - National Medal of Science
  • Gus Grissom - Died in Apollo 1 Accident
  • Judith Resnik - Died in Challenger Explosion
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    What is Tau Beta Pi?

    Tau Beta Pi is The Engineering Honors Society. It was created "to mark in a fitting manner 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." Tau Beta Pi was founded in 1885 at Lehigh University by Edward Higginson Williams, Jr.

    Our society's symbol is "the Bent," which provides support to railroad tressels. Our Public Creed is "Integrity and Excellence in Engineering." Members of Tau Beta Pi are referred to as "Tau Bates."

    Is Tau Beta Pi a Fraternity? Is this like Delta House from Animal House?

    No. Tau Beta Pi is an Honor Society, like Phi Beta Kappa. While we do have secret initiations, that is where any similarities to fraternities end. The closest any of use will get to Delta House is watching Animal House. So, what exactly does Tau Beta Pi do?

    We focus on Academics, Service, Networking, and Social Events. As a chapter, we have monthly meetings with biweekly officer meetings. If members need help with their studies, we provide tutoring, etc. We also help those in our school with academic help if necessary. We conduct service projects in the community, including a pilot MindSET Program at Prass Elementary School and the annual Wheels for Kids event.

    We also know how to have a good time. We have hosted cookouts and hold mixers for students and professors to meet and network. We've had BW3's nights and study parties to provide a much needed break suring finals. Any and all ideas are welcome.

    So, what exactly does Tau Beta Pi do?

    We focus on Academics, Service, Networking, and Social Events. As a chapter, we have monthly meetings with biweekly officer meetings. If members need help with their studies, we provide tutoring, etc. We also help those in our school with academic help if necessary. We conduct service projects in the community, including a pilot MindSET Program at Prass Elementary School and the annual Wheels for Kids event.

    We also know how to have a good time. We have hosted cookouts and hold mixers for students and professors to meet and network. We've had BW3's nights and study parties to provide a much needed break suring finals. Any and all ideas are welcome. So, what can Tau Beta Pi do for me?

    Quick answer: Networking, Scholarships, Fellowships, Service and Social Opportunities, and Friends for a lifetime.

    Long answer: check out Tau Beta Pi's Website.

    I've gotten some other Honor Society offers. How much does this one cost?

    We only ask for a one-time initiation fee of $75. I know that's a bit steep, so payment plans are available. $39 goes to our National Headquarters, and the rest goes toward Chapter Events.

    Additionally, all Tau Bates receive a certificate of initiation, a large metal Bent, a small gold Bent Key, a four year subscription to "The Bent," our quarterly magazine, as well as access to Tau Beta Pi Scholarships, Fellowships, and Job Search Site.

    Tau Beta Pi sounds great! How do I apply to join?

    You can't (well not exactly). But don't think that you can't get in. Tau Beta Pi selects it's members based on academics and character. The top 1/8 of Juniors in the school and the top 1/5 of Seniors. These members must also demonstrate a commitment to "Integrity and Excellence in Engineering." Potential members are contacted in September and February of each year.