Tau Beta Pi
Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession. It is the nation's second-oldest honor society, founded at Lehigh University in 1885 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. In order to be eligible for membership, one must be in the top one-eighth of the junior engineering class or the top one-fifth of the senior engineering class at their university.
There are now collegiate chapters at 241 US colleges and universities, 32 active alumni chapters in 15 districts across the country, and a total initiated membership of approximately 545,000. Trine University’s Indiana Epsilon chapter was founded on February 22, 1975. Each year, the student chapter hosts Engineering Futures sessions – professional seminars focusing on the “soft” skills that engineers need to succeed in their career. There are also opportunities for community service and travel at either the annual regional or national conventions.