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About Tau Beta Pi

Bridge Construction at the Tau Beta Pi table, Engineering EXPO, 3/22/14

The Maine Alpha chapter of Tau Beta Pi is the state’s only engineering honor society.  It is a prestigious society and every engineering student should strive to achieve membership.  Potential members are students that strive for the highest academic standards, demonstrate outstanding character, and actively participate in community service projects.  Once inducted, members work together to organize community service projects, mentor students, and are expected to continue to display exceptional character.

The objects of Tau Beta Pi are to advance the standard of engineering education and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in the engineering schools of America.  The society was established at Lehigh University in 1885.  There are chapters at nearly all of the leading colleges and State Universities.  The Maine Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi was installed March 11, 1911.  It serves as a means of communication, of friendship and of mutual assistance between the members in Maine and other colleges and State Universities.

Dr. Edward Higginson Williams, Jr.

The Tau Beta Pi Association, national engineering honor society, was founded at Lehigh University in 1885 by Dr. Edward Higginson Williams, Jr., “to mark in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their Alma Mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as undergraduates in engineering, or by their attainments as alumni in the field of engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges.”

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Tau Beta Pi
5796 AMC Building, Room 200
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2248E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469