Membership to Tau Beta Pi is by invitation only from a collegiate chapter.
To become a member, candidates must meet both the scholastic and exemplary character requirements, be elected by a student chapter, pay a one-time membership fee, and attend an initiation ceremony. After reviewing the scholastic requirements below, contact the leaders at the student chapter on your campus if you believe you are eligible.
Each chapter has its own method for determining whether a candidate meets the exemplary character requirements. This often includes attending an interview, completing a quiz, obtaining member signatures, an activity or project, participating in an Engineering Futures session, or even polishing a Bent! The intent of these activites is to provide current members the opportunity to meet and get to know candidates and for candidates to learn about TBP, its members, and demonstrate interest in joining the Association.
Most members are initiated as undergraduate students, and candidates must be in the upper eighth of the junior class or upper fifth of the senior class. Candidates are typically contacted by the chapter's leaders, advisors, or the dean's office when a candidate is eligible. Contact the chapter leaders on your campus if you believe you are eligible, but did not receive an invitation.
Candidates at the graduate level must be in the upper fifth of the class. If class rank cannot be determined, candidates must obtain a letter of recommendation from a faculty or academic advisor certifying a candidate is doing graduate work of the quality expected of a member of Tau Beta Pi. In either case, a candidate must have completed at least 50 percent of the degree requirements, including coursework and research.
Engineering alumni of a chapter's institution whose scholastic record placed them in the upper fifth of their class may be elected to membership. Such candidates are usually recommended to the chapter by a member who knows them.
Engineering alumni of another recognized institution whose scholastic record placed them in the top fifth of their class may be elected to membership. Such candidates are usually recommended to the chapter by a member who knows them.
Engineers who have achieved eminence in engineering may be elected to membership without regard to collegiate records. If they graduated from a recognized engineering college, they must have been involved in engineering for at least 10 years; if not, they must have practiced engineering for at least 15 years. Such candidates are usually recommended by members who know them. The required degree of eminent achievement is left to a chapter to research and recommend action on, but eligibility approval must be obtained by a chapter's Advisory Board and Tau Beta Pi Headquarters prior to considering a candidate.
I joined because I thought it would look good on my resume.
However, I learned that Tau Beta Pi is a community of scholars, innovators, game-changers, and dreamers.
Of course, it has helped my career, but it has been so much more than that!
Aaron A. – Apple engineer
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