Tau Beta Pi

Tau Beta Pi - California Tau


     Tau Beta Pi is the oldest national engineering society and the second oldest collegiate honor society in the country. Our chapter focuses on developing well-rounded skills, preparing members for their careers, and giving back to the community.


     When eligible, candidates will receive an invitation during the beginning of fall or spring quarter. To become a lifetime member of Tau Beta Pi, they will need to complete initiation requirements scheduled throughout the quarter. We believe that completing these requirements builds integrity and character-qualities that our chapter considers essentialfor members to become successful engineers inthe future.


Benefits of joining Tau Beta Pi include:

  • Lifetime membership
  • Network with classmates, graduate students, professors, alumni, and industry personnel
  • Develop professional skills and contacts through events such as resume workshop, engineering future session, grad panel, company tour, and networking night 
  • Become part of Tau Beta Pi resume book
  • Tau Beta Pi Student Assistant Fund and Student Loans
  • National Scholarships and Fellowships


The History of TBP


     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'. -- Preamble to the Constitution.


Engineering Ethics


     Honor and integrity are fundamental in Tau Beta Pi.  Fully worthy character is a basic membership requirement of the Association.  The character and reputation of Tau Beta Pi members must be above challenge. The slightest suggestion of anything untoward in their actions or speech seriously reflects upon themselves, Tau Beta Pi, and their profession.


Code of Ethics

     The fundamental principles and canons of an engineer is what makes our profession unique and valuable.