What is Tau Beta Pi?

Technically speaking:

We are a national engineering honor society founded "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.. and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges." -- Preamble to the Constitution.

In English talk:

We are a group of enthusiastic engineering students who are actively involved on our campus, in our college, and with our community, yet we still find time to have fun. The most explicit requirement for membership is distinguished scholarship; however, high grades alone are not enough. We also expect our initiates to have exceptional character and we host events that are designed to help foster this. Initiation and membership in Tau Beta Pi is evidence of personal integrity, a wide range of interests, adaptability, and unselfish participation in community and volunteer activities.

Chapter History:

The Illinois Alpha chapter of Tau Beta Pi has inducted almost 10,000 of the 500,000 Tau Beta Pi members. Our chapter, started in 1897, was the 5th chapter of Tau Beta Pi and has the second largest chapter alumni network among Tau Beta Pi chapter.