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History of the national organization

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. The mission of Tau Beta Pi is 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.

When academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa sought to restrict its membership to liberal arts in the late 19th century, Dr. Edward H. Williams Jr., head of the mining department at Lehigh University, formulated the idea of an honor society for those studying technical subjects. Working alone, he conceived an organization, gave it a name, designed its governmental structure, drew up its constitution, prepared its badge and certificate, established its membership requirements, and planned all the necessary details for its operation including the granting of chapters and the holding of conventions. Irving Andrew Heikes, the valedictorian of his class at Lehigh, was initiated as the first student member of Tau Beta Pi on June 15, 1885.

Tau Beta Pi has grown steadily since its inception, averaging 1-2 new chapters per year. As of October 15, 2009, there are collegiate chapters at 234 U.S. colleges and universities, active alumnus chapters in all 16 districts throughout the country, and a total initiated membership of more than 500,000 people. The creed of Tau Beta Pi is "integrity and excellence in engineering."

Mission

The Tau Beta Pi Association was founded at Lehigh University in 1885 by 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 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.

Creed

Integrity and excellence in engineering.

Our Chapter

Mississippi Alpha is one of over 200 chapters of Tau Beta Pi. MS Alpha is located in District 6, along with Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Mississippi Alpha has been a part of TBP since 1928.

Local membership in Tau Beta Pi is a high honor in itself. However, Tau Beta Pi is more than just a line on a resume. Our projects include exciting social events, fulfilling service projects, and professional development activities. Members also enjoy prep course discounts and scholarship or fellowships opportunities.

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