Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, inducted 18 new members into the Rhode Island Alpha chapter at Brown University on Saturday, December 7. Twelve juniors were inducted along with six seniors.
Among the 12 juniors elected were: Benjamin Basseches '15, Adam Cohn '15, Oussama Fadil '15, Brant Hoffman '15, Mehrdad Kiani '15, Casey Meehan '15, Ivonne Muganyizi '15, Stian Romberg '15, Alexander Samardzich '15, Jonah Stanley '15, Patrick Tae '15, and Tegan Tingley '15.
The six seniors elected included: Cory Hargus '14, Joo Yeon Jung '14, Jeanette Miranda '14, Patrick O'Neill '14, Angela Straccia '14, and Hannah Varner '14.
Tau Beta Pi, founded in 1885, is the second oldest Greek-letter honor society in America; the oldest is Phi Beta Kappa. While Phi Beta Kappa is restricted to students in the liberal arts, Tau Beta Pi is designed to "offer appropriate recognition for superior scholarship and exemplary character to students in engineering."
In order to be inducted into the prestigious honor society, juniors must rank in the top eighth of their class and seniors must rank in the top fifth of their class. Graduate students who have completed at least 50% of their degree requirements and who rank in the top fifth of their class are also eligible to become candidates for membership.
The Rhode Island Alpha chapter is not only an honor society to pay tribute to outstanding students, but it also provides a vehicle for these students to assume a role of leadership at Brown and to be of distinctive service. Tau Beta Pi members lead engineering student admissions tours of Barus and Holley, provide tutoring to freshman and sophomores, and are active in a variety of other engineering student organizations.