Tau Beta Pi, honor society of engineering, holds induction ceremony

The Rhode Island Alpha chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, inducted 21 new members at Brown University in a ceremony held Friday, Dec. 9. Thirteen juniors were inducted along with eight seniors.

Among the 13 juniors elected were: Nova Chin-Hua Chavez Dea ’24 (biomedical engineering), Charles Sinclair Effman ’24 (environmental engineering), Emma Lynn Hagenaars ’24 (biomedical engineering), Simon Anthony Hatcher ’23.5 (mechanical engineering), Kaavya Malhotra ’24 (chemical engineering), Sarosh Nadeem ’24 (engineering), Evrim Efe Ozcan ’24 (biomedical engineering), Ana Isabel Pérez ’24 (electrical engineering), Connor Francis Purcell ’24 (biomedical engineering), Finja Alexandra Scholz ’24 (biomedical engineering), Benjamin Michael Schornstein ’24 (computer engineering), Caroline Ann Snyder ’24 (biomedical engineering) and Albert Qize Wu ’24 (biomedical engineering).

The eight seniors elected included: Leo Berkman ’23 (engineering), Akshit Chhabra ’23 (biomedical engineering), Caroline Louise David ’23 (engineering), Eric Shayne Honsberger ’23 (chemical engineering), Daniel Gabriel McDermott ’23 (biomedical engineering), Srinaath Kidambi Perangur ’23 (chemical engineering), Joshua Saskin ’23 (engineering) and Jonah Evan Schwam ’23 (biomedical engineering).

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. 

The Rhode Island Alpha chapter is an honor society for outstanding Engineering students, and 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 are active in a variety of other engineering student organizations, and members also lead prospective engineering student tours of Barus and Holley and the Engineering Research Center.