the oval

The Bent

Who We Are, What We Do

Tau Beta Pi 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.” Tau Beta Pi National is currently composed of 241 active collegiate chapters and has initiated over 545,000 members nationwide.

The California Gamma chapter of Tau Beta Pi at Stanford University serves the Stanford community by acting as a representative entity for academic excellence, leadership, and continued service. Tutoring services and office hours, conducted regularly at the Huang Engineering Center, encourage peer performance in science, mathematics and engineering. The annual TBP initiation process for each class of new members involves substantial service work. Members also help select the recipient of the Tau Beta Pi Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Engineering Teaching and organize engineering panels, industry dinners, math and science programs at local K-12 schools, Engineering Open House during Stanford's Admit Weekend and more.