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Tau Beta Pi - RITpedia
Tau Beta Pi
Chapter NY Pi
Recognition January 23, 1971
Type Honors Society
President Andrew Komendat
Advisor Dr. Alan Nye, Dr. James Heliotis, Dr. Harvey Palmer, and Dr. Chris Hoople
Members 65 Undergraduates

Tau Beta Pi is a honor society at Rochester Institute of Technology. The RIT chapter is NY Pi. It was founded in January 1971 and currently has around 65 active undergraduate members.


Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to become candidates of Tau Beta Pi based on their academic qualifications. Juniors who rank in the top eighth of their class and seniors who rank in the top fifth of their class are invited to become candidates for membership in Tau Beta Pi. 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. Others who have had a large impact on engineering and society through engineering are often invited by individual chapters to join as eminent engineers or alumnus members.

Those selected for membership receive a letter in their mailfolder and a letter from the Dean of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering sent home to their parents inviting them to join. These letters are sent out to qualified initiates at the beginning of the fall and winter quarters.


RIT's TBP chapter hosts a variety of activities for its members and the RIT/Rochester community. These include:

  • The annual KGCOE Spring Picnic
  • Engineering Futures professional development seminars
  • Info sessions from various companies/organizations looking to hire RIT students for co-op or full-time opportunities

Member events:

  • Social events (bowling, laser tag, hockey games, sporting events, bar meetups, picnics, etc.)
  • Community service (Roses of Hope Gala, Foodlink, Habitat for Hummanity, and a large variety of other activities)
  • The Affinity Reception (job fair for various honor societies)
  • District conferences - NY and NJ chapters meet for a weekend of leadership seminars, nightlife activities, and TBP District meetings
  • National Convention - A meeting of all TBP chapters in order to conduct business of the Associate, train students in leadership, and allow student delegates to meet reperesentatives from other chapters across the Nation

Scholarships and Awards

  • Laureate Program
  • Graduate Fellowship Program
  • TBP Senior-Year Scholarship Program
  • Educational Loan Fund
  • Student Assistance Fund
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • Outstanding Advisor Award]