Oldest Engineering Honor Society Installed at SLU
April 1, 2013
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Parks College News
The Missouri Epsilon chapter of Tau Beta Pi was installed at Saint Louis University on March 23, 2013. The national president of Tau Beta Pi, Dr. Larry Simonson, officiated the installation of the society’s 248th collegiate chapter at SLU. He was assisted by executive director Curt Gomulinski, and district nine directors, Brenda Kramer and Robert Huck. SLU’s initiation team included: Drs. Raymond LeBeau, K. Ravindra and Jessica Wagenseil. The new Epsilon chapter at SLU is comprised of thirty-seven undergraduate students and six alums.
Included in the inductees was Mr. Frank T Lyons, IT ‘1959 as honored alumnus and Dr. Theodosios Alexander, dean of Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology as eminent engineer. Immediately after the formal initiation, the new members were constituted a new chapter in the ceremony of installation conducted by Dr. Simonson. The ceremony included the formal election and installation of the chapter’s charter officers and advisors.
At a banquet held in the Pere Marquette Gallery, new chapter president Maggie Foster served as master of ceremonies, welcomed inductees, visitors, faculty and friends, and stated her pleasure in having the new chapter on campus. Dr. Alexander pledged support for the growth of the chapter. He also acknowledged the efforts by Dr. David Barnett in starting the Tau Beta Epsilon chapter at Saint Louis University. Dr. Simonson reviewed the history of the Tau Beta Pi and challenged the new members to pursue excellence in all of their activities, to support the engineering profession, maintain impeccable ethics and serve their alma mater and fellow students. Mr. Huck and Ms. Kramer offered their assistance to the new chapter and welcomed Missouri Epsilon to district nine. Mr. Gomulinski welcomed the chapter into the association and encouraged the students to participate in TBP activities. The event concluded with Ms. Maggie Foster and Dr. Ravindra presenting charter membership certificates to the initiates.
About Tau Beta Pi
Tau Beta Pi is the oldest engineering honor society in the United States and the second oldest collegiate honor society in America. It honors engineering students who have shown a history of academic achievement as well as a commitment to personal and professional integrity. Specifically, the association was founded “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. More than 550,000 members have been initiated since its inception in 1885.