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TBP: Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society)

The intention of the organization is to recognize both academic achievement and exemplary character in engineering students. Candidates must demonstrate exemplary character through a form of charitable service.

The top 1/8 of the Middler and Junior College of Engineering class and the top 1/5 of the Senior class are invited to join Tau Beta Pi. The intention of the organization is to recognize both academic achievement and exemplary character in engineering students. Candidates must demonstrate exemplary character through a form of charitable service.

Founded in 1885 by Edward Higginson Williams Jr. at Lehigh University, Tau Beta Pi is the only honor society that represents the entire engineering profession. As a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Williams wanted to offer students pursuing technical degrees an opportunity to scholarly recognition.  The first student member of Tau Beta Pi was Irving Andrew Heikes, the valedictorian of Lehigh class of 1885.  The organization has grown and now there are collegiate chapters at 238 universities, and a total initiated membership of 531,928 members.  Tau Beta Pi Massachusetts Epsilon, the Northeastern University Chapter, was the 5th founded in Massachusetts.

Student Organization Advisors


Thomas C. Sheahan
Senior Vice Provost for Curriculum and Programs Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering
Training Core Leader,  PROTECT Center

Soft ground engineering, coastal adaptation, education and training for engineers and scientists


R. Edward Beighley
Associate Professor & Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies,  Civil and Environmental Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Marine and Environmental Sciences

Hydrologic and hydraulic modeling; remote sensing of the hydrologic cycle; hydrologic impacts of climate and/or land use change; flood hazard and risk assessment


Jacqueline Griffin
Assistant Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

health care resource allocation with multi-objective resource allocation models; modeling resiliency in complex systems; design and management of outpatient health care clinics; simulation: discrete event simulation and systems dynamics; deterministic and stochastic optimization