New engineering fraternity in the works - The Behrend Beacon

New engineering fraternity in the works

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Author: Jennifer Prechtl (staff writer)

Coming up on January 26, 2013, the official installation of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society will occur at Penn State Behrend. Behrend was recently granted this chapter entrance at the annual convention after years of work.
For five years, students had to do community service projects throughout Behrend and Erie County during the probationary period, as well as have a group of Tau Beta Pi members visit and review Behrend’s campus and engineering program.
According to Tau Beta Pi’s official website,, this society is based on “integrity and excellence of engineering.”
Their website states that “Tau Beta Pi was founded in 1885 to mark in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their Alma mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as undergraduates in the field of engineering, or by their attainments as alumni in the field of engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in the engineering colleges.”
The site also states that “Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession. It is the nation’s second-oldest honor society, founded at Lehigh University. There are now collegiate chapters at 238 U.S. colleges and universities, active alumnus chapters in 16 districts across the country, and a total initiated membership of 535,605.”
After adding this new chapter, all of Behrend’s degree programs will now have a nationally recognized honor society eligible to all students.
Now Tau Alpha Pi, the national engineering technology honor society, will not be the only option for engineering students on campus.
William Lasher is currently a professor in the Mechanical Engineering program here at Behrend. He began his career at Penn State Behrend in 1984 after receiving his B.S.E. and M.S.E from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D from the State University of New York from Buffalo.
Dr. Thomas Hemminger is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Behrend, he received his B.S. from Cleveland State University, his M.S. from Clarkson University, and his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Dr.
Oladipo Onipede is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Behrend and received his B.S. from Colombia University, his M.S. from Tufts University, and his Ph. D from UCLA.