What is Tau Beta Pi?

Tau Beta Pi is the oldest national engineering honor society in the country. TBP recognizes exceptional engineers and individuals who are scholastically accomplished and have exemplary character from all engineering disciplines.

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History of Tau Beta Pi

When the academic honor society Phi Beta Kapp restricted its membership to students of the liberal arts and sciences in the late 19th century, Edward H. Williams Jr., the founder of Phi Beta Kappa and head of the mining department at Lehigh university, formulated the idea of an honor society for those studying technical subjects. On June 15th, 1885, he realized this idea with the initiation of Andrew Heikes, a valedictorian of Lehigh University and thereby formally activating the Tau Beta Pi Honors Society. The TBP CA Eta Chapter (San Jose State University), was founded on March 14, 1964. Tau Beta Pi currently consists of 251 collegiate chapters & 46 active alumni chapters, with over 600,000 lifetime members.         

TBP Bent

The Bent

The Bent, the official badge of Tau Beta Pi. The badge was initially a watch key that resembled the bent of a trestle (hence the name), which is the load-bearing part of the bridge. The bent provides integrity to the structure and represents our creed Integrity and Excellence in Engineering. The bottom stem was added to fit a watch-winding shaft, and the top stem and ring allowed for the key to be worn as a pendant, thus easily used as a watch key.

Notable Members

Nobel Laureates 
Winners of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Honorees in the National Inventors Hall of Fame
Recipients of the National Medal of Technology
Recipients of the National Medal of Science
Members of the National Academy of Engineering
Draper Prize Winners
Postage Stamp Honorees
Corporate CEOs & Academic Leaders
State Governors Olympic & Professional Athletes
Super Bowl winners

TBP CA Eta - Events

Our chapter organizes various social events that allows members to interact with various other engineering disciplines. Throughout the semester we also organize industry events that allow students to network with professionals from countless backgrounds. In the past our chapter has provided opportunities to tour factories & companies.

Affilated Companies

Affiliated Industry Logos, Marvel, Applied MAterials, Agilent, Boeing, Apple, Cadence, Lumileds, NASA, Tesla, Cisco, Nuro, PerkinElmer, Lockheed Martin, Intel, Linux Associated Students Logo

Upcoming Events


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President - Alisha Limbu
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Vice President - Maxim Vovenko
Vice President - Maxim Vovenko
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Treasurer - Wilson Kosasih
Maxim Vovenko
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Chapter Secretary - Vacant
Corresponding Secretary
Vamshidhar Parupally
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Chapter Secretary - Vacant
Recording Secretary
Vamshidhar Parupally
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Initiation Coordinator - Nicholas Gomez
Initiation Coordinator
Nicholas Gomez
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Industry Lead - Maxim Vovenko
Public Relations
Theint Zar
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Public Relations
Public Relations
Dhruv Varshney
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The Bent on Campus

Get In Touch

Tau Beta Pi CA ETA
1 Washington Square,
San Jose, CA, 95192-0080
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