The Tau Beta Pi Association, national engineering honor society, was founded at Lehigh University in 1885 by Dr. Edward Higginson Williams, Jr., ‘to mark in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their Alma Mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as undergraduates in engineering, or by their attainments as alumni in the field of engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges’. — Preamble to the Constitution.
The Bent, pictured to the right, is an iconic and proud symbol for Tau Beta Pi. It was originally miniaturized watch key in the shape of the bent from a trestle, but today, it is large on symbolism. The trestle span is load bearing with the burdens of responsibility, yet able to lift itself upon its own merits with the eye hole.
Most Tau Beta Pi collegiate chapter has its own bent statue on campus; Tau Beta Pi California Kappa @ CSUN has one located at the breezeway at Jacaranda Hall, right in front of Johnson Auditorium.
'Till This Day
Tau Beta Pi has a world-wide reputation because of its high standards for membership. Among its members are nine winners of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 19 Nobel laureates, 25 recipients of the National Medal of Technology, 24 honorees in the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 41 astronauts, 65 recipients of the National Medal of Science, hundreds of members of the National Academy of Engineering, hundreds of corporate CEOs, and even a few Olympic athletes and NFL football players. Thousands of members have received top awards in their national engineering societies. Members of Tau Beta Pi, Tau Bates, are known to be leaders in their profession.
California Kappa @ California State University northridge
The California Kappa Chapter of Tau Beta Pi or (TBP CA-K), located at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), was founded on February 17, 1968 as Tau Beta Pi’s 128 colleagiate chapter nationally. The university is located in the Southern California region, hence the chapter is part of District 16 which comprised of chapters from Southern California and Southern Neveda. As of 2016-2017 academic year, the chapter has initiated over 1000 members.
Anniversary on Feb 17, 2019
Total Chapter Initiated Members
As the association grows over the decades, the need for districting is evident as the number of chapter increased. It became impossible for the national officers to pay regular visit to each and every collegiate chapters. In 1978National Convention, the plan for organizing the chapters by districts had been adopted and 15 geographical district was created. In 1999, the association expanded and divided into 16 districts across the nation, and each district is guided by District Directors.
Activities under the leadership of the District Directors have included visits to chapters, District conferences for chapter representatives, publication of District newsletters, and meetings of District delegates at the annual Convention.
There are total of 18 collegiate chapters and 3 alumni chapters inDistrict 16:
CA B – California Institute of Technology
CA D – University of Southern California
CA E – University of California, Los Angeles
CA Q – California State University, Long Beach
CA I – California State University, Los Angeles
CA K – California State University, Northridge
CA N – California State Polytechnic University, Pomona