Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is Tau Beta Pi a frat?

A: No! Although we have greek letters in our name, we are not affiliated with greek life or considered a professional fraternity or sorority. Tau Beta Pi is an Engineering National Honor Society, focusing on volunteerism, professional development, and cross-discipline comradeship. More about TBP here

Q: What do I have to do to become a member?

A: Once you have received an email from us, the next step is to attend the information session/orientation indicated in the email or here. Attending a session will let us know you are interested, also provide you with more details about us as a student organization, and outline the following steps in the initiation process for you or you can check it out here

Q: Do I have to pay any fees to become a member?

A: You are only required to pay a one-time initiation fee prior to your initiation, and you will be rewarded with a lifetime membership. There’s no annual dues or charges after initiation.

Q: Why should I join Tau Beta Pi?

A: It is hard work to make the grade in engineering, so take this opportunity to show off your accomplishments by accepting an invitation to a selective student organization that is recognized among industry and academic leaders. Once initiated, you will gain opportunities to network, apply for scholarships, help the community, sport graduation attire, and much more! More about us here!

Q: Who are the publicly known figures who are also a member of Tau Beta Pi?

A: Tau Beta Pi recognizes exceptional engineers and students who have exemplary character and also offers unique and valuable opportunities. TBP has thousands of distinguished members, including 
1) Buzz Aldrin – second astronaut on the moon
2) Jeff Bezos – founder of Amazon.com
3) Linus Pauling – two time Nobel prize winner
4) Michael Bloomberg: mayor of NYC and founder of Bloomber L.P
… and many more!

Q: Who should I contact with questions?

A: It’s always our pleasure to answer all the questions you might have in regards to our student chapter or national organization. You can reach us by Contact Us or email us at tbp@my.csun.edu 

Q: What are the official colors of Tau Beta Pi?

A: Seal brown and white!

Q: What is Tau Beta Pi Bent?

A: A Bent is a watch key in the shape of the bent of a trestle and is the insignia of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society.  As part of initiation, every initiate will have to hand polish a crude bronze Bent and mount it in order to initiate. A picture of a Bent can be found here.

Q: What is The Bent magazine?

A: The Bent of Tau Beta Pi was established by the 1905 Convention. The first issue bearing the date April 1906. The Bent carries advertising of numerous major business firms and universities in the engineering field.

Q: Is Tau Beta Pi California Kappa Chapter @ CSUN on social media?

A: Yes we are! You can follow us on our Facebook page and/ LinkedIn page. We will constantly update our Facebook page to bring you the latest news and events.

Q: I have graduated but I want to stay active in Tau Beta Pi. Is that possible?

A: Absolutely! Do you know Tau Beta Pi has total of 44 active alumni chapters out of 77 chartered chapters across the nation? Click here for more information about alumni chapters. 

Q: I was initiated but never received my certificate and pin. What should I do?

A: Your certificate and pin are safe with us! But please schedule to pick it up from our officers ASAP by Contact Us or send an email to tbp@my.csun.edu .

Q: Can I donate to Tau Beta Pi Kappa Chapter or Headquarters?

A: Donations and/or gift are greatly appreciated and needed to help TBP continue to be a leader among engineering organizations and honor societies in providing assistance to the current and future students! To donate to Kappa Chapter, send us an email at tbp@my.csun.edu or click here to learn more about giving back to Headquarters.

” Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession “

” Nation’s second-oldest honor society in the United States “