Association of College Honor Societies


Tau Alpha Pi

Engineering Technology

Admitted to ACHS: 2000

Founded at Southern Polytechnic State University, 1953

No of Active Chapters: 85

Total Membership: 7000

Annual/current Membership: 525

Number of Regions: 4

PURPOSE: To provide recognition for a high standard of scholarship among students in engineering technology programs: to promote and encourage scholastic achievement by offering membership to outstanding students; and to engender certain desirable qualities of personality, intellect, and character among its members.

ELIGIBILITY: The scholastic requirements and standards for membership in Tau Alpha Pi are set by each Affiliate Chapter such that prospective members are academically in the upper twenty-five percent of their class. Each prospective member must have maintained the required academic standards for a period equivalent to two consecutive school terms (quarters or semesters) for two-year programs, and at least three semesters or five quarters for four-year programs. Candidate members shall be elected by the Affiliate Chapters with due consideration given to the purpose of Tau Alpha Pi: namely, to provide recognition for the highest standard of scholastic achievement and the most outstanding scholastic accomplishments. Each candidate must have acceptable character and demonstrate marked ability.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES: Chapters tend to be very active in tutoring activities in their local community and at their host institutions. Chapters have also been involved in grant writing and fund-raising to provide equipment for their institutions. All activities must conform to the basic tenets of Tau Alpha Pi remain active, conduct membership initiations, participate in and contribute to the academic community, and inspire students to achieve scholarly excellence.

Over 850 members are inducted annually.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Norman L. Fortenberry, Executive Director, Tau Alpha Pi, c/o American Society for Engineering Education, 1818 N Street, NW, Ste.600, Washington, DC 20036

Tel: (202) 350-5762  Fax: (202) 265-8504

Email: [email protected]  

Updated: 12/12/2011