Collegiate Chapter Anniversaries & Events, December 2014

The Missouri Epsilon Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at Saint Louis University’s (SLU) Parks College, held its fall initiating earlier this month. The chapter initiated 31 new members, representing the largest class of new members in the young chapter’s history. The MO Epsilon Chapter was installed March 23, 2013. See the news release from SLU for an image of the new members.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014 is the 100-year anniversary of the installation of the Kansas Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at the University of Kansas (KU). The installation of the 29th chapter of the Association took place on December 17, 1914 in Lawrence, KS. The KS Alpha Chapter has initiated more than 4,000 Tau Bates during its 100-year history.

A few chapter highlights include: an honorable mention for the R.H. Nagel Most Improved Chapter Award (1993-94); a TBP Laureate (1996); and several TBP Scholars and Fellows. Click here to visit the KU School of Engineering


More than 30 teams of engineering students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) recently participated in the Senior Design Competition of the UNLV’s Howard Hughes College of Engineering. The “teams presented their inventions, boasting everything from a sensor system built to keep track of toilet paper and soap to a wheelchair controlled by your brainwaves to a device that simply cools down hot coffee. Judged by a panel of professional engineers, the students were competing for a $4,000 grand prize.”

One of the teams highlighted in the article from the Las Vegas Sun developed an EEG controlled wheelchair, “which uses a motor and EEG — recordings of the electrical signals produced by brain waves — to move a wheelchair backward or forward.” Two of the three team members are Tau Bates: David Nguyen, NV B 2013, electrical engineering senior and Edgar I. Solorio, NV B 2014, computer engineering senior.


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