This year, the NMSU chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society, inducted nine new members into the organization. New Tau Beta Pi members are: Jeremy Bruggemann, mechanical; Ben Giusto, chemical; Justin Hogan, electrical; Tami Luchini, electrical; Ted Mansfield, civil; Gary Milne, industrial; Ricardo Salas Porras, chemical; Chris St. John, chemical; and Paulina Zuniga, industrial.
These individuals were elected into the only engineering honor society that represents the entire engineering profession by collegiate engineering chapters based on their academic performance and exemplary character.
Dr. Edward Pines, department head of industrial engineering and faculty advisor for Tau Beta Pi, said he encourages students to join because of the opportunities being a member can provide such as scholarships and conferences with other Tau Beta Pi chapters.
“You get out of it, what you put into it; it’s good for them to look beyond their own world and work with students from other majors,” Pines said.
The initiates will be joining James Cole, mechanical; Mikala C. Johnson, industrial; Gwynne Skaggs Ryan, mechanical; Brent Taft, mechanical; Mark Rodarte, mechanical; and Tau Beta Pi President Zachary Mills, mechanical, in their duties as Tau Beta Pi members.
Mills said he wants to make membership in Tau Beta Pi a rewarding experience for the initiates. Mills stated that his plans for the future of Tau Beta Pi are to help the organization grow – a goal that will be more readily obtained with new members available to help with the community service and club events Tau Beta Pi is responsible for.
Tau Beta Pi only invites declared engineering majors who are in the top percentile of their class. Only those in the top 1/8 of their junior class or the top 1/5 of their senior class are invited to join the organization.
The Tau Beta Pi Association was founded in 1885 by Edward H. Williams Jr. who wanted to create an honor society for those studying technical subjects. Now there are 234 active Tau Beta Pi chapters scattered throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Tau Beta Pi strives to recognize engineering students who have a history of academic achievements as well as a commitment to personal and professional integrity.