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Thirty-four inducted into Tau Beta Pi engineering honorary

A picture of Tau Beta Pi inductees.

 Thirty-four juniors and seniors were inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honorary.


Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, recently inducted 34 new members into the West Virginia University chapter.

“The number of initiates into our chapter has grown significantly in the past five years,” said Melissa Morris, teaching associate professor in Fundamentals of Engineering and chapter advisor. “That is a testament to the engagement of students in the Statler College.”

In order to be inducted, juniors must rank in the top eighth of their class, possess exemplary character and seniors must rank in the top fifth of their class. Graduate students who have completed at least 50 percent of their degree requirements and who rank in the top fifth of their class are also eligible to become candidates for membership. All initiates were required to complete five hours of community service this semester prior to initiation.

The nine seniors selected for induction, with their majors and hometowns include Jonas Bredu, Jr., mechanical and aerospace engineering, Accra, Ghana; Dominic Campeti, industrial engineering, WVU Honors College, Wheeling; John Dando, electrical and computer engineering, Port Reading, New Jersey; Jack Dorminey, mechanical engineering, Honors College, Morgantown; Jason Horvath, petroleum and natural gas engineering, Honors College; North Royalton, Ohio; Elizabeth Ridgeway, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Bunker Hill; Nicholas Sia, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Independence, Ohio; Andrew Strand, mechanical engineering, Honors College, Fairmont; and Alexis Zini, chemical engineering, Honors College, Morgantown.

Juniors selected for induction were Morganne Baranski, chemical engineering, Honors College, Weirton; Amanda Barbarossa, biomedical engineering, Rayland, Ohio; Justin Elliott, petroleum and natural gas engineering, Honors College, Wellsburg; Kailee Gamrat, petroleum and natural gas engineering, Honors College, Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania; Andrew Giletto, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Burlington, New Jersey; Jasmine Grossman, biomedical engineering, Honors College, Grafton; Reid Hasher, petroleum and natural gas engineering, Honors College; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Matthew Hines, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Honors College, Buffalo; Marshall Howerton, mechanical engineering, Honors College, Hurricane; Leah Jankowski, electrical and computer engineering, Latrobe, Pennsylvania; John Mazza, petroleum and natural gas engineering, Honors College, Colonia, New Jersey; Michael Miller, biomedical engineering, Honors College, Madison; Caitlin Morrow, chemical engineering, Honors College, Hanover, Pennsylvania; Dalton Okel, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Honors College, Fairmont; Robert Phillips, electrical engineering, New Kensington, Pennsylvania; Jacob Pollock, electrical engineering, Honors College, Mentor, Ohio; Jackson Roberts, mechanical engineering, Honors College, Eliot, Maine; Jaycie Saseen, chemical engineering, Honors College, Elkins; Anika Solomon, chemical engineering, Honors College, Morgantown; Kurt Tennant, electrical engineering, Honors College, Ravenswood; Dylan Tross, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Honors College, Williamsburg, Virginia; Mariah Wickline, biomedical engineering, Summersville; Adam Wilson, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Elkins; Cameron Wilson, petroleum and natural gas engineering, Honors College, Apple Grove; and Marisa Wurtz, mechanical engineering, Honors College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1885, Tau Beta Pi is the second oldest Greek-letter honor society in America. The society was founded when the nation’s oldest honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, sought to restrict its membership to students in the liberal arts.



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