Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, recently inducted 18 new members into the West Virginia University chapter.
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.
Inductees from the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering include Jason Daniel Alexander (Monroeville, Pennsylvania), Daniel Paul Beahr (Windber, Pennsylvania), Chloe Danielle Corder (Blacksville), Arlie Britton Dolly (Romney), Lily Hand (Lockport, New York), Molly Louise Layne (Bridgeport) and Virginia Thrasher (Springfield, Virginia).
A pair of industrial engineering majors – Austin Douglas Harper (Hurricane) and Jessica Paige Hartley – and a pair of civil engineering majors – Zachary Thomas Dorminey (Morgantown) and Brady Robert Hillegas (Bridgeport) were also inducted along with Jonathan Andrew D'Alessio (Columbia, Maryland) and Riley Paul Mack (Mount Airy, Maryland) from the departments of mechanical and aerospace engineering and petroleum and natural gas engineering, respectively.
Rounding out the inductees were four students from the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering: Samuel Warren Price (Wetzel), Morgan Andrew Szafranski (Charles Town), Samuel Andrew Talkington (Bridgeport) and John Tee Tanner (Morgantown).
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.