Tau Beta Pi – Kentucky Alpha
The chapter at UK is the Kentucky Alpha chapter, meaning that we were the first chapter organized in Kentucky. Our chapter holds a great distinction as the eighth chapter to be organized nationally, in 1902. There are now 229 chapters at engineering colleges across the nation. Additionally, the Kentucky Alpha chapter was the first chapter nationally to induct a female engineer into Tau Beta Pi.
Tau Beta Pi was first organized in 1885 at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, with the purpose of marking “in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their alma mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as undergraduates in the field of engineering, or by their attainments as alumni in the field of engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in the engineering colleges.” Tau Beta Pi has inducted over 475,000 members, including such notable engineers as Jack Kilby, Lee Iacocca, and Bill Lear, a total of 46 NASA astronauts, 17 Nobel Prize winners, and 13 United States Congressmen. Additionally, Kentucky Alpha has inducted our current and previous state governors, Ernie Fletcher(1974) and Paul Patton (1959), as well as Lee Todd, UK’s president(1968).