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Engineering Honor Society Honors ONU Chapter

Ohio Iota, the ONU chapter of the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi, was honored at the 105th Tau Beta Pi National Convention in King of Prussia, Pa. Chapter members attending the convention included: president Lauren Sutherland, senior electrical engineering major from Findlay, Ohio; corresponding secretary Michael Krak, senior mechanical engineering major from Senecaville, Ohio; Joint Engineering Council representative Andrew Stephon, senior computer engineering major from New Philadelphia, Ohio; and advisor Robert Ward, professor of civil engineering. 

Ohio Iota received five awards at the convention: the R.C. Matthews Most Outstanding Chapter Honorable Mention; Chapter Project Award; Greater Interest in Government Award; Membership Award; and Secretary’s Commendation. 

Ohio Iota was awarded one of two honorable mentions for the R.C. Matthews Most Outstanding Chapter Award, the highest award a Tau Beta Pi chapter can earn. By earning honorable mention, Ohio Iota is recognized as one of the top three Tau Beta Pi chapters in the nation.

The Chapter Project Award is given to chapters that have performed excellent project work during the previous year. Project work must promote education and professional development, the community and liberal culture, the profession of engineering, and the university. Ohio Iota has earned the Chapter Project Award every year since the award’s inception in 1982 and is the only chapter in the nation to achieve this accomplishment. Because of this achievement, Ohio Iota has been granted $500 through the Chapter Performance Scholarship Program. Every year, Ohio Iota uses these funds with matching funds from the Dean of the College of Engineering to provide a $1,000 competitive scholarship to one sophomore engineering major. 

The Greater Interest in Government Award is a grant given to chapters with project work that promotes engineering service to society. During the 2009-2010 school year, Ohio Iota installed two wheelchair ramps in the Ada community.  he Greater Interest in Government grant is used to pay for project material cost only.

Ohio Iota earned the Membership Award by having all of its candidate initiates accept membership into Tau Beta Pi. The Secretary’s Commendation is given to chapters that submit all required chapter reports and fees correctly and on time during the fiscal year. 

Tau Beta Pi is an engineering honor society, the second oldest honor society in the nation, and represents the entire engineering profession. There are 236 collegiate chapters and alumnus chapters in the United States with a total initiated membership of 517,714.