Tau Beta Pi Association, the engineering honor society, is the world's largest engineering society. Founded in 1885 at Lehigh University in 1885 by Edward Higginson Williams Jr. Tau Beta Pi has initiated more than 610,000 members in 136 years. Active collegiate chapters exist on 250 campuses across the nation.
The purpose of the Tau Beta Pi is to recognize engineering students of superior scholarship and exemplary character and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges. Headquartered in Knoxville, TN, the Association's largest national philanthropy is its fellowship program, which has provided $7,809,000 in advanced-study grants to 1,706 students, and the scholarship program that has provided $6,557,000 in awards to 3,369 engineering seniors.