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What is Tau Beta Pi?

Historically, our Tau Beta Pi Chapter hosts three things during E-Day: We run an exhibition of our UK FLL Lego Robotics Tournament, we run the impromptu Tau Beta Pi speed Lego bent building contest, and we host the winners of the Kentucky Future Cities contest to promote that contest with the middle school students who are in attendance.

Unfortunately, these events were cancelled or virtual this year due to the Covid Pandemic. As a result, Tau Beta Pi is going to host a prerecorded video that promotes these events in hopes that they will be returned to normal next E-Day. The link to this video will be on our web site given above.

Founded in 1902, our Kentucky Alpha Chapter is the 8th oldest Tau Beta Chapter in the world. We were the first chapter to award the Women’s Badge and the first chapter to initiate women. Some of our more recent accolades include the J.D. Froula Award for most improved membership, the R.C. Matthews Award for most outstanding chapter of the year, the R.H Nagel Award for most improved chapter, the Outstanding Advisor Award, and the Sustained Excellent Performance in Project Activities Scholarship, and the Distinguished Service Award. Our chapter hosted the 2013 Tau Beta Pi National Convention which brought over 500 of the brightest engineering minds to the city of Lexington, Kentucky. Our Kentucky Alpha Chapter serves the UK College of Engineering by providing free tutoring service every Sunday-Thursday, conducts the annual Awards Banquet, sponsors a local homeless shelter and puts on fun events like our Monte Carlo Night. We lead the College in community outreach and service events and would be particularly interested in helping regional K-12 schools with STEM outreach events.

Find out more about Tau Beta Pi at tbp.engr.uky.edu