The New Mexico Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society, recently received honorable mention in the 2003 R.C. Matthews Outstanding Chapter Award competition. The chapter at New Mexico Tech was selected as one of the top three chapters among all 228 chapters throughout the United States.

Members of New Mexico Gamma were commended for their hard work and dedication to enhancing the engineering profession in colleges, communities, and the profession at large. Members of the chapter worked on 29 projects throughout the year, logging over 1000 hours of service.

Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society, is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession. It is the nation’s second-oldest Greek letter society (behind Phi Beta Kappa) and was founded at Lehigh University in 1885 to recognize students of distinguished scholarship and exemplary character. There are now collegiate chapters at 228 US colleges and universities, active alumnus chapters in 16 regions across the United States and a total initiated membership of more than 435,000.

In addition to recognizing outstanding engineers, Tau Beta Pi seeks to “foster a spirit of liberal culture,” encouraging members to be responsive to the current and future needs of their community. Local Tau Bates helped with Engineering Outreach through Science Fair, Science Olympiad, and the MathCOUNTS program. They also continued a long tradition of participation in the Adopt-A-Highway program along Interstate-25.