Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, inducted 23 new members into the Rhode Island Alpha chapter at Brown University on Saturday, December 3. Fourteen juniors were inducted along with nine seniors.
Among the 14 juniors elected were: Ross J. Browne ’13, Derek
Croote ’13, Eric C. Greenstein ’13, Kaan
T. Gunay ’13, Mia M. Helfrich ’13, Steven I. Klurfeld ’13, Max Y. Liberman ’13,
Visarute Pinrod ’13, Patipan Prasertson ’13, Rebecca R. Reitz ’13, Sahar Shahamatdar
’13, Jeremy R. Wagner ’13, Kasey A. Wagner ’13, and Adam D. Wyron ’13.
The eight seniors elected included: Anastassia Astafieva ’12, Natalie E. Bodington-Rosen
’12, Karine Ip Kiun Chong ’12, Kelsey J. MacMillan ’12, Henry H. Mattingly ’12,
Emir V. Okan ’12, Alejandro Rivera Rivera ’12, Pablo L. Sanchez Santaeufemia ’12,
and Reid T. Westwood ’12.
Tau Beta Pi, founded in 1885, is the second oldest Greek-letter honor society
in America; the oldest is Phi Beta Kappa. While Phi Beta Kappa is restricted to
students in the liberal arts, Tau Beta Pi is designed to “offer appropriate
recognition for superior scholarship and exemplary character to students in
In order to be inducted into the prestigious honor society,
juniors must rank in the top eighth of their class and seniors must rank in the
top fifth of their class. Graduate students who have completed at least 50% of
their degree requirements and who rank in the top fifth of their class are also
eligible to become candidates for membership.
The Rhode Island Alpha chapter is not only an honor society to pay tribute to
outstanding students, it also provides a vehicle for these students to assume a
role of leadership at Brown and to be of distinctive service. Tau Beta Pi
members are active in engineering student publications, the engineering
recruiting project, and in a variety of other organizations.