The Honors Connection for Engineering Technology Students
Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society is a scholastic recognition society for college students in the technical college curricula. Originally founded in 1953 by the late Dr. Fredrick J. Berger, Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society was developed to provide recognition for high standards of scholarship among students in accredited engineering technology programs.
The purpose of Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society is to recognize and inspire scholarly excellence, fine character traits, and leadership qualities. Tau Alpha Pi aims to promote and encourage scholastic achievement by offering membership in the society to outstanding Engineering Technology Students. Tau Alpha Pi is for the engineering technology student what Phi Beta Kappa is for the liberal arts student and what Tau Beta Pi is for the engineering student.
Today, sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Education, Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society is a national organization, with 97 affiliate chapters on the campuses of a number of the country’s leading technical colleges and universities. Tau Alpha Pi is open to both associate degree and baccalaureate candidates. Only the highest 4% of an institution's total engineering technology enrollment in a given term may be elected to membership.
The Tau Alpha Pi, Pi Beta Chapter, of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis, was chartered in 1977 and has been an active TAP chapter since that time.