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UW Hosts Engineering Society Conference

February 19, 2016
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Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession.

Some of the region’s best engineering minds will come to town, as the University of Wyoming Alpha chapter of Tau Beta Pi will host the 2016 District 12 Conference on Feb. 26-27. 

Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession. It is the nation's second-oldest honor society, founded at Lehigh University in 1885. UW joins some elite company as a host school, as other institutions to conduct district meetings this year include Penn State, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Kansas State and Texas.

Geographically, District 12 contains the largest land area of all districts in the nation. Up to four representatives from each of the schools can join in, so organizers expect 50-60 to attend. Participants from the following institutions will take part: Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado State, University of Colorado at Denver, Air Force Academy, Idaho State, Boise State, Montana State, Montana Tech, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Utah, Brigham Young University, Utah State and Wyoming.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Kipp Coddington, the Director of the Carbon Management Institute at UW. His presentation is titled “500 Things You Can Do With An Engineering Degree, Not Including Engineering.”

The program includes chapter reports from each school, a campus tour, trivia session, interactive exchanges between members, an industry panel and a dinner on campus with alumni. The focus of district programming is to strengthen the collegiate chapters and to enlist the interest and aid of alumnus members in their work. Training student officers in chapter management and overcoming the effects of discontinuity in chapter membership arising from rapid student turnover are examples of specific programming.

Members bring honor to their alma mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as students in engineering or by their attainments as alumni in the field of engineering. Nationwide, there are chapters at 244 colleges and universities, 42 active alumni chapters in 16 districts across the country and a total initiated membership of approximately 564,000.

Hear from UW TBP President Dakota Roberson about hosting the district conference.

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