|Engineering students polishing the TBP Bent as part of their initiation.
Spring Initiation for the Tau Beta Pi (TBP) Honor Society is currently underway at Cal Poly Pomona. Initiation for TBP occurrs in the Fall and Spring each year. In all, almost 70 engineering students will have gone throught initiation this year to become a member of the presitigous engineering honor society.
As part of a long-standing tradition, initiation includes polishing the "Bent" in front of Engineering Building 9. The "Bent" is the national TBP Society symbol made of brass that has to be highly polished by initiate students and presented for inspection.
Tau Beta Pi members are not only exceptional students, but also outstanding members of their communities. Every new member is required to complete at least 5 hours of community service. There are many places to complete this requirement, from tutoring on campus to working with established volunteer organizations.
TBP is the nation's second oldest honor society, founded in 1885 to recognize engineering students of superior scholarship and outstanding character and engineers of eminent achievement. Tau Beta Pi includes collegiate chapters at 241 US colleges and universities, active alumnus chapters in 16 regions across the United States, and has initiated more than 500,000 members. Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering society representing the entire engineering profession.
Membership in Tau Beta Pi is by invite only. During the Fall and Spring quarters, invitations are sent to the top 1/8 of the Junior class and the top 1/5 of the Senior class.