by Public Relations Office
Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University’s engineering honor society was installed as the Ohio Nu chapter of Tau Beta Pi on March 3, 2001. Dr. Hardy Hegna, associate professor of mechanical engineering, commented, “It’s a special blessing to see something we’ve worked towards for eight years come to fruition. It came into being on the strength of character and involvement of our more than 250 engineering graduates.” To have a chapter installed with Tau Beta Pi, an institution must have all of its engineering degrees accredited and must graduate at least 40 engineers per year. Cedarville’s Elmer W. Engstrom Department of Engineering currently offers ABET-accredited bachelor of science degrees in both mechanical and electrical engineeering. The University awarded 58 engineering degrees in 2000. The Tau Beta Pi Association was founded at Lehigh University in 1885. Tau Beta Pi seeks to mark in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their alma mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as students in engineering, or by their attainment as alumni in the field of engineering. The association boasts more than 430,000 initiated members.