UF Branch Officers:
President – Sabrina Freeman
Vice President – Madeline Fuchs
Treasurer – Noah Baughman
Corresponding Secretary – Mason Whisnant
Recording Secretary – Randall Barfield
Prof. Mike Griffis
The Florida Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi was founded at the University of Florida by Dr. E. Marion Forsman, electrical engineering professor emeritus, and Edgar Koop, former Dean of the College of Engineering. The Florida Alpha Chapter was officially installed as a member of the Tau Beta Pi National Association in 1961. Since that time, the Florida Alpha Chapter has been recognized as one of the most outstanding chapters in the Association. Florida Alpha has been awarded the Most Outstanding Chapter Award nine times (five times since it was renamed the R.C. Matthews Outstanding Chapter Award). To date, Florida Alpha has initiated over 5,430 members (as of January 2018). Our purpose is to recognize exceptional engineering students, encourage young students to pursue engineering, and serve our local community. We have three major programs to help encourage young students to pursue engineering degrees: GatorTRAX, SECME, and The TEE Program (tutoring).
Candidates are students that are academically eligible to join Tau Beta Pi but have not yet been elected by the Chapter. To be considered a candidate, the following requirements must be met: Most majors offered by the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering are accepted courses of study, however, Digital Arts & Sciences, Nuclear and Radiological Sciences, and Undecided – Engineering are not eligible majors. Only upperclassmen (juniors, seniors, and graduate students) are eligible to join Tau Beta Pi. Juniors are those undergraduate students who have completed at least two years (but less than three years) of an eligible engineering degree. Seniors are those undergraduate students who have completed at least three years of an eligible engineering degree. Transfer students are not eligible until they have completed one year at the University of Florida; once they have completed one year, they will be considered seniors. Graduate students must have completed at least 50% of coursework and research to be eligible. Contact the Graduate Coordinator with questions. The GPA requirements will change from semester to semester. Juniors: Top 1/8th of their class, Seniors: Top 1/5th of their class, Graduate: Top 1/5th of their class (Classification of 7EG, 8EG, or 9EG), Distance Learning/EDGE Students are eligible to join, please contact the VP of Electees for more information on the process.