BYU-Idaho student Eric Stoddard builds a bridge with local elementary school students.

BYU-Idaho student Eric Stoddard builds a bridge with local elementary school students.

February 24, 2017
Writer: Phillip Price

This spring, BYU-Idaho's engineering honor society, Tau Beta Delta, will be installed as the 246th chapter of the National Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi. As the precursor to a TBP chapter, the Tau Beta Delta Engineering Honor Society was founded in the fall of 2013, and has grown to include more than 100 students and alumni. Now, nationally recognized, BYU-Idaho engineering students will enjoy increased potential for their future careers.

Students with the strongest GPA in their class are selected and voted into the society by existing members. Besides the regular requirements to join, students at BYU-Idaho are also required to perform at least two hours of service to become part of their local chapter. Many students will attend a grade school and teach principles of engineering to complete this requirement.

Also, as part of the requirements to be installed into the National Honor Society, at least three members of a department's faculty in a local chapter must already be members of Tau Beta Pi. There are currently eight BYU-Idaho faculty members who are already members.

"Some of the strengths that I see at BYU-Idaho is that the professors have a lot of real-world experience as they have worked in the industry for many years," said Patrick Fisher, president of Tau Beta Delta. "This is definitely a strength as the material being covered is applied to real-world applicationsand helps the students here to prepare to enter into the workforce."

BYU-Idaho's engineering program was built around a hands-on curriculum, with a lot of laboratory experiences. There are multiple labs with equipment and state of the art technology, giving students the opportunity to see the entire process of engineering, from theoretical and technical to manufacturing and production.

"We try to be more than just a theoretical institution, we try to figure out how to apply it and get our hands dirty," said Adam Dean, faculty member of the Mechanical Engineering Department and mentor of Tau Beta Delta.

After operating its own local chapter and undergoing a nearly two yearlong application process, BYU-Idaho will officially join the National Honor Society in March.

"Teaching and learning with others is especially emphasized at BYU-Idaho and enabled through the great atmosphere-created by both students and faculty-of everyone working together to help each other succeed," said Erica Crampton, former president of Tau Beta Delta.