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Ohio University co-hosts national Tau Beta Pi convention

Baylee Demuth | Oct 14, 2019

Ohio University co-hosts national Tau Beta Pi convention

Baylee Demuth | Oct 14, 2019

Ohio University’s Tau Beta Pi Ohio Delta student chapter co-hosted the Tau Beta Pi 2019 Convention with Ohio State University’s Ohio Gamma and Ohio Northern University’s Ohio Iota chapters in Columbus last week, giving student delegates a training and networking ground.

Founded in 1885, Tau Beta Pi (TBP) is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession. At OHIO, only the top 8th of the junior class and the top 5th of the senior class can be invited to join.

This was the first time OHIO’s TBP chapter has co-hosted the convention, which to chapter adviser and Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Monica Burdick is a unique opportunity.

“Based on our steady improvements over several years, Tau Beta Pi felt that our chapter, together with Ohio State and Ohio Northern because of the relative strength among our chapters, that we’d be good co-hosts for our national convention,” she said of the conference, held in Columbus from Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 10-12.

Most student delegates are chapter presidents, who traveled from across the company to meet other and association officials -- and learn firsthand about how TBP can provide solutions on the nation’s campuses.

Ohio Delta Chapter President Lukas Johansson, a senior studying chemical engineering, experienced firsthand OHIO’s role in getting ready for the national convention by being a co-host and then serving as master of ceremonies for the closing banquet.

 “We’ve been helping a lot with the background things, like getting volunteers ready to go and getting sponsors,” he said Johansson, who also served as arrangements chair for OHIO’s team of TBP convention leaders.

Burdick served as faculty chair; mechanical engineering senior Sean Kilbane, and electrical engineering and computer science senior Alexis Lanier assisted with corporate outreach; and mechanical engineering senior Mary Tebben was a volunteer organizer.

Assistant Director for Research and Assistant Professor of Instruction Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment Dami Daramola delivered remarks on Saturday.

“You have a bright future ahead of you, and your involvement in Tau Beta Pi can only enhance that future,” he said. “Take everything you have learned here: the ideas, the energy and the skills – and go back to contribute to the growth of your chapter and your chapter’s contribution to the community.”

Marissa McDaid and Colleen Carow contributed to this story.