The Tau Beta Pi Association, national engineering honor society, was founded at Lehigh University in 1885 by Dr. Edward Higginson Williams, Jr., 'to mark in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their Alma Mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as undergraduates in engineering, or by their attainments as alumni in the field of engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges'.
-- Preamble to the Constitution.
The Nevada Beta chapter of Tau Beta Pi at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas was founded in 1995. The first president was Wendy Zahniser. In 2002, our chapter won the R.H. Nagel Most Improved Chapter Award.