Honor Societies

Students in the School of Engineering who excel in their academic achievements may be nominated for induction to a number of prestigious honor societies. In addition to those representing the entire college community, the following societies are intended for students of engineering and of specific engineering disciplines.

Tau Beta Pi (Engineering)

Tau Beta Pi was founded at Lehigh University, June 15, 1885. The Manhattan College chapter of Tau Beta Pi, Xi of New York, was granted a charter on March 18, 1967.

Purpose: 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.

Eligibility: The students of engineering whose scholarship places them in the highest one-eighth of the junior class or in the highest one-fifth of the senior class are further considered for membership on the basis of character, integrity, breadth of interest and unselfish activities.

Please direct inquiries to the chief advisor, Dr. Richard Carbonaro of the civil engineering department, at richard.carbonaro@manhattan.edu.

Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering)

Chi Epsilon was founded at the University of Illinois, May 20, 1922.

Purpose: To place a mark of distinction upon the student of civil engineering who exemplifies the four traits of the successful engineer, the cornerstones upon which Chi Epsilon is founded: scholarship, character, practicality and sociability.

Eligibility: Only those students shall be eligible for active membership who have maintained an average grade in scholarship in the highest one-third of the class of those who are eligible for Chi Epsilon honors (namely those students duly registered in the civil engineering courses, or directly associated courses whose curricula have been approved, and who have completed at least one-half of the required work for their bachelor's degree).

Moderator: Dr. Moujalli Hourani  

Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering)

Eta Kappa Nu was founded at the University of Illinois, Oct. 18, 1904.

Purpose: "That those in the profession of electrical engineering, who by their attainment in college or practice, have manifested a deep interest and marked ability in their chosen life work, may be brought into closer union so as to foster a spirit of liberal culture in the engineering colleges and to mark in an outstanding manner those who, as students in electrical engineering, have conferred honor on their alma mater by distinguished scholarship, activities, leadership, and exemplary character and to help these students progress by association with alumni who have attained prominence."

Eligibility: For a junior to be eligible for election he or she must be in the top quarter of their electrical engineering class; for a senior, in the top third. All must have acceptable character and show marked ability and personality. There is no discrimination as to sex, race or creed and/or membership in or affiliation with other recognized societies. Men and women in industry and the profession may become members on national approval. Engineers of exceedingly high attainment are made ‘Eminent Members’.

Moderator: Dr. Chester Nisteruk 

Omega Chi Epsilon (Chemical Engineering)

Omega Chi Epsilon was founded at the University of Illinois, 1931. The Manhattan College chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon, Alpha Pi, was granted a charter on May 7, 1985.

Purpose: To give recognition and to promote high scholarship, original investigation and professional service in chemical engineering.

Eligibility: Active membership is limited to chemical engineering juniors, seniors and graduate students. Juniors must have completed three hours of chemical engineering coursework and be in the upper one-fourth of their class; seniors must be in the upper one-third of their class. Graduate students must have completed nine hours of chemical engineering courses. All those elected must have traits and characteristics of leadership that make them likely to succeed as professional engineers. Associate membership consists of professors or other members of the staff of the institution who have shown noteworthy achievement in chemical engineering.

Moderator: Dr. Eric Huang 

Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering)

Pi Tau Sigma was founded at the University of Illinois, March 16, 1915. The Manhattan College chapter of Pi Tau Sigma, Sigma Tau, was granted a charter Sept. 12, 1967.

Purpose: To encourage and recognize outstanding achievement of undergraduate students in mechanical engineering; also, to honor practicing engineers for distinguished technical attainments.

Eligibility: Membership is limited to senior mechanical engineering students who rank among the highest 35% in scholarship for all courses to date of election, and to juniors who rank in the highest 25% of their class. Many chapters elect less than these percentages. Faculty and graduates may be chosen on the basis of distinguished engineering endeavor.

Moderator: Dr. John Leylegian

Tau Chi Alpha (Environmental Engineering)

Tau Chi Alpha was founded at Manhattan College, 1996, and is open to students of environmental engineering.

Moderator: Dr. Robert Sharp

Sigma Xi (Science)

Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, is a nonprofit membership society of nearly 90,000 scientists and engineers who were elected to the society because of their research achievements or potential. Sigma Xi has more than 500 chapters at universities and colleges, government laboratories and industry research centers. In addition to publishing American Scientist, Sigma Xi awards grants annually to promising young researchers, holds forums on critical issues at the intersection of science and society, and sponsors a variety of programs supporting honor in science and engineering, science education, science policy and the public understanding of science. The Manhattan College Chapter of Sigma Xi was chartered on April 30, 1968.

Moderator: Dr. Tim J. Ward

Epsilon Sigma Pi

Our oldest college-wide honor society, Epsilon Sigma Pi, is open to high-achieving students in all academic areas at Manhattan College. Students who have completed six consecutive semesters with a cumulative scholarship index of at least 3.50 and have no D's or F's are eligible. See the course catalog for full eligibility details. 
Moderator: Dr. William Clyde