Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, recently inducted 28 new members into the West Virginia University chapter.

“Our fall initiation class more than doubled from fall 2013, when 11 were inducted,” said Melissa Morris, teaching assistant professor and advisor for the chapter. “It’s amazing to see the sense of pride and accomplishment our students feel when they lined up, wearing their polished bents around their necks.”

In order to be inducted, juniors must rank in the top eighth of their class and seniors must rank in the top fifth of their class. Graduate students who have completed at least 50 percent of their degree requirements and who rank in the top fifth of their class are also eligible to become candidates for membership. All initiates were required to complete five hours of community service this semester prior to initiation.

The 14 seniors selected for induction, with their majors and hometowns, include:
Mark Swisher, computer engineering and electrical engineering, from Parkersburg
Eric Roger, civil engineering, from Morgantown
Daniel Ridenour, mining engineering, Smithsburg, Maryland
Thomas Smith, computer engineering and electrical engineering, Parkersburg
Erika Allen, chemical engineering, Wheeling
David Billups, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Mechanicsville, Virginia
Justin Schrout, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Westover
Quinn Jones, computer engineering and computer science, Fairchance, Pennsylvania
Charles Gray, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Sissonville
Cuong Vo, mechanical engineering, Mason
Dylan Curtis, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Wheeling
Matthew Floyd, industrial engineering, Buckhannon
Michael Forester, mechanical engineering and mathematics, Wheeling
Raymond Nevling, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Altoona, Pennsylvania

Juniors selected for induction were:
Drew Michael, mechanical engineering, Martinsburg
Molly Carr, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Midlothian, Virginia
Blake Lillard, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Morgantown
Cody Lester, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Charleston
Seth Theeke, computer engineering, Morgantown
Brek Jeffrey, mechanical engineering, Parkersburg
Connor Anderson, computer science, Inwood
Ryan Beske, electrical engineering, South Charleston
Taylor Gosnell, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Oakland, Maryland
Ryan Hughes, chemical engineering, Moundsville
Jamin Jones, chemical engineering, Kenna
Keenan Kocan, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Morgantown
Austin Shahan, computer science, Kingwood
Perry Shumate, industrial engineering, Mount Hope

Founded in 1885, Tau Beta Pi is the second oldest Greek-letter honor society in America. The society was founded when the nation’s oldest honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, sought to restrict its membership to students in the liberal arts.



CONTACT: Mary C. Dillon, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
304.293.4086, Mary.Dillon@mail.wvu.edu

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