Norwich Engineers earn top honor

From National Honor Society Tau Beta Pi

The top honor awarded by the world's largest engineering society went recently to Norwich University's student chapter of Tau Beta Pi for Outstanding Chapter in 2005. The prestigious award was presented at the national convention in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 8.

Tau Beta Pi award
l-r: Chief Advisor Dr. Dennis Tyner, Senior Krenar Komoni, TBP President Prof. Matt Ohland and Advisor Prof. Carol Stephens

Norwich competed against 229 other colleges and universities for the top slot. The 10-member team excelled in both the quality and quantity of their submissions. The group completed 22 projects and received an outstanding grade for each one.

"Norwich demonstrated excellence over all others. I admit that I'm surprised by the achievements of Norwich University's Tau Beta Pi Chapter because it's such a small club. Despite their size, they proved to be thoughtful, committed and their hard work paid off," said Professor Matthew Ohland, president of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

The range of projects reflected the chapter's teamwork and emphasis on community service, from their involvement with Special Olympics ... manning phones for Vermont Public Television ... hosting fun engineering workshops for 5th & 6th graders, and organizing Engineering Week here on campus.

"Our chapter is unique among other colleges because we have 100% participation from our members," said Norwich senior Krenar Komoni, president of the Norwich Tau Beta Pi chapter.

Tau Beta Pi is the nation's second oldest honor society with 15,000 student members and 410,000 professional members. The society accepts engineering students of "distinguished scholarship and exemplary character" which roughly translates into genius with personality. The Society was founded in 1885 by Edward H. Williams Jr. from Proctorsville, Vermont.