About Theta Tau

Message from the Regent

“Theta Tau promotes service, professionalism, and brotherhood in each and every one of our members. Through communication and devotion, we strive to empower our fellow engineers to accomplish their goals and reach their full potential. Members work together on academics and projects, while supporting one another. By undertaking challengers, brothers learn and grow not only as engineers but as individuals.

Service enables brothers to give back to the community while encouraging cooperation. Using our minds and bodies, we have the potential to assist other individuals in their endeavors and aid in diverse situations. Professionalism strengthens our work not only as engineers, but as rising professionals in all fields. We work together to build confidence in our members through presentations, interviews, and many other activities. Lastly, brotherhood grows from both service and professionalism. Brotherhood rises in the form of friendship, connection, laughter, and dedication. Celebrating success and facing hardship bring us closer together as an organization.

Theta Tau has been a significant part of my college life, through the cultivation of friendships, emphasis on my studies, and the fostering of courage. I not only have become a better individual, but have become a part of a family as well. Traveling to conferences, camping at the beach, and devouring giant pots of chili have been some of the best experiences I've had. I encourage anyone eligible to join Theta Tau!

I want to say thank you to all who came before in engineering and Theta Tau for leading the path to success and happiness. We wouldn’t be where we’re at without you. If you are an alumnus in the Norfolk, Virginia area and looking to get in touch, please don’t hesitate to reach out!"

- Jenai Scrum

Information is referenced directly from the official Theta Tau Membership Manual.

ΘΤ (Theta Tau) Fraternity was founded in 1904 by four engineering students at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The purpose of Theta Tau is to develop and maintain a high standard of professional interest among its members, and to unite them in a strong bond of fraternal fellowship. The goals of the fraternity are to promote the social and professional development of its members during and after their college years. Today, Theta Tau is the oldest and largest professional engineering fraternity in the United States, with a diverse membership of men and women studying engineering at more than 40 campuses. In addition to the desirable attributes of a general fraternity, it offers a common bond: an interest in and pursuance of engineering in its various branches.

The Fraternity was founded as the "Society of Hammer and Tongs" on October 15, 1904, by Erich Julius Schrader, Elwin Leroy Vinal, William Murray Lewis and Isaac Baker Hanks, mining engineering students at the University of Minnesota. The name was changed to Theta Tau at the fraternity's first national convention at the University of Minnesota in 1911. Since then, approximately 30,000 members have been initiated.

The National web site can be found here.