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Theta Tau is a professional co-ed engineering fraternity originally founded in 1904 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The fraternity is the oldest and largest professional engineering fraternity in the United States, with chapters on over 100 campuses and over 40,000 initiated members. The Eta Delta chapter at the University of Maryland consists of over 80 members of the James A. Clark School of Engineering, majoring in all of the offered engineering disciplines. Since its foundation in 2011, the UMD chapter has accrued an alumni network of over 300 members who work at some of the most prestigious companies in the world and many of whom have started their own endeavors.

The purpose of Theta Tau is to development and maintain high standard of professional interest among its members, and to unite them in a strong bond of fraternal fellowship.

The Eta Delta Chapter of Theta Tau focuses on the social and professional development of its members, service in the College Park and Washington D.C. communities, and involvement in the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the University of Maryland. We are always looking for new members who seek to be engaged, involved, and proponents of social change.

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In addition to being leaders inside of our fraternity, our members are leaders across other organizations throughout campus. We have leaders in the Student Government Association, Engineering Student Council, QUEST Honors Program, Student Alumni Leadership Council (SALC), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Asians in Science and Engineering (SASE), Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Engineering World Health (EWH), and the Diamondback.


Many of our members also participate in research with distinguished professors across a wide variety of engineering disciplines. Our faculty advisor, Dr. Kenneth Kiger, is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs for the A. James Clark School.

Some of our members were valedictorians in high school, many receive internships and full-time positions at prestigious companies around the world (many via connections made through the fraternity), and we are well represented on the Clark School’s Dean’s List and Omicron Delta Kappa National Honors Society each year.

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We pride ourselves on upholding and embodying the three pillars of Theta Tau: Professionalism, Brotherhood, and Service.

Within our chapter, we have started new initiatives to take each pillar to the next level and have been awarded for our efforts on the national level. Below are a few awards we have won in recent years.

At the most recent National Convention, the Eta Delta Chapter received five accolades: 

  • 2021 National Award for Best Professional Development Program

  • 2021 National Award for Best Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program

  • 2021 National Award for Best Chapter Brotherhood

  • 2021 National Award for Best Chapter Photography

  • 2021 Best Delegation Award — Atlantic Region

At previous National Conventions, we have also received the following awards:

  • 2020 National Award for Best Service Program

  • 2020 National Award for Best Chapter Newsletters

  • 2020 National Outstanding Student Member Award

  • 2018 National Outstanding Student Organization Award

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