Tau Beta Pi was founded in 1885 to recognize outstanding students who display both distinguished scholarship in technical fields and exemplary character. Tau Beta Pi is highly regarded within industry and academe, and has grown to include 241 collegiate chapters and has initiated more than 540,000 members.

There are many benefits of being a Tau Bate. As examples, the Association offers more than 100 scholarships of $2,000 for its senior-year members, and the Engineering Futures Program provides trained instructors to teach interpersonal and leadership development skills to 2,000 students annually. Tau Beta Pi also offers opportunities for personal development by providing a means by which you can assume roles of leadership in the college and provide distinctive service. Tau Beta Pi gives you recognition and honor. Membership identifies you throughout your life as a distinguished and outstanding engineer.

Tau Beta Pi seeks to broaden the horizons of its members. Their interests in non-technical fields, civic responsibility, and other human and cultural areas are expanded through the activities of the chapters. Over 93,000 subscribers enjoy our magazine, "The Bent". Tau Beta Pi chapters conduct programs which benefit their membership, college and community. Sponsoring lectures, tutoring students, donating books to engineering libraries, and organizing faculty-student events, blood drives, and social events are typical activities.

The members of the California Nu chapter are proud of their active participation within the college and the local community. They are individuals who not only strive for success in academics, but who also wish to improve the world they live in, while at the same time having fun! Service and social activities include Habitat for Humanity, tutoring, and teaching elementary students about basic science/engineering principles.

The California Nu chapter was founded on February 13, 1972.
As of May 31, 2013 we have initiated 3074 members!