The Largest and Oldest Co-ed Professional Engineering Fraternity
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.
Since its founding at the University of Minnesota in 1904, over 30,000 members have been initiated over the years. With emphasis on quality and a strong fraternal bond, the Fraternity has chapters in only ABET accredited schools, and limits to seventy the number of student members in any one of its chapters across the nation.
Theta Tau was founded on October 15, 1904 by Erich J. Schrader, Elwin L. Vinal, William M. Lewis, and Isaac B. Hanks originally as the “Society of Hammer and Tongs.” The name was changed to Theta Tau in 1911 at the first national convention, although the hammer and tongs remain symbols of the organization. Since 1904, over 35,000 members have been initiated into Theta Tau from all branches of engineering, forming a strong network of students and alumni united by a strong bond of fraternal fellowship.
The brothers of Theta Tau forge lifelong bonds, a journey that develops and delivers a network of lasting personal and professional relationships. We create and foster an inviting, safe, and social environment in which our members become lifelong friends.
The brothers of Theta Tau strive to develop careers in the professional world. We foster strong communication, problem-solving, and leadership skills that are demonstrated in everyday life. Brothers can often be seen attending local job fairs and demonstrating their skills to the best employers in the nation.
Our chapter is involved with volunteer efforts on local, collegiate, and national levels. Brothers are involved in efforts both large and small across a wide range of organizations. This includes Rutgers Dance Marathon to Alternative Spring Break trips to writing cards for Cards For Hospitalized Kids.
The Omicron Delta chapter of Rutgers University is one of the newest chapters to join the ranks of Theta Tau. Thanks to the hard work of Radhika Patel, James Jacob, and the rest of the founding class, Rutgers Theta Tau was established as a colony on April 17, 2010. Following a few years of growth and involvement in the Rutgers community, the Omicron Delta chapter of Theta Tau was formally established on February 9, 2013. Since then, Theta Tau has been an active member of the Rutgers community and has hosted numerous events, volunteered countless hours, and shared unforgettable memories.
Since 2010, Dean Jean Patrick Antoine has served as our Faculty Advisor, assisting the chapter with his wealth of advice and knowledge. His history with Rutgers spans back to his undergraduate career where he received his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He then went on to receive his Masters in Software Engineering from Penn State University. After more than a decade spent working in industry for companies like Lockheed Martin, Dow Jones, and Bloomberg L.P., he decided to make his way back to the banks of the Raritan River. He currently serves the Dean of Enrichment Programs, leading a variety of programs such as the Governor's School of Engineering.
Recruitment starts at the beginning of every semester through a process known as “rushing”. Rushing a fraternity is the process of getting to know more about the fraternity, its values, and the brothers through various activities. After a couple of weeks, a group of potential new members is selected to start the pledge process. Pledging is a process that challenges new members to be their best and requires your complete dedication and time commitment. Fill out the following form if you are interested in rushing!
Note that as our national policy we adhere to the GreekLifeEdu hazing and alcohol policies located here. To view our national hazing and alcohol policies, click here.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about rush, please feel free to contact our rush chairs, we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Current Rush chairs: Zachary Nogueras & Mona Ranadive
Contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
Pay new member dues (~$250)*
*Subject to change
Full time enrollment at Rutgers
Have a minimum GPA of 2.75
Be enrolled in an engineering major
Complete at least one semester at any university
Complete the Greek Recruitment Form
Pay member dues (Approx. $200)
Full time enrollment at Rutgers
Have a minimum GPA of 2.50
Attend Chapter Meetings
Attend required member events