We are Theta Tau's Kappa Delta Chapter at Cornell University
Theta Tau is the oldest, largest, and foremost Fraternity for Engineers. Since its founding at the University of Minnesota in 1904, over 30,000 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.
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 members of Theta Tau are: Honest and Ethical, Dependable and Trustworthy, Respectful, Generous, and Proud of our Community of Engineers.
Theta Tau gives its members a competitive edge with an expansive professional network and the tools to develop the qualities top companies and firms look for during job recruitment.
A strong sense of professionalism resonates throughout the Brotherhood; professional development plays an integral part during the New Member Education process, and members can continue to take advantage of the opportunities Theta Tau has to offer up through graduation and after entering the work place.
Our organization ultimately strives to develop its members such that they can join the professional network that helped them get to where they are, and continue the cycle of using the network and giving back to the Brotherhood.
Many of our members have gone on to pursue full-time positions, in an array of different disciplines, at some of the top companies and firms. These include: Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte Consulting, Accenture, and more. Many of our members have also gone on to pursue a Masters of Ph.D. at some of the world's top universities.
Some of the tools available to members include: interview and network presentations, mock interviews, resume and cover letter critiques and a collection of reference resumes, and cover letters and interview questions for reference. Theta Tau not only teaches its members how to best succeed in a professional environment, but also provides a network in which those skills can be put to work!
One of the three main pillars of Theta Tau is service, and throughout the year, our brothers look forward to giving back to the Ithaca-Tompkins County community at large.
Some of the events include Into the Streets, a student-led program that sponsors an enormous annual service event, and Truss Days, an event held by Habitat for Humanity that builds roof trusses for families in need of housing. Many of our brothers take part in Cornell’s YOURS outreach program, which aims to provide opportunities and mentoring for students living in mobile home parks in the area.
In addition to mentoring, we present simple engineering concepts to the students in an interactive, hands-on method that fosters interest in math, science, and engineering.
When reflecting upon my first semester at Cornell University, I couldn’t help but feel that something was missing. I had entered college with intentions of becoming involved community service, joining clubs, and learning to be a leader in engineering. However, adjusting to college life and the curriculum proved challenging, and I returned to Cornell wanting more from my second semester.
That’s when I attended an information session for Theta Tau, Cornell’s only co-ed professional engineering fraternity. The three tenets of the fraternity – service, professional development, and brotherhood – encompassed what I was looking for in a student organization. The professionalism demonstrated by the brothers instantly impressed me. My initial apprehension was replaced by a growing interest as I engaged in conversations with the brothers. Their broad interests, experiences, and inclusiveness greatly impacted me. Throughout the recruitment process, I was drawn in by the fraternity’s strong connections, not only with companies and potential employers, but also with each other.
Becoming a brother of Theta Tau has, without question, been the most valuable decision I have made during my Cornell experience. It is because of Theta Tau that I was able to learn vital professional skills and gain access to a nationwide network of companies and other chapters of the fraternity. The pledging process gave me confidence when corresponding with professors, employers, and primary investigators. It is without hesitation, however, that I say the most valuable aspect of Theta Tau is the brotherhood. I am continuously surrounded by role models and close friends who I can turn to for career advice or just a good conversation. They are my support system and my inspiration. Their ambition, motivation, and drive remind me of who I am and who I want to become. Our brotherhood unites engineers of all disciplines and backgrounds, giving us the ability to grow as individuals and build lifelong friendships.
I now invite you to challenge yourself, to grow professionally, to join an organization that extends past the Kappa Delta Chapter. I present to anyone interested the opportunity to learn more about our brotherhood and our mission. We welcome you to join us at one of our information sessions to see what the Theta Tau experience is about. Please feel free to reach out with questions or concerns you would like to discuss. We look forward to meeting you during our recruitment process!