Theta Tau

Our Story

We are the first & foremost professional engineering fraternity at Cornell University.

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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.

What we do

The brothers of Theta Tau strive not only to help each other socially and academically, but also to help the greater Ithaca community. Cornell is a busy place and it's easy to get caught up in schoolwork, so I love having brothers who value making a positive impact as much as I do. Our philanthropy pillar is very important to me and I had the opportunity to organize a philanthropy event with my class when I joined, which every class does as part of our new member education process. In addition, our fraternity as a whole holds events and collaborates with other organizations.

Some of our past events include charity sports tournaments, collaborations with Guiding Eyes, volunteering at the Ithaca Sciencenter, Relay for Life, Science Olympiad, and organizing charity March Madness brackets. Participating in these events together also brings us closer to each other. An important part of Theta Tau philanthropy is how much fun we have together while doing it. Participating in philanthropy events has allowed me to bond with my brothers while contributing to both my campus and community.

Emma Kranich

Philanthropy Chair

Within Theta Tau, the bonds we make are integral to shaping both our Cornell experiences and our future professional careers. Clara and Nathan, the social chairs, are in charge of planning and organizing events where brothers fortify fulfilling friendships and make meaningful memories. The brothers of Theta Tau have enjoyed formal events scheduled at the end of every semester, date nights, new member class bonding events, and excursions to off-campus activities, such as apple picking, go-karting, and team building.

These bonds of brotherhood formed within the organization go far beyond just professional connections, providing a home away from home, mentorship, and a sense of community at a large university. Having brotherhood means enjoying lifelong connections that can provide support and celebration in life's most important moments.

Nathan Stack

Social Chair

Clara Walton

Social Chair

Professionalism is one of the three main tenets of Theta Tau. We strive to provide resources and educational opportunities for both new members and brothers, with the hope that all brothers will develop the self confidence, self awareness, and lifelong skills applicable to whatever profession they choose.

Throughout the year, we serve not only our members but the greater engineering community by hosting information sessions, resume critiques, mock interviews, Alumni Panel Talks, and presentations on a variety of topics. Our favorite events include our Pre-Enrollment Office Hours and Career Fair 101 which we offer to the engineering community. Professional development is based in personal development, and Theta Tau provides great opportunities to assist brothers in finding and following their own paths.

Massimo Carbone

Professional Development Chair

Kanha Matai

Professional Development Chair

Black Lives Matter

The Cornell Brothers of Theta Tau are horrified by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black individuals. We condemn the acts of police brutality that have directly caused these unjust casualties. We firmly stand with our Black members and the Black community against the countless racial injustices they currently face and have faced for many years, as our strength comes from the diversity of our brotherhood. We also stand in unwavering solidarity with protesters around the world fighting against the systematic racism and oppression of the Black community. Black lives matter.

Within the Engineering community, racial injustices manifest directly in discriminatory hiring practices, the lack of representation in leadership and membership, and normalized microaggressive behavior, to name a few. We should not be complicit in these actions–we must acknowledge the unintentional discrimination woven within our past recruiting practices and continue our efforts to mitigate the harms of such practices. To all members of the Black community, within and beyond our chapter, we hear you and we support you.

As an organization that values the strong bond of fellowship between our members, we are responsible for fostering an inclusive community of students, regardless of their background. We are responsible for choosing to be actively anti-racist by listening, learning, and taking action. In order to do so, we are committing to educate both ourselves and our Cornell community to be active in the fight against hatred and racism by engaging in challenging conversations within and outside our organization, re-learning history from Black perspectives, re-examining our past actions, holding ourselves accountable to our future actions, and striving to become actively anti-racist.

The Black Lives Matter movement is not a social media trend, nor a one time event. We are committed to continuously and actively supporting and advocating for the Black community. We provide our unwavering support to the Black community, and strive to make active anti-racist change until true equality is attained for all Black people across all institutions, industries, and communities.

Spotlight

Alumnus Spotlight: Omar Abdul-Rahim

"I joined Theta Tau to find the sense of community and fulfillment within the College of Engineering that I was unable to find within my studies alone," says Omar. Hear from Cornell Theta Tau's alumnus about his experience at Cornell and in Theta Tau.

Brother Spotlight: Kara Guse

Kara, a current graduate student and Cornell Theta Tau alumnus, talks about her path to pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration after obtaining a Bachelor's in Materials Science and Engineering.

Alumnus Spotlight: Katrina Lastra

"I make bad puns and then laugh at myself almost always," says Katrina. Hear from Cornell Theta Tau's alumnus and previous Vice Regent about her experience at Cornell and in Theta Tau.

We've been to great places

Brotherhood

Eboard
Sophia Oguri
Sophia Oguri

Regent

Arun Chaudhuri
Arun Chaudhuri

Vice Regent

Obi Abii
Obi Abii

Treasurer

Keethu Ramalingam
Keethu Ramalingam

Scribe


Semesterly Eboard and Officers
Kara Wang
Kara Wang

New Member Educator

Bella Romano
Bella Romano

New Member Educator

Jonna Chen
Jonna Chen

Recruitment Chair

Isha Chirimar
Isha Chirimar

Recruitment Chair

Angela Loh
Angela Loh

Professional Development Chair

George Zhuang
George Zhuang

Professional Development Chair

Kiki Lo
Kiki Lo

Philanthropy Chair

Jonathan Pierre
Jonathan Pierre

Alumni Relations Chair

Zain Khoja
Zain Khoja

Webmaster

Matt Danbury
Matt Danbury

Diversity & Inclusion Chair

Ravina Patel
Ravina Patel

Marketing Chair


Nu
Celine Choo
Celine Choo

Matt Danbury
Matt Danbury

Chris Wright
Chris Wright

Xi
Anuj Baskota
Anuj Baskota

Liz Cantlebary
Liz Cantlebary

Chelsea Seungyeon Han
Chelsea Seungyeon Han

Olia Javidi
Olia Javidi

Kanha Matai
Kanha Matai

Collin Montag
Collin Montag

Julia Timko
Julia Timko

Omicron
Kevin Cavallo
Kevin Cavallo

Nicholas Diaco
Nicholas Diaco

Judson Freidl
Judson Freidl

Madeleine Lee
Madeleine Lee

Marguerite Lorenzo
Marguerite Lorenzo

Hayley Nilles
Hayley Nilles

Rema Toopal
Rema Toopal

Pi
Alexa Batino
Alexa Batino

Cort Breuer
Cort Breuer

Edward Chen
Edward Chen

Kyu Hwan Choi
Kyu Hwan Choi

Deniz Erkan
Deniz Erkan

Emma Kranich
Emma Kranich

Sophia Oguri
Sophia Oguri

Leena Park
Leena Park

Rizo Rakhmanov
Rizo Rakhmanov

Keethu Ramalingam
Keethu Ramalingam

Nathan Stack
Nathan Stack

Thomas Taffe
Thomas Taffe

Rho
Ling Cao
Ling Cao

Massimo Carbone
Massimo Carbone

Arun Chaudhuri
Arun Chaudhuri

Katherine Gray
Katherine Gray

Audrey Gunawan
Audrey Gunawan

Kiki Lo
Kiki Lo

Kevin Ngo
Kevin Ngo

Yuki Oyama
Yuki Oyama

Ravina Patel
Ravina Patel

Kevin Reyes
Kevin Reyes

Bella Romano
Bella Romano

Truman Tse
Truman Tse

Kabir Walia
Kabir Walia

Kara Wang
Kara Wang

Sigma
Obi Abii
Obi Abii

Chris Archer
Chris Archer

Claire Blaudeau
Claire Blaudeau

Jonna Chen
Jonna Chen

Isha Chirimar
Isha Chirimar

Zain Khoja
Zain Khoja

Chloe Kuelbs
Chloe Kuelbs

Angela Loh
Angela Loh

Thomas Lu
Thomas Lu

Alex Mayo-Smith
Alex Mayo-Smith

Jonathan Pierre
Jonathan Pierre

George Zhuang
George Zhuang

Graduate Students
Daniel Pyrek
Daniel Pyrek

Emma Renner
Emma Renner