Since 1904, Theta Tau has carefully followed a program in the selection and development of its members that stresses the importance of high professional ethics and exemplary practices.

 

Message from our Regent

 
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Hello and thank you for taking the first step into learning about Theta Tau!

We are a co-ed professional engineering fraternity who holds the values of brotherhood, professionalism, and community service to a high standard. With over 80 active chapters and colonies, we are the oldest and largest professional engineering fraternity in the nation. Together, we strive "to develop and maintain a high standard of professional interest among its members, and to unite them in a strong bond of fraternal fellowship."

Theta Tau, to me, is about new beginnings and a realm of opportunities. My second year, I was lost and scared that I had made the wrong decision to come halfway across the country to a new place with no familiar faces. I didn’t know what I was doing when I went out to rush, but I’m forever glad I did go. Not only did I find a family for life, I felt, for once, that I found a place to belong. I’ve never felt so comfortable and happy hanging out with such a great, big, diverse group of people. Theta Tau has helped me grow both personally and professionally. It has taught me to say “Yes” to opportunities I’d previously be too scared or intimidated to agree to, and to be less unsure of myself, to focus more on finding myself. Without Theta Tau, I wouldn’t have traveled abroad to Iceland to study Thermodynamics, gotten my first internship at a medical device company in Santa Rosa, slept in a van for a week while road tripping across California with brothers, or taken the plunge to continue with graduate school studies in Mechanical Engineering.

I’ve grown to become more independent and unapologetic of who I am, and I hope I never stop learning from Theta Tau and all the brothers I’ve come to love. I love Theta Tau, and I’ll be forever grateful of the beautiful connections I’ve made that have made me who I am today and who I will become tomorrow. Although my experience, and any brothers, differs greatly, I challenge you to come check us out at rush, or simply reach out to a brother, to start your journey with Theta Tau.


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Fraternity History

Founded at the University of Minnesota in 1904, Theta Tau is the nation's oldest and foremost fraternity for engineers. With emphasis on quality and a strong fraternal bond, the fraternity has chapters only at ABET accredited schools. Theta Tau has initiated over 30,000 members, and carefully follows a program in the selection and development of its members that stresses the importance of high professional ethics and exemplary practices. Within each chapter, the fraternity stimulates professional activity and social compatibility; provides a framework for group participation in campus, community, engineering, and fraternity affairs; and promotes lasting friendships - a lifetime of brotherhood in an engineering environment. Through visitation from national officers and other alumni, the stability of each chapter is maintained. Guidance and publications are also provided by the Central Office to help manage the chapter in a professional manner. Through national conferences and conventions, there is an annual opportunity to connect with fraternity brothers from chapters across the nation. We are always looking for motivated, ambitious, and energetic engineering students that are interested in building friendships, improving their professional lives, and becoming the strong foundation upon which the fraternity is built. Are you the person we are looking for? 

 


Founding Fathers

Chapter History

The Omicron Gamma Chapter at the University of California, Davis started on April 24th, 2004 when a small group of ambitious electrical engineers met to prepare for their upcoming IEEE elections. This group of individuals, later known as the Founding Fathers, each epitomized the most desired ideals of any good leader: charisma, commitment, initiative, and passion. The Founding Fathers realized that our university had no student organization on campus that encompassed the diverse engineering student body and saw an opportunity to create something great. Through extensive research and dedication, the Omicron Gamma Chapter of Theta Tau was founded on April 29, 2007. To this day, our UC Davis Chapter is ever growing with strong members who share the same resilience as the Founding Fathers. We will not forget the efforts of those before us as we stride forward into the future with many great things to come. 


Advisors

PROFESSOR JOHN OWENS

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Office: Kemper Engineering Building (Engineering II) Room 3175

Postal: Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616-5294

Office Phone: 530-754-4289

Fax: 530-752-8428

Email: jowens@ece.ucdavis.edu

Website: http://www.ece.ucdavis.edu/~jowens/

"When I talk to the companies who come to campus to recruit top students, of course they care about students' academic performance and the skills they have mastered. But they also care about many things that we don't teach in the classroom: leadership, teamwork, interpersonal skills. That's what Theta Tau can teach you, as well as giving you the joy and satisfaction of working with a great group of your fellow engineering students and friends, a group that will hopefully make an impact on our campus for years and years to come."

PROFESSOR LIJUAN (DAWN) CHENG

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Office: Ghausi Hall (Engineering III) Room 3161

Postal:  Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616-5294

Office Phone: 530-754-8030

Fax: 530-752-7872

Email: dawcheng@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://retrocee.engr.ucdavis.edu/faculty/cheng/Home.htm


 

Awards

San Diego, California (2018)

Omicron Gamma was honored with seven awards at this year's National Convention (2018) in San Diego, California. A big thanks to brothers Carlos Vasquez, Erika Huang, Benjamin Depew, and Nicholas Magnasco for attending the convention and accepting these awards on our behalf.

Best Brotherhood Program, 1st Place
Best Service Program, 2nd Place
Best Website, 2nd Place
Best Photograph, 3rd Place
Advisor of Excellence: Professor John Owens
Continued Successful Member Recruitment (40+ members)
Outstanding Chapter Performance

 
 

Past Awards

Cincinnati, ohio (2016)

Best Community Service Event, 1st Place
Best Newsletter, 2nd Place
Best Brotherhood, 2nd Place
Continued Successful Member Recruitment (40+ members)
Outstanding Chapter Performance


ATLANTA, GEORGIA (2015)

Best Website, 1st Place
Best Community Service Event, 2nd Place
Best Professional Development Program, 3rd Place
Advisor of Excellence: Professor Dawn (Lijuan) Cheng
Continued Successful Member Recruitment (40+ members)
Outstanding Chapter Performance

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (2014)

Best Community Service Event, 1st Place
Best Brotherhood Event, 2nd Place
Best Photography, 3rd Place
Best Newsletter, 3rd Place
Continued Successful Member Recruitment (40+ members)
Outstanding Chapter Performance


ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI (2013)

Philanthropy Award, 1st place
Best Photography, 1st place
Best Website, 2nd place
Best Newsletter, 3rd place
Advisor of Excellence: Professor Dawn (Lijuan) Cheng
Continued Successful Member Recruitment (40+ members)
Outstanding Chapter Performance