Tau Chi Alpha (TXA) is an Environmental Engineering Honor Society.
The objective of TXA is to advance the environmental engineering profession by identifying and placing a mark of distinction on those environmental engineering students and engineers who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement, ethical character, practicality, and sociability or significant achievement in environmental engineering profession. For more information, email info at aaees.org
In 1992, the faculty at Manhattan College originated the idea of organizaing an honor society to recognize environmental engineering students of high scholastic ability. The College had just begun an undergraduate program in environmental engineering as a companion to its long-standing graduate enviornmental engineering program. It was decided that this new program deserved parity with other engineering disciplines on campus which had nonor societies for their students. Over the next few months, the dimensions of such a society and how best to organize it were discussed.
The fledgling honor society continued at Manhattan while the faculty attempted to find a way to extend the society to environmental engineering students everywhere. They found a receptive audience with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. With the Academy's support, Articles of Incorporation were prepared and Tau Chi Alpha secured a certificate of incorporation as a national honor society for environmental engineers from the State of Maryland in 1998.
In 1995, one year before the first class of environmental engineering students as to graduate at Manhattan, Tau Chi Alpha was formed as a local organization. The best students in the class were invited to join and Tau Chi Alpha became a reality.