The Iowa Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi reaches out to serve the community and has been nationally recognized for its projects.
The Chapter hosts an event for area middle and high schoolers to learn about engineering. Currently the main event is the Roller Coaster Competition held on campus each spring.
The chapter also organizes the annual Pi Mile Run ( a 5k, 3.14-mile race) to support the Special Olympics of Iowa and other charities. Other service projects are completed through the year, such as the twice-a-year Adopt-a-Highway cleanup performed by initiates, and free coffee giveaways for students, faculty campus visitors three time each semester.