Iowa State Pi Epsilon

Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

Charter Date   November 12, 1942

Chapter No.   30

Advisor   Dr. Jonathan Claussen

Chapter Status

Annual Chapter Reports


Iowa State Pi Epsilon


The Iowa State Pi Epsilon Chapter of Pi Tau Sigma was installed at the twenty-fifth National Convention held at the University of Minnesota, November 12-14, 1942. The chapter had its outgrowth from a group of interested students who petitioned the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1941, were granted. permission in the fall of 1942 and petitioned the National Council. Two delegates were initiated at the Convention by President H. E. Degler, Vice-President J. V. Martenis and Secretary-Treasurer E. S. Gray. The formal initiation of the other chapter members was completed on November 19, 1942, by Robert Case and Phillip Goddard who were initiated the previous week.

The Iowa State Pi Epsilon Chapter awards the highest ranking first quarter junior mechanical engineer and members serve on the committees and cooperate with the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Student Branch, A.S.M.E. and S.A.E.

2018-2019 Jacob Winter – President


First Year Mechanical Engineering CAD Project Judging

During the spring semester, members of the Pi Epsilon cabinet had the opportunity to judge the projects of freshman students in a Mechanical Engineering core CAD course that each member took their first year of college. Cabinet members attended a few lecture sessions to watch and evaluate ten-minute presentations from the first-year students. This was a great opportunity to give feedback to younger students from the engineering knowledge our members have gained in their time at Iowa State University. This was also a great opportunity for younger students to hear about the organization before they become eligible for membership as juniors.

Mechanical Engineering Professor of the Year Award

Beginning in 1997 Iowa State Pi Epsilon has had the honor of presenting the Mechanical Engineering Professor of the Year award. The winning professor chosen by online poll by Mechanical Engineering seniors. This year’s award was given to Dr. Gloria Starns. She will be recognized for her achievement during a ceremony hosted by the chapter in the fall. Each year, the winners name is inscribed on a plaque that hangs proudly in the main hallway of the Mechanical Engineering building at Iowa State.