Hawaii Sigma Pi

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, HI 96822

Charter Date   January 20, 1969

Chapter No.   89

Advisor   Dr. Lloyd Hihara

Chapter Status

Annual Chapter Reports

Hawaii Sigma Pi

 

Interest in Pi Tau Sigma, kindled by Professor Hi Chang Chai, a member of Pi Tau Sigma, motivated a group of qualified upperclassmen in mechanical engineering to petition for a charter in the summer of 1968. The petition was approved by the National Council and the various chapters. On January 20, 1969, the charter was formally granted by National President Donald R. Haworth, former National Presided E. Kent Springer, and former National Vice-President Niles H. Barnerd at the traditional installation ceremony. This event was culminated with a banquet.

Hawaii Sigma Pi soon became an active body within the College of Engineering, working energetically with the various other engineering organizations. Completed projects over the past years have included displays at various State functions, numerous field trips as well as a few money-making projects. The Chapter actively participates in the sponsoring of Open House during Engineering Week providing numerous display as well as guided tours. In all of this chapter's endeavors, the major goals are the maintenance of the high ideal's of Pi Tau Sigma, the betterment of the mechanical engineering department, and the promotion of student scholarship.

Reported Activities, Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

            Hawaii Sigma Pi initiated fifteen new members, six of whom graduated while one stayed as a graduate student. Next year, the chapter will have eleven undergraduate members and seven graduate members. Twenty seniors total graduated this year.

            Being surrounded by beaches in Hawaii, Hawaii Sigma Pi does a lot of beach clean-ups year by year. In the Fall, the initiates led a beach clean-Up effort at Sand Island, one of the most beautiful but littered beaches in Honolulu. The same goes for Ala Moana Beach Park, one of the most crowded and popular beaches in Hawaii, where the Spring initiates gracefully performed a beach cleanup.

            For both semesters, initiates set meetings with and took senior portraits of all graduating seniors to form a large 24” x 36” congratulatory poster to be posted around the common areas in the college. The Fall had about ten seniors, while more than 90 graduated in the Spring. Fortunately, the initiates were able to include photos of almost 90 percent of the Spring graduates, which is a huge achievement.

            Officers from our chapter designed and built a simple way to create a dart balloon game safer by putting the tacks on the target and the balloons in front of them. This game was presented at the Holmescoming Event, which welcomes back alumni and network with new friends and catch up with old friends, along with eating good food, getting drinks, and play some carnival games.

            Pi Tau Sigma was at the forefront of a joint honor society challenge event held on campus, which involved all engineering honor societies at the university (e.g. Chi Epsilon and Eta Kappa Nu). Pi Tau Sigma was in charge of planning and executing team scavenger hunt and obstacle course activities while the other honor societies led a Jeopardy game along with a dodge ball game. Hawaii Sigma Pi won the crown and can defend the bragging rights next year. Not only was it a fun and relaxing day working together with fellow initiates, our initiates were able to meet and network with students just like them in the other branches.

            The initiates in both semesters are also given an opportunity to brainstorm ways to improve the Mechanical Engineering department at our university. They can then spend the whole semester to plan and execute the idea. In the Fall of this year, the initiates built a mobile tool box to make finding tools around the shop area easier. In the Spring, the initiates put a white board on the shop area as well, so that students working on their projects can easily make calculations and write down project tasks on the board.

            Last but not least, Hawaii Sigma Pi’s annual senior design showcase attracted an attendance of over fifty underclassmen as well as presentations from eight different senior projects such as Formula SAE and Human Powered Vehicle. Four underclassmen were also given the opportunity to pitch their ideas for senior projects and start recruiting their teammates.

            Hawaii Sigma Pi initiated fifteen new members, six of whom graduated while one stayed as a graduate student. Next year, the chapter will have eleven undergraduate members and seven graduate members. Twenty seniors total graduated this year. Being surrounded by beaches in Hawaii, Hawaii Sigma Pi does a lot of beach clean-ups year by year. In the Fall, the initiates led a beach clean-Up effort at Sand Island, one of the most beautiful but littered beaches in Honolulu. The same goes for Ala Moana Beach Park, one of the most crowded and popular beaches in Hawaii, where the Spring initiates gracefully performed a beach cleanup.

            For both semesters, initiates set meetings with and took senior portraits of all graduating seniors to form a large 24” x 36” congratulatory poster to be posted around the common areas in the college. The Fall had about ten seniors, while more than 90 graduated in the Spring. Fortunately, the initiates were able to include photos of almost 90 percent of the Spring graduates, which is a huge achievement.

            Officers from our chapter designed and built a simple way to create a dart balloon game safer by putting the tacks on the target and the balloons in front of them. This game was presented at the Holmescoming Event, which welcomes back alumni and network with new friends and catch up with old friends, along with eating good food, getting drinks, and play some carnival games.

            Pi Tau Sigma was at the forefront of a joint honor society challenge event held on campus, which involved all engineering honor societies at the university (e.g. Chi Epsilon and Eta Kappa Nu). Pi Tau Sigma was in charge of planning and executing team scavenger hunt and obstacle course activities while the other honor societies led a Jeopardy game along with a dodge ball game. Hawaii Sigma Pi won the crown and can defend the bragging rights next year. Not only was it a fun and relaxing day working together with fellow initiates, our initiates were able to meet and network with students just like them in the other branches.

            The initiates in both semesters are also given an opportunity to brainstorm ways to improve the Mechanical Engineering department at our university. They can then spend the whole semester to plan and execute the idea. In the Fall of this year, the initiates built a mobile tool box to make finding tools around the shop area easier. In the Spring, the initiates put a white board on the shop area as well, so that students working on their projects can easily make calculations and write down project tasks on the board.

            Last but not least, Hawaii Sigma Pi’s annual senior design showcase attracted an attendance of over fifty underclassmen as well as presentations from eight different senior projects such as Formula SAE and Human Powered Vehicle. Four underclassmen were also given the opportunity to pitch their ideas for senior projects and start recruiting their teammates.