Cal Poly Pomona Delta Beta
Pomona, CA 91768
Charter Date May 10, 1971
Chapter No. 99
Advisor Dr. David L Miller
As a result of the efforts of Kenneth J. Schneider, Mechanical Engineering Department head, the admission of Cal Poly, Pomona, as a chapter of Pi Tau Sigma was petitioned for and granted in the spring of 1971.
An initiation banquet was held on May 10, 1971. Donald R. Haworth, national president, and E. L. Dowty, western regional vice president, were present to install the Delta Beta chapter of Pi Tau Sigma and to initiate its twenty-one charter members.
Members of the Delta Beta chapter, in the tradition of Pi Tau Sigma, wish to encourage and promote professionalism in mechanical engineering. Activities planned are to aid in registration and counseling of mechanical engineering students and to initiate a tutoring program for underclassmen.
Minna Mattis - President
The 2018-2019 academic year was a big learning experience for the CPP Delta Beta chapter. Big changes made at the university-wide level deeply impacted the well-being of many smaller clubs and organizations on campus. With a decrease in membership this year, our chapter struggled to host the amount of events and activities were are used to.
At Cal Poly Pomona, the “learn by doing” philosophy often extends past the walls of the classroom and into the scope of the community. For that reason, each year we emphasize participation in a variety of local and school activities. Because of lower levels of student membership and involvement, we encouraged our members to participate individually in volunteer events to spread the good name of Pi Tau Sigma. This year, members of the chapter volunteered at such on-campus events as the Femineers Summit, Introduce a Girl to Engineering event, Engineering Scholars Day, and the annual Robot Rally. The purpose of these events change but the overall goal is to introduce K-12 kids to engineering and inspire them to be part of the STEM community. Pi Tau Sigma Delta Beta members also volunteered off campus doing outreach in elementary schools, helping in senior homes, volunteering at charity races, etc.
In addition to encouraging members to participate in events that support others, we also encourage our members to participate in events that are aimed to help themselves and their careers. This year we offered two tours at Wacker Chemical Corporation and Boeing. At these tours, our members had the opportunity to see how their curriculum at school translates to the real world. Because not all students are able to participate in off-campus events during school days, we also host a number of industry events on campus during meetings. Guest speakers from industry, commonly CPP professors or alumni, are invited to come and talk to members, often giving an overview of their specific job and company and focusing on a topic related to their success. These events give our members the chance to see what opportunities await them after graduation and promote networking and good university-industry relations.
At the end of every school year, Pi Tau Sigma partners with the student run ASME chapter and the Mechanical Engineering Department to host a Banquet. This event serves to honor students and members of the faculty for their contribution to their community, the university, and the Mechanical Engineering field. This year, the speaker was Moein Lak, an engineer working for the Grid Application Integration group in the Grid Modernization & Resiliency organization at Southern California Edison (SCE).
Overall, the 2018-2019 academic year served as a challenging learning experience for the Delta Beta Chapter. Although the officers did their best to carry on with traditional club duties, the low return rate and membership growth forced CPP Delta Beta to focus on what we deem important to our legacy as a club. We hope we have left the chapter in a place where they can learn from these challenges in order to continue to grow and prosper in the years to come.
2017-2018 Benny Ly – President
The 2017-2018 Academic school year has been an eventful one for the CPP Delta Beta chapter. With an increase in membership this year, more events and activities were able to happen. At Cal Poly Pomona, there is an emphasis in helping in our community because our mantra is “Learn by doing.” For that reason, each year we participate in a variety of local and school activities. This year, members of the chapter volunteered at the Cal Poly Pomona’s Annual Robot Rally, as well as, the local one held for the Pomona School District called the Robotics Field Day. These events are for students from grade school to middle school, where they are tasked to make a robot capable of during various tasks. The robots they make must be able to follow a line using a sensor, navigate through a maze and push another robot out of a ring. Members of PTS helped proctor these events and help inspire the younger generation to consider engineering as a possible career path.
Towards the end of the year, the Delta Beta chapter organized a tour with a local engineering company, Applied Medical. At this tour, members were shown how the medical industry develops some of their tools and devices. More importantly, it showed students how their curriculum at school translates to the real world.
At the end of every school year, Pi Tau Sigma partners with the student run ASME chapter and the Mechanical Engineering Department to host a Banquet. This event serves to honor students and members of the faculty for their contribution to their community and Mechanical Engineering. This year, the event was held at the Kellogg Mansion, located on the top of our campus. We were honored to have Jesus Montes, the Senior Executive Officer of Vehicle Acquisition at LA Metro, talk about his career and how he has evolved as an engineer.
Overall, the 2017-2018 school year has been an eventful one for the Delta Beta chapter. There were a lot of outreach and volunteering done by members of the chapter, such as the CPP Robot Rally and Robotics Field Day. With a steady growth in membership from previous quarters and years, the student run chapter has a promising future ahead.