Central Florida Delta Sigma
Orlando, FL 32816
Charter Date June 2, 1978
Chapter No. 115
Advisor Dr. Alain Kassab
In the fall of 1977, a group of mechanical engineering students petitioned the National Council for a chapter of Pi Tau Sigma, with the encouragement and support of Dr. Ronald Evans, Department Chairman of Mechanical Engineering and Dr. Robert Kersten, Dean of the College of Engineering. The petition was approved in the spring of 1978. The Florida Tech Delta Sigma Chapter was formally installed by President Suresh Chandra, Vice-President Joseph Gartner, and Secretary-Treasurer Hudy C. Hewitt, Jr. on June 2, 1978.
In addition to representing the high ideals of Pi Tau Sigma and the engineering profession, the Delta Sigma Chapter actively participates in the functions of the College of Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering Department. The chapter is involved in the planning and organization of the Annual Engineer's Fair. In coordination with the other honorary fraternities in the College of Engineering, the chapter participates in a joint honors banquet held after initiation of new members. The chapter also works in cooperation with the ASME chapter on projects and field trips.
In December 1978, the name of Florida Technological University was changed to the University of Central Florida and the chapter became Central Florida Delta Sigma,
2017-2018 Jessica Carrion - President
The Central Florida Delta Sigma chapter organized and participated in several events throughout the year. Delta Sigma organized two chapter fundraising events, one per semester. The Fall and Spring fundraisers were held as a partial proceeds event at local restaurants. The restaurants offered to give 20% of the money raised through dining back to the club. Both events were open to anyone who wanted to help support the club and invitations were sent throughout the Engineering department. Each event had a goal of 30 participants, which was met at both events thanks to members sharing about Pi Tau Sigma throughout campus. The chapter raised funds and awareness for the organization and built its credibility in the eyes of fellow engineering organizations. With participation from each member, the chapter displayed the values of Pi Tau Sigma in their involvement. These fundraisers also became excellent events for members to network with other members, as well as other engineering students, in a more casual setting. The officers for the 2018-2019 year will be maintaining the involvement of the club and all of its members in future events. Continuing the tradition from the previous year, Delta Sigma voted on the most effective professor and faculty advisor and presented them with Professor and Advisor of the year awards respectively.
Following previous years of success, the Delta Sigma chapter continued with two team building events per semester, the goal for the continued growth of comradery and friendship between members and even alumni. By engaging in a daylong, voluntary team building activity, a definite sense of community was developed and strengthened over the course of the semester. At each semester’s end, there was a noticeable communal bond between active members.
Delta Sigma has continued along its path to making its chapter more than just an honor society. The chapter has become an organization committed to Pi Tau Sigma’s ideas and acts as a community that is dedicated to academic excellence, shares their knowledge and skills with their fellow students, encourages friendship and fellowship between members, and pushes its members along with their paths to success. Increased involvement among alumni has also helped with the mentorship of current members and an increased awareness of the engineering field among current members. Resume and interview workshops were held for members’ professional development, so they are able to transition from academia to the industry smoothly.
This year, Delta Sigma has brought together its members in a close-knit community. This was achieved by encouraging members and initiates and join a group chat, where they felt free to ask questions about Pi Tau Sigma, organize study groups, and to make friends. It was found that this helped members connect names to faces and allowed them to interact more outside of meetings. This was also a great way to keep alumni connected with current members, especially as a way for new members to network with local professionals as they develop their own professional career in engineering.