Georgia Tech Nu

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA 30332

Charter Date   November 29, 1932

Chapter No.   14

Advisor   Dr. Devesh Ranjan 

Chapter Status 

Annual Chapter Reports

Georgia Tech Nu

 

A group of junior classmen, assisted by Professor R. S. King. formed a local organization known as the N.R.G. Society in the spring of 1932. The following fall the society petitioned Pi Tau Sigma and was granted representation at the 1932 annual convention at the University of Illinois. The representatives were initiated on November 18, 1932, and upon their return to Atlanta, they initiated the other charter members. Thus the installation of Georgia Tech Nu Chapter was completed on November 29, 1932. The chapter annually sponsors the presentation of Honors Day awards to the sophomore having the highest scholastic average and to the School's Outstanding Senior. It supports and maintains a student lounge in the Mechanical Engineering complex. It also represents the School of Mechanical Engineering during Engineers' Week with an exhibit. The chapter officers serve on the Student Liaison Committee of the School, a vital communication link between the student body and the school administration and faculty.

 

2017-2018

Harry S. Liu

President

 

       The 2017-2018 year has been one of both consistency and progress for the Georgia Tech Nu chapter. The annual goal this year was to restructure the Nu chapter into not only a stronger chapter than previous years but also one that can be recognized as a top chapter nationally. To accomplish this, an open floor discussion facilitated by the executive officers was held, allowing many new ideas and suggestions to come to light. The result of this chapter meeting was a list of effective chapter practices, ineffective current chapter practices, and new chapter practices inspired by the top chapters at the annual PTS national convention. The first course of action was to review the effective chapter practices to figure out why they work so well and to make sure that these practices are continued by future officers. Second, the ineffective chapter practices were scrutinized to discover the root cause of each problem. Based on analysis and discussion, the Nu chapter made appropriate changes to solve these problems. An excellent example was restructuring the executive positions so the responsibility of each position is more clearly defined and individual officers are being held more accountable for their role. Finally, the Nu chapter implemented new ideas and planned for the implementation of bigger projects for future semesters. Amongst the new ideas implemented this year, two particular ideas stood out to be the most successful. The first was to consistently hold bi-weekly meetings and invite a keynote speaker to present at each meeting. The keynote speaker can be a professor, a corporate recruiter, or anyone else we feel can provide useful knowledge to our already highly talented members. As a result, meeting attendance increased significantly, new potential corporate sponsors are introduced, and multiple members have received internships or jobs. The second new idea was to start an executive officer mentorship program. This was created to combat the high turnover rate that the chapter experiences which results in new officers fighting a learning curve before they fully understand the responsibility of their role. The program allows members interested in becoming future officers to shadow the current officers, sit in on officer meetings, and take care of minor responsibilities for their respective officers to get a feel of what it takes to run the chapter. As a result, more capable members are running for the general elections and the official turnover process each semester run more efficiently than the previous one. The Nu chapter not only focuses on the current goals but are always looking for future opportunities to improve the chapter. The biggest project being planned for future semesters is hosting a signature event every semester that combines the social, philanthropic, and fundraising aspects of the smaller events currently hosted by the Nu chapter. If successfully executed, this event will promote recognition of our chapter on campus and with potential corporate sponsors, increase membership, and generate funds to expand the involvement of our chapter within the Atlanta and Georgia Tech community.