Michigan Pi Rho
Ann Harbor, MI 48109
Charter Date October 22, 1948
Chapter No. 42
Advisor Dr. Bogdan Epureanu
The Michigan Pi Rho Chapter was formally installed on October 22, 1948, by National President B. H. Jennings and National Secretary-Treasurer D. S. Clark, upon approval of a petition sponsored by National Vice-President F. L. Schwartz.
Michigan Pi Rho remains one of the most active honor societies on campus. Each term we do a service project. Recently we cooperated with the Disabled Student Services in evaluating the availability of the buildings in the community to the handicapped. We have also made braille maps of campus for blind students. In addition we sponsor an engineering contest each term for the student body, We finish each term with a banquet for our new members.
2017-2018 Summary Report by Jackie Schmiedeler President WN18
Each year, the Michigan Pi Rho chapter strives to be active in the campus and local Ann Arbor community. This year we initiated 29 new members. Our weekly meetings that included both initiates and actives focused on varying speakers and events that focus on professional development and bonding activities for attendees. We had fun meetings like playing whirlyball, trivia, and scavenger hunts and meetings focused on professional self-improvement where we had professors talk about mechanical engineering paths after school and actives talk about their career experience in a panel format. This year we also brought eight corporate speakers to campus from a diverse group of companies such as Schlumberger, Bosch and Whirlpool.
Our devotion to keeping PTS involved in the Michigan mechanical engineering community on campus has led us to get involved with several key service events this year. Two of the main events we did with the mechanical engineering department were Halloween Bash and Pancake Breakfast. In October, we worked with ASME to organize Halloween Bash that shows holiday spirit through events like a door-decorating contest (for offices and classrooms) and a Trick-Or-Treating day where professors and organizations (like PTS) have candy in their offices that students can come and collect! We also organized a Pancake Breakfast, where mechanical engineering faculty and staff volunteered to cook students pancakes, allowing students to bond with their professors outside of the classroom.
Two PTS members were part of a really exciting project last year where they constructed a giant solvable/movable Rubix Cube that has attracted a lot of attention to Michigan and is now a staple of the Mechanical Engineering community. One new thing that PTS has done this year is host “office hours” for the Cube where they allow anyone to come up and use the cube to try and solve it or play with it in general.
This year was the first time that PTS organized department-wide apparel sales for all of mechanical engineering. It was a huge success – everyone loved the opportunity to buy apparel to represent their Michigan mechanical engineering pride and PTS was able to make money and promote ourselves as a society that’s bringing cool opportunities to the community.
Another new development this year was the creation of a professional development requirement. This led to the improvement of our academic tutoring help in the community. We now offer resume critiques and interview/internship career advice at our weekly tutoring sessions. This has been a really good development in how PTS helps the mechanical engineering community as a whole.
The Pi Rho chapter has also been involved in various service events. We’ve taught middle schoolers about the physics of a zipline, helped clean up a local childrens’ science museum, and removed invasive species at the university arboretum.
The Michigan Pi Rho chapter has had a great year and we are excited to continuously improve upon our chapter with new leadership and ideas for this coming year!