Missouri Tau Lambda
Rolla, MO 65409
Charter Date April 16, 1955
Chapter No. 60
Advisor Dr. Kelly Homan
In the fall of 1954, Dr. Aaron 1. Miles, chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department, Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy with five student, Ed Clark, Truman Anderson, Arthur Baebler, John Miles and Frank Paladin, organized a group of undergraduate students who qualified for membership in Pi Tau Sigma and petitioned the National Council of Pi Tau Sigma.
Missouri Tau Lambda Chapter was installed April 16, 1955, by National Vice President C. M. Leonard, National Secretary-Treasurer D. S. Clark, Professor Miles, Professor R. L. Scorah (Chairman of the M.E. Department of Missouri University), and a delegation from Missouri Epsilon Chapter.
The Missouri Tau Lambda Chapter since its inception has taken a leading role in various departmental activities and has taken pride in the strong social and academic ties created among its members. The chapter currently is among the largest in membership and anticipates even further growth in future years.
2018-2019 Megan Potthast - President
For the fall semester, we tried a new activity for pledges and members called Lunch with Professors. This included a group of students sitting down and eating lunch with professors from the mechanical engineering department while getting the opportunity to ask any questions they had and get to know that professor a bit more personally. We brought in various speakers, such as a professor who spoke on his rechargeable battery research, to present to our members.
For the spring semester, we were fortunate to work with our aerospace honor society, Sigma Tau Gamma, to co-host a Mechanical and Aerospace (MAE) Department Honors
Banquet. This was an inaugural event for our society which required ample planning and discussion to ensure participation from both societies and the department as a whole. This was exciting because it was a way to get our name known on campus while also giving back to our department. The speaker we brought in was Dr. Kevin Wise, a senior technical fellow at Boeing. He presented on Autonomous vehicles and how controls were active in the fields of mechanical and aerospace engineering. The event ran smoothly and it is our hope to continue to host it in the coming years, to grow the event and continue to bring high level speakers. This semester we also had many speakers present at meetings from industry such as Boeing and professors from our university on their industry and academic experiences.
The Missouri Tau Lambda had a good year. The selection process for the Missouri Tau Lambda Chapter begins with obtaining a roster of current Mechanical Engineering students from the department office. The list is then sorted by the President and Vice President to find the top 25% of both the Junior and Senior classes. The Missouri Tau Lambda Chapter initiated 16 members in Fall 2017 and 23 members and Spring 2018. This year, we had several guest speakers from different companies come in to speak with our members. Students had the opportunity to ask questions to these speakers. Additionally, we had some other social events to improve camaraderie between members, including a welcome picnic with games. We also sent two members to the National Convention to represent our chapter. This year we also had to alter some wordings of our local Constitution to comply with campus standards and continue to be recognized as a registered organization.