Maryland Tau Mu

University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD 20742

Charter Date   April 14, 1956

Chapter No.   61

Advisor   Dr. Peter Sandborn

Chapter Status

Annual Chapter Reports

Maryland Tau Mu


During the fall term 1955-1956, Dennis P. Hanley, Chairman of the Student Branch A.S.M.E., University of Maryland contacted the National Secretary expressing the interest of students and faculty in a chapter of Pi Tau Sigma.

With the encouragement of Dr. John E. Younger, Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering and the approval of Dean S. S. Steinberg (Engineering) and Dean J. H. Reid (students), twenty undergraduates students of the Glenn L. Martin Institute of Technology, College of Engineering, University of Maryland, who qualified for membership, petitioned the National Council of Pi Tau Sigma on December 14,1955.

Upon unanimous approval of the Council, the petition was submitted to all active chapters. As soon as the three-fourths majority was recorded (all were favorable) plans were completed for the installation of Maryland Tau Mu Chapter April 14, 1956. Installing officers were President M. S. Gjesdahl and Secretary-Treasurer D. S. Clark.

The Maryland Tau Mu Chapter started immediately to foster the activities on the Maryland Campus which define the objectives of the fraternity in terms of the local needs.


Caesar Riveiro, Logistics Chair

The Maryland Tau Mu Chapter of Pi Tau Sigma is proud to summarize the events we hosted and were involved during the 2017-2018 school year. The event we are most proud of is the Annual Mechanical Engineering Department Scholarship Fundraising Golf Tournament. We also organized several initiate-centric events. Among them we had: S’mores night, Game Night, Resume Critique, Ice Cream Social, and several informative presentations. In addition to these events, we hosted new member initiations at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters.

For the Annual Mechanical Engineering Department Scholarship Fundraising Golf Tournament, we had to organize and plan the tournament with the help of the MechE Department. We had to contact several sponsors for the event and make sure to organize the structure of the event. Overall, we raised over $5,000 then went towards scholarships for mechanical engineering students. This event was very successful for us and showed us how dedicated our members are to this chapter.

Our faculty advisor Dr. Sandborn was of great influence for our chapter during the past year. He gave a presentation on “Technology Obsolescence” during the spring semester and also gave a presentation on “Engineering Decision Making” during the fall semester. These presentations were interesting and educational, and provided valuable insight into the engineering profession for our initiates as well as our current members. Dr. Sandborn was also able to organize a NAVAIR presentation about their company and how members of Pi Tau Sigma could join their team. Finally, Dr. Sandborn assisted in Maryland Tau Mu’s collaboration with the Mechanical Engineering Department to secure funding for renovation of conference rooms within our engineering building.

During the past year, we worked closely with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). A presentation by Stanley Black and Decker was co-sponsored by ASME and our chapter. We also share a lounge area with ASME so most of our members are also ASME members. We held most of our social events in this lounge including the Ice Cream Social, Game Night, Resume Critique, and S’mores night. These socials were required events for our initiates at the time and gave them the events points they needed for initiation. These events were also an ideal time for Tau Mu members to become familiar with one another.

With the help of our members, we restructured the active membership tracking system, and made it easier to know who is still active. In addition, we had schedule planning at least once per semester to plan out the events for initiates, as well as the duties for each board member. Finally, we hosted initiation night at the end of both semesters. We maintained all the traditions that come with initiation night, including the “fake” exam and the introduction of our secret handshake. At the end of initiation, we had food catered for all members and celebrated the new initiates. The 2017-2018 school year was a remarkable success for Maryland Tau Mu, and we are looking forward to what next year will bring.