Houston Sigma Zeta

University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204

Charter Date   April 16, 1966

Chapter No.   79

Advisor   Dr. Ralph Metcalfe

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Annual Chapter Reports

Houston Sigma Zeta


The University of Houston is situated in the center of the fastest growing technological metropolis. in this country. The Houston Sigma Zeta Chapter was formally installed on April 16, 1966. The Chapter came into being as a result of the planning and promotion of Dr. Douglas Muster. Dr. Terry E. Shoup is presently the advisor of the chapter.

The Houston Sigma Zeta Chapter promotes a variety of academic and social activities on the University of Houston campus. The chapter along with the student section of ASME sponsor an annual mechanical engineering banquet. The banquet provides an opportunity for awards presentations to outstanding mechanical engineering students. Every semester a mixer is held to promote interaction among members, faculty, and prospective pledges. End of semester parties for the students and faculty are also sponsored by the chapter. At these functions the new chapter members present the University of Houston, Pi Tau Sigma Shaft Awards to noteworthy faculty members.

Chapter Activities 2017-18

a.     Beginning of Semester Party Fall 2017. Sigma Zeta hosted a table at the BOS party for the engineering college which had STEM related activities. The first activity was a challenge to see how many thick engineering textbooks could be supported using only one sheet of paper to build a support structure. The second involved 2 servos controlled by a microcontroller which released marbles down two inclined planes, one at 45 and the other at 30 degrees to the table surface. The goal was to calculate the delay between the releases to make the marbles collide on the table after they are released.

b.     Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam Prep. PTS hosted study sessions for members of the engineering college preparing to take the FE exam.

c.     Core Engineering Course Tutoring. PTS hosted study sessions for mechanical engineering core courses aimed at sophomore and junior students.

d.     FIRST Robotics Competition Volunteering. A few of our members volunteered at various FIRST events in and around the Houston area, culminating in the FIRST World Championship held in Houston this year.

e.     Industry Information Sessions. PTS hosted an information session given by a PTS member and alumni of UH now working for ExxonMobil. Also, another current member gave information about how to become a NASA intern and eventually a permanent hire.