Manhattan Sigma Tau

Manhattan College
Riverdale, NY 10471

Charter Date   September 12, 1969

Chapter No.   92

Advisor   Dr. John Leylegian

Chapter Status

Annual Chapter Reports

Manhattan Sigma Tau


The most recent addition to Pi Tau Sigma, the Manhattan Sigma Tau Chapter, was installed on September 12, 1969. Its predecessor, a student society. designated Mu Epsilon, was founded in 1962 to "foster the ideals of the engineering profession, to aid in the development of the Mechanical Engineering Dept., and to instill in its members a sense of responsibility and leadership." In 1968 the formal petitioning of Pi Tau Sigma for membership was undertaken. Approval late in 1968-1969 academic year determined the aforementioned installation date.

Projected chapter activities include sponsoring problem periods in Junior mechanical engineering courses, organizing (jointly with ASME) a Professional Engineering Day', and conducting Campus Day open house. Traditional activities, such as Sophomore orientation sessions, pledge periods, smokers and initiation banquets, will continue to be a part of the chapter schedule.

The overall aim of the Manhattan Sigma Tau Chapter is character development through departmental service.

2017 – 2018

Courtney Glenn, President

The Manhattan Sigma Tau chapter has initiated 26 new members this academic year. The new members have been selected based on their academic achievements and chosen based on their integrity, service, and leadership. Prior to initiation, each new pledge was vetted on their extracurricular activities and ethical principles. During initiation, the pledges had to recite the Greek alphabet in order from each pledge. If there was an error in the order, the pledges had to restart the alphabet. After the alphabet, the pledges partook in the “Thermo Song”. This is a fun song to lift the spirits of the new pledges. Next, the ledger was signed, and the new members were inducted into Pi Tau Sigma. After initiation food and beverages were provided and the new members had the opportunity to network with the current members and the chapter advisor.

Pi Tau Sigma members volunteered their time for Manhattan College’s Open House. This was a time were all the departments of Manhattan College came together and set up booths displaying what their department had to offer to prospective students. The mechanical engineering booth displayed research projects, presentations, and posters. Pi Taus were engaging in conversations with parents and prospective students about their experience as a mechanical engineering student at Manhattan College. Some members volunteered by participating in campus tours for Engineering Awareness Day. The members took potential students on tours of the engineering computer labs and experimental laboratories to learn about engineering classes offered at Manhattan College. The members also gave similar tours for Accepted Students Day where accepted students were given the tours to lead them to choose Manhattan College as the college to lead them on their professional path.

The main form of volunteering for the members was tutoring. With the vigorous mechanical engineering curriculum, it is important to help all students who need it to pass their classes. The chapter email was posted for students to reach out for extra assistance with their course work. This academic year, emails were received from 25 students looking for tutoring and each was matched with a tutor. The subjects tutored this year were statics, dynamics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, numerical analysis, heat transfer, mechatronics, and manufacturing. All students seeking help in any subject was match so no student was left behind.

Since there was a high demand for dynamics and heat transfer tutoring, the Manhattan Sigma Tau chapter decided to host a Café Heat Transfer/Café Dynamics before finals week. This way for students to get tutored in a comfortable setting while sipping on coffee and munching on donuts. One side of the room was for the heat transfer and one side for dynamics. Members were helping the student with any questions they had while conducting examples. Students who were taking both subjects easily could jump from one side to the other. There were extra tutors available in case anyone wanted individual attention. In the two-and-a-half-hour session, over 30 students attended the café.