Nevada Reno Beta Nu

University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

Charter Date   February 24, 2018

Chapter No.   181

Advisor   Dr. Daichi Fujioka

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Annual Chapter Reports



In the Fall of 2017, a newly appointed faculty Dr. Daichi Fujioka proposed to establish a Pi Tau Sigma Chapter at University of Nevada, Reno to enhance the ME department’s student activity quality.  A mechanical engineering senior Samuel Frost expressed an interest in leading the initiation procedure and prepared the petition documents.  The new chapter petition was submitted to the society secretary Dr. Alex Moutsoglou at early Spring of 2018.

The University of Nevada, Reno petition for a new chapter was approved and was designated the Nevada Reno Beta Nu chapter.  Nevada Reno Beta Nu was officially chartered on February 24, 2018, at the Pi Tau Sigma National Convention. Gunner Scott, a qualifying ME Senior, accompanied Dr. Fujioka to the 2018 Pi Tau Sigma Annual Convention at Miami University to be formally inducted into the Society.  The remaining eligible students listed on the charter were inducted into the Society at the first initiation ceremony held at the UNR Campus on April 20, 2018.  In the meeting, Zachary Dugan was officially elected to be the first president of Nevada Reno Beta Nu chapter.

2018-2019 Valerie Pober - President

One of the main priorities for the Nevada Reno Beta Nu chapter was to increase membership as a new chapter that was started in spring 2018 since many of the founding members recently graduated. Greater membership will provide the chapter more opportunities to put on events. Prior to both initiations, an information session was held as a way for students to learn more about the chapter and meet current members. In spring 2019, a game night was also held as a social event to encourage more membership. The initiation in the spring resulted in a significant increase in members with the hope of continuing to grow in the future.

Our chapter held several seminars over the course of the fall and spring semesters. The chapter organized a resume workshop with Tesla recruiters on October 16th. Another resume workshop with Lisa Frisch of Q&D Group Construction was held on October 30th. This was held in conjunction with a seminar on KG Walters Engineering Projects with Raymond Bush. In the spring semester, John Naphan was the guest speaker for a seminar on the “Engineering Opportunities in the Upstream Oil and Gas Sector” on March 5th. Finally, Joel Blumenthal was invited to speak on April 17th about what employers are looking for in engineers.

In an effort to become more involved in volunteering, Nevada Reno Beta Nu worked with the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program and the College of Engineering to coordinate volunteering opportunities. Our chapter would like to host events in the future, but with the low initial membership for this new chapter, these partnerships provided the necessary support. Current members partnered with MESA for a presentation on how to succeed in college to a group of local high school students. Members of the chapter also helped with Fall Call and Engineer’s Day for local students from the surrounding counties.

2017-2018 Zachary Dugan - President

As a new chapter, Nevada Reno Beta Nu officially inducted its first members in April. At the initiation, the future of this chapter was discussed along with possibilities for events that the chapter could organize. With the recent start of this chapter, more opportunities will be available in the upcoming semesters. Nevada Reno Beta Nu did already host a networking seminar with Tesla for Mechanical Engineering students.