Kentucky Pi Lambda

University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506

Charter Date   May 24,1947

Chapter No.   36

Advisor   Dr. Tim Wu

Chapter Status

Annual Chapter Reports

Kentucky Pi Lambda

Early in 1947 outstanding mechanical engineering students, under the able leadership of Professor E. B. Penrod, petitioned the National Council for a chapter of Pi Tau Sigma to be established at the University of Kentucky. The petition was received favorably.

On May 24,1947, Kentucky Pi Lambda Chapter was formally installed by National Secretary-Treasurer L. J. Bradford.

Kentucky Pi Lambda Chapter has certain activities: listing all local industries of interest to students in mechanical engineering for summer and part-time employment, recognition and presentation of an award to the outstanding sophomore in mechanical engineering, developing engineering experiments to be used in the mechanical engineering laboratory, cooperating with the Engineering Student Council and the Student Branch of A.S.M.E. throughout the school year.


ANNUAL SUMMARY REPORTS

2020-2021 Songcheng Lin, President

The Kentucky chapter of Pi Tau Sigma conducted two virtual initiations during the 2020-2021 academic year. During the fall initiation 7 students were initiated and 3 students were initiated in the spring semester. The activities that our chapter participated in were mainly volunteer opportunities offered by the University of Kentucky College of Engineering. The three activities were freshman orientation, career fair, and E-Day.

The online freshman orientation fair shows incoming freshman students about UK engineering organizations. We made a PowerPoint and answered questions about Pi Tau Sigma to incoming freshman. This was a great event to advertise the organization. While freshman is not eligible to join Pi Tau Sigma, it was emphasized that the organization was interested in any ideas. Freshman, mechanical and other disciplines alike, were encouraged to get in contact with Pi Tau Sigma if they had any ideas for opportunities they would like to see on campus.

During the College of Engineering career fair Pi Tau Sigma members helped the University successfully host the career fair events. The activities include checking in students, helping employers set up their tables, delivering water and guiding the locations etc. This volunteer opportunity was valuable to students who wanted to become acquainted with career options. A benefit of this volunteer opportunity was that it stretched over several days; this schedule better allowed students to volunteer at a time that was convenient to them.

E-day is an annual event hosted by UK College of Engineering for K-12 kids to experience engineering. The College of Engineering views E-Day as the most important community event throughout the year as the goal is to inspire future engineers. Different organizations set up tables and have activities for kids and parents. The senior design projects are displayed by posters as well as engineering research opportunities. Pi Tau Sigma helped set up the tables and decorate the venue for this event.

2018-2019 Mingping Zhang, President

Two initiations were hosted during this academic year. The fall initiation took place on 11/29/18 and 12/6/18, and 4 students were initiated. The spring initiation was on 2/20/18, and 5 students were initiated.

The initiation process began with getting the list of all eligible students from our chapter advisor Dr. Wu. Only the top 20% juniors and top 25% seniors were invited. Invitation emails were sent out to all eligible students for the smoker event. During the smoker event, a brief presentation about Pi Tau Sigma was given.  Food was provided during the info session and bents were given to the potential initiates to polish. In the Initiation ceremony, an initiation rituals procedure was followed, and new members were initiated. Membership dues were collected during the ceremony and the shiniest bent received a discount.  The new initiates signed their names and wrote their personal emails on the roll book.

UK Pi Tau Sigma did many activities and volunteer events this year. We held meetings regularly to discuss activities and upcoming events. Here are the activities that we did during fall 2018 and spring 2019:

Freshman Orientation:

Orientation fair to show incoming freshman students about UK engineering organizations. We made a poster and answered questions about Pi Tau Sigma. This was a great event to advertise the organization.

Career Fair volunteer:

Pi Tau Sigma members helped the University successfully host the career fair events. The activities include checking in students, helping employers set up their tables, delivering water and guiding the locations etc.

E-day volunteer:

E-day is an annual event hosted by UK College of Engineering for K-12 kids to experience engineering. Pi Tau Sigma helped set up the tables and decorate the venue for this event.

Study session:

Joint study sessions with ASME so that mechanical engineers could work     together on similar problems with food provided. It’s a great opportunity for mechanical engineering student to collaborate with each other on course work. Study session also included tutoring for the lower classmate. This is a meaningful event that will be continue and expand next year.

In addition to the chapter activities, occasionally we also held exam study sessions.  Next semester we are planning to have more social events. At this point, we are planning on going to the national convention next year.