Auburn Chi

Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849

Charter Date   December 7, 1940

Chapter No.   23

Advisor   Dr. Richard Williams

Chapter Status

Annual Chapter Reports

Auburn Chi

In the fall of 1940, senior mechanical engineering students from Alabama Polytechnic Institute contacted the National Council of Pi Tau Sigma, obtained the approval of the Executive Committee of the Institute, and petitioned for a chapter. The petition was granted and was voted at the twenty-third National Convention. Formal installation was held December 7, 1940 with National Secretary H. E. Degler officiating, assisted by members of Georgia Tech Nu Chapter.

In 1960 Alabama Polytechnic Institute changed its name to Auburn University. The chapter has continued to promote scholarship, professionalism, and a strong educational program in Mechanical Engineering.

Auburn Chi has sponsored freshman and senior scholarships, a pre-engineering open house and tour of Mechanical Engineering, an initiate smoker, and an undergraduate tutorial program.

ANNUAL SUMMARY REPORTS

2020-2021 Mackenzie Pitts, President

For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Auburn Chi chapter of Pi Tau Sigma conducted initiations, hosted several social events, invested in our community through service, and held chapter meetings to elect new officers and discuss new initiatives. Despite limitations to gather imparted by the pandemic, the commitment to serve and honor the Mechanical Engineering department and its students remained constant.

This past year, an emphasis was made to establish fellowship within the chapter. To spur this initiative, the chapter instituted a new policy where all members are required to attend at least one social event each semester in order to remain in good standing. Due to gathering limitations imparted by Auburn University, meeting for social events became difficult. In the fall and spring semesters, Auburn Chi hosted several bent polishing parties. Each day allowed new initiates to use a dremel to polish their bent and an opportunity to connect with their fellow initiates. There were also virtual events held each semester. Members first had the opportunity to attend a movie night where we showed The Starfish Throwers, and they later were invited to a trivia night themed with Auburn and Mechanical Engineering department questions. As the guidelines eased in the Spring, the chapter hosted the first Mini Design Night in which students competed to design and build a boat using only aluminum foil, and the student whose boat held the most pennies without sinking in a container of water won a prize. This project allowed them to apply design skills they had acquired from their classes in a creative and relaxed environment.

Not only was gathering in-person for service events hindered, but many annual events in the Auburn area were cancelled this year. Instead, the chapter supported a local food drive, encouraging members to donate cans of food to the East Alabama Food Bank throughout both semesters. Towards the end of the year, many students participated in the Big Event, a community-wide day of service, by helping with yard-work.

By navigating this year despite the challenges presented, Auburn Chi found new ways to increase the community among its members. The current president of the chapter, Mackenzie Pitts, attended the virtual National Convention and took away a few key tips to incorporate into Auburn Chi. These new ideas will contribute to a year of fellowship and continued service to the Mechanical Engineering Department on Auburn University’s campus.

Spring 2021 Initiation

Spring 2021 Initiation

 

2019-2020 Nicholas Devereaux, President

         During the 2019-2020 academic year, the Auburn Chi chapter of Pi Tau Sigma conducted initiations, participated in community service activities, and held chapter wide meetings to elect officers and discussed new ideas to continually improve our chapter. Auburn Chi maintained its support of the Mechanical Engineering department and set forth a path to create closer bonds of fellowship and promote the professional welfare of its members.

         We continued to widen our selection of career development activities and workshops for all members, while adapting and improving from the results of previous attempts. In the fall, we had an elevator speech and resume workshop that allowed us to meet new members and prepare skills for the Career Fair, which was in the same week. Members were able to practice their elevator speech to each other and give feedback as well. We again worked with ASME to have a night just for members to meet companies on a smaller, more relaxed scale and multiple people got job offers from it. We will continue to increase the number of career-oriented events we hold in the following years, with plans to open them to any student, not just members.

          In the fall and spring semesters Auburn Chi hosted several bent polishing parties. Each event was held to provide members the opportunity to use a Dremel Rotary Tool to polish their bent and connect with their fellow initiates. This also served the dual benefit of teaching proper power tool and shop safety to our member. Pizza and other snacks were provided to liven the atmosphere. We had a board game night in the fall that allowed members to participate in an evening of friendly competition as well.

         Throughout both semesters, the Auburn Chi chapter was proud to have its members represent us in a variety of community service activities and organizations. Between campus groups such as IMPACT and the individual plans of members, we had a positive influence on the Auburn community. Auburn Chi continued to support the Mechanical Engineering department by providing tours and speaking to the visiting high school and middle school students at E-day and giving tours of the Mechanical Engineering building. Two members, Nicholas Devereaux and Sean Gant attended the national convention hosted by Colorado State in February. Both returned with several ideas on how to further expand Auburn Chi’s impact on campus by furthering efforts to establish alumni relations, fundraising, creating more social and service opportunities. The current board of officers has already set plans to incorporate these suggestions and the suggestions of current members to further expand the role of the Auburn Chi chapter on campus.

      By further expanding the social and service events hosted, and exploring new methods of increasing the community between current members, Auburn Chi will continue to grow and looks forward to a year full of new ideas, fellowship, and continued service to the Mechanical Engineering department on Auburn University’s campus.

Initiation Spring 2020 Screenshot

New inductees during the Spring 2020 Initiation

2018-2019 Katelyn Jenkins, President

         For the 2018-2019 academic year, the Auburn Chi chapter of Pi Tau Sigma conducted initiations, actively donated service hours, hosted several new social events, and held chapter wide meetings to elect officers and discussed new ideas to expand the outreach of the chapter. Auburn Chi maintained its support of the Mechanical Engineering department and set forth a path to create closer bonds of fellowship, continue to coordinate departmental activities, and promote the professional welfare of its members.

         This past year, an emphasis was made to incorporate more career development opportunities for the new initiates and current members. In the spring we had an elevator speech and resume workshop that allowed us to meet new members and prepare skills for the Career Fair, which was in the same week. Members were able to practice their elevator speech to each other promoting fellowship and confidence. We also worked with ASME to have a night just for members to meet companies on a smaller, more relaxed scale and multiple people got job offers from it.

          In the fall and spring semesters Auburn Chi hosted several bent polishing parties. Each party allowed new initiates access to a dremel to polish their bent and an opportunity to connect with their fellow initiates. We had two movie nights in the fall and a trivia night in the spring that allowed members to participate in an evening of friendly competition. We also had several members compete in the annual ASME student vs professor softball game, the students unfortunately and surprisingly lost.

         This past spring, Auburn Chi contributed a team to Auburn University’s Big Event service project. Members spent an entire morning helping with yardwork for a group of elderly women in the community. Auburn Chi continued to support the Mechanical Engineering department by providing tours and speaking to the visiting high school and middle school students at E-day and giving tours of the Mechanical Engineering building. Two members, Chase Matthews and Elise Bauer attended the national convention hosted by Colorado State in February. Both returned with several ideas on how to further expand Auburn Chi’s impact on campus by furthering efforts to establish alumni relations, fundraising, creating more social and service opportunities. The current board of officers has already set plans to incorporate these suggestions and the suggestions of current members to further expand the role of the Auburn Chi chapter on campus.

      By further expanding the social and service events hosted, and exploring new methods of increasing the community between current members, Auburn Chi will continue to grow and looks forward to a year full of new ideas, fellowship, and continued service to the Mechanical Engineering department on Auburn University’s campus.