California Sigma Eta

California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, CA 90840

Charter Date   May 13, 1966

Chapter No.   80

Advisor   Dr. Allen Teagle-Hernandez

Chapter Status

Annual Chapter Reports

California Sigma Eta

In the fall term of 1965, leading mechanical engineering students in California State College at Long Beach presented to the National Council of Pi Tau Sigma a petition for the establishment of a local chapter. The students were assisted in their endeavor by Professor R. W. Leutwiler, Jr. and Professor H. Unt, then Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Formal installation of the California Sigma Eta Chapter took place on May 13, 1966, with National President E. K. Springer, National Secretary- Treasurer J. W. Bayne, and Regional Vice-President D. R. Haworth officiating.

Particular aims of the California Sigma Eta Chapter are to promote close student-faculty relationships and to improve scholarship in mechanical engineering.The chapter also cooperates with the A.S.M.E. Student Section. The current projects of the chapter are to embed a three-foot replica of the Pi Tau Sigma key into. the monument in front of the School of Engineering, and to conduct a survey among the mechanical engineering alumni.


2020-2021 Taylor Uyama, President

The 2020-2021 academic year is a start of a new chapter at California State University, Long Beach. For the past two years, the chapter was inactive and no new members were initiated. All the active members have graduated and the organization was non-existent. I, Taylor Uyama, have returned to CSULB for the graduate program. Already a member, I was able to make Pi Tau Sigma active on campus for current students as well as for future engineers. My main objective was to give opportunities for students to become permanent members and provide networking among members as well as alumni and people within the industry. For Fall 2020, the only requirement for initiation was to pay the $50 dues. Due to Covid-19, campus was closed. To promote social distancing, big bent polish, community service, and social events were not a requirement like previous years. The initiates did not receive their personal bent at the time of collection of the dues since campus was closed and did not have access to the organization office. Initiation was held on December 5, 2020 through Zoom. 3 people initiated out of over 80 invitations were sent to eligible students. Bill and Natalie joined us in the initiation. They were the original founders of Pi Tau Sigma at CSULB over a decade ago. Bill guided me through the process of the application of the organization on campus as well as setting up the organization website. In Spring 2021, the 3 members received their certificate, their membership card, and their personal bent since one was not provided in the Fall. No members were initiated in Spring 2021. I have reached the department chair of engineering for the eligible students but I did not receive the list at all. I hosted a seminar through Zoom about Python. I briefly went over how to program Python with the knowledge that the members fully understand Matlab. Python and Matlab have similar structure but the formatting is slightly different. I sent emails to members regarding regalia and jewelry but none were interested. Members were encouraged to attend the conference through Zoom. I have attended the conference, representing the chapter at CSULB. Hopefully the campus reopens for the 2021-2022 academic year. Pi Tau Sigma can provide tutoring to all students as well as fund projects for Pi Tau Sigma projects.