San Diego Beta Delta

University of San Diego
San Diego, CA 92110

Charter Date   February, 11 2011

Chapter No.   172

Advisor   Dr. Ming Huang

Chapter Status

Annual Chapter Report

2020-2021 Nathan Shah, President


The San Diego Beta Delta Chapter does not have an activities to report due to the University of San Diego transitioning to remote learning amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of San Diego is returning to in person instruction in the Fall 2021. With the transition to in person learning in the Fall 2021 and the lessening of restrictions, it can be expected that there will be more activities to report for the 2021-2022 academic year. The current leadership of the San Diego Beta Delta Chapter is working on a new plan for increased participation from its members.


Below is a photo taken from the initiation of new members held in May 2021. The names of the people and their positions are listed from top to bottom and left to right.


Dr. Ming Huang, Faculty Advisor

Jocelyn Kuykendall, Executive Assistant for the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering at USD

Dr. Melissa Gibbons, Honorary Faculty Advisor

Rhett Gavson, Vice-President

Cade Kirschman, Member

Nathan Shah, President

Ruiqi Xue, Member

Mary Noya, Member

Geoffrey Farmar, Member

Harrison Mellao, Member

Benjamin Foote, Member

Sabrina Smith, Member

Destin Altman, Member


2020-2021 Initiation

San Diego Beta Delta



University of San Diego’s (USD) Beta Delta chapter inducted ten new members whose candidacy was dependent on good academic standing and within the top 25% of their cohort.  Students who have senior standing but are in the junior cohort must be as high as the top 10% of their cohort.  Before sending out invitations, the current executive team reviews a list of eligible members provided by the chapter advisor.  If any executive members found any issues with any candidates, they would speak forth and the group would vote – majority rules.  At this point, the final list of members (none eliminated this year), were sent back to the chapter advisor to invite.  A single initiation for the 10 new members was conducted on the 30th of April 2019.  After the initiation, the current president and vice president facilitated the selection of new executive members.  This was done by explaining each position and having interested newly inducted members give speeches about themselves and their qualifications for each position.  From there, the newly inducted members would vote for their new executive team.  In order to keep members from knowing who was voting for who, we had all members cover their eyes during voting and hold up a fist.  When a candidate’s name was called, members would open their fist to vote yes on that candidate.  Closed fists implied no vote.     
Chapter Activities
Chapter meetings were only held once per semester to brainstorm and move forward with activity ideas.  There was an additional meeting in the Spring for executive members to validate new candidates.  This year the chapter managed only a few activities and all activities were academically related.  During midterm and finals seasons, our Pi Tau Sigma chapter hosted study sessions with snacks as well as tutoring sessions for lower-class students.  See images below of members studying with and tutoring non-members in Robotic Kinematics and Modeling.  Pictured is vice president Danielle Gadbois reviewing notes as students Nathan Hoong and Brian Lee go over some practice problems provided by vice president Gadbois and president Christian Yee-Yanagishita.
This semester, Pi Tau Sigma members took time to get to know each other better.  Once per month, any available members would meet at the local brewery for trivia night.  This was a great opportunity for the members to practice our trivia skills as well as get to know each other better.  This was especially valuable for the executive team as it allowed us to work better together.  Additionally, growing bonds between members allowed us to share our experiences with finding jobs and notify others of companies and positions that others may want to apply to.  Additionally, within the chapter, members had a Google folder with all of our resumes which other members could either use for reference or suggest edits to other members.  This was a great way for members to improve their resumes and see how others are portraying themselves to companies.