Santa Clara Alpha Epsilon

Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Charter Date   April 29, 1991

Chapter No.   150

Advisor   Dr. On Shun Pak

Chapter Status

Annual Chapter Reports

Santa Clara Alpha Epsilon

Encouraged by student and faculty interest in Pi Tau Sigma, Dr. Lilia A. Sanchez (Texas Delta Gamma) submitted a petition for a new chapter at Santa Clara University to the National Council of Pi Tau Sigma in the summer of 1990. The petition was approved at the fall convention, and the Santa Clara Alpha Epsilon Chapter was formally installed by National President Dr. James W. Welty, and Vice President Dr. Walter Yuen on April 29, 1991. To celebrate the occasion of the installation of the 150th chapter of Pi Tau Sigma, a reception and banquet was held at the Adobe Lodge Faculty Club on the Santa Clara University campus. New initiates included twenty-two students and six honorary members. The chapter is proud that all of the Mechanical Engineering professors have become Pi Tau Sigma members. Dr. Sanchez serves as faculty advisor.

The Santa Clara Alpha Epsilon chapter members will work to promote and exemplify the high ideals of Pi Tau Sigma. The chapter plants to work closely with the ASME student section in its functions and with the Mechanical Engineering Department in service projects such as Freshman Orientation and Preview Day.

A long term project will be the retrieval of a Montgomery glider plane, one of two in existence, for display at the Santa Clara University campus. The plane was developed by John Montgomery, a pioneer in aviation and SCU faculty member at the turn of the century.

 

ANNUAL SUMMARY REPORTS

2018-2019 Jamie Ferris, President

During the 2018-2019 academic year, active members were involved during the Fall Quarter as student volunteers for the School’s Open House day, interacting with interested high school students and representing the school as a whole. Additionally, an internship information panel was organized by Santa Clara Alpha Epsilon in order to better assist primarily freshmen and sophomore engineering students in understanding how to be competitive applicants for engineering internships. Similarly, a graduate school application information panel was organized in order to inform primarily junior and senior engineering students about the pros and cons of graduate school as well as assist them in the school selection and application processes. These events made Fall Quarter our busiest!

During Winter Quarter, our initiation of the junior class of mechanical engineering students was held. 11 candidates joined Santa Clara Alpha Epsilon, and these candidates and active members joined together afterwards to eat and get to know each other. After initiation, there were several volunteer activities for members within the School of Engineering. Members participated in Santa Clara University’s Engineer’s Week as well as volunteering in an admitted student calling campaign where they answered questions for high school students debating whether or not to attend Santa Clara.

During Spring Quarter, students once again volunteered for Santa Clara’s Preview Days, a weekend dedicated to welcoming admitted students and providing tours and information to them. Elections were held on Tuesday, May 22 to determine the officer board for the next year. A final officer meeting was then held to provide guidance to the society’s new officers and ensure a smooth transition.

 

2017-2018  Grant Mishler, President

During the 2017-2018 academic year, active members were involved during the Fall Quarter as student volunteers for the School’s Open House day, interacting with interested high school students and representing the school as a whole. Additionally, a tour and info session for Space Systems Loral were co-organized by Santa Clara Alpha Epsilon, as well as the student chapter of ASME on campus.

During Winter Quarter, our initiation of the junior class of mechanical engineering students was held. 11 candidates joined Santa Clara Alpha Epsilon, and these candidates and active members joined together afterwards to eat and get to know each other. After initiation, there were several volunteer activities for members within the School of Engineering. For Engineer’s Week, Pi Tau Sigma sponsored a paper airplane competition as part of an engineering carnival. Members also participated in an admitted student calling campaign, to answer questions for high school students debating whether or not to attend Santa Clara.

Spring Quarter was the most active quarter, thanks to both junior and senior members participating in events for the entire quarter. Students once again volunteered for Santa Clara’s Preview Days, a weekend dedicated to welcoming admitted students and providing tours and information to them. Elections were held on Tuesday, May 22 to determine the officer board for the next year. An event called “Life after SCU” was held on May 31, where several alumni and faculty were invited to come and sit on a panel for current undergraduate mechanical engineering students, answering questions about the different paths that one may take upon receiving their bachelor’s degree, and how to go about pursuing these paths. Finally, a Senior Dinner was held to congratulate those graduating from Santa Clara.