Purdue Beta

Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Charter Date   May 13, 1922

Chapter No.   3

Advisor   Dr. Song Zhang

Chapter Status

Annual Chapter Reports

Purdue Beta

During World War I, mechanical 'engineering students at Purdue organized the "Oilers" and later changed the name to "Carzeuran" (from Carnot, Zeuner,and Rankine). The ideals of this group were identical with those of Pi Tau Sigma and the Purdue Beta Chapter of Pi Tau Sigma was installed May 13, 1922. At present Purdue Beta has the largest total membership and has always remained active, cooperating with faculty in supporting plans for the advancement of the students in the M. E. school. Some of the major activities are: sponsoring of a test file system, the presentation of graduate school information seminars and literature, sponsoring a senior class picture composites, and the coordination of may interdepartmental student-faculty activities. Purdue Beta obtained much of its national reputation largely through the efforts of Prof. David S. Clark who not only provided guidance and leadership for over fifty years, but served as an inspiration to many generations of mechanical engineering students.


ANNUAL SUMMARY REPORTS

2018-2019 Kaan Ardic - President

Purdue Beta had an outstanding year of involvement and service. While the chapter maintained its practices of meetings, leadership, social events, and initiations (33 initiates), emphasis was placed on expanding our influence beyond our own organization. 

Mechanical Engineering Department Involvement

Purdue Beta supports the Purdue ME department in numerous ways, however supporting students academically and initiating department improvements are the most prominent.

The chapter provides academic support to students by holding review sessions, making practice exams and study guides available, and connecting students with tutors. Review sessions are held for each introductory level mechanical engineering course (statics, dynamics, thermodynamics I) before major exams. PTS members who have excelled at the course lead students through a practice exam and answer questions. These sessions were quite popular as attendance would reach almost 50 students per review session. Beyond review sessions, practice exams and solutions as well as newly added study guides are available for sale from Pi Tau Sigma. In an effort to keep up with the digital age, the year was spent digitizing the exams to allow practice exams to be available online. If students request further help, Purdue Beta maintains a list of qualified tutors including PTS members and ME graduate students. This list is posted on our website and distributed by the advising office to any student that is struggling. Around 30 students were impacted by this service.

Purdue Beta’s largest impact came from hosting the Mechanical Engineering Forum both semesters. This forum offers students and faculty a unique opportunity to have an open discussion at the end of the semester about how the department, curriculum, and classes can be improved. The initial talking points are gathered from school wide polls asking about students’ experiences in classes. For students, the forum is a chance to voice their concerns and have them addressed directly by the faculty in charge. This event allows faculty to understand how changes they make to their courses and teaching methods affect students and further improvements. Examples of issues raised during this year’s forum include timely grading, more feedback for incorrect answers, easier access to online resources from class (lectures, past exams), and more power strips in certain areas of the ME building. Faculty members present include the department head, the head of undergraduate courses, and professors. 

Community Involvement

In the local community, Purdue Beta members participated in many service events, however two stand out as the most impactful. Boiler Blast is an event that takes place every semester and allows Purdue students to make a positive impression in the community by fulfilling the yard work needs of local residents including raking, mowing, and weeding. This year, 26 Purdue PTS members participated. The second main service event is the Boys & Girls Club Carnival sponsored by PTS at the Lafayette Club, which features a bounce house, inflatable obstacle course, and a number of small carnival games. 7 PTS member participated as one member ran each station and distributed candy.

2017-2018 Margaret Graham - President

Purdue Beta had an outstanding year of involvement and service. While the chapter maintained its practices of meetings, leadership, social events, and initiations (37 initiates), emphasis was placed on expanding our influence beyond our own organization. 

Mechanical Engineering Department Involvement

Purdue Beta supports the Purdue mechanical engineering department in numerous ways, however supporting students academically and initiating departments improvements are the most prominent.

The chapter provides academic support to students by holding review sessions, making practice exams available, and connecting students with tutors. Review sessions are held for each introductory level mechanical engineering course (statics, dynamics, thermodynamics I) before every exam. PTS members who have excelled at the course lead students through a practice exam and take questions. These sessions were quite popular with attendance reaching almost 80 students per review session. The chapter estimates that approximately 300 students attended at least one session. Beyond review sessions, practice exams and solutions are available for sale from Pi Tau Sigma at 25 cents per exam. In an effort to keep up with the digital age, the year was spent digitizing the exams to allow practice exams to be available online. If students more direct further help, Purdue Beta maintains a list of qualified tutors including PTS members and ME graduate students. This list is distributed by the advising office to any student that is struggling. Around 50 students were impacted by this service.

Purdue Beta’s largest impact came from hosting the mechanical engineering forum both semesters. This forum offers students and faculty a unique opportunity to have an open discussion at the end of the semester about how the department, curriculum, and classes can be improved. The initial talking points are gathered from school wide polls asking about students’ experiences in classes. For students, the forum is a chance to voice their concerns and have them addressed directly by the faculty in charge. This event allows faculty to understand how changes they make to their courses and teaching methods affect students and further improvements. Examples of issues raised during this year’s forum include  homework weight, student machine shop culture, and access to online resources (lectures, past exams). Faculty members present include the department head, the head of undergraduate courses, and professors. 

Community Involvement

In the local community, Purdue Beta members participated in many service events, however two stand out as the most impactful. BoilerBlast is an event that takes place every semester and allows Purdue students to make a positive impression in the community by fulfilling the yardwork needs of local residents including raking, mowing, and weeding. This event occurs on a Saturday. This year 28 Purdue PTS members participated. The second main service event involves working with local elementary school teachers to develop a hands on project involving science and engineering. The chapter organizes the activity, purchases the necessary materials, and provides volunteers for an afternoon. This year’s projects were creating popsicle catapults and a paper plate speakers. 15 members volunteered for these elementary school events this year.