Stevens Phi Omicron

Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Charter Date   October 17, 1986

Chapter No.   136

Advisor   Dr. Siva Thangam

Chapter Status

Annual Chapter Reports

Stevens Phi Omicron

During the fall of 1983, Dr. John N. Crisp, then Department Head of Mechanical Engineering, recognized the need for a Mechanical Engineering Honor Fraternity that represented the Mechanical Engineering ideals. Under his leadership, eligible mechanical engineering students petitioned the National Council of Pi Tau Sigma for a chapter to be installed at Stevens. The Stevens Phi Omicron Chapter was formally installed October 17, 1986, by National President Hudy Hewitt, Jr., and National Secretary-Treasurer Edwin Griggs.

The chapter honors outstanding students in Mechanical Engineering. In addition to representing the traditions and high ideals of Pi Tau Sigma, the chapter actively supports the programs of the Mechanical Engineering Department. The chapter also actively promotes high scholastic standards of excellence in Mechanical Engineering and strives to nurture the ideals of Pi Tau Sigma in the future leaders in mechanical engineering.


ANNUAL SUMMARY REPORTS

2018-2019 Siva Thangam, Faculty Advisor

During AY 2018-19, Stevens conducted two initiation ceremonies. The fall initiation ceremony for the Academic year was conducted on December 5, 2018 and 25 new members were initiated.  The spring initiation ceremony was conducted on May 7, 2019 and 5 new members were initiated. The Chapter Officers and the Faculty Advisor officiated the initiation ceremony.

Since Stevens Institute of Technology follows a broad based engineering curriculum with a common core for the first three semesters, students are not required to declare their engineering major before their fourth semester. In order to ensure that all initiates graduate as Mechanical Engineering majors, the chapter has established a policy to initiate only juniors (5th and 6th semesters) and seniors (in their 7th semester). Students who have excellent academic record (top sixth or 16.7% and who have a GPA of 3.7 or “High Honors”) and who are in good standing are reviewed and invited to become members of the Stevens Phi Omicron Chapter.

The chapter pays the dues for all the students who are initiated. In addition, the chapter also provides stoles at no cost to all graduating seniors, who are members of the chapter. Funds for all chapter activities and socials are provided by the Mechanical Engineering Department.

The Stevens Phi Omicron chapter participated in the fall and spring Mechanical Engineering Advising fairs for students in their sophomore and junior years. Chapter members also served in the Engineering Panel for the Introduction to Engineering (E-101). The chapter again successfully organized and implemented an academic tutoring program along with final exam reviews for the mechanical engineering undergraduate students during the fall and the spring terms.

The chapter assisted the Mechanical Engineering Department with the open house for accepted students, which was hosted by Stevens on Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14, 2019. In addition to volunteering their time for the various laboratory tours and for interactions with the students and parents several senior capstone design projects were on display. The special outreach program involving the organization of a STEM Club, which was started at the Lady Liberty Academy Charter School in Newark during spring 2014 and expanded during 2015 was continued.

Stevens celebrated the Research & Innovation accomplishments and the successful completion of the Engineering Capstone Design of its graduating class on May 3, 2019 with an all-day campus gathering of Students, Faculty and Business Community. This annual Innovation Expo, organized by the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, is a showcase of the creativity and problem-solving capabilities of the student teams that reflect the university’s academic approach to science, engineering, business and humanities. The Stevens Phi Omicron chapter assisted the Mechanical Engineering Department with the set up for the event. Various capstone design projects were on display including those from the graduating class of Stevens Phi Omicron chapter.

The chapter report provides additional details about the capstone projects as well as the awards and recognition received by the members of the Stevens Phi Omicron chapter.

2017-2018 Siva Thangam, Faculty Advisor

During AY 2017-18, Stevens conducted two initiation ceremonies. The fall initiation ceremony for the Academic year was conducted on November 28, 2017 and 30 new members were initiated.  The spring initiation ceremony was conducted on May 3, 2018 and 7 new members were initiated. The Chapter Officers and the Faculty Advisor officiated the initiation ceremony.

Since Stevens Institute of Technology follows a broad based engineering curriculum with a common core for the first three semesters, students are not required to declare their engineering major before their fourth semester. In order to ensure that all initiates graduate as Mechanical Engineering majors, the chapter has established a policy to initiate only juniors (5th and 6th semesters) and seniors (in their 7th semester). Students who have excellent academic record (top sixth or 16.7% and who have a GPA of 3.7 or “High Honors”) and who are in good standing are reviewed and invited to become members of the Stevens Phi Omicron Chapter.

The chapter pays the dues for all the students who are initiated. In addition, the chapter also provides stoles at no cost to all graduating seniors, who are members of the chapter. Funds for all chapter activities and socials are provided by the Mechanical Engineering Department.

The chapter assisted the Mechanical Engineering Department with the open house for accepted students, which was hosted by Stevens on Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, 2018. In addition to volunteering their time for the various laboratory tours and for interactions with the students and parents several senior capstone design projects were on display, including the Off-Road Vehicle (SAE Design Competition entry) and the Omni-directional wheel system, among others.

The special outreach program involving the organization of a STEM Club, which was started at the Lady Liberty Academy Charter School in Newark during spring 2014 and expanded during 2015 was continued with several events, including the True Mentors program: an after school program which works with 2nd through 8th graders. The chapter developed and presented modules with lessons followed by hands-on projects to introduce basic concepts in engineering and science.

Stevens celebrated the Research & Innovation accomplishments and the successful completion of the Engineering Capstone Design of its graduating class on May 2, 2018 with an all-day campus gathering of Students, Faculty and Business Community. This annual Innovation Expo, organized by the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, is a showcase of the creativity and problem-solving capabilities of the student teams that reflect the university’s academic approach to science, engineering, business and humanities. The Stevens Phi Omicron chapter assisted the Mechanical Engineering Department with the set up for the event. Various capstone design projects were on display including those from the graduating class of Stevens Phi Omicron chapter.

The chapter report provides additional details about the capstone projects as well as the awards and recognition received by the members of the Stevens Phi Omicron chapter.