VMI Alpha Psi

Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, Va. 24450

Charter Date   April 23, 2007

Chapter No.   168

Advisor   Dr. Robert McMasters

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VMI Alpha Psi

The VMI Alpha Psi Chapter was founded in 2007 under the leadership of Dr. Michael Sexton, who had been originally inducted into the Virginia Tech Upsilon Chapter in 1965. The following year, Dr. Robert McMasters became the faculty advisor, who had originally been inducted into the inaugural Naval Academy Delta Psi Chapter in 1978.

The VMI Alpha Psi Chapter has provided student volunteers to serve as guides for tours of the Mechanical Engineering laboratories to prospective students in an effort to recruit top candidates during six annual Open House Weekends at VMI. Many members also serve as tutors through the VMI Mechanical Engineering Department’s “Peer Study Session” program.


2018-2019 Robert McMasters, Advisor

During the past year, the Alpha Psi chapter inducted nine new members, two of whom were seniors and the remainder of whom were juniors.  An induction ceremony was held on March 13, 2019.  Membership certificates and membership cards were awarded at that time. 

The criterion for selection into the Pi Tau Sigma chapter at VMI is the student’s major GPA in mechanical engineering courses.  This is because a chapter of Tau Beta Pi, a general engineering fraternity, is also sponsored by VMI along with the Pi Tau Sigma chapter.  The procedure for the initiation ceremony follows the script from the Rituals of Pi Tau Sigma.

A reception including a taco bar, soft drinks, and cookies was held immediately after the induction ceremony on March 13, 2019.  All of the current members were invited to this event. 

All of the graduating Chapter members this year were qualified, as determined by the Virginia Military Institute, as being distinguished in academic merit, which allows them to wear gold-star insignia on their uniforms.

All graduating chapter members successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination, administered by the State of Virginia for the official designation of Engineer in Training (EIT).

Chapter members Logan Adams, Jonathan Chamberlain, Adam Crum, Joseph Lewers, James Seal, and David Smith all completed a mathematics minor in addition to the curriculum for the mechanical engineering major.

Chapter members Logan Adams, Jonathan Chamberlain, Adam Crum, Reese Laferriere, Joseph Lewers, and David Smith all completed a concentration in nuclear engineering in addition to the curriculum for the mechanical engineering major.

Chapter member Adam Crum completed a minor in physics in addition to the curriculum for the mechanical engineering major.

Chapter member Robert Fricke completed an Institute Honors project, earning this designation upon graduation.  He also received the Wilbur S. Hinman Award for the best thesis in the Engineering Division.

Chapter member James Seal received the William H. Milton, Jr. Class of 1920 Award, given to the first-standing graduate in mechanical engineering.

The VMI Alpha Psi Chapter participated in a fundraiser to purchase a planer for the Mechanical Engineering Machine Shop.  The Chapter members obtained bronze ingots and utilized the Mechanical Engineering Department’s foundry to cast bronze tomahawks, which they sold for $30 apiece.  They sold 18 tomahawks and delivered the proceeds to the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Pi Tau Sigma members occasionally conduct tours of the mechanical engineering laboratories.  The tours are for high school students who express interest in mechanical engineering as a potential academic major.  The tour-guides lead the students throughout the laboratories and classrooms of the Engineering Building during open house events which are conducted on six designated weekends throughout the year.