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Louisiana Tech chapter of Pi Tau Sigma inducts new members

Tau Xi, the Louisiana Tech University chapter of the Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering honor society, initiated three new members in its 2018 Spring Initiation April 26.

New inductees into the Pi Tau Sigma society.

Mechanical Engineering juniors, Danny Chase Dowdle, Evan Glynn and Caroline Webb, were selected for induction through an arduous process that included a review of scholarship, commitment and character. Only the top 25 percent of first-term juniors, the top 33 percent of second-term juniors and the top 35 percent of seniors are eligible to join Pi Tau Sigma. In addition, Tau Xi officers thoroughly reviewed each candidate’s extra curricular activities for dedication to and involvement with College of Engineering and Science projects.

At the ceremony, the initiates recited the society creed, sign the official member book and presented a brass key that represents the Pi Tau Sigma symbol, which they polished and mounted on a plaque.

Austin Dugas, junior mechanical engineering student and president of the Tau Xi Louisiana Tech chapter of Pi Tau Sigma, says that the initiates will earn opportunities to network with professionals throughout the field through the organization’s activities and projects.

“Companies and employers across the U.S. recognize Pi Tau Sigma as an elite and prestigious organization,” Dugas said. “And they will know that you are an individual of great scholastic achievement and outstanding character with Pi Tau Sigma behind your name. Connections from Pi Tau Sigma are being made every day in the professional world, and these connections start here with our chapter: Tau Xi.”

The new members are joining one of the most active Pi Tau Sigma chapters. Tau Xi was one of four chapters around the world to earn the Outstanding Service Award at the 2018 National Convention for its organization and participation in events and activities throughout the year. They will participate in ongoing activities with Tau Xi, such as its annual participation in The Big Event, Take on Tech and E&S Day, its academic support through course review sessions and its fellowship events, as well as new activities such as selection of a Sophomore of the Year in the upcoming Fall Quarter.

Pi Tau Sigma members

“Pi Tau Sigma has a long history at Louisiana Tech, dating back to the late 1950s,” Dr. Arden Moore, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and nanosystems engineering and Tau Xi advisor, said. “The newest class of initiates is thus joining a long list of Tech alumni that exemplify a commitment to academic excellence and service. In addition, I couldn’t be more proud of our chapter’s officers who, over the past two years, have gone above and beyond in terms of chapter activities and community outreach. The award our Tau Xi chapter received at nationals exemplifies their strong leadership and openness to new opportunities.”

“Being a part of Pi Tau Sigma is more than just a resume item,” Dugas added. “It is a community of mechanical engineers dedicated to improving our undergraduate experience and reaching our community, one fun project at a time.”

Pi Tau Sigma is an international honors society and the largest mechanical engineering honors society in the United States. Pi Tau Sigma members are chosen on a basis of sound engineering ability, scholarship service, leadership, and integrity. The Pi Tau Sigma mission is to strive to create better engineers through a commitment to academic excellence and dedication to service