VMI Alpha Psi

Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, Va. 24450

Charter Date   April 23, 2007

Chapter No.   168

Advisor   Dr. Robert McMasters

Chapter Status

Annual Chapter Reports

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.


ANNUAL SUMMARY REPORTS

2021-2022 Robert McMasters, Advisor

During the past year, the Alpha Psi chapter inducted nine new members, all but one of whom were juniors.  An induction ceremony was held on March 21, 2022.  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 distinguished from the chapter of Tau Beta Pi, a general engineering fraternity, 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 refreshments, was held following the spring induction ceremony. All of the current chapter members were invited to the induction ceremony.

The chapter conducted an election to establish new officers for next year.  The new officers are

President: Rory Groat (groatrm23@mail.vmi.edu)

Vice President: Nathan Stewart (stewartnc23@mail.vmi.edu)

Secretary/Treasurer: William Caulfield (caulfieldwr23@mail.vmi.edu)

All of the Chapter members this year were designated as being “distinguished in academic merit,” as determined by the Virginia Military Institute, 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 Jacob Benny, Loic Bignan, Nathaniel Gardener, Logan Lamm, Makenna Moore, Ethan Schlussel, and Jacob Thacker all completed a mathematics minor in addition to the curriculum for the mechanical engineering major.

Chapter members Jacob Benny, Hamilton Lee and Joseph Spears completed a concentration in nuclear engineering, in addition to the curriculum for the mechanical engineering major.

Chapter members Jacob Benny and Makenna Moore completed a physics minor, in addition to the curriculum for the mechanical engineering major.

Chapter members Hamilton Lee, Ethan Schlussel, Andrew Solack, Joseph Spears and Jacob Thacker completed a concentration in aerospace engineering, in addition to the curriculum for the mechanical engineering major.

Chapter President Ethan Schlussel completed a concentration in Spanish, in addition to the curriculum for the mechanical engineering major.

Chapter members Loic Bignan, Logan Lamm, and Ethan Schlussel each completed an Institute Honors project, earning this designation upon graduation. 

Makenna Moore received the William H. Milton, Jr. Class of 1920 Award, given to the first-standing graduate in mechanical engineering.

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.  They also participate in Group Study Sessions (GSS) where underclassmen are afforded the guidance of upperclassmen in small groups, so as to improve their performance in freshman and sophomore mechanical engineering courses.  Additionally, Pi Tau Sigma members assist instructors in reviewing homework submissions from underclassmen in order to ease the grading burden on the faculty.