South Alabama Phi Xi

University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL 36608

Charter Date   October 26, 1985

Chapter No.   135

Advisor   Dr. David Nelson

Chapter Status

Annual Chapter Reports

South Alabama Phi Xi

The University of South Alabama was established by an Act of the Alabama State legislature in May 1963. The Mechanical Engineering Program received ABET accreditation in 1983, and at the time plans were made to establish a Pi Tau Sigma Chapter. In the fall of 1985, fifteen Mechanical Engineering students, under the direction of Department Chairman Dr. George W. Douglas, petitioned the National Council for a chapter to be established at the University of South Alabama.

The Phi Xi Chapter was formally installed on October 26, 1985, by National President Hudy Hewitt, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer Edwin Griggs, and Vice-President Bill Cottingham.

The Phi Xi Chapter will occupy a leadership position within the Mechanical Engineering Department, and service to the profession will be promoted.


2022-2023 Julia Nelson, Acting President

The South Alabama Phi Xi chapter was re-established this year after several years of inactivity. In February 2023 an initiation ceremony was held and ten students were inducted into the chapter. In March the chapter sent four students to the international convention in Auburn, AL, where they connected with other Pi Tau Sigma members across the country and learned how to grow the chapter. Elections for new officers were held on April 28, 2023. The new officers for the 2023-2024 academic year are Julia Nelson (President), Pedro Infante (Vice President), Angela Russ (Secretary), and Ashwin Dahal (Treasurer). No other events or projects were held due to the inactivity of the chapter during the last several years.