Carnegie Iota

Carnegie-Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Charter Date   May 20, 1930

Chapter No.   10

Advisor   Dr. Rebecca Taylor

Chapter Status

Annual Chapter Reports

Carnegie Iota

Carnegie Iota Chapter was the result of activity of the local fraternity, Mu Epsilon, established in March 1930, whose ideals were essentially the same as Pi Tau Sigma. Under the leadership of William A. Anderson and guidance of Professor T. G. Estep, the petition was presented to Pi Tau Sigma. The formal installation ceremonies were conducted by members of Penn State Zeta Chapter on May 20, 1930.

Carnegie Iota Chapter sponsors a year-end picnic for the M.E. Dept. students and faculty, informative seminars on selection of options, and a seminar to introduce M.E. freshman to the M.E. department. Each pledge class publishes The Shaft, a semi-humorous newsletter for the M.E. Dept.

2019-2020, Melissa Bryan, Chapter President

The Carnegie Iota chapter of Pi Tau Sigma continues to reward outstanding mechanical engineering students for their academic success, their leadership qualities, and their commitment to service. We extend a continued commitment towards improving these elements within our members, and within the larger Mechanical Engineering community at Carnegie Mellon. We have continued our tradition of offering mechanical engineering students the opportunity to network with recruiters before career fairs, and we have drawn in over 110 students this year, a remarkable improvement from last year, and we plan to continue this trajectory into coming years. We have had the wonderful opportunity to connect students with companies such as Microsoft, Nucor, Lutron, PwC, Honeywell, and many more. In addition to the networking opportunities we continue to provide to our community, we also are growing in our service to the surrounding community. This year, we have planted trees, and taught young students about rockets, among many other service events organized by our service chairs. Showing our ability to adapt, our service chair has created a “webinar” series where students can meet professors from across the mechanical engineering department, and learn such things as how to make a grilled cheese sandwich or to test students’ knowledge in trivia nights. We have also committed ourselves towards building a more impactful chapter by organizing the first graduate student initiates in recent Carnegie Iota history, which will be initiated in the Fall of 2020, following a rigorous selection process. We are excited about the years to come, and have been seeking to improve our chapter’s logistic setup by forming a roster so that an alumni network can be obtained in the near future. Overall, this year has been integral to the improvement of our chapter for future years, and we look forward to all that there is to come. We also welcome our new members, inducted during this school year!

Carnegie Iota New Members 2020

2018-2019, Alexander Baikovitz, Chapter President

The Carnegie Iota chapter of Pi Tau Sigma strives to enhance the academic, leadership, and social experience of Mechanical Engineering students at Carnegie Mellon. Every year, we provide opportunities for students to expand their networks through job fair breakfasts and alumni panels. We hosted two job fair breakfasts, which included recruiters from Microsoft, Mars Inc., Honeywell, General Dynamics, Nucor, Daimler, and more. These events helped students not only find summer internship opportunities and full-time positions, but they allowed them to ask professionals about their experiences in their industries as well. In addition to our career development opportunities, we have been working to expand our outreach to the Pittsburgh community through community service. Throughout the past year, we have partnered with Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering to help host events aimed at young students by helping them learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We also helped strengthen the bonds among students and professors through social activities and gatherings which provided opportunities for students to interact with faculty outside of the classroom setting. Finally, we participated in the first ever “MechE Day” for students, faculty, and staff in the mechanical engineering department. Our organization continues to work on improving our ties with the students and faculty of our university and creating lasting connections with the overall Pi Tau Sigma community.