Sigma Gamma Tau

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Sigma Gamma Tau
ΣΓΤ
Founded 1953
Purdue University
Type Honorary
Scope National
Colors Red and White
Chartered February 28, 1953 at Purdue University
Chapters 54
Headquarters Department of Aerospace Engineering, Wichita State University
Wichita, Kansas, USA
Homepage SGT National Webpage

Sigma Gamma Tau is the American honor society in Aerospace Engineering. It seeks to identify and recognize achievement and excellence in the Aerospace field. Sigma Gamma Tau's collegiate chapters elect annually to membership those students, alumni, and professionals who, by conscientious attention to their studies or professional duties, uphold this high standard for the betterment of their profession.

The objectives of Sigma Gamma Tau, as stated in the preamble of the society's national constitution, are: "to recognize and honor those individuals in the field of Aeronautics and Astronautics who have, through scholarship, integrity, and outstanding achievement, been a credit to their profession. The society seeks to foster a high standard of ethics and professional practice and create a spirit of loyalty and fellowship, particularly among students of Aerospace Engineering."

History[edit]

Sigma Gamma Tau was founded on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, on February 28, 1953, "to offer appropriate recognition to persons of superior scholarship, outstanding character, and professional achievement in the field of Aeronautical Engineering."

The new society was formed by the merger of two existing societies, Tau Omega, founded in 1927 at the University of Oklahoma, and Gamma Alpha Rho, founded in 1945 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The name of the society was selected by combining the Greek letter Sigma, indicating sum, with Gamma and Tau from the initial letters of the parent organizations.

Chapters[edit]

Since its modest beginnings in 1953, the society has grown from 14 to 54 collegiate chapters and from 1,900 to 23,000+ initiated members in 9 regions:

Northeastern[edit]

  • Boston University - Boston, MA
  • Clarkson University - Potsdam, NY
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA (inactive)
  • Daniel Webster College - Nashua, NH
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Troy, NY
  • State University of New York at Buffalo - Buffalo, NY (inactive)
  • Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY

Mid-Atlantic[edit]

  • University of Maryland - College Park, MD
  • Pennsylvania State University - University Park, PA
  • University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Blacksburg, VA
  • West Virginia University - Morgantown, WV (inactive)

Southeastern[edit]

South Central[edit]

  • University of Alabama at Huntsville - Huntsville, AL
  • University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Auburn University - Auburn, AL
  • Mississippi State University - Starkville, MS
  • University of Tennessee - Knoxville, TN
  • Tuskegee University - Tuskegee, AL

Great Lakes[edit]

North Central[edit]

Southwestern[edit]

  • New Mexico State University - Las Cruces, NM
  • University of Oklahoma - Norman, OK
  • Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, OK
  • Texas A&M University - College Station, TX
  • University of Texas at Arlington - Arlington, TX (inactive)
  • University of Texas at Austin - Austin, TX

Western[edit]

Southern Pacific[edit]

  • University of California at Irvine - Irvine, CA
  • California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo - San Luis Obispo, CA
  • California State Polytechnic University - Pomona - Pomona, CA
  • California State University - Long Beach - Long Beach, CA
  • San Diego State University - San Diego, CA
  • University of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA

National leadership[edit]

National headquarters[edit]

The national headquarters of Sigma Gamma Tau is located at the Aerospace Engineering Department of Wichita State University.

National officers[edit]

  • National President: Dr. Shahriar Keshmiri, University of Kansas
  • National Vice President: Dr. Animesh Chakravarthy, Wichita State University
  • Immediate Past President: Dr. Roy Myose, Wichita State University
  • National Secretary/Treasurer: Dr. Roy Myose, Wichita State University

National convention[edit]

SGT National Convention has been held every three years since 1953 (except for the years between 1956 and 1964). The most recent convention was held in conjunction with the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting at Nashville, Tennessee in January 2012.

External links[edit]