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04-23-2013

Clarkson University Pi Tau Sigma Students Attend National Convention

A group of eight Clarkson University students traveled to the annual convention for Pi Tau Sigma, the international mechanical engineering honor society, held at Ohio State University earlier this semester.
 
Left to right: Thomas Rogers, Shannon Wrede, Kenneth Mark, Barry Pawlowski, Kevin M Sweeney, Janine Amell, Daniel Spencer, and Matthew Fitts.Clarkson’s Tau Gamma chapter of Pi Tau Sigma was represented by mechanical engineering majors Thomas Rogers ’13 of Upper Black Eddy, Pa., Shannon Wrede ’13 of Peachtree, Ga., Kenneth Mark ’14 of Dansville, N.Y., Janine Amell ’13 of Schenectady, N.Y., and Daniel Spencer ’13 of Penn Yan, N.Y.; and mechanical engineering and aeronautical engineering  double majors Matthew Fitts ’13 of Ballston Spa, N.Y., Barry Pawlowski ’14 of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Kevin M Sweeney ’14 of Middletown, N.Y.

The convention provided Clarkson students with an opportunity to meet and network with other Pi Tau Sigma members from around the country, as well as nominate national officers for the honor society. Nearly 60 chapters attended the convention; there are approximately 55 Clarkson students active in Clarkson’s Tau Gamma chapter.

“The conference was a great experience,” Wrede said. “It was eye opening to see the different activities other Pi Tau Sigma chapters engaged in. Clarkson's chapter was able to take back a lot of ideas to help engage its members in club activities throughout the year."

The students also listened to a panel discussion featuring officials from Honda R&D, Pratt & Whitney, Autodesk and Schlumberger on “Engineering for a Societal Impact.” The panelists shared their experiences in the engineering field and offered advice to students.

The trip to central Ohio also included a tour of the National Electric Coil plant, which provides repairs of electrical components for motors used in power generation plants, and of the Ohio State Football Stadium. The students also received a presentation on cloud computing technology from Autodesk, a software corporation. 

"The best part of the conference was meeting all the different members from other chapters around the nation,” Wrede said.  “Pi Tau Sigma strongly encourages networks within the Mechanical Engineering field and it was encouraging to meet students that were in the same major to truly develop connections with them."

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Photo caption: A group of Clarkson University students traveled to the annual convention for Pi Tau Sigma, the international mechanical engineering honor society. Left to right: Thomas Rogers, Shannon Wrede, Kenneth Mark, Barry Pawlowski, Kevin M Sweeney, Janine Amell, Daniel Spencer, and Matthew Fitts.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/PTS-2013.jpg .]

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