Sigma Gamma Tau is the national honor society for aerospace engineering that seeks to recognize achievement and excellence in the aerospace field.

The SGT chapter at Texas A&M seeks to develop leaders of character by reinforcing excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect, and selfless service - the core values of Texas A&M University.

This chapter is primarily a service organization that provides tutoring & mentoring for underclassmen, performs community service, and provides exclusive professional networking events to help our members grow as an Aerospace scholar.

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. Since its modest beginnings in 1953, the society has grown from 14 to about 50 collegiate chapters and from 1,900 to over 23,000 initiated members.

The Texas A&M University chapter of Sigma Gamma Tau is steeped in tradition and history. It is one of the original founding chapters of SGT since its inception in 1957. The TAMU chapter of SGT has inducted 791 members and has provided tutoring, mentoring, and tours to the department and all of TAMU for the last 60 years.

The Texas A&M University chapter of SGT has produced 6 National and 26 Regional Outstanding Aerospace Engineering Seniors, the most in the nation in both categories!

The Sigma Gamma Tau Undergraduate Awards serve to select outstanding Aerospace Engineering students at both the regional and national levels. The regional winners receive a plaque and a $250 award. The national winner, who is selected from the regional winners, will receive the Ammon S. Andes National Award and an additional $750 (for a total of $1,000).

Membership Qualifications

Distinguished scholars within the upper 1/4 of their junior AERO class, upper 1/3 of their senior AERO class, and graduate students will be invited to join during the Spring semester.

Membership Responsibilities - Undergraduates

  • Education Minimum: 5 points per semester
    • Test Reviews: 1 per semester, 2 points per review
  • Service Minimum: 1 point per semester
    • Volunteering: 1 point per event
    • Academic Support: 1 point for academic support (>5 hours)

Academic Support

Sigma Gamma Tau provides academic support to undergraduate students in the Aerospace Engineering department in a number of ways including test reviews, one on one mentoring, and crash courses.

Students who are interested in benefiting from these resources should watch the Undergraduate listserv emails for announcements regarding upcoming events and sign-ups.


Sigma Gamma Tau provides volunteer services to the AERO department and the community as a way to show appreciation for their continued support throughout the years.

SGT conducts tours (departmental, lab, campus), organizes departmental events (Boot Camp, Grad School Panel, Seminars), and, along with AIAA, represent the face of aerospace engineering students at Texas A&M University.

SGT participates in off-campus community service events such as Aggie Replant, Aggie Habitat for Humanity, and Big Event.

Aggieland Saturday is an annual campus-wide open house for prospective students and their families. During this day, the students and their families can meet current students, tour the dorms, visit libraries and computer labs and see what Texas A&M has to offer.

Big Event is a community service event where college students spend a day completing volunteer projects for local residents. The event started at Texas A&M University and has now spread to over 100 colleges nationwide. The Big Event at Texas A&M University is one of the largest student led volunteer service programs in the nation.


Sigma Gamma Tau organizes various events throughout the year for members to participate in. Activities such as profit shares, community service projects, distinguished speaker meetings, industry-themed seminars, and social events are just a sample of the events that have been held in the past.


Sigma Gamma Tau officers for the 2016-2017 school year.

Dr. John Valasek


TAMU SGT Faculty advisor: 2000-Present

National SGT President: 2006-2009

National SGT Vice President: 2003-2006

Joseph Carlson



Adam Kellen

Vice President

Graduate Student

Kevin Wang



Billy Young



Rachel Fowler

Test Review Chair


Daniel Ghan

Outreach Officer


Madalyn Mikkelsen

Academic Support Chair



Email: TamuAeroSGT@gmail.com

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


ATTN: Dr. John Valasek

Aerospace Engineering Department

3141 TAMU (701 H.R. Bright Bldg)

College Station, TX 77843-3141