WELCOME TO THE TEXAS A&M CHAPTER OF SIGMA GAMMA TAU

ABOUT

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 25 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: 10 points per year
    • Test Reviews: 1 per year, 2 points per review
    • Tutoring: 4 hours per year, 1 point per hour
  • Service Minimum: 2 points per year
    • Volunteering: 1 point per event
    • Mentoring: 1 point per semester

TUTORING

Sigma Gamma Tau members host tutoring hours in HRBB 122 in order to aid AERO students in their understanding of course material.

In addition to tutoring hours, SGT members host test reviews to help address students' questions and prepare for their exams. These test reviews provide a professional development opportunity for SGT members by lecturing and presenting to a peer audience.

If you can not make it during these times, feel free to email us at TamuAeroSGT@gmail.com and we will try to accommodate you.

  • When:
    • Tuesday: 11:00am-1:00pm
    • Wednesday: 11:00am-1:00pm
    • Thursday: 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Where: HRBB 122
  • How:
    • Tutorees: Show up during tutoring hours!
    • Tutors: Check SGT member emails for the password and click the sign-up link below!
Tutor Sign-Up

These reviews are announced through the AERO undergraduate listerv.

  • Where: HRBB 131, HRBB 105, HRBB 204, or RDMC 202
  • How:
    • Reviewees: Check the AERO undergrad listserv for announcements!
    • Reviewers: Check SGT member emails for the password and click the sign-up link below!
Reviewer Sign-Up

This semester, the Linear Algebra Boot Camp is a 3 week short course on Linear Algebra taught by upperclassmen and graduate students for the benefit of AERO underclassmen.

Boot Camp is a intended to be a workshop that covers material needed for entry level aerospace classes. The topics covered are chosen by AERO faculty based on their experiences with previous classes.

Boot Camp provides an opportunity for underclassmen to learn subjects that are essential for aerospace. It also provides an opportunity for upperclassmen and graduate students who are interested in teaching to practice topic preparation and lecturing.

Any general questions can directed to TamuAeroSGT@gmail while lecturer or topic questions be directed to Dr. Valasek.

  • When: Tuesday's April 11th, 18th, and 25th from 4-5pm
  • Where: HRBB 702
  • How:
    • Attendees: Click the sign-up link below!
Boot Camp Attendee Sign-Up Boot Camp Flyer Boot Camp Syllabus Lecture 1 Practice Problems Boot Camp Workbook

MENTORING

Sigma Gamma Tau is hosting a mentoring program to help incoming AERO sophomores acclimate to the department and receive advice from upperclassmen. The program is completely optional and is intended to match up sophomores with an experienced AERO student who can answer questions about the AERO department, resumes, jobs/internships, research, or any other college-related subject.

Scheduled meeting times will be decided between you and your mentor, and there will be at least one required face to face meeting. This program is only intended to help you, and therefore should be used at your convenience.

To enroll in the program, simply fill out the questions in the survey below, and you will be contacted by your mentor once a match is found.

    How: Click the sign-up link below!
Mentee Sign-Up

Mentor Responsibilities

  • Serve as a resource for students new to the department
  • Serve as a positive role model
  • Develop and maintain relationships with sophomores to help them transition and have a sense of belonging
  • Hold at least one face to face meeting with your mentee
  • How: Check SGT member emails for the password and click the sign-up link below!
Mentor Sign-Up

SERVICE

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.

  • When: February 11, 2017
  • How: Click the sign-up link below!
Aggieland Saturday Sign-Up

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.

  • When: March 25, 2017
  • How: Click the sign-up link below!
Big Event Sign-Up

EVENTS

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. The links below correspond to events SGT has planned this semester.

SGT is holding a profit share at McAlister's Deli's on University!

  • When: TBD
  • Where: McAlister's Deli's on University
  • How: Buy food! You don't even have to say you are with SGT!

OFFICERS

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

Dr. John Valasek


Advisor

TAMU SGT Faculty advisor: 2000-Present

National SGT President: 2006-2009

National SGT Vice President: 2003-2006

William Ochoa


President

TAMU SGT President: 2015-Present

TAMU SGT Treasurer: 2014-2015

Graduate Student

Kyle Brookover


Vice President

Senior

Frank Zhong


Treasurer

Senior

Joshua Herrington


Secretary

TAMU SGT Treasurer: 2015-2016

Graduate Student

Adam Kellen


Tutoring Officer

Senior

Farid Saemi


Outreach Officer

Senior

Sean Whitney


Fundraising Officer

Senior

MERCHANDISE

Sigma Gamma Tau offers merchandise to members to help fund food for meetings and for events.

SGT offers the following polo options: (MM-Men's maroon, MW-Men's White, LM-Ladies Maroon, LW-Ladies White). The polos are polyester so they are the cool meshy material that is oh-so-comfy ($35).

SGT shirts are currently being redesigned.

  • How: Click the order link below!
SGT Shirt/Polo Order

The SGT stole is offered to graduates who have completed the membership requirements. The stole can be used during graduation and returned for no charge, or it can be purchased outright for $35.

  • How: Click the stole picture below!

SGT National offers the following jewelry: Pewter key casting and small tie-tac...

  • Pewter key casting (approximately 4" high, left side of photo), $15.00.
  • Small tie-tac (approximately 0.75" high, upper right of photo), $22.00.
  • How: Click the jewelry picture below!

CONTACT

Email: TamuAeroSGT@gmail.com

Office Hours: Currently Relocating!

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

ADDRESS

ATTN: Dr. John Valasek

Aerospace Engineering Department

3141 TAMU (701 H.R. Bright Bldg)

College Station, TX 77843-3141