Published on Monday June 15, 2009
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University has revived its Alpha Sigma Mu Chapter, known as Pennsylvania Alpha, with the induction of five students in a ceremony at the White Dog Café on June 9, 2009.
New inductees B.S./M.S. students Eric Brenner (advisor: Caroline Schauer), Jon Burger (advisor: Jonathan Spanier), Aldo Di Prato (advisor: Caroline Schauer), and Sean Miller (advisor: Michel Barsoum) and Ph.D. student Amanda Levinson (advisor: Surya Kalidindi) were presented with certificates, pins, and cords at the ceremony. In attendance were chapter faculty advisor Antonios Zavaliangos and fellow Alpha Sigma Mu faculty members Surya Kalidindi, Richard Knight, and Mitra Taheri.
Established in 1932, Alpha Sigma Mu is the international and professional academic honors society for the field of materials science and engineering. Students are selected on the basis of academic merit and leadership.
Drexel's Department of Materials Science and Engineering has a tradition of activity within Alpha Sigma Mu. Two alumni/ae are current members of the Alpha Sigma Mu board. Dr. Elizabeth Hoffman (B.S. 2002, Ph.D. 2007; advisor: Michel Barsoum) was elected to the board in 2008. Dr. Frederick Schmidt (B.S. 1968, M.S. 1970, Ph.D. 1998) was elected to the board in January 2007 and appointed to the position of Vice President in April 2009, effective immediately. Schmidt will assume the role of President in 2011 for a two-year term. Schmidt also serves as a Trustee on the ASM International Education Foundation, a three-year appointment, which began in September 2007.
Furthermore, Professor Knight was named as one of two inaugural Fellows of Alpha Sigma Mu at the departmental celebration of 40 Years of Graduating Ph.D. Students in MSE at Drexel on May 1, 2009. He received a certificate, a pin, and a plaque to commemorate the honor.