Honor Society for the Industrial Technology Department
On April 18, 2001, the Industrial Technology Department established its first honor society for its
exemplary students. The Alpha Nu Chapter of Epsilon Pi Tau was activated during a ceremonial banquet
that was organized by the department's chairman at the time, Mark R. Miller, who also served as the Trustee for the
society, and Dr. Farzin Heidari, who is the society's faculty advisor. Dr. Jerry Streichler, the
international director for Epsilon Pi Tau was on hand for the event, as well as Dr. Robert Tucker,
Assistant Dean for the College of Engineering.
The following eight honor students were initiated at the event: Thomas Augustine, Juventino Gamez,
Francisco Garcia, Branden Keener, Scott Meeker, Irma Ramirez, and David Ramos. Student officers who
conducted the ceremony were chairman David Florez, historian Rene Nieto, secretary Mayra Zuniga, and
treasurer Bonita Cantu. Dr. Bruce Marsh the Co-trustee was also present to assist with the ceremony. The
Epsilon Pi Tau international honorary was first established in 1928 at the Ohio State University to
recognize outstanding individuals in technology professions.
Left to right: Branden Keener, Juventino Gamez, Francisco Garcia, Irma Ramirez, Thomas Augustine,
David Florez, Dr. Farzin Heidari, Dr. Robert Tucker, Dr. Jerry Streichler, Dr. Mark Miller, Bonita
Cantu, Rene Nieto, David Ramos, Scott Meeker, and Mayra Zuniga
Epsilon Pi Tau International Director, Dr. Jerry Streichler presenting Dr. Robert
Tucker, Assistant Dean of the College of Engineering, with the charter for the new Alpha Nu chapter at
Texas A&M Univeristy-Kingsville.
The purposes of Epsilon Pi Tau are to:
promote the values and contributions of professionals in technology;
provide a medium for the professional development and recognition of individual members for leadership and achievement;
enhance the status of the practitioners in the professions in technology;
foster and encourage the acceptance among its members of the ideals of technical competence, social proficiency and research; and
advance understanding, appreciation and awareness of technology as both an enduring and influential human endeavor and an integral element of culture.
In fulfilling the precepts of Epsilon Pi Tau, members strive to:
help others to achieve high levels of technological literacy;
improve their general understanding of technology as a cultural phenomenon;
improve their skills and competencies in a specific technology or in a related discipline;
improve themselves socially and professionally; and
engage in and support publication and research with the highest professional scholarly standards.
Philosophy and Symbolism
The philosophy of Epsilon Pi Tau is summarized by three precepts:
The first of these is skill as it applies in the professions of technology.
The second is to promote
social and professional proficiency, not only in the more restricted contacts of the individual with others, but also in the broader
relationships of the technology professions in the whole society.
The third is to foster and reward
research and to publish and circulate the results of scholarly endeavor.
These three concepts are expressed by the Greek words: TEXNIKH, PRAGMATEIA, and EXETASIS and are symbolized in the organization's emblem, an
The triangle ranks as one of the most important figures. It is the simplest figure that can be drawn with straight lines and without knowledge of the
properties of the triangle, the science of geometry would have been impossible.
At one time, the equilateral triangle was considered a sacred symbol. It was common in the Phoenician, Egyptian, Greek, and other ancient
civilizations. Whenever an oath of importance was taken in the days of Pythagoras, it was administered on the equilateral triangle.
The unity in the constructive and stable qualities of TEXNIKH, PRAGMATEIA, and EXETASIS, the three concepts of Epsilon Pi Tau, is
represented in this ancient symbol. It is emblematic of the philosophy of Epsilon Pi Tau as well as an insignia. Active members are eligible to purchase and wear this
recognized and respected insignia of the honorary.
The colors of Epsilon Pi Tau are BLUE, WHITE, and GOLD.
BLUE was chosen to represent skill - TEXNIKH.
WHITE represents social and professional proficiency - PRAGMATEIA, and
GOLD represents the paramount goal of Epsilon Pi Tau, the eternal search for truth - EXETASIS.
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