Each year a select group of students are welcomed into the Rho Chapter of Epsilon Pi Tau (EPT), which is the primary international honor society for Technology programs. EPT recognizes scholastic achievement and leadership potential of students, and fosters the values of scholarship, leadership and service. Members of EPT are expected to creatively and diligently use the forces of nature in their engineering careers, gain social and professional proficiency, and never stop seeking truth and facts that will help the human race to thrive.
In accordance with a time-honored tradition at San Jose State since 1938, twelve inductees were ushered in for December 2018, while Technology professor Samuel Obi enumerated their merits to current members. The initiation lasted an hour followed by a lunch reception and cake celebrating the 80th anniversary of the chapter.
Former Los Gatos High shop teacher and San Jose State alumnus, Ron Cassel (‘63 Industrial Technology), gave the keynote speech. In addition, both the EPT Executive Director Dr. Kevin Howell and Regional Director J. Brian Andrus visited (from New Orleans and Canada, respectively) to speak to the members and initiates.
Founded at Ohio State in 1929, EPT has inducted more than 90,000 members. The Rho chapter of the EPT was founded at San Jose State in 1938 and many of its current members still live in the San Jose and Bay Area communities. SJSU faculty who are members of the EPT Rho chapter include Professors Pat Backer, Fred Barez, Fatemeh Davoudi, Doug Muntz, Samuel Obi, Robert Werkman, and David Yan. SJSU Emeriti professors Seth Bates and Julio Garcia are also members.
The Aviation and Technology department is the current form of a department and programs that have been part of SJSU for more than 100 years. The Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology was started in the early 1960s, and in 1967 SJSU became one of the first three universities in the country to earn accreditation for its new Industrial Technology degree.