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Sigma Gamma Tau is the honor society for Aerospace Engineering. It seeks to identify and recognize achievement and excellence in the Aerospace field. Sigma Gamma Tau's collegiate chapters elect annually to membership those students, alumni, and professionals who, by conscientious attention to their studies or professional duties, uphold this high standard for the betterment of their profession.

The objectives of Sigma Gamma Tau, as stated in the preamble of the Society's national constitution, are: "to recognize and honor those individuals in the field of Aeronautics and Astronautics who have, through scholarship, integrity, and outstanding achievement, been a credit to their profession. The society seeks to foster a high standard of ethics and professional practice and create a spirit of loyalty and fellowship, particularly among students of Aerospace Engineering."


Sigma Gamma Tau was founded on the campus of Purdue Universitymarker in West Lafayettemarker, 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 Oklahomamarker, and Gamma Alpha Rho, founded in 1945 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutemarker.

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 53 collegiate chapters and from 1,900 to 21,000+ initiated members in 9 regions:


  • Boston University - Boston, MA
  • Clarkson University - Potsdam, NY
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Troy, NY
  • State University of New York at Buffalo - Buffalo, NY
  • Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY


  • University of Maryland - College Park, MD
  • Pennsylvania State University - University Park, PA
  • University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
  • West Virginia University - Morgantown, WV


South Central

  • University of Alabama at Huntsville - Huntsville, AL
  • University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa - Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Auburn University - Auburn, AL
  • Mississippi State University - Mississippi State, MS
  • University of Tennessee - Knoxville, TN
  • Tuskegee University - Tuskegee, AL

Great Lakes

North Central



  • University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ
  • Arizona State University - Tempe, AZ
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott, AZ
  • San Jose State University - San Jose, CA
  • University of Washington - Seattle, WA

Southern Pacific

  • University of California at Irvine - Irvine, CA
  • California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo - San Luis Obispo, CA
  • California State Polytechnic University - Pomona - Pomona, CA
  • San Diego State University - San Diego, CA
  • University of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA

National Leadership

National Headquarters

The national headquarters of Sigma Gamma Tau is located at the Aerospace Engineering Department of Wichita State University.

National Officers

  • National President: Dr. Roy Myose, Wichita State University
  • National Vice President: Dr. Shahriar Keshmiri, University of Kansas
  • Immediate Past President: Dr. John Valasek, Texas A&M University
  • National Secretary/Treasurer: Dr. Roy Myose, Wichita State University

National Convention

SGT National Convention has been held every three years since 1953 (except for the years between 1956 and 1964). The most recent convention was held in conjunction with the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting at Orlando, Florida in January 2009.


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