Students feel the ups and downs with mechanical engineering


For $1 students can propel their friends almost 10 feet in the air.

Pi Tau Sigma, the mechanical engineering honor society, has built a 26-foot long teeter-totter, and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, it will be set up outside the east doors of The Union.

Chris Jerred, a mechanical engineering instructor, is the faculty adviser for Pi Tau Sigma. He said they have been planning this fundraiser for about a month.

“We were looking for a way to increase our awareness and hopefully also increase some money,” Jerred said.

Pi Tau Sigma President Karin Hanson, a junior mechanical engineering and Spanish major, said the group doesn’t have a fundraising goal for the event.

“It’s more of just getting our name out there,” she said.

The group has raised $200 from sponsors (Daktronics and Larson Manufacturing) and $80 from penny wars.

It cost about $200 to build the teeter-totter, so as of now, Pi Tau Sigma has made an $80-profit.

Along with any willing students, four mechanical engineering faculty are riding the teeter-totter today: Richard Reid, Alexandros Mousoglou, Gregory Michna and Douglas Peters. They were all selected via the penny wars done in Crothers Engineering Hall.

Reid and Moutsoglou rode this morning, and Michna is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. and Peters for 3:30 p.m.

Jerred said they were planning on doing the event last week, but because of the weather, they decided to postpone for today.

“I thought, ‘it’s finally spring,’” he said about today’s 50-degree weather.

Pi Tau Sigma has more than 25 active members, and Hanson said the money raised may go toward their next national convention.