Sigma Phi Delta is an international social fraternity of engineers founded at the University of Southern California April 11, 1924. It has grown steadily over the past 90 years — reaching nearly 40 universities worldwide — and continues to expand today. It is well organized, and its chapters are carefully supervised by the international officers and by faculty and alumni advisors. Sigma Phi Delta was organized to promote the advancement of the engineering profession and of engineering education, to encourage excellence in scholarship, and to develop in its members the highest ideals of manhood, good citizenship, and brotherhood.
The Beta-Iota Colony of Sigma Phi Delta was founded at the University of Maryland on February 25, 2012 and became an Active Chapter in June of the same year. Our goals and objectives follow along well with those of our international counterparts. We are frequently involved in many types of events: Professional Events, like grad panels and tours of facilities such as the Goddard Space and Flight Center; Philanthropy Events, such as our annual trip to volunteer for the KEEN Program in Washington, D.C.; and Social Events, including trips to play paint ball, laser tag, and more. We strive to continue our proud traditions and have fun along the way.
Studying 24/7 isn't fun, but neither is failing a class. We can help you find a middle ground. We take our majors seriously and are proud of our diverse mix of engineering majors and maintain a 3.35 average GPA across the fraternity. If you need a study partner you wont need to look far. We also have members involved in campus research labs and many student groups and honors organizations.
Matt Patrick is a junior pursuing a Computer Science and Mathematics Double-Degree and does graduate work for his Master’s in Computer Science. He joined in Fall 2017 and has been both Professional and Sports chairs for the fraternity. Matt works for the Department of Defense with the U.S. Army as a software engineer during academic breaks, and does part time work as a technical support lead and as a teaching assistant for both the CMNS and Honors colleges. In his free time, you’ll find him either hiking, canoeing, playing the piano/cello, competing in volleyball/swimming tournaments, or spending time with friends.
Andrew is a junior Computer Science major at UMD. In his two years in the fraternity he has held multiple positions including Scholarship Chair and Webmaster. Outside of the fraternity, Andrew currently works as a teaching assistant and recruitment ambassador for the Computer Science Department. Additionally, Andrew is a research assistant at the Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) and has been developing Virtual Reality applications. During his free time Andrew likes to hike, ski, and spend time with his friends.
Garrett is a junior Mechanical Engineering major who is also pursuing a minor in Project Management. He joined Sigma Phi Delta in the Spring of 2016 and has since held positions including Risk Management, Judicial Board, and New Member Educator. Garrett maintains his engineering interests, including construction and vehicle design. Outside of his academics Garrett enjoys fixing up cars and helps revitalize his community’s projects.
Adam is a second semester junior, majoring in Aerospace Engineering. He joined the fraternity during his first semester at UMD, and has previously held positions as Away Weekend Chair and Recruitment Chair. He is a member of the College Park Scholars program (SDU), as well as the UMD Loop design team. Adam has had internships at Advanced Metal Works, Volvo Powertrain, and Bell flight during his time at UMD, where he prefers design/test engineering work. In his free time Adam enjoys drinking tea, playing with AV equipment, skiing, rock climbing, and hiking.
Marc Haller is a sophomore pursuing a Computer Science and Mathematics Double-Degree. He joined Sigma Phi Delta in Fall 2017 and has worked as Chairman of New Member Education. Marc has worked as teaching assistant for the Computer Science Department as well as climbing wall staff at RecWell. Marc enjoys many things on his free time, including climbing, playing guitar, working out, eating good food, and spending time with friends.
Chase McConville is a junior pursuing an Aerospace Engineering degree with an Astronomy minor. Joining the organization in Spring 2017 he has held several positions including Philanthropy Chair. Chase currently interns at Orbit Logic in Greenbelt and also aids in research at the Dynamic Effects Laboratory on campus. When he’s not focused on his schoolwork Chase enjoys hiking, volunteering, play games, writing, and scuba diving.