Six SC State students inducted into International Technology Honor Society

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

SC State University’s Gamma Psi Chapter of Epsilon Pi Tau (EPT), the International Technology Honor Society, held its spring induction ceremony on April 10 in the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium.  This was the third induction ceremony since the honor society was reactivated on the SC State campus in April 2012.

Calvin Brown, Dennis Burgess, Leslie Crawford, Jr., Hirut Kollech, Michael Muhammad and  William Roper

l to r: Calvin Brown, Dennis Burgess, Leslie Crawford, Jr., Hirut Kollech, Michael Muhammad and William Roper
The inductees were: Calvin Brown, a senior mechanical engineering technology major; Dennis Burgess, a senior civil engineering technology major; Leslie Crawford, Jr., a sophomore computer science and mathematics double major; Hirut Kollech, a junior civil engineering technology major; Michael Muhammad, a junior computer science major and William Roper, a senior industrial technology major.


New inductees received certificates and an EPT lapel pin.  Graduating seniors received EPT honor cords to wear during their graduation ceremony on May 9.

The ceremony was witnessed by Dr. Kenneth Lewis, dean of the College of Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology; Dr. Hasanul Basher, chair of the Department of Industrial and Electrical Engineering Technology; Dr. Stanley Ihekweazu, chair of the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering Technology, as well as parents, engineering technology students and friends.

EPT promotes and recognizes the achievement of academic excellence; promotes the values and contributions of professionals in technology; provides a medium for professional development and recognition of individual members for leadership and achievement; enhances the status of practitioners and professors in technology.

The international technology honor society also fosters and encourages acceptance among its members of the ideals of technological capability and skill, social and professional proficiency, as well as research and its applications and products; and lastly, advances understanding, appreciation and awareness of technology as both an enduring and influential human endeavor and an integral element of culture.

EPT is recognized as an honor society by two professional groups: the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association and the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering. Benefits to members include eligibility for scholarships, internships, involvement in the national conference and the opportunity to interact with other goal-oriented, energetic students. 

To be inducted into EPT, a student must meet the following qualifications:  complete 20 credit hours required for graduation, possess and maintain a 3.0 cumulative and 3.25 major grade point average, pay an application fee, display a balance of scholarly and community involvement activities, and declare engineering, engineering technology, industrial technology, advanced technology education, specific science, philosophy or mathematics as a major.

EPT was founded in 1929 under the leadership of William E. Warner, a renowned professor at The Ohio State University.  The Gamma Psi Chapter at SC State was reestablished in April 2012 after being dormant for years.  Since the chapter’s reactivation, student members have hosted a Black History Month quiz bowl and participated in service activities on campus. 

For additional information about EPT, contact Dr. Nayo Mack, chapter advisor and academic program coordinator of Industrial Technology and Technology Education, at (803) 536-8905 or