“I rushed Theta Tau the spring quarter of my freshman year without knowing what was in store for me. I thought to myself “This looks like a pretty good opportunity for my professional development” but I quickly realized that Theta Tau embodies much more than that. We are not only a group of engineers, but more importantly a family that relies on each other for support. Being around so many passionate and like-minded individuals has been the biggest motivation for me ever since I joined. Theta Tau never fails to push myself outside of my comfort zone time and time again, which is something that I greatly appreciate because I never would have imagined myself growing this much over the course of one year. As cliche as it sounds, these experiences have given me the “just do it” mentality and I now look at things as opportunities instead of obstacles. I’m also a 2nd year electrical engineer who loves binging netflix, reading about philosophy, and discovering music (especially underground EDM). “
-Phillip Kim, Second year electrical engineering major, Corresponding Secretary
Jasdeep Sullan | Gamma Beta
“Say ‘yes.’ Have you ever noticed how often we say ‘I’m busy, maybe next time though’ or ‘I’m tired’ when we’re really not? We make excuses to hide behind because we are afraid of the unfamiliar. Or maybe we presume it would be a waste of precious time on something dull and uninteresting. Opportunities to accept fresh ideas, new possibilities, or make unexpected discoveries pass by because of our unwillingness to embrace the new and uncomfortable.
But every time we do that, we prevent ourselves from growing. The world is constantly changing and we need to have that confidence and eagerness to change with it. It took me a while to realize this. I passed on chances to make new friends, experience different cultures, and explore that which I did not know or understand. Now, after forcing myself out of that comfort zone and jumping into new and exciting opportunities, I like to think that I have slowly become more receptive to change.
Maybe somethings will turn out to be a bust; maybe it will be a cherished moment in your life. Either way, all it takes is saying ‘yes’ to find out.
P.S. I didn’t snow could be that bright. “
-Jasdeep, a fourth year mechanical engineering major who likes to solve jigsaw puzzles and plays the violin.
Chantal Peng | Gamma Beta
“When people ask me what has been the best decision I made in college, Theta Tau always comes first to mind. I did not expect to have gained so much in improving myself not only professionally, but also as a person. Theta Tau has really pulled my inner leader out of me and taught me how to confidently voice my opinions. TT has also pushed me towards my goals, especially because of the people that continue to inspire and motivate me to do better. Maybe these are words that people often hear, but I swear TT has given me more than what I could have asked for and I always scramble to find the words to explain just how grateful I am. I am extremely happy that I joined because I now know for sure that I would have regretted it if I did not.
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-Chantal, Fourth year doubling in civil and environmental engineering
Daniel Shing | Tau
"I am so grateful to have been able to join this amazing group that I call my Brothers. Being involved in Theta Tau has played an integral part in my personal and professional growth during my time in Davis. The one thing that never ceases to amaze me is how this fraternity is able to create such strong bonds between Brothers. To all my Brothers, I hope you never stop believing in the potential of who you can become, and that you always give all that you can to whatever you find yourself directing your passion and drive towards! If you fall short, don't become disheartened. Learn from your mistakes and keep pushing forward towards the best versions of yourselves!"
Daniel Shing, an electrical engineering alumnus, was the past regent of Theta Tau. He loves playing tennis, and has been playing avidly after fully recovering from an injury to his ACL. His male celebrity crush is Hugh Jackman, especially in Logan. Daniel, thank you for helping the fraternity flourish during your time here; your legacy will continue to live on. We will miss you!
Vy Pham | Phi
"I played tennis all four years in high school. I was awful at it, but being active helped boost my confidence and productivity. It was really tough to find that kind of balance in college, but joining a professional engineering fraternity pushed me to make time for everything I wanted to do. I still have one of the worst sleeping schedules, but at least now I have a huge support network of brothers, time for breakfast every morning, and a killer six pack."
Vy Pham is a third-year chemical engineer at Davis with a minor in materials science. She is currently an officer for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and plans to intern at a Biotech company in South SF this summer. She enjoys reading real textbooks even when the PDF is free, and struggles with parallel parking.
Micah Marmorstein | Phi
"Growing up with four siblings meant there were always people at my house. I loved having my home filled with life, and meeting new people through my siblings. Once I moved away, I began to realize how much I missed that. I never imagined I would find something like that at Davis, but Theta Tau has in fact expanded my family. There’s an instant connection here that allows you to feel comfortable knowing that your brothers always have your back."
Micah Marmorstein, Professional Development Chair of Theta Tau, is a third-year biochemistry engineer. He has been playing water polo for nine years and is currently president of the UC Davis Men’s Club Water Polo Team. Micah also plays trumpet in a funk rock band.
Christian Setiawan | Psi
“I went to community college hoping to one day become an electrical engineer. Staying behind at home, juggling work and school, and having my best friends across the country for two years was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do, but in the end, it granted me the life-changing opportunity to join Theta Tau at UC Davis. Here, I found an incredible group of engineers that I am proud to call my brothers.”
Christian Setiawan, Vice Regent of Theta Tau, is a fourth-year electrical engineer currently working at the Department of Defense in a semiconductor fabrication laboratory. In his free time, he also enjoys dropping freestyles, playing drums, cooking steak, driving his car Eugene, playing TagPro, and watching cute raccoon videos.
Kristopher Quon | Upsilon
“This fraternity gave me a family. I never thought I would have twelve children. Sometimes I feel old and senile from having too many kids.”
Kristopher Quon, a fourth year chemical engineer, served as Pledge Instructor for the twelve engineers that were newly initiated as the Omega class this past fall. He spent two months studying in Osaka, Japan, where he performed molecular dynamic simulations for water desalination. Although he dislikes writing, he enjoys riding anything with a board