A 107-year-old WPI tradition honored historical customs and welcomed new faces as award winners and members gathered for the 2015 Sigma Xi induction ceremony on April 29. The event, held at the Goat’s Head Restaurant, also gave community members a chance to celebrate and promote interdisciplinary research collaborations.
Germano Iannacchione, head of the WPI Department of Physics and WPI Sigma Xi Chapter secretary, began the ceremony by describing Sigma Xi’s humble beginnings. He noted that the international honor society, which recognizes excellence in all fields of science and engineering, was started by a handful of members at Cornell University in 1886.
“The society quickly grew and WPI became a charter member of Sigma Xi in 1908,” said Iannacchione. “The men and women being inducted today join illustrious members like Robert Goddard, whose signature you can still find in our membership book.”