Ethan Pickering, CASE WESTERN 2015, was initiated into the Fraternity in the spring of 2012. He is the 2014 recipient of the Sigma Chi Foundation’s Chuck and Kim Watson Founders Scholarship and was named Case Western Reserve University’s (CWRU) Fraternity President of the Year 2015. He has also received the 2015 CWRU Glenn Nichols Character of Distinction, 2016 Sigma Chi Northern Ohio Province Balfour Award, 2016 Sigma Chi International Balfour Award, and was an honorable mention for the 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Pickering served various roles within his chapter, most notably as Consul. In that position, he led his chapter to campus awards in all four pillars of Greek-letter life — scholarship, leadership, ritual and citizenship — top campus GPA, and the J. Dwight Peterson Significant Chapter-Blue Award. Following his time as Consul, he also served as CWRU's IFC president where he led the creation of an IFC ritual, co-founded Greeks Against Sexual Assault (GASA), and received an honorable mention to the NIC's Council Award of Distinction during his tenure.
Pickering is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the field of turbulent fluid flow. As an undergraduate, Ethan studied Mechanical and Aerospace engineering working on projects with Philips Healthcare, NASA Glenn Research Center, and the Great Lakes Energy Institute. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA and continued his undergraduate research as a Master's student in the Mechanical department. His Master's work focused on data analytics for virtual energy audits for commercial buildings. This work aimed to create quick and low cost energy audit techniques to drive substantial decreases in energy use and massive increases in energy savings. Ethan plans on applying his data analytics techniques to data assimilation projects on turbulent fluid flows at Caltech to uncover fundamentally new fluid structures. This work could have large applications in projects spanning from aerospace to the energy sector, potentially allowing for improved control and design of fluid systems. For the future, Ethan hopes to continue his route in academia after graduating from Caltech, by pursuing a role as an academic professor to both progress research and mentor further generations of engineers.