Rich Harris

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Rich Harris
Name Rich Harris
Chapter Alpha Rho
Virginia Tech
Date Inducted Fall 2001
Roll Number ΑΡ 539
Alumni Chapter/Assoc
Honorary Member
Major Aerospace Engineering
Birthdate October 2, 1981
Nicknames Y Pimp, El Presidente
Awards 2010 Alpha Rho LPJ Outstanding Alumni Award

Richard C. Harris (born 2 October 1981) is an Alumnus of Alpha Rho Chapter (ΑΡ 539) at Virginia Tech. He is a current member of the Alpha Rho Alumni Advisory Board.

Early Fraternity Life and Career

Rich enrolled at Virginia Tech after graduating from high school, beginning in Fall 2000. As a sophomore, he rushed Phi Sigma Pi in Fall 2001. After a successful Initiation period, Rich was Inducted into the Chapter with the Upsilon Initiate Class in November of that year.

Collegiate Years at Alpha Rho Chapter

During his time as an undergraduate Brother, Rich was very active within the chapter. Sandwiched between semesters spent away from school on co-op experiences, he served as the chapter's Fundraising Chair. His senior year he served as the 15th President of Alpha Rho Chapter.

Alumni Years to Present

After graduating in May 2005, Rich remained at Virginia Tech to pursue a Master's in Mechanical Engineering. During graduate school he remained active with Alpha Rho as a local Alumnus and was recognized at the Chapter's 2007 Alumni Weekend as the "Most Familiar Face".

Rich completed graduate school in May 2007 and moved to Southern Maryland to work for NAVAIR. He continues to live and work there today. He still makes regular trips back to Blacksburg and is an avid Virginia Tech football fan, attending most home football games.

At the 2009 Alumni Weekend, Rich was elected to a two year term on the Alpha Rho Alumni Advisory Board. At the following year's Alumni Banquet, he was honored for his participation as an Alumnus with the Loren P. Johnson Outstanding Alumni Award. Rich also continues to be a major supporter of the Alpha Rho Chapter Endowment Fund.

National Involvement

Bigs and Littles

Rich's Big Brother is Michael Brody.

Rich has 1 Little Brother:

Academic Degrees

Other Interesting Facts

  • Rich gained his nickname Y Pimp by being one of only 2 males in the Upsilon initiate class, with the other male resigning from the fraternity shortly after his induction.