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For Bill Brower ’90 and his son Eric, Kappa Sigma runs in the family. A current 5th year student at Tech, Eric is following in his father’s footsteps as a member of Alpha Tau.

“So much has changed [since my days in the fraternity], I don’t feel he is following so much as blazing a new and more challenging trail, and I’m proud of that,” said Bill of his son. “I encouraged him to visit Kappa Sigma during rush, but to find the best fit for him.”

It turns out that Kappa Sigma was very much the right fit for Eric. 

“Before even coming to college, I had gotten to know several of my dad’s brothers from his time there, and it was really cool to see how they still meet up years later,” said Eric. “After joining the fraternity, it was pretty clear to me how some of the traits I admired in my dad are also represented in our fraternity culture.”

Both of Eric’s parents have Kappa Sig connections, as Bill met his wife DeAnn (a little sister) thanks to the fraternity. In fact, Eric currently lives in room 302, which is sponsored by his parents through the chapter's capital campaign, and Bill was present for his son’s initiation into the fraternity.

While father and son each report vastly different experiences in the fraternity and on campus during their time at Georgia Tech, one thing remains steadfast in their Kappa Sigma membership: the lifelong friendships.

“Last spring was a very difficult time for the chapter, and I know I wouldn't have made it through with the other brothers,” Eric said. “It's nice knowing that they will be there for life, just like many of my dad's brothers from his time at Tech have been a part of his (and my) life.”

“It makes me happy to know he’ll make lifelong friends,” added Bill.

After Georgia Tech (Phys 1990), Bill earned his PhD in Physics at the University of California, San Diego, then worked for MIT Lincoln Laboratory for 16 years. In 2012, he co-founded nou Systems, Inc., a small business headquartered in Huntsville, Ala., providing engineering services to the Department of Defense. He’s been married to DeAnn (EE 1990) since 1991, and they another son Evan, attending Mississippi State.

Eric is an Industrial and Systems Engineering major. He serves as Grand Procurator at Alpha Tau, works at WREK radio, and performs in the Georgia Tech marching band). He hopes for an opportunity to work at the Jet Propulsion Lab on the Europa Mission after graduation, as he has been fortunate enough to work as an intern on that mission, as well as to complete some undergraduate research in ASDL directly related to the Europa Mission.

For Bill Brower ’90 and his son Eric, Kappa Sigma runs in the family. A current 5th year student at Tech, Eric is following in his father’s footsteps as a member of Alpha Tau.     

“So much has changed [since my days in the fraternity], I don’t feel he is following so much as blazing a new and more challenging trail, and I’m proud of that,” said Bill of his son. “I encouraged him to visit Kappa Sigma during rush, but to find the best fit for him.”

It turns out that Kappa Sigma was very much the right fit for Eric. 

Then & Now

Best Fraternity or Campus Tradition

Bill:  Black and White, and "borrowing" the T.
Eric:  Caroling up and down Techwood after the holiday semi-formal.

#1 Hangout on Campus
Bill:  PJs.
Eric:  With other brothers at the Kappa Sig house.

Best Bar

Bill:  The Pit, obviously.
Eric:  The best bar on campus was in the old house. Now the old bar is mounted on a wall in the Pit, right behind the new best bar on campus.

Typical Nightly Dinner

Bill:  Spegeti, garlik bred, korn, orng drank (cigarette ashes and floor wax, optional).
Eric:  Tony cooks ribs or chicken that is professional grade, he's the best chef on campus. Best meal you'll ever have is when we smoke pigs overnight for Homecoming in the fall.