Clubs & Organizations
One great way to get involved with real, live engineering experiences is to join a student chapter of one of the many national and international professional engineering organizations. These organizations encourage leadership, collegiality with your fellow classmates in an informal setting, mentoring by upperclassmen and graduate students and networking with area and regional professionals. This integral part of your college experience provides great opportunities to get involved and gain experiences outside of the classroom. Many of our student organizations travel to their regional or national meetings and compete in design competitions or technical presentations. Don’t wait to join! Future employers look for participation in these and other organizations to show that you are more than just a GPA!
Student Chapters of Professional Engineering Organizations
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
AIAA is a multi-disciplinary group of students interested in expanding their knowledge in the fields of aerospace science and technology. Students in this club have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of design competitions, research projects and other engineering activities throughout the academic year. Their projects include rebuilding and testing a turbocharger and designing an AUV for a future competition. AIAA is open to undergraduate and graduate students with disciplines involving mathematics, science and engineering. For more information contact president Peter Haley.
American Society of Civil Engineers
ASCE participates yearly in several exciting competitions including National Steel Bridge Competition, National Concrete Canoe Competition, surveying, technical paper competitions, and much more. For more information contact president Alex Nuttman.
Association for Computing Machinery
ACM is the oldest organization supporting the activities of computing professionals. It has active student participation and regular meetings open to all who are interested. Recent projects have included the Tower Lights and lighting up the marching band. For more information contact president Jacob Bechler.
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
AIChE students have opportunities to compete in AIChE regional and national competitions such as the zero emission chemical car and WERC. For additional information on AIChE contact president Erin Wheless.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASME members participate in many activities including department BBQs, meet & greets with professors and industry professionals, tours of major engineering companies around the northwest, conferences and competitions like the ASME MicroBaja Competition. For more information contact president Avian Blumhorst.
Biomedical Engineering Society
BME club is for undergraduate and graduate students, enrolled in an engineering program or related science, interested in exploring the field of biomedical engineering. Learn about research opportunities on campus, socialize with students from different departments, meet students conducting biomedical engineering research on campus, attend scientific conferences, discuss internship and job opportunities, and tour research facilities. For more information contact president Samuel Funk.
Humanitarian Engineering Corps (formerly Engineers Without Borders)
HEC is an opportunity to take what you are taught in school and use it to dramatically affect the lives of people who are without basic human needs such as water and sanitation. HEC is open to students of all majors. For more information contact president Monica Erickson.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
IEEE is a great way to keep current with the latest technological resources and to network with local and regional professionals. For more information contact president AJ Ellingson.
International Microelectronics & Packaging Society
IMAPS members participate in many activities including the IMAPS Lecture Series, local high school outreach, national student booth competitions, industry tours and monthly meetings. For more information contact president Mitchell Patterson.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
SHPE is a resource and mentoring organization for minority students majoring in engineering, math and science. SHPE meets weekly on campus, attends a national conference and participates in high school outreach activities. For more information contact president Luz Villagomez.
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International)
U of I Engineering supports the following SAE International team:
- Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) Team — CSC is a SAE International Collegiate Design Series interdisciplinary competition held annual in Houghton, Michigan. The U of I Clean Snowmobile Challenge Team reengineers an existing snowmobile to improve emissions, noise, and fuel economy. The U of I team has competed in the CSC for sixteen years. The U of I team won the competition in 2002, 2003 and 2007 and has accumulated more than 50 awards. U of I is the only team in CSC history to win the coveted Founder’s Trophy award back-to-back in 2015 and 2016. For more information contact team captain Jason Maas.
Society of Women Engineers
SWE empowers women to succeed and advance, and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders. SWE is a sponsor of Women in Engineering Day for high school juniors and seniors. For more information contact president Madeleine Curtright.
American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers
ASABE is the professional home of engineers and others worldwide who endeavor to find sustainable solutions for an ever-growing population. For more information contact president Lucas Sass.
National Society of Black Engineers
NSBE is committed to support individuals typically underrepresented in the engineering and science community by implementing programs that promote academic excellence, personal growth and career development. NSBE-U of I hosts the annual Dynamic Engineer Lecture Series (DELS) in the spring. For more information contact president Emmanuel Ijezie.
Technical Assoc. of the Pulp & Paper Industry
TAPPI provides a network for students interested in working in the pulp or paper industry, including scholarship opportunities and technical resources. For more information contact president Austin Porter.
Institute of Transportation Engineers
ITE focuses on integrating engineering students with the transportation engineering profession. For additional information contact president Shane Warmbrodt.
MatAdv focuses on the importance of materials for engineers and manufacturers in the design, quality and performance of products from the very inception of the design process. MatAdv meets monthly for meetings and guest speakers. For more information contact president Adam Grebil.
Tau Beta Pi
TBP is a national engineering honor society for top junior and senior students and is by invitation only based on GPA. For more information on TBP contact president Cody Barrick.
Other ways to get involved:
College Ambassadors work under the direction of the Engineering recruiting team. Ambassadors conduct visits to make presentations about the College of Engineering to local and regional schools as well as their alma maters. College Ambassadors give Engineering campus tours to prospective students and assist with the college’s annual Engineering Design EXPO event. For more information contact Paulette House.
Engineering Student Advisory Council
ESAC is comprised of members of all the above organizations to promote the College of Engineering. For more information contact president Paul Dania.
ES is an honorary and leadership program for the top entering freshmen, by invitation only. Engineering scholars are eligible to take honors engineering courses, provide tutoring, participate in fieldtrips, research projects and more. For more information contact Paulette House.
The ECE Ambassadors are comprised of Electrical and Computer Engineering students for the purpose of introducing and encouraging high school and middle school students to consider the opportunities of this discipline. For more information president contact Alexa Aguilar.
ENGR 205/206 Near Space Engineering (1 credit, max 6)
Sign up for this NASA-sponsored interdisciplinary class where you can help design, build and test instruments sent up in high altitude balloons. For more information contact Paulette House.
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. For more information contact Paulette House.