Clubs and 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 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 Jackie Martinez-Alvarez.
American Institute of Steel Construction - Steel Bridge Club
AISC students participate each year in the American Institute of Steel Construction Student Steel Bridge Competition. Each year club members receive a set of rules which are used to guide bridge design, fabricate the bridge, and then travel to competition where the team competes in categories including timed construction and load testing. For more information contact president Nikki Lorvick.
American Nuclear Society
ANS works to improve understanding of nuclear science, promote the use of nuclear technology and bring awareness to the benefits that nuclear provides to Idaho and beyond. As a section of ANS, connects students with nuclear professionals in Idaho and throughout the country. ANS also provides service opportunities, professional development and social events for our members. For more information contact president Robin Roper.
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 Dylan Kirkpatrick.
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 Amanda Kalab.
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 Jared Gray.
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 faculty advisor Terry Soule.
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 Peik Lund.
Cyber Defense Club
Cyber Defense Club is dedicated to increasing the knowledge of and interest in the science, design, development, construction, languages, management and applications of information security in computing. Club members participate in cyber defense competitions, network-based Capture the Flag and King of the Hill tournaments, attack/defend 'wargames', and educational sessions on various aspects of information security. For more information contact president Taegan Williams.
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. HEC's general meetings are at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the ThinkTank. For more information contact president Criss Ward or visit the U of I-HEC website.
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 Kate Antonov.
Institute of Transportation Engineers
ITE focuses on integrating engineering students with the transportation engineering profession. For additional information contact president Fanijo Ebenezer.
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.
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 Mark Currie.
National Organization for Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
NOBCChE is a professional organization dedicated to assisting black and other minority students and professionals in fully realizing their potential in academic, professional, and entrepreneurial pursuits in chemistry, chemical engineering, and allied fields. For more information contact president Saheed Bayonle Adisa.
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 Olaniyi Arowojolu.
Polymorphic Games Studio
The Polymorphic Games Studio is made up of undergraduate students from departments including Computer Science, Art, English, Music, Business, and Biology who are building evolutionary video games. Instead of pre-programming, scripted enemy behaviors to escalate difficulty, these games use populations of creatures that evolve - and specifically evolve to beat your strategy. For more information contact Polymorphic Games or visit PolymorphicGames.com.
Power and Energy Society
PES is an IEEE technical society that provides resources to learn about the power and energy sector and find careers. For more information contact president Dakota Pfaff.
Python for Data Science Club
Python for Data Science Club seeks to unite passionate mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists in our goal to promote the field of data science using the Python programming language. Python Club will provide a community to meet and socialize with those interested in topics such as data analytics, machine learning, predictive modeling, artificial intelligence, data visualization, and more. For more information contact president Zachary Sugano.
Robotics Club is composed of driven students who want to apply their skills in programming, constructing and critical thinking outside the classroom. The club welcomes students of all skill levels to learn about programming, electronics, 3D printing and 3D modeling. The club meets once a week, and independent teams meet at various times. For more information contact president Robby Parks.
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 Alexander Kiss.
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 Hector Magana.
Society of Manufacturing Engineering
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers narrows the gap between engineering and business. Students experience industry and factory settings first-hand by attending monthly tours in the Moscow/Spokane region in cooperation with the SME 248 Spokane Chapter. Club members enrich their college and professional experience with guest lectures and networking opportunities. For more information contact president Nick Brubaker.
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 Shelby Linafelter or visit the SWE website.
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.
Vandal Atmospheric Science Team (VAST)
VAST is the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium student high-altitude scientific balloon program for the state of Idaho. The goal of VAST is to develop the capability to design, build, test, fly, and recover high altitude science and engineering instrumentation. To date, VAST has launched over 15 science payloads, reaching altitudes in excess of 100,000 feet (where the distance to the horizon given a clear day is 390 miles). For more information contact Flight Director Deryk Ahner.
Vandal Clean Energy Club
Vandal Clean Energy Club is committed to clean energy in every form. Members will become further educated in the energy industry and the trends shaping it, as well as participate in projects endorsing clean energy and renewable resources and contribute to the production and use of clean energy. For more information contact Melissa Marsing.
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.
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.
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.
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 Saheed Bayonle Adisa.
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.