Student Organizations & Clubs

Joining a student group is a great way to explore majors in the college of engineering. Whether you want to work hands on with an engineering design project, or you just want to meet other students, it all starts with attending a meeting or contacting one of the officers or the faculty sponsor. Competitions offer opportunities to do hands-on work in a public forum. These events are often sponsored by professional organizations and corporations.

photo collageAmerican Indian Science & Engineering Society »
Build community while bridging science and technology with traditional Native values. Opportunities for American Indians and Native Alaskans to pursue studies in science, engineering, and other academic arenas.
Faculty sponsor: Scott Pinkham
concrete canoe competitionConcrete Canoe »
Race in a canoe you have helped plan, build and construct. Team submits and presents a technical paper on the design and construction, racing ability and innovative features, then defends the choices to the judges.
design, build, fly competitionDesign/Build/Fly »
Design, build, and fly a flight vehicle in the annual, national AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition as part of a student-led team.
UW EcoCAR team logoEcoCAR3 »
Four-year student competition to convert a Chevy Camaro to hybrid. Team designs and integrates advanced vehicle technology powertrains and controls to develop their vehicle solutions to reduce emissions. Student Contact: Alexander Ong. Faculty adviser: Prof. Brian Fabien
Read more: UW students build hybrid-electric muscle car
UW EngineeringEngineering Student Advisory Council »
Meet monthly with the Dean or Associate Dean and staff to discuss planning and budgeting matters for the College. Pre-engineering, undergraduate, and grad students and at-large members. Council members represent the diverse student community in 1-year terms.
workers fixing roofEngineers Without Borders »
Work with disadvantaged communities worldwide to improve their quality of life through environmentally sustainable, equitable and economical engineering projects.
Faculty sponsor: Susan Bolton & Mark Benjamin
photo of 2010 winner, HydrosenseEnvironmental Innovation Challenge »
Compete for experience, exposure, and $10,000 by developing clean tech solutions for today's environmental issues against interdisciplinary student teams from Washington state.
First Robotics Washington logoFirst Robotics »
Design, build, and fly an autonomous quadrocopter at competition on a team lead by Mechanical Engineering, students.
Faculty adviser: Prof. Per Reinhall.
submarineHuman Powered Submarine »
Design, build, and test a fully functional submersible vehicle in nine months, then compete in an international race against other colleges, universities and private businesses.
2011 iGEM student teamiGEM Synthetic Biology Competition »
Work from provided kits of biological parts to build biological systems and operate them in living cells and present at the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition.
Read about UW's world championship team.
NSBE logoNational Society of Black Engineers »
Excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community through NSBE-sponsored career fair and other events.
Faculty sponsor: Diane Martin (staff)
Phi Sigma Rho logo and linkPhi Sigma Rho »
Socialize, support and get support from a sorority for women in engineering whose studies sometimes mean you're in the libraries until well after midnight.
SAS Adviser: Cathryne Jordan
SEBA logoScience & Engineering Business Association »
Interact with and learn from the business community through annual events that inspire an entrepreneurial spirit.
Faculty sponsor: Connie Bourassa-Shaw, Pierre Mourad and Buddy Ratner
SACNAS logo and linkSociety of Advancing Chicanos and Native Americans in Sciences (SACNAS) »
Participate in social and technical events that enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math, and science.
SAS Adviser: Cathryne Jordan
Faculty adviser: Alberto Aliseda
students working on projectSociety of Hispanic Professional Engineers »
Participate in social and technical events that enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math, and science.
Advising sponsor: Cathryne Jordan
Group of SWE officersSociety of Women Engineers »
Enhance your education and career through scholarships, fun competitions, job and internship search resources, and an annual recognition of outstanding achievements, career fair, and the Evening with Industry awards banquet.
Adviser: Hélène Martin
steel bridge competitionSteel Bridge Competition »
Design, fabricate, and test a 1/5th-scale steel bridge and compete against teams from universities across the country in the annual event held by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).
SAE car Washington Formula Motorsports »
Become part of a manufacturing firm that must produce four race cars per day, providing excellent handling, braking, and acceleration capabilities while considering affordability, ease of maintenance, reliability, ergonomics and aesthetics.

WOOF logoWashington Open Object Fabricators (WOOF) »
Participate in research and development of 3D printing/additive manufacturing technology, build 3D printers, and increase public awareness of 3D printing and additive manufacturing.

Department Organizations

Aeronautics and Astronautics

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Flash required)
Faculty sponsor: Jim Hermanson

Design Build Fly
Faculty sponsor: Adam P Bruckner


Biomedical Engineering Society
Faculty sponsor: Wendy Thomas

Chemical Engineeing

American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Faculty sponsor: John Berg

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Institute of Transportation Engineers
Faculty sponsor: Yinhai Wang

American Society of Civil Engineers

Concrete Canoe Team
Faculty sponsor: Pedro Arduino

Steel Bridge Team
Faculty sponsor: Jeff Berman

Water Environment Federation of the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association
Faculty sponsor: Mark Benjamin

Electrical Engineering

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Faculty sponsor: TBA

Human Centered Design & Engineering (formerly Technical Communication)

HCDE Student Association
Faculty sponsor: Judy Ramey

Industrial & Systems Engineering

Institute of Industrial Engineers
Staff sponsor: Kellus Stone

Mechanical Engineering

American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Faculty sponsor: Steve Shen

Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)
Faculty sponsor: Ashley Emery

Human Powered Sub
Faculty sponsor: Bruce Adee

Material Science and Engineering

Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Paper Science and Engineering

Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry
Faculty sponsor: Mark Lewis