Engineering Student Organizations


All Engineering Majors

{Spark}

{Spark} is an organization dedicated to inspiring, educating, and exposing K-12 students to the wonders of technology. These goals are achieved by providing hands-on experience and resources to continue to learn. Members of {Spark} can be involved in the process of creating technological activities, teaching, researching resources, providing peer support, and much more!

Engineers without Borders

To partner with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally sound and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible students.

Engineering Student Council

The purpose of Engineering Student Council (ESC) is to facilitate communication between the faculty and staff of the University of Kansas School of Engineering and its students, promoting engineering education and involvement within the school.

Graduate Engineering Association

We are the voice of the graduate students in an open forum between the students, faculty and administration of the School of Engineering.

KU Engineering Toastmasters Club

We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Triangle Fraternity (Triangle)

To develop balanced men in the fields of Engineering, Architecture, and Science by providing an environment which fosters personal growth and professional success.

 


Multicultural/Diversity

Alpha Sigma Kappa - Women in Technical Studies

This is a group for candidates and members of the Kappa Chapter of Alpha Sigma Kappa Women in Technical Studies. Qualified majors include Architecture, Engineering, Mathematics and Hard Sciences.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science, and other related technology disciplines.

International Students Engineering Association 

We are a group geared towards preparing students for their future career be it in industry or grad school.  It is our mission to promote international awareness in engineering and to ease the immersion of foreign students in American culture.

KU Women in Computing (KUWIC)

KU Women in Computing is student organization designed to meet the needs of female computing students. KUWIC offers a support system to women in technology, organizes campus events geared toward women’s’ success, and promotes computer science and engineering to young girls in the Lawrence community.​

National Society of Black Engineers

To increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.

oSTEM at The University of Kansas (oSTEM)

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) is a national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQA communities in the STEM fields.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

University of Kansas Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.  A major focus of the SHPE Foundation’s STEM educational activities has been in locations with fast-growing Hispanic communities ripe for nurturing a pipeline of future engineers and technical innovators.

Society of Women Engineers

SWE concentrates on bringing together women (and men) engineers, on recruiting women into engineering, on holding fun events for our members and the students of the school of engineering, and on serving our community both at KU and beyond.

Women in Design

Women in Design is a multifaceted organization spanning all fields of design, including architecture, engineering, urban planning, and media. Our goal is to inspire and support women in design-related fields and demonstrate the value of diversity with an emphasis on multidisciplinary work.

 


Honors Societies

Chi Epsilon

An organization that honors civil engineering students for their outstanding leadership, character, and academic abilities. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Matt O’Reilly, oreilly3@ku.edu

Eta Kappa Nu

Electrical engineering and computer engineering honor society aimed at recognizing highly qualified students in their respective fields and assisting them in becoming better professionals.

Phi Alpha Epsilon

An organization to recognize outstanding scholarship and potential for achievement in Architectural Engineering. Faculty Advisor: Brian A. Rock, docrock@ku.edu

Pi Tau Sigma

Pi Tau Sigma is the national honorary mechanical engineering society. Membership is one of the ways our students, both men and women, can be recognized for their scholastic achievement. Members are selected from the junior and senior classes on the basis of sound engineering ability, scholarship, and personal character. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carl W. Luchies, luchies@ku.edu

Sigma Gamma Tau

Sigma Gamma Tau is the honor society for Aerospace Engineering. It seeks to identify and recognize achievement and excellence in the Aerospace field.

Tau Beta Pi

Tau Beta Pi is the second oldest honor society in the nation. It is the only engineering honor society that represents the entire engineering profession. Tau Beta Pi was founded at Lehigh University in 1885 to recognize outstanding students with exemplary character and distinguished scholarship.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE)

Upsilon Pi Epsilon is an honorary society whose membership consists of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in Computing and Information Disciplines.

(Zeta) Theta Tau

Theta Tau is a professional fraternity for both men and women enrolled in engineering. Its mission is to build strong bonds between members and to use those bonds to further education and professionalism.

 


Aerospace Engineering

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

AIAA, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, is a student organization which provides an environment for all KU Aeros to meet, make new friends, get involved, help promote academic achievement, and ultimately get the most out of their time as a KU Aerospace Student.

Jayhawk Aero Design

Team members will master the design process by focusing on a specific element of the design, such as aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, etc. Additionally, each spring we will travel for competition with universities around the World.

Jayhawk Rocket Design (JRD)

Through the design, construction, and launching of both model and high-powered rockets, Jayhawk Rocket Design supports the interest in rocketry shown by engineering students, facilitates the understanding of rocket dynamics, and aides the certification of engineering students in Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA) and/or National Association of Rocketry (NAR).

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)

A group dedicated to seeing mankind reach beyond planet Earth. As an organization we meet biweekly to discuss the latest topic in space science, the space industry, and ways that we can reach out to younger generations to spark their interest in STEM. We have nights where we take our telescope out and do some starwatching, and we participate in the Engineering Expo.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle KU Student Organization

UAV KU Student Organization is focused on the learning and development of unmanned aerial vehicles. We are committed to furthering the fields of small aircraft design, construction, programming, navigation, and control.

Sigma Gamma Tau

Sigma Gamma Tau is the honor society for Aerospace Engineering. It seeks to identify and recognize achievement and excellence in the Aerospace field.

 


Bioengineering

Alternative Energy Society (KU Biodiesel Initiative)

We are the student organizational arm of University of Kansas Biodiesel Initiative (KUBI) Along with educating the community on the various energy options available to the community we also work with many campus entities to expand the use of biodiesel across campus and the city of Lawrence.

Biomedical Engineering Society

BMES is an engineering society dedicated to the application of engineering principles to medicine and biology. The society strives to encourage professional growth of its members through annual conferences, education about research and industry careers and opportunities, and to promote the biomedical engineering field.

Society for Biomaterials

This organization is a group of undergraduate and graduate level students that are interested in the potentials of biomaterials. This group participates in discussions, speakers, journal clubs, conferences, etc.

 


Chemical Engineering

Alternative Energy Society (KU Biodiesel Initiative)

We are the student organizational arm of University of Kansas Biodiesel Initiative (KUBI) Along with educating the community on the various energy options available to the community we also work with many campus entities to expand the use of biodiesel across campus and the city of Lawrence.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

The purpose of the organization is to further the networking of Chemical Engineers here on campus and to help them prepare for the engineering world.

Chemistry Club

A student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society, promoting chemistry educational outreach in the KU and Lawrence community, providing chemistry-related resources to students, and encouraging a chemical outlook in everyday life.

Energy Club

The primary objective of the KU energy club is to promote the collaboration of academia, industry leaders, policy makers, and students with an interest and/or expertise in the energy field toward shaping a sustainable energy future for the state of Kansas.

Unplug KU

Unplug KU is a new student organization dedicated to energy conservation on campus through student volunteering, energy education, and renewable campus energy advocacy. Unplug collaborates with students, staff, and faculty to spread awareness for energy conservation and also provides a central information source for anyone interested in energy and sustainability.

 


Civil/Environmental/Architectural Engineering

American Society of Heating and Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers

To advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

American Concrete Institute

Professional organization for students interested in structural engineering, architecture, construction, and materials. Activities include volunteering, meetings with practicing engineers, and possible travel to regional and national meetings.

American Society of Civil Engineers

To engage students in the civil engineering profession through hands-on service projects, speaker presentations, and networking opportunities.

Architectural Engineering Institute

AEI serves as a networking tool for Architectural Engineering students to connect with each other, learn professional skills, and complete small design projects, all while having fun.

Associated General Contractors of America

Membership in an AGC student chapter will provide you with the opportunity to become more knowledgeable about the profession of construction.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daniel Tran, daniel.tran@ku.edu

Concrete Canoe

The mission of Concrete Canoe is to design and build a canoe out of concrete, then present and race against area Universities at competition.

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Student Chapter at the University of Kansas is a student group dedicated to promoting student involvement and education in the area of Earthquake Engineering.

EcoHawks

The EcoHawks are an interdisciplinary student group facing the challenges of a sustainable approach to automobiles and energy infrastructure. This is accomplished by approaching the situation from five vectors of success: education, energy, environment, economics, and ethics. Each of these concepts individually addresses specific aspects of sustainability, shaped by the confluence of the ideals of people, planet, and prosperity. This focus is in step with the strategic initiatives of the University of Kansas (KU) for Sustaining the Planet and Powering the World.

Engineers without Borders

To partner with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally sound and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible students

Illuminating Engineering Society

The KU Chapter of the Illuminating Engineering Society is open to all students and faculty members interested in promoting the art and science of illumination engineering and lighting design. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Hongyi Cai hycai@ku.edu

Institute of Transportation Engineers

The objectives of the ITE student chapter are to: provide for the advancement of transportation and traffic engineering through professional association; acquaint students with transportation topics through speakers and field trips and develop professional connections.

KU Geotechnical Society

KUGS provides level communication among professors, undergraduate and graduate students, and professional alumni interested in geotechnical engineering. We empower our members to advance their geotechnical knowledge, research, and communication skills.

KU Steel Bridge

Steel Bridge Team enhances the education of engineering students with a comprehensive project that takes students through every aspect of the engineering design and fabrication process. The team strives to compete at the national level annually.

Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)

MISSION: To promote and facilitate engineering support for national security by developing and enhancing relationships and competencies among uniformed services, public and private sector engineers, and related professionals.

Structural Engineering Association or Kansas and Missouri

Open to all students with an interest in structures, SEAKM's goal is to educate and prepare students for a career after college with hands on projects, professional presentations, and strong networking ties with firms in the area. We also encompass Bridges to Prosperity, which trains builders in impoverished areas how to build and maintain bridges for residential use.

US Green Building Council

Our mission is to educate the KU community on sustainable design and construction by participating in Green Building Conventions, sustainable community service events, design competitions, and local building tours.

Women in Design

Women in Design is a multifaceted organization spanning all fields of design, including architecture, engineering, urban planning, and media. Our goal is to inspire and support women in design-related fields and demonstrate the value of diversity with an emphasis on multidisciplinary work.

Chi Epsilon

An organization that honors civil engineering students for their outstanding leadership, character, and academic abilities.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Matt O’Reilly, oreilly3@ku.edu

Phi Alpha Epsilon

An organization to recognize outstanding scholarship and potential for achievement in Architectural Engineering.
Faculty Advisor: Brian A. Rock, docrock@ku.edu

 


Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Association of Computing Machinery

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is a student group consisting of a variety of people with diverse backgrounds who share a common interest in computers.

Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the world's largest international professional society for Electrical and Computer Engineers. Our KU chapter pursues IEEE's goal of advancing technological innovation by enabling students to network with faculty and employers. We also provide opportunities for students to hone their technology skills on a variety of projects throughout the year.

KU Information Security Club

A group of students interested in Information Security and Cyber Defense. In addition to discussing these topics, we also compete in Cyber Defense Competitions.

KU Women in Computing (KUWIC)

KU Women in Computing is student organization designed to meet the needs of female computing students. KUWIC offers a support system to women in technology, organizes campus events geared toward womens' success, and promotes computer science and engineering to young girls in the Lawrence community.​

Society of Automotive Engineers- Formula Car (Jayhawk Motorsports)

The purpose of the organization is to educate students and develop future engineers in the interaction of design and production (specifically automotive) while rewarding the team with fun recreational racing.

Society of Automotive Engineers- Baja

The KU Baja SAE (Jayhawk Motorsports Baja) team is dedicated to learning the engineering design process by designing, building, and competing a fully functioning, customer-specified all-terrain vehicle.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle KU Student Organization

UAV KU Student Organization is focused on the learning and development of unmanned aerial vehicles. We are committed to furthering the fields of small aircraft design, construction, programming, navigation, and control.

Eta Kappa Nu

Electrical engineering and computer engineering honor society aimed at recognizing highly qualified students in their respective fields and assisting them in becoming better professionals.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE)

Upsilon Pi Epsilon is an honorary society whose membership consists of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in Computing and Information Disciplines.

 


Engineering Physics

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

AIAA, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, is a student organization which provides an environment for all KU Aeros to meet, make new friends, get involved, help promote academic achievement, and ultimately get the most out of their time as a KU Aerospace Student.

Jayhawk Rocket Design

Through the design, construction, and launching of both model and high-powered rockets, Jayhawk Rocket Design supports the interest in rocketry shown by engineering students, facilitates the understanding of rocket dynamics, and aides the certification of engineering students in Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA) and/or National Association of Rocketry (NAR).

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space

A group dedicated to seeing mankind reach beyond planet Earth. As an organization we meet biweekly to discuss the latest topic in space science, the space industry, and ways that we can reach out to younger generations to spark their interest in STEM. We have nights where we take our telescope out and do some starwatching, and we participate in the Engineering Expo.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle KU Student Organization

UAV KU Student Organization is focused on the learning and development of unmanned aerial vehicles. We are committed to furthering the fields of small aircraft design, construction, programming, navigation, and control.

 


Mechanical Engineering

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

ASME promotes the art, science & practice of mechanical & multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe.

Biomedical Engineering Society

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EcoHawks

The EcoHawks are an interdisciplinary student group facing the challenges of a sustainable approach to automobiles and energy infrastructure. This is accomplished by approaching the situation from five vectors of success: education, energy, environment, economics, and ethics. Each of these concepts individually addresses specific aspects of sustainability, shaped by the confluence of the ideals of people, planet, and prosperity. This focus is in step with the strategic initiatives of the University of Kansas (KU) for Sustaining the Planet and Powering the World.

Society of Automotive Engineers- Formula Car (Jayhawk Motorsports)

The purpose of the organization is to educate students and develop future engineers in the interaction of design and production (specifically automotive) while rewarding the team with fun recreational racing.

Society of Automotive Engineers- Baja

The KU Baja SAE (Jayhawk Motorsports Baja) team is dedicated to learning the engineering design process by designing, building, and competing a fully functioning, customer-specified all-terrain vehicle.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle KU Student Organization

UAV KU Student Organization is focused on the learning and development of unmanned aerial vehicles. We are committed to furthering the fields of small aircraft design, construction, programming, navigation, and control.

Pi Tau Sigma

Pi Tau Sigma is the national honorary mechanical engineering society. Membership is one of the ways our students, both men and women, can be recognized for their scholastic achievement. Members are selected from the junior and senior classes on the basis of sound engineering ability, scholarship, and personal character.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carl W. Luchies< luchies@ku.edu

 


Petroleum Engineering

American Association of Drilling Engineers

AADE was formed to educate and inform students about drilling technologies and current drilling practices in the petroleum industry.

Energy Club

The primary objective of the KU energy club is to promote the collaboration of academia, industry leaders, policy makers, and students with an interest and/or expertise in the energy field toward shaping a sustainable energy future for the state of Kansas.

Society of Petroleum Engineers

Focused on the energy industry, Society of Petroleum Engineers at KU strives to provide KU students with chances to meet industry leaders and connect with other like-minded individuals.


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