Our UMass Engineering student organizations, clubs, and societies reflect the diversity within our college and provide opportunities for hands-on projects, professional development, and community service. Participation is a great way connect with peers who share your interests, and also helps you stand out when it comes to the job search. Get involved!
The Joint Engineering Student Societies (JSES) is comprised of the leadership of the ~25 student engineering organizations. Together these societies provide overall student leadership for the College, including:
- Represent undergraduate interests at the College level,
- Build interdepartmental connections for students across the college,
- Support a culture that is inclusive and welcoming to all students, and
- Excite the K12 community about opportunities in engineering, particularly at UMass.
AIChE is a national professional organization whose objectives are to advance chemical engineering in theory and in practice, to maintain a high professional standard among its members, and to serve society, particularly where chemical engineering can contribute to the public interest. Our UMass chapter works to serve the needs of our members and other interested students by programing to personal and professional development, connecting students with industry and academic professionals, using social programs to bring each other together outside of the classroom and representing UMass Amherst at conferences and in competitions at regional and national levels.
ASCE’s mission is to enhance the education and professional development of civil engineering students, to promote the College of Engineering, to serve the community, and to provide a medium for students to develop relationships with fellow students, faculty, and professionals. This mission is accomplished through technical, professional, and civic activities by active participation in professional meetings, technical presentations and tours, community service projects, and participation in annual ASCE design competitions.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ASME's mission is to serve our diverse global communities by advancing, disseminating and applying engineering knowledge for improving the quality of life; and communicating the excitement of engineering.
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the voice of the construction industry, is an organization of qualified construction contractors and industry related companies dedicated to skill, integrity, and responsibility. Operating in partnership with its Chapters, the association provides a full range of services satisfying the needs and concerns of its members, thereby improving the quality of construction and protecting the public interest. AGC is dedicated to improving the construction industry daily by educating the industry to employ the finest skills, promoting use of the latest technology and advocating building the best quality projects for owners--public and private. AGC is committed to three tenets of industry advancement and opportunity: Skill, Integrity, and Responsibility.
BMES is a society for those interested in biomedical engineering at UMass. According to the society, "The Mission of the BMES is to build and support the biomedical engineering community, locally, nationally and internationally, with activities designed to communicate recent advances, discoveries, and inventions; promote education and professional development; and integrate the perspectives of the academic, medical, governmental, and business sectors."
Chi Epsilon is the national honor society for the Civil Engineering profession. Students and professionals are selected to become members based on recognition of their scholarship, character, practicality and sociability, considered by Chi Epsilon to be the four primary traits of a successful engineer. For student members, scholarship is determined by being in the top third of their junior or senior class. Members of Chi Epsilon are considered top graduates and are highly sought by civil engineering employers.
EWB UMass is a student organization dedicated to helping local and international communities create sustainable solutions in order to improve their quality of life. We are a group of graduate and undergraduate students whose mission is: (1) to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged communities by developing environmentally conscious, socially equitable, and economically sustainable engineering projects; (2) to develop lasting and responsible relationships with the communities we work with; and (3) to create opportunities for students to gain experience in community development, both locally and abroad. Our group is responsible for the design, fundraising, construction, and implementation of each project. The idea is not to create a singular “solution” but to provide the tools necessary for the community to help themselves. We believe that students and engineers are part of the solution to social inequalities.
HKN is a unique membership organization dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the electrical and computer engineering fields. Members consist of students, alumni, and other professionals who have demonstrated exceptional academic and professional accomplishments. Student members are selected on the basis of scholastic standing, character, and leadership. Through a variety of service programs and leadership training, student members develop lifelong skills that earmark them for prominent positions in industry and academia. Members are much better prepared for the post-college world and are especially valuable and attractive to employers. They are recognized as extremely capable, both technically and professionally.
Since its inception as an embedded system hackathon with only 100 participants in 2014, HackUMass has evolved from a basement gathering to one of the largest and most prominent hackathons in the Northeast. HackUMass receives 2,000+ applications annually and hosts over 900 developers, designers, and entrepreneurs who joined together to create over 100 hardware and software projects in 36 hours.
IEEE is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 380,000 individual members in 150 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics, among others. Through its technical publishing, conferences and consensus-based standards activities, the IEEE: produces 30 percent of the world's published literature in electrical engineering, computers and control technology; holds annually more than 300 major conferences; and has nearly 900 active standards with 700 under development.
IIE is the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Founded in 1948, IIE is an international, nonprofit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research, and development of industrial engineering. Please visit the UMass Amherst student chapter on Facebook »
ITE’s University of Massachusetts Amherst student chapter was founded in 1990. The award-winning chapter remains busy throughout the year focusing its activities in three areas: professional development, community service, and social events. This includes field trips, attendance at conferences, guest speakers, community outreach, and chapter social activities. The chapter meets regularly throughout the year and all meetings are open to anyone interested in learning more.
ISPE is an industrial society dedicated to building a world-wide network for professionals who work in a biotechnology field. As students, we can take advantage of this by being exposed to professionals who have agreed to mentor us. Through this we learn what the pharmaceutical industry really is, the best ways to succeed in the industry and most of all, we are given opportunities to build lasting friendships with these individuals.
MIE Innovation Lab
The MIE Student-Run Makerspace team works closely with the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department to provide students with the project space, supplies, and tools they need to apply engineering concepts to hands-on projects. Promoting a culture of makers, the student run makerspace hosts workshops and product demos with the goal of collaborative knowledge sharing as well as diversification and development of skills acquired beyond the classroom. This student-run group works to encourage interactions between students of all grades to foster an engaged community of engineers who design, build, and create together.
The UMass student launch team aims to take on NASA’s challenging Student Launch Initiative (SLI). The SLI provides an opportunity for undergraduates in engineering to gain knowledge of and hands-on experience with high powered rocketry. In accordance with the NASA SLI Guidelines, the UMass team will design, build, and launch a high-powered rocket bearing various data-collecting payloads to simulate a NASA mission. Successful SLI teams travel to Huntsville, AL in April to launch and compete with other teams based on NASA’s scoring guidelines. An important goal of the project is to stimulate interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields by engaging local schools with interactive and educational activities.
NSBE's mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.
oSTEM is an inclusive network for LGTBQIA+ and allied grad and undergrad students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields.
Pi Tau Sigma's objective is to encourage and recognize superior scholarship, to foster high ideals of the engineering profession, to stimulate interest in coordinate departmental activities, to promote the mutual professional welfare of its members and to develop in students of mechanical engineering the attributes necessary for effective leadership and the taking up the responsibilities of a citizen living in a democracy.
The student chapter of SAME is aligned with the Boston Post of SAME. The chapter aims to help veterans acclimate to college life and advance the professional and personal growth of its members, including any student interested in a government or defense contractor career. Outreach is focused on veterans and related support organizations. Please visit the UMass Amherst student chapter on Facebook »
SASE is a student organization at UMass Amherst that is dedicated to promoting the STEM fields with special emphasis on Asian heritage students.
SHPE strives to promote the development of Hispanics in engineering, science, and other technical professions to achieve educational excellence, economic opportunity, and social equality.
SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in their academic and professional aspirations. It seeks recognition for the life-changing contributions and achievements of women as engineers and leaders.
The SMV competition is an intercollegiate contest sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The program provides participants with the opportunity to enhance their engineering design and project management skills by applying learned classroom theories in a challenging competition. The engineering design goal for SAE Supermileage is to develop and construct a single-person, fuel-efficient vehicle that complies with the competition rules. The vehicles will run a specified course to obtain the highest combined kilometers per liter (miles per gallon) rating and have the opportunity to set a world fuel economy record and increase public awareness of fuel economy. The competition in held each June in Marshall, Michigan.
The Tau Beta Pi Association was founded at Lehigh University in 1885 by Edward Higginson Williams, Jr., to mark in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their Alma Mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as students in engineering, or by their attainments as alumni in the field of engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges.
UDesign exposes students to a three-dimensional CAD modeling program, and a challenge for those who have already learned one. Students will be provided with a tutorial as well as chances to tackle several design challenges throughout the semester. We want to encourage students to implement previously learned knowledge in mechanical engineering to practical problem-solving. We also want to encourage students from other majors to learn about design and practical problem-solving from an engineering perspective in a fun and competitive environment. Students will be challenged with several small competitions throughout the semester and one large one.