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.
Black Women in Engineering and Computing (BWEC)
Black Women in Engineering and Computing (BWEC) has been formed to build community and provide mutual mentorship among the growing population of graduate and undergraduate Black women across the College of Engineering and the College of Information and Computer Sciences.
Register at http://bit.ly/umass_bwec
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Out In STEM (oSTEM)
Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
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 interest in a government or defense contractor career. Outreach is focused on veterans and related support organizations.
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) is dedicated to helping scientists and engineers of Asian heritage to reach their full professional potential. Our chapter's mission is to: cultivate strong leadership and professionalism, celebrate cultural diversity on campus and in the workplace, and provide service opportunities to our members to make contributions to their local communities.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS)
The Women Transportation Seminar (WTS) is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. WTS attracts, sustains, connects and advances women’s careers to strengthen the transportation industry. The UMass Amherst student chapter of WTS is a community of women helping each other uphold the WTS vision on the UMass campus.
Engineers Without Borders UMass Amherst (EWB)
EWB UMass is a student organization 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.
Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
Associated General Contractors (AGC)
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.
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
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.
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
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.
Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
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.
Eta Kappa Nu (HKN)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society
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.
Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)
IISE is the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial and systems engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Founded in 1948, IISE is an international, nonprofit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research, and development of industrial and systems engineering.
Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
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.
International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE)
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.
Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
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.
M5 is a 5,000 sq. ft. academic makerspace. It is an open learning environment whose mission is to enable ECE undergraduate and graduate students to advance their technical interests through experimentation, exploration, social interaction and entrepreneurship.
M5 integrates laboratories, meeting rooms and a demilounge to support a broad range of individual and collaborative activities, formal and informal instruction, and mentoring.
M5 is an educational initiative of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering that provides new dimensions to the UMass Amherst ECE experience.
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.
Pi Tau Sigma (PTS)
Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
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.
Tau Beta Pi (TBP)
Engineering Honors Society
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.
Design Build Teams
ChemE car is an opportunity to apply what you have learned in class, get an excellent resume topic, and participate in a hands on project completely run by students. ChemE car gives you the freedom to design a model car based on any idea your group comes up with no experience required. The only requirement is that the car runs completely on a chemical energy source. 4-6 students spend roughly a semester and a half building a model car from scratch, ending with a multi-university competition. The project culminates with participating in the AIChE Regional ChemE Car Competition.
The UMass Amherst ASCE Concrete Canoe team has a long and storied history. The team is probably the most memorable team experience among ASCE alumni with the most common reasons being the difficulty, the camaraderie, and the accomplishment inherent in the event. The competition involves designing, mixing, casting, and racing a concrete canoe. Slight changes are made to the rules every year, but in general, canoes are judged on aesthic appearance, weight, speed (via a timed race), and engineering design.
Formula SAE® is an internationally recognized student design competition that challenges university undergraduate and graduate students to conceive, design, fabricate, develop, and compete with small, formula-style vehicles. The competitions give teams the chance to demonstrate and prove both their creativity and engineering skills in comparison to teams from other universities around the world.
UMass Formula SAE is an undergraduate student organization that aims to foster a multi-year community for ambitious students across any major on our campus to collaborate, grow, and apply the theoretical knowledge that we are being taught in class to a real-world problem. We integrate aspects of project management, budgeting, collaboration (across our sub-teams and within our sub-teams), hoping not just to become better students, but to also to make our students better job/internship candidates.
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.
UMass Robotics is a student-run organization that gives members the opportunity to dive deep into the cutting-edge field of robotics. Members will gain experience in computer programming, electronics, and hardware design. Each year, our team works to build a robot that will compete in an annual competition. This year, the the team will compete in the NASA Lunabotics competition by building a mining robot capable of digging through sand and gathering "precious material," similar to what a robot might do on Mars.
MinuteMan Launch Team / Rocket Team
The UMass student launch team aims to take on NASA’s challenging Student Launch Initiative (SLI), which provides an opportunity for undergraduates in engineering to gain knowledge and hands-on experience with high powered rocketry. 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 compete with other teams. 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.
Seismic Design Team
Our Seismic Design team annually designs and builds a balsa wood scale model of a skyscraper for the EERI Seismic Design Competition. The structural restrictions change every year, but the competition involves designing a tower that can withstand three specified ground motions. The ground motions are often taken from actual earthquakes, so students get a brief history lesson as well! The competition also involves a written component, a formal oral presentation, a poster presentation, and aesthetic judging.
Steel Bridge Team
The Steel Bridge design team annually designs, fabricates, and constructs a bridge assembled out of individual, interlocking steel sections. At the Regional Competition, bridges must support a design load of 2500lbs. The bridges are then judged on aesthetics, lightness, stiffness, and constructability. The Steel Bridge team is concept- and design-intense in the fall semester, needing to finalize the bridge design before winter break so that the steel can be fabricated. In the spring, the team irons out the fastest way to construct the bridge and practices as often as possible!
Supermileage Vehicle Team
The SuperMileage Vehicle (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 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.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Team
An unmanned aerial vehicle or uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot on board and a type of unmanned vehicle.
The UMass UAV Team competes in the annual AIAA DBF Competition, which involves designing, prototyping, and building a UAV and subcomponents capable of completing the missions outlined by the competition guidelines. Students will have to use engineering theory, math modeling, and hands on testing and prototyping to succeed in this real-world design challenge. The team competes against 110 other top universities around the world during the fly-off which is held in April at a different location in the US each year.