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University of Nevada engineering students

Student clubs are an integral part of the College of Engineering. These student-led groups organize campus events, coordinate speakers or other professionalization activities, and develop outreach activities.

Participation in a student club can be a great way to build your resume, network with local engineering professionals and faculty, and impact the College. Clubs are also actively involved in engineering social events such as E-Week, and they also sponsor the College's award-winning competition teams.

Browse our student clubs and get involved in the groups that interest you.


Student Chapters of Professional Engineering Societies

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Feil-Seifer
Contact: acm@cse.unr.edu

ACM is dedicated to advancing computing as a science and a profession. Our chapter of ACM provides a venue in which members can learn additional aspects of programming that may not be covered in department courses. It also provides a social atmosphere in which members can network with current University of Nevada, Reno members, national chapter members, and industry leaders. Instructional workshops, monthly meetings, and field trips are some of the activities ACM sponsors. ACM will also sponsor a team of members to participate in the Regional Programming Contest.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Victor Vasquez, Dr. Charles Coronella

AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) is a pre-professional student organization focused on preparing students for their future as chemical engineers. After becoming a member of the local chapter, it is possible to become a national member. National membership benefits include access to the AIChE e-Library online and scholarship opportunities. We participate in the regional and national AIChE conferences where there are competitions such as the Chem-E-Car, poster presentations, and paper presentations. Also, at national conferences there are many useful workshops on topics from professional development to improving our student chapter as a whole.

American Society of Civil Engineers/Associated General Contractors

Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Sanders
Contact: unrasceagc@gmail.com

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Student Chapter is composed of Civil and Environmental Engineering students. We emphasize networking, educating the community about our profession, and applying classroom knowledge to real-world situations. We hold monthly meetings, take part in competitions, and provide fun events throughout the year.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Miles Greiner
Contact: ASMEofNEVADA@gmail.com

ASME promotes the art, science and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe. The student ASME section strives to promote the advancement of engineering students in the field of engineering by promoting companionship, leadership, and mentorship among students. ASME offers a number of student services and benefits such as discounted software sales and Fundamentals of Engineering test reviews. ASME also has many opportunities for hands-on experience: Human Powered Vehicle Challenge, the Doc Harris Speech Contest, the Old Guard Speech Contest, the Old Guard Poster Contest, a web design contest, and a new design challenge each year to compete with schools in the District. By creating a better atmosphere in which students are encouraged to study, learn, and grow, University of Nevada, Reno ASME is helping to promote the future of engineering.

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ramin Motamed
Contact: EERI@unr.edu

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute/University of Nevada, Reno (EERI/UNR) student chapter was established in October 2000. EERI/UNR was established to engage students in earthquake engineering, to provide context to earthquake engineering research education and to afford students networking opportunities with earthquake engineering professionals. The objective of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute is to reduce the earthquake risk by:

  1. Advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering
  2. Improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on physical, social, economic, political and cultural environment
  3. Advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effect of earthquakes

Different activities are developed as part of the EERI/UNR student chapter, but all of them are focused on sharing knowledge about earthquake engineering. Each month, the student chapter hosts a seminar presented by distinguished lecturers involved with seismic design and research of components and structures.

Engineers Without Borders

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Keith Dennett
Engineers Without Borders is a group of students and professional engineers who work to improve the lives of people in developing countries through basic infrastructure projects. Past projects include simple water supply systems, well drilling, low technology wastewater collection and treatment systems, and construction of school buildings and single family homes. You don't have to be an engineering student or an engineer to participate in the group's activities. All you need is a willingness to invest yourself in the lives of those in need.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Banmali Rawat

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, is the world's largest technical professional society. Founded in 1884 by a handful of the participants in the new discipline of electrical engineering, today it includes more than 50,000 students with a total membership of more than 340,000 individuals in 150 different countries. The society's goal is the promotion of global well being through technical advancement. The Institute also takes part in formulating global technical standards in electrical engineering. Our student branch is dedicated to spreading the word about IEEE and how IEEE benefits everyone in everyday life. We are lucky to have a beautiful large lounge located in Scrugham Engineering/Mines (SEM).

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Indira Chatterjee
Contact: swe.unr@gmail.com

The Society of Women Engineers, or SWE, is a national organization of 19,000 members at both the professional and collegiate levels. At the moment, women account for only 10% of all engineers in America. SWE provides an organization that fosters mentoring and professional development. The goal of this organization is to encourage girls to study engineering and to provide support to current female engineers and engineering students. The major event organized by the University of Nevada, Reno SWE collegiate section is Evening With Industry, a networking event for engineering students and professional engineers held every fall. SWE also regularly sends its members to the National and Regional SWE conferences and works with the College of Engineering on outreach activities.

Tau Beta Pi

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Keith Dennett

The Tau Beta Pi (TBP) Association is a national engineering honor society with members from all disciplines of engineering. Members at the University of Nevada, Reno are invited for membership based on their academic performance and exemplary character as undergraduate students in engineering or by their achievements as alumni in the field of engineering. The purpose of TBP is to encourage and recognize superior scholarship and/or leadership achievement at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The creed of TBP is Integrity and Excellence in Engineering. Members of TBP at Nevada periodically assist with community outreach activities and local service projects. For more information about TBP, please contact Dr. Dennett at 784-4056.

Theta Tau

Website: RenoThetaTau.org

Theta Tau is a co-ed professional engineering fraternity. The purpose of Theta Tau is to develop and maintain a high standard of professional interest among its members, and to unite them in a strong bond of fraternal fellowship.

Theta Tau provides engineering students the opportunity to build leadership skills, as well as participate in professional, social, and community outreach events while creating lasting bonds with fellow engineers. To learn more visit RenoThetaTau.org and ThetaTau.org.

Women Into Computer Science and Engineering

Faculty Advisor: Nancy LaTourette
Contact: wicse@cse.unr.edu
Website: WICSE

WICSE (Women Into Computer Science and Engineering) is a group of women pursuing degrees and careers in, or related to, computer science and computer engineering. Our purpose is to promote an environment of community and academic support for current and prospective women in these fields. Our group hosts scheduled study sessions and technical and informational lectures to assist women taking computer science and computer engineering courses. These activities, along with planned recreational outings, are intended to help foster interest, knowledge and camaraderie for members of WICSE. Women who are not computer science and engineering majors but are taking classes and/or have an interest in these fields are encouraged to join us.

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