Clubs & organizations
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.
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Faculty advisor: Mike Kivistik
AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) is a pre-professional student organization that prepares students for their careers as chemical engineers by connecting them with the professional world. Once a member of our local chapter, students can become national members, granting them access to the AIChE eLibrary and exclusive scholarship opportunities. Regional and national conferences serve as platforms for a variety of competitions including Chem-E-Car and Jeopardy along with a multitude of workshops and networking events. Our chapter actively engages in tours, fundraisers, public outreach, and community-building social events. For paying club dues, members receive priority on all events and an awesome T-shirt!
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Faculty advisor: Jeffrey LaCombe
AIAA is a professional society centered around aerospace engineering and promoting the field. Members can participate in multiple national conferences per year and have the opportunity for individual and group research to be funded. Members also have access to all of AIAA's national journals, competitions, and scholarship opportunities.
American Nuclear Society
Faculty advisor: Dev Chidambaram
The American Nuclear Society is an international professional organization with the mission to advance, foster, and spur the development an application of nuclear science, engineering, and technology to benefit society. The University of Nevada, Reno student chapter provides students with professional development opportunities, interesting expert speakers from a variety areas of nuclear science, outreach opportunities, and camaraderie with other students interested in nuclear science and technology.
- American Society of Civil Engineers
Biomedical Engineering Society
Faculty advisor: Josette El Zaklit
The Biomedical Engineering Society is dedicated to introducing all students, regardless of their major or background, with the STEM field. A majority of the current members are either biomedical or chemical engineering students, and that is why we are inviting all of you to consider joining the team. There is no fee to join, we only meet about once every couple of weeks, and we would love for you to come explore science and engineering with us!
Faculty advisor: Kelly Keselica
Concrete Canoe is designed to teach innovative problem solving with a exceedingly difficult task - designing and building a boat out of concrete. The final competition grades each team on the aesthetics of their boat, a technical design report, an oral presentation and five races in the canoe.
Faculty advisor: Kelly Keselica
GeoWall designs, builds, and tests a mechanically stabilized earth retaining structure that must hold back 500 pounds of sand using only paper. We take our designs and sandbox to compete annually at the ASCE Mid-Pacific Conference against other universities.
John Mackay Club
Faculty advisor: Charles Kocsis
Student chapter of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration. The club serves to connect students with industry, promote professional development, and provide a social outlet for students. Each year the club sends members to the SME Annual Meeting, where they compete in a mine design competition and have traditionally placed very well.
Phi Sigma Rho
Faculty advisor: Ann-Marie Vollstedt
Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority for women in technical studies serving members and the community by promoting high standards of personal integrity, respect, and character, lifelong bonds of sisterhood, and academic and professional excellence with a social balance, through shared experiences, common bonds, and recognition of service and achievement.
Joining Phi Sigma Rho will be one of the greatest decisions of your college career! We have recruitment during the fall and summer each year, and would love to connect with you!
Pi Tau Sigma - Nevada Reno Beta Nu
Faculty advisor: Daichi Fujioka
Our mission is to strive to create better engineers through commitment to academic excellence and dedication to service. Pi Tau Sigma prides itself in the core values: Integrity (soundness of character and moral conduct), Service (serving the mechanical engineering profession and the community), and Leadership (fostering initiative through example in a professional manner).
Society of Women Engineers
Faculty advisor: Indira Chatterjee
Society of Women Engineers is a nonprofit organization that aims to reach out to women and help them pursue a career in engineering. Our local chapter does community outreach with local high schools, attends club fairs at the university, and organizes networking and professional development events such as evening with industry or how to make an effective business card meetings. We have also done professional panels in which we bring engineers from various companies in to talk about their experiences in engineering, and answer any questions that students may have. We're a group of girls with a passion for engineering, and a desire to share that passion with other male and female students.
Faculty advisor: Kelly Keselica
Each year, a small group of students design and construct a bridge of steel material in regards to a set of specifications created by the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Institute of Steel Construction. The rules come out in the fall, and by spring a bridge must be constructed and ready to be loaded. The bridge is then judged based on display, construction speed, lightness, stiffness, construction economy, structural efficiency, and overall performance.
Faculty advisor: Eric Marchand
Water treatment team is a club that focuses on . . . you guessed it, treating water! Although it is mostly environmental engineering concepts, all majors are welcome in the lab as we take dirty, contaminated water and try to make it clean using physical and chemical processes. We participate in the Mid-Pacific Conference through ASCE once a year and compete against other schools where we design and build a water filtration system.