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.
Clubs and Organizations
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.
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.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Nick Tsoulfanidis
The American Nuclear Society chapter aims to promote the awareness and understanding of the application of nuclear science and technology in northern Nevada.
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.
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.
The CSE Graduate Student club offer you a forum to meet students with similar interests, to ask questions of faculty or staff in your field of study in computer science, and to discuss related topics. All graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to join. You will find several benefits to joining this club. Monthly meetings in different labs help everyone get familiar with what kind of research is being done in different areas in a very informal way. We have advanced workshops, seminars and talks held by experts, professors and graduate students.
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:
- Advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering
- Improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on physical, social, economic, political and cultural environment
- 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.
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.
The Human Powered Vehicle Team competes in the ASME international Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) every spring. The competition provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate the application of sound engineering design principles in the development of sustainable and practical transportation alternatives. In the HPVC, students work in teams to design and build efficient, highly engineered vehicles for everyday use—from commuting to work, to carrying goods to market.
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).
The University of Nevada Institute of Transportation Engineers (UNITE) student chapter works to advance the professional and social development of its members within the field of transportation and traffic engineering. Each term, our group hosts a mix of speaker meetings, technical presentations, and chapter-sponsored trips. We aim to expose students to various aspects of traffic and transportation; to foster close association of students with experienced transportation and traffic engineers; to acquaint students with topics of interest in transportation and traffic engineering; and to encourage the enhancement and optimization of facilities for transportation and traffic engineering study.
In addition to these professionally-oriented activities, we also strive to provide social events, such as potlucks, pizzas, Ping-Pong and Dance Dance Revolution nights! We also provide at least one technical data collection project each year to help our members gain field experience while working on real-life transportation projects. Students who are passionate or interested and would like to improve the traffic and transportation field, this is a great opportunity. We encourage all students (no matter your class standing or level of experience with transportation) to join and learn more about this exciting field of civil engineering!
The Nevada State Undergraduate Research Journal (NSURJ) was established to provide students engaged in all areas of undergraduate research to publish their original work.. NSURJ was created in hopes that academic research will enrich the education of undergraduate students and prepare them for future academic and professional endeavors, regardless of the field of research. Since the Fall of 2014, NSURJ has published undergraduate research in a professional, peer-reviewed open-access journal. All disciplines are welcome to submit to the journal. Contact NSURJ or the Office of Undergraduate Research for further information
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.
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 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.
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.
The team’s goal is to design and build a prototype of an all-weather, rugged, single-seat, off-road recreational vehicle intended for sale to the weekend off-road enthusiast.For over 40 years, the Society of Automotive Engineers brings teams of students from around the globe to design, build and race an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain. The event is open to the public and brings together many engineers and motorsport enthusiasts.