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Aerospace Engineering
Architectural Engineering
Bioengineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Physics
Mechanical Engineering
Petroleum Engineering

All Engineering Majors
Multicultural/Diversity
Honor Societies

The University of Kansas has hundreds of student organizations.  Checkout Rock Chalk Central for a full listing.

Aerospace Engineering

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
AIAA, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, is a student organization which provides an environment for all KU Aeros to meet, make new friends, get involved, help promote academic achievement, and ultimately get the most out of their time as a KU Aerospace Student.

Jayhawk Aero Design
Team members will master the design process by focusing on a specific element of the design, such as; aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, etc. Additionally, each spring we will travel for competition with universities around the World.

Jayhawk Rocket Design (JRD)      
Through the design, construction, and launching of both model and high-powered rockets, Jayhawk Rocket Design supports the interest in rocketry shown by engineering students, facilitates the understanding of rocket dynamics, and aides the certification of engineering students in Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA) and/or National Association of Rocketry (NAR).

Physics & Engineering Student Organization (PESO)

Members become experienced with conceptualization, design, and hands-on manufacturing as we build spectacular devices that are used to educate and excite the community about STEM opportunities. Our motto: "Overkill Is Underrated"

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)
A group dedicated to seeing mankind reach beyond planet Earth. As an organization we meet biweekly to discuss the latest topic in space science, the space industry, and ways that we can reach out to younger generations to spark their interest in STEM. We have nights where we take our telescope out and do some starwatching, and we participate in the Engineering Expo.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle KU Student Organization
UAV KU Student Organization is focused on the learning and development of unmanned aerial vehicles. We are committed to furthering the fields of small aircraft design, construction, programming, navigation, and control.

Sigma Gamma Tau
Sigma Gamma Tau is the honor society for Aerospace Engineering. It seeks to identify and recognize achievement and excellence in the Aerospace field.


Bioengineering

Alternative Energy Society (KU Biodiesel Initiative)
We are the student organizational arm of University of Kansas Biodiesel Initiative (KUBI) Along with educating the community on the various energy options available to the community we also work with many campus entities to expand the use of biodiesel across campus and the city of Lawrence.

Biomedical Engineering Society
BMES is an engineering society dedicated to the application of engineering principles to medicine and biology. The society strives to encourage professional growth of its members through annual conferences, education about research and industry careers and opportunities, and to promote the biomedical engineering field. 

Society for Biomaterials
This organization is a group of undergraduate and graduate level students that are interested in the potentials of biomaterials. This group participates in discussions, speakers, journal clubs, conferences, etc.  


Chemical Engineering

Alternative Energy Society (KU Biodiesel Initiative)
We are the student organizational arm of University of Kansas Biodiesel Initiative (KUBI) Along with educating the community on the various energy options available to the community we also work with many campus entities to expand the use of biodiesel across campus and the city of Lawrence.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers
The purpose of the organization is to further the networking of Chemical Engineers here on campus and to help them prepare for the engineering world.

Chemistry Club
A student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society, promoting chemistry educational outreach in the KU and Lawrence community, providing chemistry-related resources to students, and encouraging a chemical outlook in everyday life.

Energy Club
The primary objective of the KU energy club is to promote the collaboration of academia, industry leaders, policy makers, and students with an interest and/or expertise in the energy field toward shaping a sustainable energy future for the state of Kansas.

Physics & Engineering Student Organization (PESO)
Members become experienced with conceptualization, design, and hands-on manufacturing as we build spectacular devices that are used to educate and excite the community about STEM opportunities. Our motto: "Overkill Is Underrated"

Unplug KU
Unplug KU is a new student organization dedicated to energy conservation on campus through student volunteering, energy education, and renewable campus energy advocacy. Unplug collaborates with students, staff, and faculty to spread awareness for energy conservation and also provides a central information source for anyone interested in energy and sustainability.


Civil/Environmental/Architectural Engineering

American Society of Heating and Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers
To advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

American Concrete Institute
Professional organization for students interested in structural engineering, architecture, construction, and materials. Activities include volunteering, meetings with practicing engineers, and possible travel to regional and national meetings.      

American Society of Civil Engineers
To engage students in the civil engineering profession through hands-on service projects, speaker presentations, and networking opportunities.    

Architectural Engineering Institute
AEI serves as a networking tool for Architectural Engineering students to connect with each other, learn professional skills, and complete small design projects, all while having fun.  

Associated General Contractors of America
Membership in an AGC student chapter will provide you with the opportunity to become more knowledgeable about the profession of construction.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daniel Tran, daniel.tran@ku.edu

Concrete Canoe
The mission of Concrete Canoe is to design and build a canoe out of concrete, then present and race against area Universities at competition.

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Student Chapter at the University of Kansas is a student group dedicated to promoting student involvement and education in the area of Earthquake Engineering.

EcoHawks
The EcoHawks are an interdisciplinary student group facing the challenges of a sustainable approach to automobiles and energy infrastructure. This is accomplished by approaching the situation from five vectors of success: education, energy, environment, economics, and ethics. Each of these concepts individually addresses specific aspects of sustainability, shaped by the confluence of the ideals of people, planet, and prosperity. This focus is in step with the strategic initiatives of the University of Kansas (KU) for Sustaining the Planet and Powering the World.

Engineers without Borders
To partner with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally sound and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible students

Illuminating Engineering Society
The KU Chapter of the Illuminating Engineering Society is open to all students and faculty members interested in promoting the art and science of illumination engineering and lighting design.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Hongyi Caihycai@ku.edu

Institute of Transportation Engineers
The objectives of the ITE student chapter are to: provide for the advancement of transportation and traffic engineering through professional association; acquaint students with transportation topics through speakers and field trips and develop professional connections.

KU Geotechnical Society
KUGS provides level communication among professors, undergraduate and graduate students, and professional alumni interested in geotechnical engineering. We empower our members to advance their geotechnical knowledge, research, and communication skills.

KU Steel Bridge
Steel Bridge Team enhances the education of engineering students with a comprehensive project that takes students through every aspect of the engineering design and fabrication process. The team strives to compete at the national level annually.

Physics & Engineering Student Organization (PESO)
Members become experienced with conceptualization, design, and hands-on manufacturing as we build spectacular devices that are used to educate and excite the community about STEM opportunities. Our motto: "Overkill Is Underrated"

Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
MISSION: To promote and facilitate engineering support for national security by developing and enhancing relationships and competencies among uniformed services, public and private sector engineers, and related professionals.

Structural Engineering Association or Kansas and Missouri
Open to all students with an interest in structures, SEAKM's goal is to educate and prepare students for a career after college with hands on projects, professional presentations, and strong networking ties with firms in the area. We also encompass Bridges to Prosperity, which trains builders in impoverished areas how to build and maintain bridges for residential use.

US Green Building Council
Our mission is to educate the KU community on sustainable design and construction by participating in Green Building Conventions, sustainable community service events, design competitions, and local building tours.

Women in Design
Women in Design is a multifaceted organization spanning all fields of design, including architecture, engineering, urban planning, and media. Our goal is to inspire and support women in design-related fields and demonstrate the value of diversity with an emphasis on multidisciplinary work.

Chi Epsilon
An organization that honors civil engineering students for their outstanding leadership, character, and academic abilities.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Matt O’Reilly, oreilly3@ku.edu

Phi Alpha Epsilon
An organization to recognize outstanding scholarship and potential for achievement in Architectural Engineering.
Faculty Advisor: Brian A. Rock, docrock@ku.edu



Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Association of Computing Machinery
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is a student group consisting of a variety of people with diverse backgrounds who share a common interest in computers.

Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers
IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the world's largest international professional society for Electrical and Computer Engineers. Our KU chapter pursues IEEE's goal of advancing technological innovation by enabling students to network with faculty and employers. We also provide opportunities for students to hone their technology skills on a variety of projects throughout the year.

KU Information Security Club
A group of students interested in Information Security and Cyber Defense. In addition to discussing these topics, we also compete in Cyber Defense Competitions.

Physics & Engineering Student Organization (PESO)
Members become experienced with conceptualization, design, and hands-on manufacturing as we build spectacular devices that are used to educate and excite the community about STEM opportunities. Our motto: "Overkill Is Underrated"

Society of Automotive Engineers- Formula Car (Jayhawk Motorsports)
The purpose of the organization is to educate students and develop future engineers in the interaction of design and production (specifically automotive) while rewarding the team with fun recreational racing.

Society of Automotive Engineers- Baja
The KU Baja SAE (Jayhawk Motorsports Baja) team is dedicated to learning the engineering design process by designing, building, and competing a fully functioning, customer-specified all-terrain vehicle.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle KU Student Organization
UAV KU Student Organization is focused on the learning and development of unmanned aerial vehicles. We are committed to furthering the fields of small aircraft design, construction, programming, navigation, and control.

Eta Kappa Nu
Electrical engineering and computer engineering honor society aimed at recognizing highly qualified students in their respective fields and assisting them in becoming better professionals.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE)             
Upsilon Pi Epsilon is an honorary society whose membership consists of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in Computing and Information Disciplines.



Engineering Physics

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
AIAA, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, is a student organization which provides an environment for all KU Aeros to meet, make new friends, get involved, help promote academic achievement, and ultimately get the most out of their time as a KU Aerospace Student.

Jayhawk Rocket Design      
Through the design, construction, and launching of both model and high-powered rockets, Jayhawk Rocket Design supports the interest in rocketry shown by engineering students, facilitates the understanding of rocket dynamics, and aides the certification of engineering students in Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA) and/or National Association of Rocketry (NAR).

Physics & Engineering Student Organization (PESO)
Members become experienced with conceptualization, design, and hands-on manufacturing as we build spectacular devices that are used to educate and excite the community about STEM opportunities. Our motto: "Overkill Is Underrated"

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
A group dedicated to seeing mankind reach beyond planet Earth. As an organization we meet biweekly to discuss the latest topic in space science, the space industry, and ways that we can reach out to younger generations to spark their interest in STEM. We have nights where we take our telescope out and do some starwatching, and we participate in the Engineering Expo.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle KU Student Organization
UAV KU Student Organization is focused on the learning and development of unmanned aerial vehicles. We are committed to furthering the fields of small aircraft design, construction, programming, navigation, and control.



Mechanical Engineering

American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASME promotes the art, science & practice of mechanical & multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe.

Biomedical Engineering Society
BMES is an engineering society dedicated to the application of engineering principles to medicine and biology. The society strives to encourage professional growth of its members through annual conferences, education about research and industry careers and opportunities, and to promote the biomedical engineering field. 

EcoHawks
The EcoHawks are an interdisciplinary student group facing the challenges of a sustainable approach to automobiles and energy infrastructure. This is accomplished by approaching the situation from five vectors of success: education, energy, environment, economics, and ethics. Each of these concepts individually addresses specific aspects of sustainability, shaped by the confluence of the ideals of people, planet, and prosperity. This focus is in step with the strategic initiatives of the University of Kansas (KU) for Sustaining the Planet and Powering the World.

Physics & Engineering Student Organization (PESO)
Members become experienced with conceptualization, design, and hands-on manufacturing as we build spectacular devices that are used to educate and excite the community about STEM opportunities. Our motto: "Overkill Is Underrated"

Society of Automotive Engineers- Formula Car (Jayhawk Motorsports)
The purpose of the organization is to educate students and develop future engineers in the interaction of design and production (specifically automotive) while rewarding the team with fun recreational racing.

Society of Automotive Engineers- Baja
The KU Baja SAE (Jayhawk Motorsports Baja) team is dedicated to learning the engineering design process by designing, building, and competing a fully functioning, customer-specified all-terrain vehicle.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle KU Student Organization
UAV KU Student Organization is focused on the learning and development of unmanned aerial vehicles. We are committed to furthering the fields of small aircraft design, construction, programming, navigation, and control.

Pi Tau Sigma
Pi Tau Sigma is the national honorary mechanical engineering society. Membership is one of the ways our students, both men and women, can be recognized for their scholastic achievement. Members are selected from the junior and senior classes on the basis of sound engineering ability, scholarship, and personal character.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carl W. Luchiesluchies@ku.edu 



Petroleum Engineering

American Association of Drilling Engineers
AADE was formed to educate and inform students about drilling technologies and current drilling practices in the petroleum industry.

Energy Club
The primary objective of the KU energy club is to promote the collaboration of academia, industry leaders, policy makers, and students with an interest and/or expertise in the energy field toward shaping a sustainable energy future for the state of Kansas.

Physics & Engineering Student Organization (PESO)
Members become experienced with conceptualization, design, and hands-on manufacturing as we build spectacular devices that are used to educate and excite the community about STEM opportunities. Our motto: "Overkill Is Underrated"

Society of Petroleum Engineers
Focused on the energy industry, Society of Petroleum Engineers at KU strives to provide KU students with chances to meet industry leaders and connect with other like-minded individuals.



All Engineering Majors

{Spark}
{Spark} is an organization dedicated to inspiring, educating, and exposing K-12 students to the wonders of technology. These goals are achieved by providing hands-on experience and resources to continue to learn. Members of {Spark} can be involved in the process of creating technological activities, teaching, researching resources, providing peer support, and much more! 

Alpha Sigma Kappa - Women in Technical Studies
This is a group for candidates and members of the Kappa Chapter of Alpha Sigma Kappa Women in Technical Studies. Qualified majors include Architecture, Engineering, Mathematics and Hard Sciences.

Engineers without Borders
To partner with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally sound and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible students.

Engineering Student Council
The purpose of Engineering Student Council (ESC) is to facilitate communication between the faculty and staff of the University of Kansas School of Engineering and its students, promoting engineering education and involvement within the school.

Engineering Yard Games Club
Our goal for the engineering yard games club is to break from the norm of Engineers don’t know how to have fun.  

Graduate Engineering Association
We are the voice of the graduate students in an open forum between the students, faculty and administration of the School of Engineering.  

International Students Engineering Association
We are a group geared towards preparing students for their future career be it in industry or grad school.  It is our mission to promote international awareness in engineering and to ease the immersion of foreign students in American culture.

KU Engineering Toastmasters Club
We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

oSTEM at The University of Kansas (oSTEM)
Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) is a national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQA communities in the STEM fields.

Physics & Engineering Student Organization (PESO)
Members become experienced with conceptualization, design, and hands-on manufacturing as we build spectacular devices that are used to educate and excite the community about STEM opportunities. Our motto: "Overkill Is Underrated"

Triangle Fraternity (Triangle)
To develop balanced men in the fields of Engineering, Architecture, and Science by providing an environment which fosters personal growth and professional success.



Multicultural/Diversity

Alpha Sigma Kappa - Women in Technical Studies
This is a group for candidates and members of the Kappa Chapter of Alpha Sigma Kappa Women in Technical Studies. Qualified majors include Architecture, Engineering, Mathematics and Hard Sciences.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society
The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science, and other related technology disciplines.

National Society of Black Engineers
To increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.

oSTEM at The University of Kansas (oSTEM)
Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) is a national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQA communities in the STEM fields.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
University of Kansas Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.  A major focus of the SHPE Foundation’s STEM educational activities has been in locations with fast-growing Hispanic communities ripe for nurturing a pipeline of future engineers and technical innovators.

Society of Women Engineers
SWE concentrates on bringing together women (and men) engineers, on recruiting women into engineering, on holding fun events for our members and the students of the school of engineering, and on serving our community both at KU and beyond.                       


Honors Societies

Chi Epsilon
An organization that honors civil engineering students for their outstanding leadership, character, and academic abilities.Faculty Advisor: Dr. Matt O’Reilly, oreilly3@ku.edu

Eta Kappa Nu
Electrical engineering and computer engineering honor society aimed at recognizing highly qualified students in their respective fields and assisting them in becoming better professionals.

Phi Alpha Epsilon
An organization to recognize outstanding scholarship and potential for achievement in Architectural Engineering.
Faculty Advisor: Brian A. Rock, docrock@ku.edu

Pi Tau Sigma
Pi Tau Sigma is the national honorary mechanical engineering society. Membership is one of the ways our students, both men and women, can be recognized for their scholastic achievement. Members are selected from the junior and senior classes on the basis of sound engineering ability, scholarship, and personal character.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carl W. Luchies, 
luchies@ku.edu

Sigma Gamma Tau
Sigma Gamma Tau is the honor society for Aerospace Engineering. It seeks to identify and recognize achievement and excellence in the Aerospace field.

Tau Beta Pi
Tau Beta Pi is the second oldest honor society in the nation. It is the only engineering honor society that represents the entire engineering profession. Tau Beta Pi was founded at Lehigh University in 1885 to recognize outstanding students with exemplary character and distinguished scholarship.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE)              
Upsilon Pi Epsilon is an honorary society whose membership consists of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in Computing and Information Disciplines.

(Zeta) Theta Tau
Theta Tau is a professional fraternity for both men and women enrolled in engineering. Its mission is to build strong bonds between members and to use those bonds to further education and professionalism.


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