Get Involved! Why? The traditional (and still important) reason is that it looks good on your resume. But there are other better reasons. Becoming involved in any of these organizations allows you to get to know fellow students and become acquainted with a potential career in mechanical or aerospace engineering.
Take a look at the organizations listed below and try one on for size. Or, check out all engineering organizations at http://go.ncsu.edu/engr-student-orgs.
- Aerial Robotics Club (ARC)
The NCSU Aerial Robotics Club (ARC) was formed in October 2000 to participate in flying robotics competitions. ARC’s aim is to create an outlet for engineering students to challenge themselves in completing missions the world deems currently impossible, specifically, to create a fleet of autonomous vehicles for research and for competitions. See http://aerialroboticsclub.com/.
- Alpha Omega Epsilon Engineering Sorority (ΑΩΕ)
Alpha Omega Epsilon is a professional and social sorority composed of female engineering students and alumnae. The sorority was founded on November 13, 1983, at Marquette University. The Gamma Chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon upholds the goals of its parent organization to further the advancement of female engineers, specifically those women studying engineering at NCSU. See parent organization.
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
The NCSU chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) actively promotes Native American students in the fields of engineering and science. Its mission is to substantially increase the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other related technology disciplines. See parent organization.
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world’s largest technical society devoted to the global aerospace community. The NCSU student branch is focused on making a positive statement about the future of aerospace technologies while enhancing education, embracing competition, and cooperating with other organizations. See parent organization.
- American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
The NCSU student chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) was founded on April 19, 1948, in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Students are encouraged to participate in the national ASHRAE design competition and take co-ops and internships with HVAC firms. See parent organization.
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), today’s ASME promotes the art, science and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe. Our student section of ASME has been a very active student organization, with activities that focus on leadership, community and education. See parent organization.https://getinvolved.ncsu.edu/organization/NCSU_ASME
- Competitive Robotics Club
The Competitive Robotics Club at NC State was founded in the fall of 2016. Together we safely design, build, and compete in national competitions with robots currently ranging from 3-30 pounds. CRC’s goal is to advance student’s hands on and technical skills through designing cost efficient combat robots that can perform reliably at high levels in competition.
- Engineering Ambassadors (EA)
The goal of the Engineering Ambassadors organization is high-quality service throughout the College of Engineering, the development of leadership skills, as well as personal and professional growth. Engineering Ambassadors are involved with activities related to recruiting, student retention, and promotion of the goals of the First Year Engineering Program and the College of Engineering.
- Engineering Entrepreneurs Program (EEP)
The Engineering Entrepreneurs Program (EEP) is the hub of the technology entrepreneurship ecosystem at NC State University. At its core, the EEP provides a transformational entrepreneurship education experience for students through its fully-immersive, multi-disciplinary, simulation-like learning environment. The EEP seeks to inspire, to empower, and to challenge its students to change the world and radically improve the human condition.
- Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
The NCSU chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is dedicated to improving lives through the creation and implementation of sustainable projects to address the needs of disadvantaged peoples. EWB-NCSU also works to help the local community through service. See parent organization.
- Engineers’ Council (EC)
Established in 1987, the Engineers’ Council, or “E-Council,” is the representative assembly for the engineering undergraduate student body at NC State University. It addresses the concerns of undergraduate engineering students and is responsible for the appropriation of funds to engineering student organizations. It also sponsors such events as Engineering Career Fair and Engineers Week.
- High Power Rocketry Club (HPRC)
Students in the High Power Rocketry Club (HPRC) learn about rocket design, construction, and safety through first-hand experience. The HPRC designs and builds a rocket yearly for the NASA Undergraduate Student Launch Initiative (USLI) competition. Students also engage in outreach opportunities to educate elementary school students about the basics of rocketry, instilling in them a passion for rocketry that will carry into the future. See http://www.ncsurocketry.com.
- Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Graduate Student Association (MAEGSA)
The MAE GSA represents the graduate student body in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, as well as in the University GSA. It provides a forum for graduate student opinions in all matters of mutual interest to faculty and graduate students and promotes professional interest and fellowship among current graduate students and MAE alumni.
- Model Aviation Club (MAC)
The Model Aviation Club at NC State (MAC) is a community of people interested in building and flying radio-controlled model aircraft. Our goal as enthusiasts of a hobby with such a small fan base is to form a community where we can share tips on piloting and constructing, where we can fly together, and where we can spread interest in the hopes of recruiting new people to this informative and rewarding hobby.
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
The NCSU Region 2 student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is dedicated to fulfilling its mission of increasing the number of black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. NSBE has a long tradition of programs geared toward the successful recruitment, retention, and graduation of black engineers. See parent organization.
- Open Hardware Makerspace (OHM)
Open Hardware Makerspace is creating a community and environment at NCSU to foster the development and innovation of technical hobbyists with various interests, from basic woodworking to advanced robotics. We aim to be inclusive of all technical interests and provide the knowledge and the tools necessary to pursue them, both on campus and through outreach to the surrounding community. By empowering technological experimentation, we will be a birthplace of new ideas.
- Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society (ΠΤΣ)
Pi Tau Sigma is the mechanical engineering honor society at NCSU. Its purpose is to foster the high ideals of the engineering profession, 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 assumption of the responsibilities of a citizen in a democracy. See parent organization.
- Professional Engineers of North Carolina (PENC)
North Carolina State University reactivated its student chapter of Professional Engineers of North Carolina (PENC) in 2009. The chapter focuses on 1.) educating students about their career future and preparing them for interviews and communications with prospective employers, and 2.) promotinglicensure . PENC at NCSU is open to all engineering students across campus. See parent organization
- Responsible Automotive Design Pack (RADpack)
The NCSU RADpack is a small team of dedicated students who have a passion for cars. The team has participated in the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) since it was first formed in 2008. The main goals of the team are to design and build advanced propulsion solutions that are based on particular vehicle specifications. The team makes it their priority to explore clean vehicle solutions, incorporate lightweight, recyclable materials, improve aerodynamics, and utilize alternative fuels. The team’s diverse backgrounds, skills, and interests allow them to be flexible, adaptable, and ready to deal with almost any engineering challenge before them. Most importantly, the team wants to make a difference in the world of automotive engineering, and they would like to invite all those interested in mechanical, electrical, and automotive engineering to join the team. The NCSU RADpack works in collaboration with the NCSU College of Engineering, NCSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences, FREEDM Systems Center, Advanced Transportation Energy Center (ATEC), and many other companies and organizations in the U.S. and abroad.
- Sigma Gamma Tau Honor Society for Aerospace Engineers (ΣΓΤ)
In the tradition of an honor society, the goal of the NCSU chapter of Sigma Gamma Tau is to further the experience of aerospace engineers at NC State University. SGT students at the top of their class participate in social, educational, and service activities.
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
The mission of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is to promote the development of Hispanics in engineering, science, and other technical professions to achieve educational excellence, economic opportunity, and social equality. See parent organization.
- Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world’s leading professional society advancing manufacturing knowledge and influencing more than half a million manufacturing practitioners annually. The student chapter is a one-stop shop for busy students, offering everything from hard-to-find technical information on state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and applications to providing unparalleled networking opportunities to help students launch careers in manufacturing. See parent organization.
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. NCSU SWE sponsors programs focused on women’s issues in engineering and works to encourage K-12 girls to have an interest in engineering and science. See parent organization.
- Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)
The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space Chapter (SEDS) at NCSU (formerly Commercial Space Club) promotes the exploration and development of space and inspires students through our involvement in space-related projects. The club performs high-altitude balloon launches, teaches students programming skills, connects students with industry professionals, and more. See parent organization.
- Tau Beta Pi (ΤΒΠ)
Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession. It is the nation’s second-oldest honor society, founded at Lehigh University in 1885, to offer engineering students a chance to be in an honorary society like Phi Beta Kappa, which did not accept technical students. Our Alpha chapter of North Carolina was founded in October 10, 1925. See parent organization.
- Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity (ΘΤ)
Theta Tau is the oldest and largest professional engineering fraternity in the United States, with a diverse membership of men and women studying engineering. The fraternity promotes the social and professional development of its members both during and after college. The NCSU Rho chapter of Theta Tau was founded in 1924, the same year the engineering department became a college. See parent organization.
- Underwater Robotics Club (URC)
The Underwater Robotics Club (URC) provides students with an exciting opportunity to apply classroom skills to a challenging design project: building an autonomous underwater vehicle. Although we are primarily affiliated with the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, our team includes students from various engineering and science disciplines.
- Wolfpack Energy Efficient Locomotion (WEEL)
Students in the Wolfpack Energy Efficient Locomotion (WEEL) organization design and build advanced propulsion solutions that are based on specific vehicle categories, e.g., ECOCAR and Formula Hybrid. They are encouraged to explore clean vehicle solutions, incorporate lightweight materials, improve aerodynamics, and utilize alternative fuels.
- Wolfpack Motorsports (WMS)
Wolfpack Motorsports is a student organization that designs, builds, and competes its race cars in annual collegiate competitions sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Our program is housed in the College of Engineering, but any member of the student body, graduate or undergraduate, can be a member. See http://www.wolfpackmotorsports.com/. See also parent organization.
- Women in Aerospace (WIA)
The purpose of Women in Aerospace (WIA) is to provide members with a practical and updated look at industry, academic support, information on research, extra-curricular activities, and relationships with professors, as well as professional development and outreach opportunities, and to encourage and enable female students to succeed in aerospace engineering. See parent organization.