There’s more to learning than just attending classes. We encourage students to get involved and think about engineering outside of the classroom. Student organizations are a great way for a student to meet new people, broaden their knowledge and skills, and enrich their college experience. Below are committees and organizations that students can join. These organizations are open to all individuals, regardless of gender, race, or national origin.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

AIChE at Carnegie Mellon unites and promotes collaboration between chemical engineering students and helps them collaborate with professors and other chemical engineers from around the world. AIChE sponsors interesting and useful resources for all chemical engineering students in the form of lectures, seminars, and mentorship.

2022-2023 AIChE Officers

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

The vision of ASCE, America's oldest national engineering society, is "to position engineers as global leaders building a better quality of life." The Carnegie Mellon chapter of ASCE fulfills this mission by providing social, educational, and professional development opportunities to Civil Engineering majors.

2022-2023 ASCE Officers

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

ASME promotes the art, science, and practice of mechanical engineering through programs and activities such as design competitions, social activities, and factory tours. A free e-Library of engineering resource books, professional development opportunities, and student conferences are just some of the membership benefits.

2022-2023 ASME Officers

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

Undergraduate members of the Carnegie Mellon BMES are active in raising awareness of the biomedical engineering field. The committee promotes social interactions and exchange of ideas between all levels of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty.

2022-2023 BMES Officers and Student Advisory Council (SAC)

Build18-Electrical and Computer Engineering

This annual “Freestyle Tinkering” festival serves as an intellectual playground for the brightest and most creative Carnegie Mellon students. Taking place at the beginning of the spring semester, Build18 is open to all CMU students who are interested in tinkering for fun.

2022-2023 Build18 leadership

Building Alliances for Success in Engineering (BASE)

The BASE Mentorship program is a joint venture between the Carnegie Mellon chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) along with the College of Engineering DEI office. BASE pairs CIT freshmen and sophomores with upperclassmen who provide academic, professional, and personal mentorship. Frequency of meetings is determined by the mentors and mentees, but there is a program-wide event once a month to build community and give mentors and mentees from different groups the chance to mingle.

2021-2022 BASE leadership

Carnegie Mellon Racing/Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

SAE is the worldwide leader in automotive education and mobility engineering advancement. Becoming part of the Carnegie Mellon Chapter of SAE is the best way to get involved with the automotive industry at an undergraduate level. SAE will not only give you hands-on experience and practical knowledge, but is also an exciting and fast-paced extracurricular.

2022-2023 SAE leadership

Carnegie Mellon Rocket Command (CMRC)

This group competes in NASA’s Student Launch competition which requires participants to design, build, test and fly a high-powered, reusable rocket while carrying a payload.

2022-2023 leadership

Chemical Engineering Student Advisory Council

The Student Advisory Council provides a communication pathway between undergraduate Chemical Engineering students and department leadership on matters related to courses, community and environment.

Senior SAC rep

Junior SAC rep

Sophomore SAC rep

Chi Epsilon (ChiEp)

ChiEp is an honors society that fosters the development and exercise of sound traits of character and technical ability among Civil Engineers by precept and example, working toward an even higher standard of professional service.

2022-2023 Chi Epsilon Officers

Engineering Student Council (ESC)

The purpose of the Engineering Student Council (ESC) is to foster a strong sense of community within the college by promoting the development and well-being of engineering students. The ESC is a team of 11 dedicated students across multiple departments and years. Under the guidance of College of Engineering Assistant Dean Kurt Larsen, we work to build and foster a unified and supportive engineering community through the creation and implementation of a variety of activities and events for engineering students.

2022-2023 ESC Co-Director

Electrical & Computer Engineering Outreach (ECE Outreach)

ECE Outreach aims to provide grade school, middle school, and high school students with opportunities to learn about engineering and figure out whether its a good career choice for them.

2022 Representative

Electrical & Computer Engineering Student Advisory Council

ECE SAC is an undergraduate student advisory committee that represents the undergraduate community to the ECE administration. ECE SAC works to provide feedback on undergraduate issues including curriculum, facilities, computing, events, professional development, and other areas as appropriate.

2021 Representatives

Engineers Without Borders

EWB-USA helps create a more stable and prosperous world by addressing people's basic human needs by providing necessities such as clean water, power, sanitation, and education. EWB-USA's strength comes from its over 250 dedicated chapters, including university chapters on 180 campuses in the United States.

2022-2023 leadership

Eta Kappa Nu

HKN is the Honor Society of the Electrical & Computer Engineering department. At Carnegie Mellon, members of the Sigma Chapter synergize to network and build relationships in the engineering community. HKN membership is open to juniors and seniors with exceptional character, leadership, teamwork, and quality.

2022-2023 EKN leadership

First Year Advisory Board (FAB)

2022-2023 FAB Officer

Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

The Carnegie Mellon Student Chapter of IEEE organizes various social events and meetings throughout the school year. Most notably, IEEE sponsors seminars that showcase engineers who are on the cutting edge of the industry. These seminars not only give students a clear picture of what can be accomplished with their degree, but they can also help students establish corporate relationships.

Contact the IEEE group for more information.

2022-2023 leadership:

Materials Advantage Group

The national Materials Advantage organization is a combined student program of four professional societies in the field of Materials Science: The American Ceramic Society (ACerS), Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), ASM International, and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). The national organization provides funding for student travel to conferences and events and provides scholarship and career search assistance. Materials Advantage at Carnegie Mellon works to connect students with postgraduate options.

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Student Advisory Council (SAC)

The purpose of MSE SAC is to improve the MSE undergraduate department by providing students the opportunity to give course feedback and department feedback. MSE SAC also strives to increase student engagement with the department by holding events for students and staff.

2022-2023 MSE Student Advisory Council Officers

Mechanical Engineering Student Advisory Council

The Student Advisory Council provides a link between students and the Undergraduate Education Committee for feedback and suggestions on improvements and changes in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Students are encouraged to contact their SAC representative if they have questions about undergraduate issues.

2022-2023 MechE Student Advisory Council Officers:

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

The NSBE mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively affect the community. The Carnegie Mellon chapter of NSBE participates in activities such as tutorial programs, group study sessions, high school/junior high outreach programs, technical seminars, and workshops in addition to taking advantage of all the resources and opportunities afforded by the national organization.

2022-2023 NSBE Officers

oSTEM: Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

oSTEM is committed to bringing queer students interested in STEM together in a welcoming and active community through professional and social events. oSTEM will organize events to foster connections between queer STEM students on campus, support CMU students in attending the annual oSTEM conference, and provide professional programming to support queer students in pursuing a STEM career.

2020-2021 President

Pi Tau Sigma (International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society)

The Carnegie Iota Chapter was the result of activity of the local fraternity, Mu Epsilon, established in March 1930, whose ideals were essentially the same as Pi Tau Sigma. Under the leadership of William A. Anderson and guidance of Professor T. G. Estep, the petition was presented to Pi Tau Sigma. The formal installation ceremonies were conducted by members of Penn State Zeta Chapter on May 20, 1930. Carnegie Iota Chapter sponsors a year-end picnic for Department of Mechanical Engineering students and faculty, informative seminars on selection of options, and a seminar to introduce mechanical engineering freshman to the department. Each pledge class publishes The Shaft, a semi-humorous newsletter for the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

2022-2023 Pi Tau Sigma Officer

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)

Prepare Asian heritage scientists and engineers for success in the global business world

  • Celebrate diversity on campuses and in the workplace
  • Provide opportunities for members to make contributions to their local communities

2022-2023 SASE Officers

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

The Carnegie Mellon chapter of SHPE strives to increase the number of Hispanic engineering and science students at Carnegie Mellon through the development of programs with industry and the university. These activities are designed to increase career awareness, encourage relationships with professionals, develop leadership skills, and promote academic excellence.

2022-2023 SHPE Officers

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

SWE is a highly active organization that offers scholarship, career, service, and social opportunities to its members. Some highlights of SWE’s programming include their annual Winter Ball, participation in National Engineers Week, the SWE National Convention, and Carnival Booth building.

2022-2023 SWE Officers

Solar Racing (CMSR)

Founded in 2005, Carnegie Mellon Solar Racing (CMSR) is an undergraduate engineering organization dedicated to the promotion and use of solar energy. The CMSR team researches, designs, and engineers all aspects of a solar-electric boat and competes in races around the world, including Solar1 Grand Prix (Monaco), the DONG Energy Solar Challenge (The Netherlands), and Solar Splash. Each of these races test all aspects of the boat design, speed, agility, sustainability, and endurance.

2022-2023 Solar Racing Officer

Student Advisory Council (SAC)

2021-2022 members

Tau Beta Pi

Tau Beta Pi is a College of Engineering honors society that recognizes outstanding engineering students around the nation and gives them a forum to apply their talents to better the world in which they live. Among its members are two Draper prize winners, seven postage stamp honorees, nine winners of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 12 Nobel laureates, 24 honorees in the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 27 recipients of the National Medal of Technology, 41 astronauts, 65 recipients of the National Medal of Science, and hundreds more successful engineers.

2022-2023 TBP Officers

Women in ECE (WinECE)

WinECE is an organization for the professional development of female students and alumni in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. The primary goal of Women in ECE is to help its members develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are necessary for success in their careers.

2022-2023 WinECE Officers

WoMEn@CMU: Women in MECH

2021-2022 WoMEn@CMU Officers

All Organizations at Carnegie Mellon

Learn about all of the student organizations at Carnegie Mellon.