Student Organizations

Alpha Omega Epsilon is a professional engineering sorority founded in 1983 that provides friendship, leadership and professionalism to all members of the organization, the community and our proffesions. The Virginia Chapter has been in existence for about 2 years and was initiated in the Spring of 2005. The Virginia Chapter upholds our ideals and objectives by holding social events, professional workshops, study breaks, and community service events.

Association of Computing Machinery is dedicated to increased knowledge of and interest in the science, design, development, construction, languages, management and applications of modern computing. It also functions as a means of communication between persons interested in computing and fosters communication between U.Va. students, members of the Charlottesville/Albemarle community, and computing professionals.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics offers students interested in the aerospace field a chance to meet other students with similar interests, the opportunity to hear aerospace-related guest speakers, and to participate in a variety of aerospace-related activities. Membership in AIAA is open to full-time university students. The majority of AIAA members include aerospace, mechanical, electrical, civil, and industrial engineering students.

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers provides leadership to students interested in chemical engineering It offers a forum for advancing theory and practice of the profession and upholds professional standards and ethics. AIChE helps students understand how to apply chemical engineering expertise in meeting societal needs.

The American Society of Civil Engineers upholds and advances the integrity, honor and dignity of the engineering program at U.Va. by striving to increase the competence and prestige of U.Va. student engineers

The American Society for Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers advances the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. Through its membership, ASHRAE writes standards that set uniform methods of testing and rating equipment and establish accepted practices for the HVAC&R industry worldwide.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers provides a richer experience outside the classroom for Mechanical Engineers at UVA through industry trips, conferences, professional contacts, speakers, design competitions, leadership opportunities, fund raising, connections to internships, and social events. On the national level, ASME performs similar functions and publishes papers, fosters professional development, and creates standards.

The Biomedical Engineering Society is devoted to bringing students together for social events and to promote the exchange of scientific ideas as well as to provide students with a means of expressing their thoughts to the faculty. U.Va.'s BMES chapter provides the department with seminar speakers and funds trips to conferences for students who don't have sufficient funding.

B.U.C.K.S., Brothers United Celebrating Knowledge & Success, develops and cultivates positive qualities in black males in Charlottesville and at U.Va., creating black leaders in the community, society, and world by instilling higher aspirations of unity, responsibility, and success.

Chi Epsilon, the Civil Engineers honor society, is dedicated to the purpose of maintaining and promoting the status of civil engineering as an ideal profession. Chi-Epsilon was organized to recognize the characteristics of the individual civil engineer deemed to be fundamental to the successful pursuit of an engineering career, and to aid in the development of those characteristics in the civil engineering student.

Eta Kappa Nu is the International honor society for Electrical Engineers. Outstanding students are elected to Eta Kappa Nu primarily from the third and fourth year classes. Graduate Students and distinguished professional engineers are also eligible. Eligibility depends on marked ability, as evidenced by scholarship, personal character, useful voluntary services, and distinguished accomplishments.

Engineering Student Council represents the E-School and serves to provide a voice for the school's student body to the institution's administration and faculty, as well as the general public. The council develops social, intellectual, professional and service activities for the student body, and it strives to encourage U.Va. Engineering school spirit pride. The members of the council are designated leaders and are entrusted with maintaining concern for students' opinions and needs throughout the Engineering School. For more information contact the exec board at

Engineering Students Without Borders is an organization that does socially responsible engineering in impoverished regions of the world. More rencent projects include trips to Southern Africa and Mexico for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Girls Excited about Math Science provides middle school girls with math and science role models from the University of Virginia community. University students and professors act as mentors, and promote various disciplines of math, science, and technology through hands-on activites. GEMS aims to encourage the girls' self-esteem and guide them toward futures in these disciplines. Ultimately, GEMS strives to help "close the gap" of interest and involvement in math and science currently found between males and females.

Graduate Engineering Student Council has a mission to improve the quality of the graduate experience, increase the value of the U.Va. Engineering graduate diploma, foster the culture of giving within the U.Va. Engineering grad community, foster an active research culture among the graduate students, represent the Engineering graduate students to the faculty, administration, and partner organizations, allocate funds for worthy student activities, and foster interdepartmental exchange and communication.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers helps advance global prosperity by promoting the engineering process of creating, developing, integrating, sharing, and applying knowledge about electrical and information technologies and sciences for the benefit of humanity and the profession. IEEE is the world's largest technical society, and is comprised of more than 320,000 members in about 150 countries around the globe. At the chapter level, we plan various speaking engagements and presentations. In the past, we have held a graduate school information session, taken a field trip to Litton Marine Systems, and hosted presentations that offer members excellent opportunities to network with alumni and get a head start in the job search.

The International Council on Systems Engineering fosters the definition, understanding, and practice of world-class systems engineering in industry, academia, and government. It provides a focal point for dissemination of systems engineering knowledge to interested U.Va. students.

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences serves the scientists and professionals in the operations research and the management sciences, and in related fields such as information technology. Members of the OR/MS profession apply scientific tools and methods to improve systems and operations and to assist in managerial decision making.

The Institute of Transportation Engineers at U.Va was chartered in 1979. While there is not a standard program for ITE student chapters, all have the goal of expanding students' knowledge of the transportation engineering profession and providing "real world" experiences to help add to classroom teachings. Members of ITE are transportation and traffic engineers, as well as students who are interested in these fields.

National Society of Black Engineers is the largest student run organization in the nation, having over 10,000 members nationwide. Our mission is to "increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, suceed professionally, and positively impact the community.

The Rodman Scholars Program is the honors program for the University of Virginia School of Engineering. Founded in the mid 1980s, it is dedicated to the development of the skills that will be most beneficial to engineering students both during and after college. Each year, approximately 35 first year students are admitted to the program, based on both their academic achievements and potential to contribute to the program.

The Society of Automotive Engineers provides students who share a common interest in advancing mobility technology with the resources and fellowship they need to advance in their field.

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers is a social-technical organization that enhances the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math, and science. The organization increases educational opportunities, promotes professional and personal growth, and is involved in education, business and government issues.

Sigma Gamma Tau is a national honor society which seeks to recognize outstanding scholarship and achievement in the fields of aeronautical and aerospace engineering. Members of the society seek to promote a high standard of ethics and professionalism in the aerospace community.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a non-profit professional organization whose purpose is to aid and promote women in engineering and encourage young women to consider pursuing an engineering education. The chapter at the University of Virginia has been dedicated to informing young women about the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open to them. It serves as a center of information on women in engineering and provides services to its members, including workshops and scholarships.

Tau Beta Pi is the national engineering honor society. The U.Va. chapter's objectives are to recognize engineering students of outstanding scholarship and character, and foster a spirit of liberal culture among them. Members of Tau Beta Pi are elected as undergraduate students, graduate students, and eminent engineers. Candidate selection is held each semester of the academic year. Meetings are held monthly.

Theta Tau is a national professional coeducational engineering fraternity. Membership is open to students of engineering. The organization develops and maintains a high standard of professional interest among engineering students at U.Va. and unites them in a strong bond of fraternal fellowship.

Trigon Engineering Society was founded in 1924 at the University of Virginia. Originally a political society, Trigon is now a much more socially-oriented brotherhood which also participates in service projects for both the University and the Charlottesville community. Trigon holds an annual rush and enjoys such social activities as semesterly retreats, and a semi-formal each spring.

The U.Va. Solar Airship Program provides education and training to students through the development and construction of solar-powered, lighter-than-air vehicles. The airships are designed and constructed exclusively by University of Virginia undergraduate students, with the aid of U.Va. facilities, technical support from experts at the University and in industry, and extensive corporate sponsorship. In the process, students explore new technologies and aim to design and construct the first solar-powered vehicle capable of 24-hour, autonomous flight.

The U.Va. Solar Car Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about business and technology throughthe design and construction of a solar-powered vehicle. The Program functions as a non-profit, educational entity operating under the auspices of the University of Virginia. The Program serves as a partnership between students, the University, and industry to maximize educational benefit and provide excellent technical, leadership, and business experience.

The Virginia Engineering Foundation provides funding for student organizations, societies, and projects, Engineers Week Open House, Engineering reunions and Parent's Weekend, Undergraduate Research Symposium, Graduation reception, exam week goodies, 1st year gifts, 4th year garden party, Virginia Engineering alumni magazine, and student loans.