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Student organizations

Alpha Omega Epsilon

A professional engineering sorority founded in 1983 that provides friendship, leadership and professionalism to all members of the organization, the community and our professions. 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

An association 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.

Association of Computing Machinery - Women

A national organization that seeks to promote, celebrate, and support women in computer science and engineering.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

AIAA 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.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

AIChE 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.

AIChE ChemE Car Team

A student-led organization at the University of Virginia and is devoted towards the design and construction of a shoebox-sized car powered entirely by a chemical reaction. ChemE Car teams from universities across the nation enter their cars to compete in both regional and national competitions.

AIChE Wahoo Wizards

A community outreach program dedicated to educating children in the Charlottesville community about science. We perform science experiments that get K-6 classrooms excited about studying science and engineering.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

ASCE helps you master the civil engineering skills that you need to enter the profession by participating in events within U.Va. and with other university chapters. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 140,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. Its mission is to provide essential value to our members and partners, advance civil engineering, and serve the public good by advancing technology, encouraging lifelong learning, promoting professionalism and the profession, developing civil engineer leaders , and advocating infrastructure and environmental stewardship.

ASCE Concrete Canoe

The ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC) provides students with a practical application of the engineering principles they learn in the classroom, along with important team and project management skills they will need in their careers. The event challenges the students' knowledge, creativity and stamina, while showcasing the versatility and durability of concrete as a building material.

ASCE Steel Bridge Team

The National Student Steel Bridge Competition (NSSBC) challenges student teams to design and fabricate a one-tenth scale steel bridge. Contest rules reflect structural specifications and construction regulations. Students practice structural design/analysis and project management, as well as learning fabrication techniques and gaining appreciation for the strength and constructability of steel. NSSBC is co-sponsored by ASCE and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).

American Society for Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

ASHRAE 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.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

ASME 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.

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

BMES at the University of Virginia workrs to promote the exchange of ideas among students and faculty. We coordinate carious academic, professional, educational, social, sporting, and service events throughout the year while reaching out to students who are interested in the application of science and enineering principles to medicine and life sciences.

B.U.C.K.S., Brothers United Celebrating Knowledge & Success

B.U.C.K.S. 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

This civil engineers honor society is dedicated to the purpose of maintaining and promoting the status of civil engineering as an ideal profession.

Dean's Ambassadors

The Dean's Ambassadors serve to represent the School of Engineering and Applied Science to Alumni, corporations, donors, visiting students and parents, and the SEAS Board of Trustees. They offer information and student perspective on all aspects of the School, its history and is future plans, as the second largest School of the University and the second oldest Engineering school at a public university in the nation.


A research and educational project at the University of Virginia that incolces students and faculty from the Engineering School and Architecture School, working tofether to create sustainable, prefab housing units in partnership with affordable housing organizations.

Engineering Student Council

Engineering Student Council (ESC) 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 SEAS school spirit pride. The members of the council are designated leaders and are entrusted with maintaining concern for students' opinions and needs throughout the SEAS. For more information contact the exec board at

Eta Kappa Nu

The International honor society for Electrical Engineers. Outstanding students are elected to Eta Kappa Nu primarily from the junior and senior 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.

FIRST Partnership

A project that involves serving as a mentor to Charlottesville/Albermarle Robotics, a competitive high school FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics team. The students are offered help and guidance as they design, build, and troubleshoot large robots for yearly competitions.

Girls Excited About Math and Science (GEMS)

GEMS 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 activities. 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.

Global Ingenuity Program

As part of the Volkswagen Global Ingenuity Program, 17 U.Va. Engineering students worked from the car company's Wolfsburg/Braunschweig research and development facility to solve the design challenge. At the end of the program, they presented a design for a system that integrates a customized Internet application into vehicles.

Graduate Engineering Student Council (GESC)

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

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)

HFES has a student chapter that is organized to serve the needs of the human factors profession at the University of Virginia. Its purpose is to promote and advance the understanding of the human factors involved in the design, manufacture, and use of machines, systems, environments and devices of all kinds through the interchange of knowledge and methodology in the behavioral, biological, and physical sciences and in industrial, computer science and other relevant engineering disciplines.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

IEEE 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.

International Council on Systems Engineering

This council 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.

Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences

This institute 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.

Institute of Transportation Engineers at U.Va.

ITE 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.

The Inventor's Society (Hoos Invent)

Hoos Invent is dedicated to the design and creation of engineering projects. It gives all members a chance to have challenging and fun hands on experience over a large range of engineering and scientific fields.

The Materials Research Society

The Materials Research Society is a student-led organization that fosters an environment for collaboration and open exchange of ideas across all scientific disciplines and welcoming students at all points of their academic careers. The MRS chapter at UVA is involved with putting together social events on campus, bringing industry and academic speakers to campus, helping provide resources for attending MRS conferences, facilitating materials-based community outreach events, and developing innovative ways to get the community of materials researchers here at UVA together to share their ideas and work.

Math Modeling Group

The Math Modeling Group is a student-run mathematical modeling organization which seeks to raise awareness toward math modeling and prepare students for math-intensive careers through training for and participating in case and data competitions.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

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, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.

Pi Tau Sigma

Pi Tau Sigma is the international mechanical engineering honor society which choses its members on the basis of sound engineering ability, scholarship, and probably future success in the field of mechanical engineering. Mechanical engineering students within the top 35% of their class at the University of Virginia are invited to join the Virginia Delta Xi chapter. The Delta Xi chapter focuses on giving back to the community through community service and professional development.

Omega Chi Epsilon

The National Honor Society for Chemical Engineering. The Society promotes high scholarship, encourages original incestigation in chemical engineering and recognizes the valuable traits of character, integrity and leadership. It serves both undergraduate and graduate students and fosters meaningful student-faculty dialouge.

Ride Forward Group

A research group that focuses on sustainable transportation through converting conventional vehicles ot run on solar, electric or waste vegtable oil. The technical group looks at areas like energy storage and photovoltaic component design while the buisness group works on public relations, funding and marketing.

Rodman Scholars Council

This is the council of Rodman Scholars, the honors program for the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science. 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.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

SAE provides students who share a common interest in advancing mobility technology with the resources and fellowship they need to advance in their field.

SAE Aero Team/Hoos Flying

An aerospace design team that competes in the annual SAE Aero Design Competition. Each year the team designs, builds, and flies a remote controlled airplane. Each team in the competition must use a standard engine and abide by a set of rules governing overall dimensions and materials used; beyond that, the planes are designed from scratch to carry as much weight as possible.

SAE Mini Baja

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Mini Baja is a group of undergraduate students who are passionate about automotive design and racing. We come together every year to design, build, test, and race an open-wheel off-road racecar derived from the Class 1 Buggies competing in the Baja 1000. The year culminates in six International Baja competitions sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Each Baja competition has its own unique events and all provide an immense challenge to hundreds of Baja teams worldwide.

Sigma Gamma Tau

Sigma Gamma Tau is the national aerospace engineering honor society that recognizes aerospace students based on scholarship, personal integrity, and outstanding achievement. Sigma Gamma Tau is devoted to providing aerospace students with additional resources and community events in order to further the reach of those within the aerospace community both professionally and within the community.

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)

A professional organization devoted to providing career, internship, and networking opportunities for its members. SASE's mission is to prepare Asian heritage scientists and engineers for success in the global business world, celebrate diversity on campuses and in the workplace, and provide opportunities for members to make contributions to their local communities.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

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. Recognized as the most outstanding chapter in the nation in 2010 and the most outstanding chapter in the region in 2009 and 2010.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

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.

Solar Car Team

The U.Va. Solar Car Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about business and technology through the 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 benefits and provides excellent technical, leadership and business experience.

Solar House

A single-family residence currently located in Crozet that runs entirely on solar energy. The house was take to Washington D.C. a couple of years ago and competed in a solar decathlon against other schools, and did very well (second overall). It generates its own electricity, and is a solar heating system.

Spectra Research Magazine

The Spectra is committed to the development of research excellence at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Virginia. It publishes prominent undergraduate research with a threefold purpose: to provide publication opportunities for undergraduates catering to the engineering sciences, to promote a community of research, and to serve as an educational tool for prospective students. It aims to publish faculty-sponsored and peer-reviewed papers reflecting a wide range of topics containing the core values of technical credibility, relevancy, and originality.

Student Game Developers

A CIO at The University of Virginia. The group continues to support the creation of several original video games each semester and provides industry resources and contacts for aspiring game developers at The University.

Tau Beta Pi

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.

Trigon Engineering Society

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 Caddyshack (a progressive party), semesterly retreats, and a semi-formal each spring.

Virginia Genetically Engineered Machine (VGEM)

A student-formed, student-run research group that aims to educate the leaders of the next generation of biological engineers, develop cutting edge synthetic biology technology, encourage the growth of synthetic biology research and education at the University of Virginia, and compete in MIT's annual international Genetically Engineered Machine competition.


The Amateur Radio and RF Communications Club, known as W4UVA, at the University of Virginia is a club dedicated to the advancement of Amateur Radio at the University, as well as public service, emergency communication, and fun activities for club members.