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Engineering student organizations


Undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Engineering have myriad opportunities to get involved with student organizations outside of the classroom. The following organizations offer opportunities for networking, socializing, developing leadership skills and furthering academic achievement at VCU. To explore more student organizations outside the field of engineering, visit MYORGS@VCU.

AIChE: American Institute of Chemical Engineers

AIChE works to promote networking and social activities among students and professionals interested in chemical engineering.

ANS: American Nuclear Society

The VCU student section of the ANS organizes professional development and outreach activities in all areas of nuclear science and technology.

ASME: American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The professional student chapter sponsors social events and field trips to industrial sites and professional conferences and promotes involvement in schoolwide events.

ACM-SC: Association for Computing Machinery – Student Chapter

ACM-SC is a self-governing student organization in the Department of Computer Science. Our main purpose is to build a strong coalition of competitive programmers through rigorous training and teamwork so that VCU can climb higher in the ladder rankings of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. We encourage all students who enjoy programming, working in teams and learning more about computer science to get involved. Any other major with a strong foundation in math and problem solving are also welcomed as their background offers an invaluable advantage in the ACM Programming Contest.

BMES: Biomedical Engineering Society

This professional student organization is composed of students who are interested in professional activities related to the field of biomedical engineering. Several social events are held during the academic year.

EGSA: Engineering Graduate Student Association

The EGSA seeks to represent the interests of all graduate students in the School of Engineering.

ESC: Engineering Student Council

The Engineering Student Council comprises elected representatives who are majoring in a School of Engineering program from each class of students. It serves as the advocacy body for the students in their interactions with the dean and faculty of the school.

EWB-VCU: Engineers Without Borders-VCU

EWB-VCU creates community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders.

EWH: Engineering World Health

EWH uses a multi-tiered approach to tackle the problems associated with health care in the developing world. Students can:

  • Travel to developing countries and repair medical equipment as part of the Summer Institute Program.
  • Create innovative, low-cost solutions to problems associated with health care in resource-limited settings by participating in the EWH design competition.
  • Impact local communities by helping to educate elementary, middle, and high school students about engineering and its applications to global health.

FIRST@VCU: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology at VCU

FIRST@VCU helps bring together alumni of FIRST Robotics, encourages mentoring of high/middle/elementary school FIRST teams, helps run local competitions, creates workshops and encourages students to pursue a technical field at VCU.

FSAE: Formula SAE of VCU

The Formula SAE team of VCU, comprising students from engineering, business and art disciplines, intends to build a Formula One-style race car and enter it in the 2015-2016 Formula SAE competition, where the team will compete against more than 140 schools from 13 countries around the world.

GradMNE: Graduate Mechanical and Nuclear Engineers Association

Grad MNE is a graduate student-led organization with the sole interest is of increasing the quality of education, experience and reputation of all students and faculty associated with the Department of Mechanical and Nucleau Engineering’s graduate programs.”

IEEE: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Membership in the VCU student branch of IEEE is open to all who have an interest aligned to the specialty groups within the national organization. The VCU chapter sponsors a variety of activities, both social and professional.

Linux User Group of VCU
The Linux User Group of VCU is dedicated to promoting free software and open source applications such as GNU/Linux. Throughout the year the group works on several projects using linux in real world environments, such as creating a computational cluster. Membership is open to anyone that wishes to join and the group welcomes all individuals regardless of experience level.

NSBE: National Society of Black Engineers

NSBE is a multicultural organization which aims to “To increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.”

Phi Sigma Rho

Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority for women in engineering. Members develop the highest standard of personal integrity, strive for academic excellence and build friendships that will last a lifetime.

Ram Development

Software development organization with emphasis on creativity, teamwork, and design. Our goals are to design and implement software applications in a collaborative team environment and to establish a dynamic portfolio to showcase in front of future students and employers.

Sci Kids

Sci Kids promotes interest in higher-level math, science, technology and engineering concepts among K-12 students at local schools with engaging, hands-on experiments.

SWE: Society of Women Engineers

An educational and service organization, SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering and be recognized for their contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.

Tau Beta Pi the Engineering Honor Society (Virginia Epsilon Chapter)

Tau Beta Pi is a national engineering honor society. To be eligible, students must be in the top eighth of their junior class or the top fifth of their senior class.

Theta Tau 

A national co-ed professional engineering fraternity, Theta Tau is very involved in academic support of its members, service activities and professional networking.

Triangle Fraternity

Triangle Fraternity is a social fraternity made up of Engineers, Architects, and Scientist. In Triangle, the student learns lessons of group living, personality and character development, in an atmosphere designed for fullest benefit to the individual.