Participation in student organizations is a great way to expand your professional and personal networks, acquire new knowledge, skills, and abilities (particularly in the areas of leadership and communication), and get more connected to the College of Engineering.There are over 30 SJSU Student Organizations connected to the College of Engineering. These include:
- Competition/project based organizations
- Discipline/major specific organizations
- honors societies
- Special interest groups/multicultural societies.
(Note: College of Engineering Student Organization Leaders, if your organization is not listed here, or you need to update information, please send information to email@example.com)
Competition/Project Based Groups:
Concrete Canoe Team
Club Room: Tent in ENGR Quad
The concrete canoe team designs and constructs a full size canoe made entirely out of concrete. Students split up into different groups and work on a specific aspect of the project. There is a mix design team that compiles research about concrete, creates samples of concrete and then tests the samples. There is a construction team where they design a process to construct the canoe out of concrete by creating molds and using tools to achieve the finished product. There is also a paddling team which practices every weekend to prepare for the concrete canoe competition in the Spring (hosted by UC Davis in 2015). The concrete canoe team is composed of mostly civil engineering students but also welcomes other engineering students.
Precision Flight Team (SJSUPFT)
Club Room: IS 216A
The SJSU Precision Flight Team is a student run flight team that competes in an intercollegiate competition against other US universities. Competition events include both ground and flight events. Some ground events include Aircraft Identification, Computer Accuracy using an E6B slide rule computer, and Simulators using instruments only. Flight Events include Power On/Off landings (trying to land on a line on the runway), Navigation (flying a specific route and being scored based on estimated vs. actual fuel burn & time), and Message Drop (dropping a container from 200 feet above ground level at cruise speed trying to hit a target on the ground). Flight Team holds ground practice from Friday 4pm-8pm and flight practice Saturday mornings.
Society of Automotive Engineers International (SAE/Spartan Racing)
A student chapter of SAE International, Spartan Racing organizes teams to design, build, market, and race vehicles, including Baja, Formula, and Electric vehicles.
Discipline/Major Based Groups:
American Concrete Institute (ACI)
Club Room: ENGR 147
Description: The mission of this chapter is to promote civil engineering as a profession and as an institute that enhances the quality of life through public service and free enterprise. The chapter shall endeavor to inspire and activate its members through student interactions with faculty, professionals, and civic leaders as well as projects that will promote thinking.
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Club Room: ENGR 272
AIAA is a professional society focused on the advancement of aerospace engineering. SJSU is one of the many student branches found throughout the world. SJSU focuses on giving students the opportunity to learn and experience aerospace engineering from the front seat.
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Club Room: ENGR 233
We are a student organization that is focused on the professional development of San Jose State University students in the Chemical Engineering industry.
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Club Room: ENGR 136
ASCE was founded in 1852 and is America’s oldest engineering society, serving as a source for professional development for civil engineers worldwide. ASCE is currently a 123,000 member organization, with four institutes divided as follows: Environmental and Water Resources Institute, Architectural Engineering Institute, Geo-Institute, Structural Engineering Institute
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Club Room: ENGR 114B
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers was founded in 1880. ASME is a 120,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues of the engineering and technology community. Students also benefit from strong organization support in their pursuit of developing their professional and leadership skills. The SJSU Student Chapter works to create participation opportunities and expanding industry exposure for students.
Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
Club Room: ENGR 182
BMES provides Graduate/Undergrad students with tours, events, competitions and conferences that pertain to Biomedical Engineering . BMES also organizes study groups, and poster sessions that aim to help each student to be academically successful. The mission of BMES is to improve BMES members professional, and academic skills as well as create a friendly environment that promotes everlasting friendships.
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
Club Room: ENG 136
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute at San Jose State (EERI-SJSU) is a non-profit student organization that seeks to promote knowledge of structural engineering and seismic design among the student body and the community through professional lectures and student design projects.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Club Room: ENGR 376
The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) is an organization which was founded in 1884. The organization is structured to provide a transitional support from a student to professional realm; whereby, the student and professional chapters work together to form collaborative efforts for the benefit of its members.
Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
Club Room: ENGR 208
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Organization President Niki Deleon)
IIE is a "professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity." Our Chapter 806 is a student chapter of IIE. We aim to facilitate communication within the ISE department, expose industrial engineering to local students, and connect members to industry.
International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE)
Club Room: ENG 233
ISPE focuses on promoting educational exchange, career/internship opportunities and networking. We introduce and familiarize our members to all aspects of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries through guest speakers, plant/industry tours, and Bay Area Chapter Events.
Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
The Institute of Transportation Engineers is an international association of transportation professionals responsible for meeting mobility and safety needs. The SJSU chapter is focused on strengthening the educational and professional development of engineering and planning students, through: - Presentations from Bay Area professionals - Technical tours of engineering projects like BART WSX and the new Bay Bridge span - Academic and professional tours, conferences and competitions throughout the year.
Materials Advantage (MA)
Club Room: ENG 233
Materials Advantage is a national organization that acts as the student chapter for 4 different materials related professional societies: ACerS - The American Ceramic Society, AIST - Association for Iron & Steel Technology, ASM International - The Materials Information Society, TMS - The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. By joining Materials Advantage, the student has access to the networking, professional resources, and scholarships of all 4 national organizations. On campus, the Materials Advantage club hosts social events and professional development activities. The students are active in the local ASM professional section which hosts monthly dinner meetings, which provide great opportunities to learn more about materials engineering in local industry and network with working engineers.
Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME)
Club Room: IS 216B
Our goal is to help bridge the gap between student majoring in manufacturing and the manufacturing industry by giving members the chance to visit local facilities within the manufacturing industry. We will also give members and interested students a more personal experience with the metal machinery. By coming together at manufacturing majors, we create a community of students helping and supporting each other through classes.
Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)
Club Room: ENG 233
The Society of Plastic Engineers is a joint materials engineering special interest student organization with its sister club Materials Advantage. Both clubs provide members with opportunities for involvement with professional industry development such as industry tours and connections with those working within the industry itself. The overarching goal of this student chapter is to provide materials engineering students the ability of collaborating with and learning from those already working in the industry in order to better prepare themselves for their own professional careers.
Software and Computer Engineering Society (SCE)
Club Room: ENG 294
The Software and Computer Engineering Society is a place for students interested in the fields of computer engineering and software engineering to congregate and collaborate. Operated by student volunteers, our student organization strives to offer a good environment for our future engineers to prosper. Study groups, workshops, info sessions, and social events are provided to members of the Society to help our fellow students improve their academics, develop their skill set, learn more about their disciplines, and grow alongside their colleagues.
Chi Epsilon is a National Civil Engineering Honor Society. We are 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, which is 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. To contribute to the improvement of the civil engineering profession, Chi Epsilon fosters the development and exercise of sound traits of character and technical ability among civil engineers, and its members, by precept and example, toward an ever-higher standard of professional service.
Sigma Gamma Tau (SGT)
Sigma Gamma Tau is a national honor society which recognizes achievement and promotes fellowship among aerospace engineers. The San Jose State University chapter of Sigma Gamma Tau provides tutoring for aerospace engineering related courses. We also reach out to the community by visiting local schools and educating students about aerospace engineering.
Tau Beta Pi (TBP) – Engineering Honor Society
The Tau Beta Pi Association was founded at Lehigh University in 1885 by Edward Higginson Williams, Jr., to mark in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their Alma Mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as students in engineering, or by their attainments as alumni in the field of engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges. The California Eta chapter at San Jose State University was founded in March of 1964. Today, California Eta chapter represents the Davidson College of Engineering's top students from all engineering departments. The chapter works to provide members with a rich experience, to make available tools for students to succeed, and to do projects to improve our community.
Special Interest Groups:
Amateur Radio Club (W6YL)
Club Room: ENGR 376A (within the IEEE Room – 376)
The organization focuses on the amateur radio hobby and tries to help students get licensed and talking on the radio as well as learning how radios work by actually building them. We have events and builds for those with no experience to advanced projects for those wish for something more challenging. All skill levels and majors are welcome.
Black Alliance of Scientists and Engineers (BASE)
Club Room: ENGR 366
The Black Alliance of Scientists and Engineers (BASE) at San Jose State University (SJSU) is a chapter organization of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). BASE exists primarily for those students who are fully matriculated at SJSU and are pursuing a degree in Engineering, Science, or Technology. However, BASE is open to any individual that shares its overall goals.
This College of Engineering Dean’s Affiliate Group centers on outreach to K-12 and Community College students to help engage the next generation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) students. Through visits to schools and community groups along with hosting visiting groups of students at SJSU, Engineering Ambassadors improve their own communication skills while giving back to the community.
Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
Club Room: ENGR
E-mail: email@example.com (Membership Coordinator, Helen Van De Pol)
The San Jose State University chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-SJSU) is a newly established student chapter of EWB-USA, a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. This partnership involves the implementation of environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training internationally responsible engineering professionals.
Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (oSTEM)
This chapter is a society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQQIA communities in the Science, Technology, Engineering, (Art/Design,) and Mathematics (STE(A)M) fields. As an organization dedicated to community; it serves as a touchstone and reminds us of our common goals: To educate, empower, and engage a diverse community, To identify, address, and advocate for the needs of LGBTQQIA students in the STE(A)M fields, And we fulfill these needs through mentorship connections, networking opportunities, strategic collaborations, and professional/leadership development in the SJSU and local communities.
Club Room: ENG 141
SJSU Robotics is dedicated mechatronics disciplines of computer, electrical, mechanical and control system engineering. SJSU Robotics is a place where students in those fields can use the skills they have learned in class in creating robots and actualizing products. This is also a place for students with no knowledge in those fields can be put into a situation where they can self-learn and learn from other members in the areas of mechatronics.
Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists (SOLES)
Club Room: ENGR 366
SOLES is fully dedicated to the academic and professional advancement of Latinos. We host several events throughout the year for our members to help them succeed in college and also gain the skills necessary to earn them a job and excel once there. Such events include Lockheed Martin tutoring sessions, resume workshops with Advanced Micro Devices and company tours of Cisco and IBM among other companies. SOLES is also dedicated in helping younger Latino students in high school and middle school to learn about college and think about pursuing a degree in STEM.
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Club Room: ENG 242
Our mission is vital to not only San José State University, but to a worldwide aim: providing women from all backgrounds with the opportunity to obtain a technical education. SWE's goal is to provide its members the opportunity and resources to be successful in their careers and education.