Organizations

Students studying in UA’s College of Engineering are involved in many professional and social support groups.

These groups help students in a variety of ways, including career networking and professional advising. The numerous college and department honor societies are listed as well.

Ambassadors of the College of Engineering (ACES) – The Ambassadors of the College of Engineering use their passion and enthusiasm for engineering to serve as the official student representatives of the College of Engineering. They function as the hosts and hostesses for engineering functions, Capstone Engineering Society alumni events and prospective student recruiting functions. The adviser is Lynsey Dill. Interested in joining or want to learn more? Contact Nicholas Bolus.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. The student chapter adviser is Dr. James P. Hubner. For additional information, visit the National AIAA Website. Interested in joining or want to learn more? Contact Eric McVay.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers – The AIChE offers students the opportunity to learn more about the chemical engineering profession and meet potential employers. The student chapter adviser is Dr. Steve Ritchie. For additional information, visit the National AIChE Website. Interested in joining or want to learn more? Contact American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

American Society of Civil Engineers – The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 140,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. The student chapter adviser is Dr. Derek Williamson. For additional information, visit the National ASCE Website. Interested in joining or want to learn more? Contact Thomas Moat.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers – The American Society of Mechanical Engineers was founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists and has grown through the decades to include more than 120,000 members in more than 150 countries. The student chapter adviser is Dr. Beth Todd. For additional information, visit the National ASME Website. Interested in joining or want to learn more? Contact Doug Hess.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

  • When: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: 126 H.M. Comer Hall
  • Contact Doug Hess for more information.
  • Join the UA student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers hear from representatives from Alabama Power.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

  • When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: 126 H.M. Comer Hall
  • Contact Doug Hess for more information.
  • Join the UA student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers hear from representatives from Nissan.

Associated Builders and Contractors – Associated Builders and Contractors is a national association with 75 chapters representing 23,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms with nearly 2 million employees. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry. The student chapter adviser is Dr. Ed Back. For additional information, visit the National ABC Website. Interested in joining or want to learn more? Contact Mike Jennessee.

Association for Computing Machinery – UA’s student chapter for computer science. Activities include an annual programming contest and regular meetings with guest speakers. The student chapter adviser is Dr. Monica Anderson. For additional information, visit the National ACM Website. Interested in joining or want to learn more? Contact ACM Officers.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. The student chapter adviser is Dr. Patrick Kung. For additional information, visit the National IEEE Website. Interested in joining or want to learn more? Contact Shashank Wattal.

Institute of Transportation Engineers – The Institute of Transportation Engineers is an international educational and scientific association of transportation professionals responsible for meeting mobility and safety needs. Through its products and services, ITE promotes professional development of its members, supports education, stimulates research, develops public awareness programs and serves as a conduit for the exchange of professional information.  The student chapter adviser is Dr. Steven Jones.

Material Advantage Student Program – The Material Advantage Student Program is the premier membership option for students wanting to make the most of their materials engineering experience. Material Advantage provides a single low-cost membership with access to the materials science and engineering professional’s most preeminent societies, including TMS, ASM International, ACerS and AIST. For additional information, visit the National Material Advantage Website. The student chapter adviser is Dr. Nitin Chopra. Interested in joining or want to learn more? Contact Chase Padgett.

National Society of Black Engineers – The National Society of Black Engineers, with more than 29,900 members, is one of the largest student-governed organizations in the country. Founded in 1975, NSBE now includes more than 394 college, pre-college and technical professional/alumni chapters in the United States and abroad. The student chapter adviser is Greg Singleton. For additional information, visit the National NSBE Website. Interested in joining or want to learn more? Contact Bria Mattox.

Society of Automotive Engineers – SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. UA students also compete as a team in the Formula SAE Collegiate Design Series. Visit the UA Formula SAE Crimson Racing site for more information. The student chapter adviser is Dr. Paul Puzinauskas. For additional information, visit the National SAE Website.

Society of Engineers in Medicine – The Society of Engineers in Medicine (SEM) is an organization dedicated to engineering students interested in pursuing a career in the medical field or biomedical technologies after graduation. The purpose of this organization is to further the development of engineers interested in medicine and its related fields through a support network, medical opportunities and aid in the pursuit of knowledge of leaders, researchers and engineers. The student chapter adviser is Dr. Chris Brazel. Interested in joining or want to learn more? Contact Taylor Cravanas.

Society of Women Engineers – The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a non-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering along with help recognize their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. The student chapter adviser is Dr. Beth Todd. For additional information, visit the National SWE Website. Interested in joining or want to learn more? Contact Jeannie Marshall.

Student Engineers in Action – Student Engineers in Action, SEA, engages the local community and travels worldwide with the belief that its members can positively impact the lives of others through the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects. SEA continually strives to grow our organization and build on the success of previous years. The student chapter advisers are Dr. Pauline Johnson and Dr. Philip Johnson. Interested in joining or want to learn more? Contact Norm Pelak.

Yellowhammer Rocketry – Yellowhammer Rocketry is The University of Alabama’s rocket group, preparing to compete in NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative (USLI). USLI consists of a series of reports, designs, test flights, and outreach events that culminates in a rocket launch. The group focuses on related competitions as well as educational and community outreach throughout the year.

College and Department Honor Societies

Alpha Epsilon Delta – The society encourages and recognizes excellence in premedical scholarship, stimulates an appreciation of the importance of premedical education, promotes communication between medical and premedical students and educators, provides a forum for students with common interests and uses its resources to benefit health organizations, charities and the community.

Chi Epsilon – Dedicated to the purpose of maintaining and promoting the status of civil engineering, 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. Membership is limited to juniors and seniors in civil engineering who rank in the upper one-third of their class. The student chapter adviser is Dr. Ed. Back. For additional information, visit the National Chi Epsilon Website.

HKN Delta Nu Chapter – Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) honor society is a membership organization dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the electrical and computer engineering field. The student chapter adviser is Dr. Margaret Kim. For additional information, visit the National Eta Kappa Nu Website.

Omega Chi Epsilon – Omega Chi Epsilon is a nationally recognized honor society for chemical engineers, dedicated to promoting academic excellence, facilitating professional development, serving the community and establishing camaraderie among chemical engineers.

Pi Tau Sigma – Pi Tau Sigma members are chosen on a basis of sound engineering ability, scholarship, personality and probable future success in their chosen field of mechanical engineering. For additional information, visit the National Pi Tau Sigma Website. For more information contact Dr. Clark Midkiff or Dr. Beth Todd.

Sigma Gamma Tau – The Sigma Gamma Tau society was established to recognize and honor individuals in the field of aeronautics and astronautics who have been a credit to their profession through scholarship, integrity and outstanding achievement. The society fosters a high standard of ethics and professional practices as well as creates a spirit of loyalty and fellowship, particularly among students of aerospace engineering. For more information, contact Dr. John Baker.

Tau Beta Pi – Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession. Faculty advisers are Dr. Robert Taylor and Dr. David Arnold. For additional information, visit the National Tau Beta Pi Website.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon – UA’s honor society for computer science. UA’s chapter was founded in 1989. Inductions are held each spring. UA’s student chapter adviser is Dr. Susan Vrbsky. For additional information, visit the National UPE Web Site.