For ChE Majors

Chemical Engineering Students have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of interesting projects and extra-curricular activities as follows:

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

There is an active student section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in the department. Each year a program of invited speakers, softball games, and field trips is organized by the student officers. All students are encouraged to join AIChE as student members and membership is free.

Benefits include:

  • Real-world experience with internships at sponsor companies

  • Eligibility for more than $50,000 worth of scholarships and awards given annually to chemical engineering students who are members

  • Familiarity with interactive tools used by industry in the AIChE eLibrary powered by Knovel

  • Free membership in up to two divisions or forums, from environmental to nuclear engineering to sustainability

  • Up to the minute information on industrial practice with fully-searchable access to CEP Magazine on-line

  • Job search and career management services to get your professional life underway and to keep it moving in the right direction

  • The support of a national network of fellow students and professionals .

  • and more...

To join AIChE, visit

Students also participate in Guppy Night in October and compete in the Chem-E-Car competition.

Please contact faculty advisor, Prof. Harish Vashisth or student president, Katie Miller, for more information.

International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE)

Students interested in the bioengineering option or in a career in the biotech industry should consider becoming a member of ISPE. ISPE is the world's largest not-for-profit society serving pharmaceutical science and manufacturing professionals.

ISPE Bylaws

Please contact faculty advisor, Prof. Kang Wu or student president, Nick Sweeney Cook for more information.

ChE Student Advisory Board

The department established its first Student Advisory Board (SAB) in the fall 2008 semester. The purpose of the Student Advisory Board is to document feedback from students for accreditation purposes as well as for the department, and to try and integrate the different classes (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors). Board convenes once per semester.

Current members are Duncan Cromwell (Junior), Madelyn Ball (Senior).

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) maintains an active student section on campus. Outreach programs to local high schools and seminars by outside speakers are included in their yearly activities.

Please contact faculty advisor, Prof. May-Win Thein, at for more information.

SWE Website »

Students Without Borders

Students without Borders is a multi-disciplinary organization and its mission is to encourage, support and implement environmentally and economically sustainable technical projects in disadvantaged communities nationally and internationally, while developing globally responsible and knowledgeable students.

SWB Website »

Tau Beta Pi

There is an active chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, in the college. Outstanding students from all four engineering departments who meet the rigorous academic standards are eligible. The society performs a number of community outreach projects each year.

Please contact faculty advisor, Prof. Mike Carter, at for more information.