Student Organizations

Students are encouraged to be active with the different engineering societies including The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, The Society of Automotive Engineers, Engineers Without Borders, The Biomedical Engineering Society, The Society of Women Engineers, The National Society of Black Engineers, and The Society of Hispanic Engineers. KU also has active chapters of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering society, and Pi Tau Sigma, the national mechanical engineering honor society. Several of these societies are listed below. Students are also encouraged to volunteer for a variety of engineering-related activities, some of which are: Scholars Day, Engineering Expo and guiding students/parents who come on campus to learn more about KU School of Engineering.

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American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) promotes and enhances the technical competency and professional well being of its members and strives, through quality programs and activities in mechanical engineering, to better enable its practitioners to contribute to the well-being of humankind. Student activities include participation in annual activities, such as the ASME Student Leadership Conference, the Human-Powered Vehicle competition, the annual KU Engineering Expo, and tours of local engineering/manufacturing plants.


Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is an engineering society dedicated to the application of engineering principles to medicine and biology. The society strives to encourage professional growth of its members through annual conferences, publications and career services, and to promote the biomedical engineering field. Past student activities have included tours of regional medical and industrial workplaces, career planning sessions, and seminars with practicing biomedical engineers.


Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is an engineering society of over 60,000 members from all engineering and scientific disciplines who are dedicated to advancing mobility. Through SAE, these engineers and scientists work together to further the research, development, design, manufacture and utilization of land, sea, air and space vehicles.

The KU SAE chapter has participated in the several of the SAE collegiate design competitions including the Formula SAE competition, Mini-Baja competition, Heavy-lifter competition, and the Supermileage competition.


Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering Honor Society)

Pi Tau Sigma is the national honorary mechanical engineering society. Membership is one of the ways our students, both men and women, can be recognized for their scholastic achievement. Members are selected from the junior and senior classes on the basis of sound engineering ability, scholarship, and personal character.


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