Taking part in a student organization provides an excellent opportunity for engineering students to apply classroom knowledge to real-world applications. Members gain skills in teamwork, leadership and time management. Student organizations provide contacts with industry for potential internship and job opportunities. They also help students become acquainted with their classmates while being exposed to the many facets of the engineering profession.
Student Organizations Specific to CEE and Engineering:
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
The UC Davis Chapter of ASCE is a very active organization which was formed with the goal of promoting the success of future engineers. Members of this organization are provided with networking opportunities through biweekly meetings, company presentations, and field trips to job sites. Members are also encouraged to apply the knowledge they gain in their coursework to hands-on activities through participating in nationally recognized design teams, which are listed below. ASCE also actively engages with the Davis community through volunteer events.
- Chi Epsilon -- Civil Engineering Honor Society
Chi Epsilon is a Civil Engineering Honor Society dedicated to promote the civil engineering profession by highlighting the characteristics needed to be a successful civil engineer and helping develop these characteristics in civil engineering students. Members of this club hone their characteristics for success through engineering projects, volunteer work, and social events.
- American Water Works Association
The UC Davis Student Chapter of AWWA works towards promoting the future success of environmental engineers and scientists who hope to treat and manage water resources. The primary goal of AWWA is to present networking opportunities through collaboration and mentorship between environmental professionals, graduate students, and undergraduate students.
- Energy Club
The Energy Club’s goal is to aid in the education of students interested in energy-related topics. This organization holds regular meetings, invites guest lecturers to campus, and organizes field trips to help its members form connections to classes, faculty, and prospective careers.
- Institute of Transportation Engineers
ITE is an international organization made up of transportation professionals, including civil engineering students who have an interest in transportation.
- Solar Decathalon
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an esteemed competition in which collegiate teams design, build, and utilize solar-powered houses. It is meant to encourage responsible energy use and research towards sustainable design utilizing solar power. In the words of Dr. Frank Loge, the UC Davis team has the goal of “trying to drive down the price point of zero-net-energy housing to help the housing market understand that you can have affordable, nice homes that are zero net energy.”
- Tau Beta Pi -- Engineering Honor Society
Tau Beta Pi is a national honor society which was founded to recognize the accomplishments of engineering students throughout the U.S. This organization strives to improve education, offer networking opportunities, give academic recognition, and provide a social outlet for engineering students. Students are notified when they are eligible and are invited to become a member of the organization as they qualify.
- Theta Tau -- Co-Ed Professional Engineering Fraternity
Theta Tau is the oldest engineering fraternity in the country and is only present at ABET accredited institutions. This co-ed fraternity carefully selects members who are looking for friendship and professional development while also exemplifying motivation, ambition, and energy.
Multicultural Engineering Organizations:
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
- The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) at UC Davis is a student-run organization dedicated to academic excellence among Native American students in the fields of science and engineering both within and outside our university. Although most of our members are in the fields of science and engineering, other majors are welcome as well.
- Black Engineers Association (BEA)
The mission of Black Engineers Association is to be all inclusive and expand on the ideas of the Black community to increase the number of culturally responsible Black students who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. Join us and help craft the next generation of Black STEM.
- Chicano and Latino Engineers and Scientists Society (CALESS)
- CALESS fosters an environment where students in STEM thrive academically, professionally, and socially with the goal to better serve the Chicanx and Latinx community.
- The Pilipino American Society of Architects and Engineers (PASE)
- PASE is an independent student organization with the goal of facilitating professional development, academic retention, cultural competency, and social consciousness for its members and community.
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
The Society of Women Engineers at UC Davis is an active section in the Sacramento-SVS area in California. Founded by Linda Finley, who is SWE@UCD’s current advisor today, the UC Davis section remains strong today with more than a hundred members. Some of our efforts include Night With Industry – a dinner for students with industry professionals, a “Big-Lil Sis” mentorship program, and Project Aspire, which is a day-long event with hands-on engineering activities for elementary and middle-school age girls in the area.