Student Organizations

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 Civil Engineering Students:

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.


ASCE Design Teams
1. Concrete Canoe
2. Construction Management
3. Environmental Project
4. Geowall
5. Steel Bridge

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.


Student Organizations Affiliated with Civil Engineering Students:

American Water Works Association (AWWA)
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)
ITE is an international organization made up of transportation professionals, including civil engineering students who have an interest in transportation.


Solar Decathlon
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 Honors 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)
Black Engineers Association (BEA)
Chicano and Latino Engineers and Scientists Society (CALESS)
The Pilipino American Society of Architects and Engineers (PASE)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Last Updated on June 26, 2018