Engineering Student Organizations
Resources are available to student organizations, both through VCU and the College of Engineering. Use the links below.
College of Engineering Resources include pre-formatted templates for flyers, posters and digital monitor slides. Requires login.
Undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Engineering have myriad opportunities to get involved with student organizations outside of the classroom. The following organizations offer opportunities for networking, socializing, developing leadership skills and furthering academic achievement at VCU.
Arab Engineers organization work on empowering international engineers to realize their full potential. Through our academic success and exemplary citizenship, embody the advantages of a strong International Student presence at VCU. Moreover, Be a conduit for communication and opportunities for collaboration between all students, faculty, and staff.
AIChE works to promote networking and social activities among students and professionals interested in chemical engineering.
The VCU student section of the ANS organizes professional development and outreach activities in all areas of nuclear science and technology.
ASME@VCU is the professional club for Mechanical Engineers. Providing access to industry speakers, volunteer opportunities, networking events, facility tours, professional conferences, and interaction with fellow engineering students. Brand yourself as a Professional by becoming a member, challenge yourself in a position of leadership.
ACM-SC is a self-governing student organization in the Department of Computer Science. Our main purpose is to build a strong coalition of competitive programmers through rigorous training and teamwork so that VCU can climb higher in the ladder rankings of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. We encourage all students who enjoy programming, working in teams and learning more about computer science to get involved. Any other major with a strong foundation in math and problem solving are also welcomed as their background offers an invaluable advantage in the ACM Programming Contest.
The Association for Computing Machinery - Women’s chapter supports the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field. We aim to provide opportunities for members to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration and local Richmond meetups to network with women leaders in the tech industry. We also will host monthly coding workshops and tech talks led by members of Women Who Code, Richmond Women in Tech, and VCU students.
This professional student organization is composed of students who are interested in professional activities related to the field of biomedical engineering. Several social events are held during the academic year.
The EGSA seeks to represent the interests of all graduate students in the School of Engineering.
Flyer calling for applicants for the graduate student association advisory board. [View Image]
The Engineering Student Council comprises elected representatives who are majoring in a School of Engineering program from each class of students. It serves as the advocacy body for the students in their interactions with the dean and faculty of the school.
EWH uses a multi-tiered approach to tackle the problems associated with health care in the developing world. Students can:
- Travel to developing countries and repair medical equipment as part of the Summer Institute Program.
- Create innovative, low-cost solutions to problems associated with health care in resource-limited settings by participating in the EWH design competition.
- Impact local communities by helping to educate elementary, middle, and high school students about engineering and its applications to global health.
FIRST@VCU helps bring together alumni of FIRST Robotics, encourages mentoring of high/middle/elementary school FIRST teams, helps run local competitions, creates workshops and encourages students to pursue a technical field at VCU.
The Formula SAE team of VCU, comprising students from engineering, business and art disciplines, intends to build a Formula One-style race car and enter it in the 2015-2016 Formula SAE competition, where the team will compete against more than 140 schools from 13 countries around the world.
Grad MNE is a graduate student-led organization with the sole interest is of increasing the quality of education, experience and reputation of all students and faculty associated with the Department of Mechanical and Nucleau Engineering’s graduate programs.”
Due to the release of a 3rd international competition by SpaceX, new teams are now allowed into the competition. With that, we have created a Hyperloop team at VCU to 1) gain experience with the technology required to build a Hyperloop pod, 2) build a passionate and devoted team of individuals, and 3) show the world that VCU is one of the best innovative universities in the country.
The VCU student chapter of INMM is dedicated to the development and promulgation of practice for the safe, secure and effective stewardship of nuclear materials through the advancement of scientific knowledge, technical skills, policy dialogue and enhancement of professional capabilities.
The Linux User Group of VCU is dedicated to promoting free software and open source applications such as GNU/Linux. Throughout the year the group works on several projects using linux in real world environments, such as creating a computational cluster. Membership is open to anyone that wishes to join and the group welcomes all individuals regardless of experience level.
NSBE is a multicultural organization which aims to “To increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.”
oSTEM is a national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQA communities in the STEM fields. The national society has been built by students, for students.
Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority for women in engineering. Members develop the highest standard of personal integrity, strive for academic excellence and build friendships that will last a lifetime.
Software development organization with emphasis on creativity, teamwork, and design. Our goals are to design and implement software applications in a collaborative team environment and to establish a dynamic portfolio to showcase in front of future students and employers.
SHPE is a multicultural organization where "our mission is to change lives by empowering the Hispanic/Latinx community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development." At SHPE-VCU, we are dedicated in providing technical and soft skill workshops tailored to prepare VCU School of Engineering students socially, academically, and professionally. We aim to provide students with internship/job and volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
An educational and service organization, SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering and be recognized for their contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.
Tau Beta Pi is a national engineering honor society. To be eligible, students must be in the top eighth of their junior class or the top fifth of their senior class.
A national co-ed professional engineering fraternity, Theta Tau is very involved in academic support of its members, service activities and professional networking.