Student Societies

Although not built into the requirements, participation in student chapters of the professional societies and department Student Advisory Committees are strongly encouraged. Engineers can, and should, become leaders in the community. The University of Utah is one place to develop community and professional interests and leadership.

Currently, professional societies with student sections include (alphabetical order):


American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA)

Advisor: Professor Kuan Chen

AIAA is Aerospace’s premier venue for networking with business, government, and technology leaders. AIAA presents research results and researches cutting-edge developments from engineering and science to management and policy.

American Nuclear Society (ANS)

ANS’s mission is to encourage the study and participation of students in the Nuclear Engineering field. Furthermore, we work at the Center for Excellence in Nuclear Technology, Engineering, and Research (CENTER) in an effort to advance research opportunities (that we are often in charge of), attend and present at conferences, and give tours of our, 100 kW TRIGA reactor.

American Society of heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

ASHRAE’s missions is to advance the arts and sciences of HVAC&R to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Advisor: Professor Sanford Meek

ASME’s mission is to promote and enhance the technical competency and professional well-being of our members, and through quality programs and activities in mechanical engineering, better enable its practitioners to contribute to the well-being of humankind.

American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)

Advisor: Professor Andrew Merryweather

ASSE’s missions is to promote the advancement of the safety, health, and environmental professions engaged in protecting people, property, and the environment by providing the necessary resources.

Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Advisor: Professor Stacy Bamberg

IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE’s highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

Advisor: Professor Sam Drake

The Society of Automotive Engineers has more than 84,000 members – engineers, business executives, educators, and students from more than 97 countries – who share information and exchange ideas for advancing the engineering of mobility systems. SAE is your one-stop resource for standards development, events, and technical information and expertise used in designing, building, maintaining, and operating self-propelled vehicles for use on land or sea, in air or space.

Society of Ethnic Study Engineers (SESE)

Advisor: Professor Nancy Vu (BioEng)

The Society for Ethnic Students in Engineering (SESE) was formed by a group of dedicated engineering students here at the University of Utah. Please join if you are interested in getting together with other engineering students for social activities, speakers, conferences, outreach activities, professional development, networking with company representatives, industry visits, and scholarship opportunities. The club is open to everyone and is free to join.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

Advisor: Professor Edward Trujillo (ChemEng)

SHPE is brought together by heritage, social responsibility and desire to improve the equality of all people through the use of science and technology. We value excellence in education, professional pursuits and leadership. We obtain excellence through integrity, empowerment, achievement, diversity and continuous improvement. SHPE is the leading social-technical organization whose primary function is to enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math and science.

Society of Scientists & Engineers in Law (SSEL)

Advisor: Professor Don Bloswick

The purpose of this society is threefold: 1) Create interaction between students in science and engineering and students in law 2) Provide a forum for discussion of legal topics that impact science and engineering 3) Create a resource for science and engineering students who are considering a career in law.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Advisor: Professor JoAnn Lighty (Chem&Fuels)

SWE’s mission is to stimulate women to achieve full potential as engineers, expand the image of engineering, and demonstrate the value of diversity.


Honor Societies

*Admission is by invitation, based on scholastic achievement

ME Honor Society – Pi Tau Sigma

Advisor: Professor Kuan Chen

Recognizes scholastic achievement; to provide service; to provide social interaction among engineering students; and to reflect positively on the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

COE Honor Society – Tau Beta Pi

Promotes excellence in engineering throughout the College of Engineering.


Information on these professional and honorary societies can be found at the Undergraduate Advising Office, 2220 MEB and in the University of Utah General Catalog.