Undergraduate Student Groups

Get Involved With One of ECE’s Many Student Groups

Student Organizations

Boston University Amateur Radio Club (BUARC) W1BUR: The BUARC provides an amateur radio service to BU and outside communities. It fosters the advancement of radio art among students, faculty, and staff at BU. Equipment and resources are available for BUARC radio communications both within the BU community and far beyond. For more information, contact Kevin Merenda, President, at kmerenda@bu.edu or Shun Otaka (KE7UBS/JE1RIV) at otakas@bu.edu.

BU Energy Club: The BU Energy Club is a multidisciplinary group consisting of undergraduates, graduates, alumni and faculty that serves as a link between scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and business people at Boston University and at other schools and universities in the greater Boston area. Through empirical and objective energy-related education and outreach, the group’s aim is to synthesize energy-related ideas from educational and professional sources in order to advance the understanding of energy and its role within society, industry, technology and policy.

BUILDS: The BUILDS laboratory was created as a “hackerspace” for students who believe in experimental learning and strive to apply the principles of open-software and open-hardware movements in their projects. The lab gives students a chance to work on projects together, get to know each other, and develop their common interests and goals.

Engineers Without Borders: Engineers Without Borders is a nonprofit humanitarian organization that partners with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. The group’s mission includes implementing sustainable engineering projects and training internationally responsible engineers and engineering students.

Eta Kappa Nu: Eta Kappa Nu is an IEEE honors society dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the electrical and computer engineering fields. Individuals are selected on the basis of scholastic standing, character and leadership. Through a variety of service programs and leadership training, student members develop lifelong skills that prepare them for prominent positions in industry and academia.

FIRST Robotics Team: FIRST means “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” and is a national organization (www.usfirst.org) that encourages high school students to get excited about science and technology. Every spring hundreds of teams across the country design and build robots to play in a game specified by the FIRST organization. The robots compete in regional competitions in March/April; winners then go to Atlanta, Georgia, for the national competition at the end of April.

The BU FIRST Robotics team (Team 246) has been in existence since 1998. The team is run by BU undergraduates who work with high school pupils from the BU Academy and other area high schools. Students can be involved in a number of activities within the team including: fundraising; mechanical design and fabrication; electrical design and fabrication; software design; and management.

Student Government Association: The Student Government Association represents the College of Engineering undergraduate population. Its purpose is to promote School and class interest. The Engineering Student Government Association is comprised of class officers and the executive board. It is a subgroup of the University’s Student Union.

Tau Beta Pi Association: This national engineering honor society was founded in 1885 to offer appropriate recognition for superior scholarship and exemplary character to engineering students and professional persons. Tau Beta Pi has collegiate chapters at 205 institutions and a total initiated membership of more than 358,000 people.

Research Programs

At Boston University, you don’t have to wait until senior year to get involved in research.  Some of our programs include:

Boston University Near Space Program (BU NSP): The BU NSP teaches students about the near-space environment and provides hands-on training in developing spaceflight hardware for actual launch into the atmosphere. High school, undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to participate in the design, fabrication and deployment of high-altitude, balloon-borne payloads. A BU NSP deployment includes a large weather balloon filled with helium towing a tether attached to scientific instruments, dual radio telemetry systems, a camera, a parachute, and a radar. A typical near space balloon is released for a multi-hour flight to an altitude of about 100,000 feet, at which time it bursts and descends to earth many miles from the launch site. The development process for a balloon launch occurs over a reasonably short time scale (weeks to months) and culminates in an exciting launch day chasing down the balloon and payloads as they rise to altitude and fall back to earth.

Boston University Student Satellite for Applications and Training (BUSAT): BUSAT is a student-driven, grassroots scientific spaceflight hardware development program. BUSAT’s primary goal is education and training. This is accomplished by providing students with the resources and responsibilities normally reserved for a professional environment. BUSAT’s current mission is to develop a modular, scalable, scientific spacecraft bus that will enable scientific research at the university and amateur resource levels. Using the bus, BUSAT will explore the relationship between the earth’s ionosphere and magnetosphere in low-earth orbit by providing simultaneous measurements of energetic electron flux and auroral light emissions, magnetic field variations, and characteristics of the plasma environment. For more information, contact Nate Darling, Program Manager, at thomas77@bu.edu.

iGEM: The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) is the premiere undergraduate synthetic biology competition. Student teams are given a kit of biological parts at the beginning of the summer from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Working at their own schools over the summer, they use these parts and new parts of their own design to build biological systems and operate them in living cells. iGEM at Boston University is a multi-disciplinary effort consisting of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Bioinformatics, and Biomedical Engineering students. The focus is on connecting software design flows based on computer science concepts to physical DNA assembly in the laboratory environment. iGEM recruitment begins in the spring semester. For more information contact Professor Douglas Densmore (dougd@bu.edu) and Gretchen Fougere (gfougere@bu.edu).

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering is proud to host a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Photonics. If you are currently a sophomore or junior in any engineering, mathematics or natural science discipline, you can consider joining during the summer for an exciting ten-week research opportunity in the heart of Boston. Students will receive a stipend of $3,920, as well as free on-campus housing. Boston University and the National Science Foundation strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply to this program.

Students for the Advancement of Nanotechnology (SANT): Students for the Advancement of Nanotechnology (SANT) is a new professional organization for students interested in the exciting new field of nanotechnology. The purpose of SANT is to introduce members to the field of nanotechnology so they can better understand what nanotechnology is and whether or not they want to pursue it as a career path.

Summer Term Alumni Research Scholars (STARS): The goal of the STARS program is to promote faculty-mentored, full-time research experiences for College of Engineering undergraduates during the summer. STARS will receive a stipend and up to 12 weeks of summer housing in a BU residence hall. To be eligible for the STARS program, students must receive a weekly stipend of at least $300 from an engineering faculty mentor to participate in full-time research activities during the summer. Note that full-time research means that students may NOT enroll in summer courses. The length of housing support will coincide with the period the student is actively engaged in full-time research and receiving a stipend.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP): The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) assists Boston University undergraduates who are interested in conducting research projects under the supervision and guidance of BU faculty members. Students may participate in the program for academic credit, for a stipend, or on a volunteer basis. All UROP research projects must be of a caliber that is worthy of academic credit and of a duration of at least one semester (or ten weeks during the summer).

Professional Societies

Build your resume early by joining one of these BU-affiliated professional organizations:

INFORMS: INFORMS, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, supports student chapters that provide venues for learning, catalysts for professional advancement, and opportunities for camaraderie. Within a chapter, student members from business, engineering, and science programs can join with faculty to organize seminars and discussion groups about new methods and applications of OR/MS. Interested in starting a chapter at BU? Contact Professor Paschalidis at yannisp@bu.edu.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE): IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology. Through its global membership, IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications, electric power, and consumer electronics, among others. Members rely on IEEE as a source of technical and professional information, resources, and services.

Materials Research Society: The mission of the Materials Research Society Chapter at Boston University is to encourage communication about the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research in order to improve the quality of life. The chapter aims to build a dynamic and interactive local community of student and faculty materials researchers to advance technical excellence by providing a framework in which the materials disciplines can convene, collaborate, integrate and advocate.

Minority Engineers Society: The Minority Engineers Society is a student organization founded to foster the academic and social development of minorities by informing them of opportunities open to them. The society sponsors a guest speakers series, a career fair, various workshops, an academic reference library, tutoring services and tutorial study sessions, industrial field trips, a résumé book, and the annual awards banquet where scholarships are presented. MES is a chapter of the National Society for Black Engineers and is open to all students of Boston University.

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE): The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) was founded in November 2007 to help Asian-heritage scientific and engineering professionals achieve their full potential. Boston University students, in association with a representative from GE Aviation, are establishing a new collegiate chapter of SASE to support the national initiatives on campus.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers: This society promotes the development of Hispanics in engineering, science, and other technical professions in order to achieve educational excellence, economic opportunities, and social equity. Its objectives are to increase educational opportunities; promote professional and personal growth; implement the social responsibilities related to education, business, and government issues; and enhance the reputation of, and students’ pride in, the organization and its vital contributions.

Society of Women Engineers, Student Section: This professional society is a nonprofit, educational service organization of graduate women engineers and women with equivalent engineering experience. The objectives of the society are: to inform young women, their parents, counselors, and the general public of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open to them; to assist women engineers in readying themselves for a return to active work after temporary retirement; to serve as a center of information on women in engineering; and to encourage women engineers to attain high levels of educational and professional achievement. Membership is open to all students in the College of Engineering.