ECE Student Organizations & Societies
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.
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 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 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.
Apps for Humanity is a software development group where students and professionals come together to design, develop, and publish iPhone/iPad/Android (mobile) apps for nonprofit organizations who need our help. Many of these organizations have interesting and innovative ideas that could help transform the way mobile software impacts society.
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 email@example.com
This professional society serves the broad spectrum of engineering applications of the electrical and computer sciences. More than 30 professional groups within IEEE cover a wide range of disciplines including all of the academic programs offered at the College of Engineering. Membership is open to all engineering and science students at Boston University.
Make_BU is a collection of students who attend and organize hack nights and hackathons within and outside of BU. Each week we hold a two-hour “hack night” on campus, where students come to learn new skills, work on side projects, and meet new people interested in making, tinkering, hacking, innovating, etc. At our hack nights, our members give informal demos of their latest projects, and we sometimes host local tech start-up companies or researchers, or network with other local universities. Our members are involved in web-, mobile-, and hardware-based development, and come from many different colleges within BU. We cater to students of all skill levels, and foster an educational environment in which members collaborate with and help each other. Our members also organize BU’s biannual overnight hackathon with the help of several other tech-related clubs.
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.
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.
The National Society of Black Engineers aims to maintain the mission “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.” We are a chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) but we accept any member who cares to support our cause or who feels that they may benefit from our efforts. We aim to serve as active members in our University, our community, and in NSBE through events, community service, and attendance at NSBE conferences.
The BU Rocket Propulsion Group is an undergraduate student group which focuses on the design, research, and development of rockets and rocket engines. The BU Rocket Propulsion Group’s current project is research in hybrid rocket engine performance. In the past the team has designed, built and tested several solid fuel rocket engines including an aerospike rocket engine.
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. Organizations existed for other affinity groups—the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers—and there was a need for a similar organization where students representing all of the pan-Asian cultures could connect and support each other. Boston University students, in association with a representative from GE Aviation, established a new collegiate chapter of SASE to support the national initiatives of SASE at our campus. Activities include networking, panel discussions, company visits, and lectures.
The society promotes the development of Hispanics in engineering, science, and other technical professions to achieve educational excellence, economic opportunity, 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.
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; to encourage women engineers to attain high levels of educational and professional achievement. Membership is open to all students in the College of Engineering.
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.
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
SEDS an independent, student-based organization that promotes the exploration and development of space. Its mission is to educate students about the benefits of space and to provide an opportunity for students to develop leadership skills through involvement in space-related projects.
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.
The Technology Entrepreneurship Club’s mission is to promote entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering. TEC encourages graduate and undergraduate students to explore entrepreneurship and convert the technology they study and ideas they develop to potential business opportunities. Every year we organize a new “New Venture Competition” for BU tech start-ups with a significant cash prize. In addition, we host panels and lectures providing incentives and guidance about entrepreneurship to students.
Theta Tau is a professional co-ed engineering organization. It is the oldest, largest, and foremost fraternity for engineers that has grown to over 35,000 members and 91 chapters and colonies across the nation since its inception. The purpose of Theta Tau is to instill and maintain a high standard of professionalism among its members, embrace a strong bond of fraternal fellowship, and foster the intellectual pursuits of engineering.
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles team’s mission is to excite students about the field of unmanned aerial robotics. To accomplish this mission, the team is focusing its efforts on building an entry for the 2012 AUVSI International Aerial Robotics competition. This exciting and multifaceted project involves designing, building, and flying a fully autonomous micro air vehicle through an indoor course while carrying out various high level interactions with objects inside.