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Student Organizations

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is the premier professional society for the aerospace industry. Professional members are experts in disciplines such as aerodynamics, propulsion, spacecraft systems, materials and structures, electronics and software, controls, design and manufacturing, and human factors.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers promotes and enhances the technical competency and professional wellbeing of our members, and through quality programs and activities in mechanical engineering better enables its practitioners to contribute to the well-being of humankind.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

As the oldest national professional engineering society, the American Society of Civil Engineers' core purpose is to advance the art, science, and profession of engineering to enhance the welfare of humanity. The formal establishment of the ASCE Archive facilitates the achievement of this objective by promoting knowledge and understanding of the rich history of the civil engineering field, in addition to the origins, aims, programs, and goals of the society itself.

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

The Biomedical Engineering Society at Illinois Tech aims to provide information on job opportunities, internships, funding for attending conferences, and a means for students to get to know fellow biomedical engineering majors at Illinois Tech.

Engineers For a Sustainable World (ESW)

Engineers for a Sustainable World is an organization dedicated to tackling local and global sustainability challenges through education, technical projects, and collaborative action. ESW-Illinois Tech is specifically devoted to bringing sustainability projects to the university and community. Our projects span from solar energy to urban agriculture. We pride ourselves in being a dynamic organization that is part of a national movement.

Engineers For a Sustainable World

Illinois Tech Railroad Club

Originally founded in 1948, the Illinois Tech Model Railroad Club's layout grew to occupy the entire attic of Main Building. In 2016 the layout had to be disassembled to vacate the building and the club ceased to operate regularly. In 2018 we rebuilt the organization to cover both model railroading and career development for students interested in the professional railroad industry. We are once again an official Illinois Tech student organization, and are building a new, modular model railroad in our new space on campus. In addition, we are chartered as an official student chapter of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, offering railroad career development opportunities such as field trips, guest speakers, and networking events.

Illinois Tech Robotics

Illinois Tech Robotics exists to serve the Illinois Tech community by providing students with real engineering experience in the fields of robotics and mechatronics. We also serve the community through volunteer work with FIRST Robotics in the Chicago area and across the nation.

Illinois Tech Robotics

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers creates an environment where members collaborate on world-changing technologies, from computing and sustainable energy systems, to aerospace, communications, robotics, health care, and more. Membership is open to individuals who are studying designated fields including engineering, computer sciences and information technology, physical sciences, biological and medical sciences, mathematics, technical communications, education, management, and law and policy.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

The purpose of the student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers is to provide a resource to Illinois Tech students interested in transportation studies and students with a general interest in transportation-related issues. Some benefits of joining the organization include employment and scholarship notifications, transportation-related seminars, social outings, and opportunities to attend regional and national conferences.

Material Advantage

The Material Advantage-Illinois Tech organization is dedicated to supporting the professional development of the engineering students who have an interest in material technology. This dedication involves making students aware of scholarships, job opportunities, professional meetings, and other activities and opportunities available to them to enrich their professional lives.

Material Advantage

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

The National Society of Black Engineers is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1975. It is now the largest student-run organization in the country, with chapters in the United States, Canada, and Africa. NSBE is dedicated to the realization of a better tomorrow through the development of intensive programs for increasing the recruitment, retention, and successful graduation of minorities in engineering. Its mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.

Scarlet Space Hawks–NASA Robotic Mining Competition Team

The Scarlet Space Hawks is an official registered team representing Illinois Tech in the annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition. The interdisciplinary team works together to build, test, and design a fully functioning mining robot to compete.

Scarlet Space Hawks–NASA Robotic Mining Competition Team

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)

The Illinois Tech student chapter of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers is committed to providing support to the community and promoting educational programs for the advancement of its members. This chapter will also develop and support programs that aid Asian-heritage scientists and engineers who are actively seeking careers, and provide a forum for professional development and the connection with entrepreneurial opportunities.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

The main purpose of Illinois Tech's Society of Automotive Engineers chapter is to promote a hands-on experience and provide the opportunity for students to apply what they learn in the classroom to a real-world project. Their activities prepare members for the challenges they will face in the workplace, and as one of the only student engineering organizations on campus that provide hands-on projects to help build a competitive advantage in the field.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development. SHPE's vision is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

The Society of Women Engineers aims to stimulate women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.

Society of Women Engineers

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)

The Illinois Tech student chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, also called Illinois Tech Rocketry, has one goal: to build rockets. It gives Illinois Tech students hands-on rocket building experience via individual model rocket builds and by taking part in the international rocketry competition Spaceport America Cup. It engages Illinois Tech students with one-of-a-kind projects that expand their knowledge on space exploration and development while getting them in front of leading industry professionals.

Tau Beta Pi

Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering honor society and represents the entire engineering profession. It is the nation's second-oldest honor society, founded at Lehigh University in 1885. It was formed to mark those who have conferred honor upon their alma mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as students in engineering, or by their attainments as alumni in the field of engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges.

Tau Beta Pi

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