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Engineering RSOs and other Student Organizations

The College of Engineering provides College-level advisement to all Engineering Student Organizations in order to maximize their cooperation, coordination and participation in College-wide student developmental activities.

Student involvement in College-based student organizations is a critical element of success in engineering. Engineering is a team sport and one of the ways that students learn to play effectively and win is to develop the ability to work productively with a diversity of people in different scenarios. The College values our broad offering of student organizations and encourages all of our students to take advantage of this rich developmental resource.

College of Engineering

Alpha Omega Epsilon

Alpha Omega Epsilon is a professional sorority founded in 1983 that promotes friendship, leadership, and professionalism to all members of the organization, our community, and our professions.

Advisor: Jennifer Righman McConnell
Bentley Systems Early Career Professor, Civil & Environmental EG 

President: Harman Ugra


Deep Roots STEM Outreach Program (DROP)

To engage prospective scientists and engineers through interactive service projects and increase STEM appreciation and interest among K-12 students.

Advisor: N/A

President: N/A


Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders-USA is a non-profit, humanitarian organization of dedicated and enthusiastic students and professionals who envision a world where everyone has access to adequate sanitation, safe drinking water, and resources to meet their basic needs.

Engineers Without Borders at the University of Delaware (EWB-UD) is a student-run organization that has completed a potable water supply project in Cameroon and a bridge project in Guatemala. EWB-UD’s current international projects involve borehole well implementation in Malawi and water disinfection/distribution in the Philippines. In addition to international projects, EWB-UD students engage with the Newark community and participate in research projects. EWB-UD’s ReachOut group hosts local projects and volunteer events, while the Research team is currently experimenting with microbial fuel cells.

Visit our Website or Instagram for more information!

Advisor: Jennie Saxe & Julie Karand

President: Rebecca Beswick

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

UDel NSBE is a part of Region 2’s Danger Zone and we stay #2HYPE! The mission of NSBE is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.”

Join us for a semester of fun and engaging academic, professional, and social events as well as volunteering and community service opportunities.

Advisor: Sheldon Hewlett
Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering

President: Hanna Armstrong


Out in STEM

oSTEM envisions a world where all members of the LGBTQ+ community in STEM fields can pursue their work in a safe and supportive environment that celebrates their contributions and differences. To accomplish this, oSTEM will:

  1. educate, empower, and engage a diverse community
  2. identify, address, and advocate for the needs of LGBTQ+ students in the fields of STEM and
  3. fulfill student needs through mentorship connections, networking opportunities, strategic collaborations, and professional/leadership development

Advisors: Josh Enszer and Jenni Buckley

President: Sam Burger


Resilient Builds

Resilient Builds gives students the opportunity to collaborate across all disciplines to create sustainable solutions to real-world problems by participating in the Solar Decathlon Design Challenge and pursuing various green initiatives across campus.

Advisor: N/A

President: N/A

Sigma Phi Delta

Sigma Phi Delta Fraternity is an organization founded upon brotherhood and professionalism which seeks to aid in the betterment of the individual and the community in one simultaneous effort. As engineering students, it is understood that we will be the leaders of tomorrow in not only the singular fields of science, technology, and engineering, but in business, philanthropy, our own communities, and the grand field referred to as life.

These four years are the foundation we shall use to accomplish the great things of which we are capable. Just as it was with the great lineage of Sigma Phi Delta brothers that have come before us and shall be henceforth called alumni of our brotherhood, our intentions are not the attainment of the material and Sigma Phi Delta is not a vehicle for personal benefit, rather a life long medium for brotherhood and the advancement of our profession with humility, dignity, honor and friendship.

AdvisorEric M. Furst
Professor, and Chairperson of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 

President: Chris Bond


Society for the Advancement of Material & Process Engineering (SAMPE)

The mission of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering – University of Delaware Student Chapter (SAMPE-UD) is to provide a venue for students in the materials and processing related fields to exchange ideas and interact with the professional sector.

SAMPE-UD will coordinate facilities tours of local industries and will organize a seminar series featuring speakers in the materials and process engineering fields. The organization will also maintain close ties to the parent national SAMPE organization as well as the regional Baltimore/Washington DC professional chapter.

Advisor: Erik Thostenson

President: Seyda Alasahin

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

Purpose and Goals:

  • Promote the advancement of Hispanic engineers and scientists in education and in future employment.
  • Improve the retention and enrollment of Hispanic students in engineering, science and other technical fields.
  • Develop and participate in programs with the university and industry, which benefit students seeking technical and science degrees.
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of information pertinent to the development of future Hispanic professionals.
  • Develop opportunities in the local Hispanic community.

AdvisorRaul F. Lobo
Claire D. LeClaire Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

President: Isabel Ortiz


Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a non-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.

The University of Delaware Student section of SWE is one of the strongest and most visible associations in the College of Engineering. SWE at UD received national recognition for its Outstanding Activities and Programs in the 1996-97 school year. It was also a proud nominee of the Arthur E. Trabant Award for Women’s Equity in 1997. SWE at UD’s goals are two-fold: we encourage women, both currently enrolled in college and in the community, to consider engineering as a career. We seek to provide our members professional training, technical exposure, and intellectual development. We also make a concerted effort to educate younger female students about the promising opportunities in engineering.

Advisor: Catherine Fromen
Assistant Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

President: Katy Strand


Tau Beta Pi

The Tau Beta Pi Association, Inc. was founded in 1885 to mark in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their alma mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as undergraduates in the field of engineering, or by their attainments as alumni in the field of engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in the engineering colleges.

Advisor: Abraham M. Lenhoff
Allan P. Colburn Professor of Chemical Engineering

President: Jacob Hewes


Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is piloting a peer mentor program, setting up a hands-on engineering project with Dr. Cole Galloway in the Physical Therapy department, and plans to foster undergraduate interactions and to look into programs for the future (such as GREs, MCATs and graduate school programs).

Faculty Advisor: Julie Karand
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

President: Anaya Lund


Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

As a consistent top ten program, Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware has a long tradition of excellence. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers has a long established history with the faculty at the University, and the student chapter is currently in the process of meeting the high standards set by the department. Through the participation in AIChE sponsored events, students have the opportunity to interact with their peers at other universities, and the current officers are striving to provide students with career-related information. The student chapter at the University also provides members with opportunities to network with Chemical Engineering professionals in local and regional sections.

Advisor:  Joshua Enszer
Associate Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

External President: Katie Graboski

Internal President: Lydia Kowalski


Chem-E Car

Chem-E-Car is a club that creates a shoe boxed sized car that runs and stops on chemical reactions. We travel and compete yearly in regional competitions held by AIChE. At the competition, we compete against other schools to see who’s car can get closest to a certain distance in a certain amount of time. There is also a poster presentation part of the competition, where the team will have to present a poster about the car to academic professionals. We hold meetings every week where we go into lab to design and optimize chemical reactions that will power the car. We have subgroups within the club that work on different components of the car, for example, the clock, battery, and Arduino groups.

Advisor: Joshua Enszer
Associate Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

President: Eduardo Nombera-Bueno



Civil & Environmental Engineering

American Concrete Institute (ACI)

The purpose of the UD Student Chapter shall be to encourage student interest in the study of concrete and to develop an awareness of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), ACI chapters, and consensus procedures by which ACI operates.

Faculty Advisor: Jovan Tatar
Asst. Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

President: N/A


American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)

The goal of the American Institute of Steel Construction student chapter at the University of Delaware is to foster an interest in our members of steel construction as a whole as well as supply some technical skills necessary to design and fabricate steel structures. It is in this way that the club will prepare the members for a career in steel construction while also building a community through the shared interest of steel construction.

Advisor: N/A

President: N/A

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 137,500 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide, and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE’s vision is to position engineers as global leaders building a better quality of life. The Society celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2002.

ASCE’s mission is to provide essential value to our members, their careers, our partners and the public by developing leadership, advancing technology, advocating lifelong learning, and promoting the profession.

AdvisorAllen A. Jayne
Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

President: Annabelle Dorsett​


American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE)

The mission of the American Society of Highway Engineers is to provide a forum for members and partners of the highway industry to promote a safe, efficient and sustainable transportation system through education, innovation and fellowship.

AdvisorMatheu Carter
Secretary, ASHE First State Section
Advisor, ASHE@UD & Board Liaison for First State Section

President: Eric Gasparini


Construction Engineers of America (CEA)

Construction Engineers of America is committed to building relationships between students and professional construction organizations, as well as creating an environment that encourages the pursuit of knowledge in all fields of construction such as residential, commercial, industrial, and other building. We strive for these goals through our values of relationship building, personal responsibility, innovation, and growth in the classroom, aiding students towards success in their upcoming professional opportunities. We aim to provide useful and practical knowledge to our members that will provide an advantage for their future professional career.

Advisor: Ri Na
Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

President: Lindsay Putnam


Chi Epsilon

Dedicated to the purpose of maintaining and promoting the status of civil engineering as an ideal profession, Chi Epsilon was organized to recognize the characteristics of the individual civil engineer deemed to be fundamental to the successful pursuit of an engineering career, and to aid in the development of those characteristics in the civil engineering student. Engineering, the application of scientific principles to the practical needs of society, is assuming a constantly increasing responsibility for the well-being of all people, and thus calling for competence of the highest order. This responsibility can be discharged only by a professional group whose members are possessed of a good basic technical ability, intelligence, moral integrity, and effective social poise in their relationship with the larger community of which they are part. To contribute to the improvement of the profession, Chi Epsilon fosters the development and exercise of sound traits of character and technical ability among civil engineers, and its members, by precept and example, toward an ever higher standard of professional service.

Advisors: Monique Head, Assoc. Professor, Civil & Environmental Eg & Jovan Tatar, Asst. Professor, Civil & Environmental Eg

President: Deanna Salinas

Environmental Engineering Student Association (EESA)

The Environmental Engineering Student Association (EESA) is a community service and field trip based organization whose aim is to involve undergraduate students in possible career paths for Environmental Engineers.

Advisor: Daniel K. Cha
Professor Civil & Environmental Engineering

President: Joannie Wong

Computer & Information Sciences

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) – University of Delaware Student Section is a Registered Student Organization on campus.

Advisor: Debra Yarrington
Assistant Professor, Computer & Information Sciences

President: Trevor Dolbow

ACM website

Association for Computing Machinery-Women (ACM-W)

Advisor: Debra Yarrington
Assistant Professor, Computer & Information Sciences

Chair: Disha Thakar


CS + Social Good

Our mission is to foster interest in applying technical knowledge and experience in ways that will help our community and promote technology as a means for positive social change.

Advisor: Matthew Mauriello
Assistant Professor, Computer & Information Sciences

Co-Presidents: Lauren Baron & Brendan Green


Linux Users Group (LUG)

The Linux Users Group (LUG) is a group of technology and open-source software enthusiasts who live in the small state of Delaware. Much of our group revolves around the free and open-source operating system GMU/Linux, but we regularly explore many other technology-related topics. Our group is very welcoming to new members, regardless of your experience with the topics we cover. We all love learning, and love tinkering with new and exciting technologies. Come check us out sometime!

Advisor: Andrew Roosen
Assistant Professor, Computer & Information Sciences

President: TBD


Electrical & Computer Engineering

Eta Kappa Nu

Eta Kappa Nu is a unique membership organization dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the electrical and computer engineering fields. Members consist of students, alumni, and other professionals who have demonstrated exceptional academic and professional accomplishments. Student members 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 earmark them for prominent positions in industry and academia. Members are much better prepared for the post-college world and are especially valuable and attractive to employers. They are recognized as extremely capable, both technically and professionally.

Advisor: Leonard J. Cimini
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering 

President: Jeanae Clark


Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest technical professional society. Founded in 1884 by a handful of practitioners of the new electrical engineering discipline, today’s Institute is comprised of more than 320,000 members who conduct and participate in its activities in approximately 150 countries. The men and women of the IEEE are the technical and scientific professionals making the revolutionary engineering advances which are reshaping our world today.

Advisor: Vishal Saxena
Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

President: Jacob (Randall) Stafford


Women in ECE

Our mission with WECE is to provide a supportive community for the women in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department here at UD. We intend to provide an encouraging environment where female members in ECE can meet periodically to build relationships, do group activities, attend educational events and provide helpful resources for outreach and support.

Advisor: Hui Fang

Co-Presidents: Nafisa Maryam​ and Jeanae Clar


Materials Science & Engineering

Materials Research Society (MRS)

MRS@UD is the UD Student Chapter of the Materials Research Society. Our goal is to foster an interactive relationship between students, faculty, and industry spanning all science and engineering disciplines. We work to provide students with exposure to researchers and expertise both within and outside their research area through professional and social events. MRS was established in 1973 by a visionary group of scientists who shared the belief that a new interdisciplinary organization was needed. Today MRS is a growing, vibrant member-driven organization of over 14,000 materials researchers from academia, industry, and government, and a recognized leader in the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research.

Advisor: Joshua Zide
Chairperson, Materials Science & Engineering, Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Contact email:


Mechanical Engineering

Aero Society of Automotive Engineers (ASAE)

ASAE ultimately aims to represent the University of Delaware’s Department of Mechanical Engineering at the 2020 SAE Aero Design competition by excelling at all competition objectives. This means working together as a cohesive team to design, build, and fly an RC plane while fulfilling Senior Design requirements. Team members will enhance and display technical and theoretical competencies, as well as further developing professional engineering practices as we work towards this goal. Additionally, club members will have great opportunities to socialize with professional engineers and company representatives, attend career building and networking events, and take field trips to local airfields to learn about, build, and fly RC planes.

Advisor: Adam Wickenheiser
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering 

President: Nick Ulizio


American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

ASME is a national organization formed to provide mechanical engineers a forum in which to network, gain industry and business information, and share insight into current technologies. The University of Delaware has its own student chapter of ASME. Since the UD ASME chapter is working on the college level, the activities pertain more to the undergraduate.

ASME would like to become actively involved in all aspects of the mechanical engineering undergraduate and provide whatever resources necessary to ensure the retention of the department’s students. In addition, ASME would like to create a low-stress, casual atmosphere where students can socialize and meet other people.

Advisor: N/A

President: N/A

Society of Automotive Engineers

The goal of Formula SAE is to take the Engineering curriculum and apply it to a real-world industrial problem by building a prototype race car for a fictional single entry series. Student’s cars are not only judged based on their performance, but also the Engineering decisions the students have made in their design, weighing performance versus cost and reliability. Formula SAE challenges students to design a car that is quick, reliable, fuel efficient, and cost effective.

Formula SAE was established at the University of Delaware in 1996. The Department of Mechanical Engineering gave the team a home in Spencer Lab, where the team could realize its dream of designing, fabricating, and racing a car of their own design. The rest is history: The team has competed in over 10 Formula SAE competitions and dozens of local autocrosses sanctioned by the SCCA. In 2010, the Senior Design capstone project added FSAE, integrating Formula SAE into the Mechanical Engineering curriculum. Since then, University of Delaware has completed every competition event they have entered, a feat only 20% of teams can regularly claim.

At the University of Delaware, students are encouraged to join the team as Freshmen and build their knowledge of auto mechanics, fabrication, and design. No prior knowledge or skill is necessary, as Delaware’s SAE team is structured to teach students everything they need to know to build a race car. The project is a great experience for engineers and non-engineers alike as they manage deadlines, make Engineering decisions, and work as a team. The reward is driving the finished car and going to competition. Formula SAE is a very rewarding and fun experience for those who see their dream come to life in front of their eyes. Any student interested in manufacturing and fabrication is encouraged to join Formula SAE at the University of Delaware.

AdvisorSteven Timmins

President: Bhavana Pallla


Affiliated Organizations

Assistive Medical Technologies (AMT)

Assistive Medical Technologies (AMT) is a group dedicated to designing, building, and distributing cost-effective models of assistive medical devices to allow for non-discriminatory access and availability to various groups of people.

Goals of AMT include the following:

  • To work with Dr. Galloway’s Go Baby Go! project in non-profit ventures concerning the prototyping and offering of such technologies to developmentally-disabled children.
  • To provide an environment for practical application of engineering principles by giving students hands-on opportunities to design, construct, and modify devices for medical use.
  • To foster creativity and innovation as well as encourage interdisciplinary cooperation in the prototyping and building process.
  • To strive for cost-efficient development of these medical aids by using common, readily-accessible materials.
  • To impact the Newark community by providing families in need with appropriate medical devices that they could not otherwise access.

Advisor: Sara Rooney
Asst. Professor, Biomedical Engineering

President: Erin Krassan

AMT club email:


Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)

The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers was founded in November of 2007 when The Procter and Gamble Company sought to improve the recruitment, retention, and development of Asian heritage scientists and engineers. SASE is an organization that has a vision to be the top organization for future leaders dedicated to the success of Asian professionals. SASE is dedicated to the advancement of Asian heritage scientists and engineers in education and employment to achieve full career potential and also contributing to their communities in which they live. This organization will uphold the following pillars: professional development, cultural awareness, and community service, with our mission being to provide opportunities for growth to future leaders of the global workplace through professional development and community building events.

Advisor: Vu Dinh

President: Dea Harjianto

Our general SASE email is