The Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Organization (MEGSO) exists to enhance the graduate student life in the mechanical engineering department. We are a dedicated group of graduate students who organize academic and social events and serve as liaisons between the student body and the departmental administrators. Academically, MEGSO administers mock qualifying exams each semester to aid in examinee preparation, and holds an annual student conference to encourage interdepartmental exposure and collaboration. Socially, MEGSO hosts happy hours, cookouts, and end of semester parties to facilitate informal interaction among students, staff, and faculty.
MEGSO is a valuable resource for student concerns and has a budget to implement appropriate projects, so please don't hesistate to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cmuMEGSO!
For campus-wide student activities, the Graduate Student Assembly hosts several events where you can connect with other Carnegie Mellon students. GSA has a presence on Facebook and Twitter.
The department has an active engineering outreach program whose purpose is "to expose primary and secondary school students to science, technology, and engineering applications in order to increase their enthusiasm for these subjects." Our program has already visited numerous first-grade classrooms with introductory activities in engineering, provided judges for the Sigma Xi undergraduate research competition and the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences, provided lab tours for the CAST engineering program, and was involved in "Engineering Your Future," a program to encourage inner city girls to study engineering.
Plans for the future include developing additional classroom activities for all grade levels and exhibits in informal settings such as local malls. The Society for Women Engineers (SWE) is very involved in this outreach. If you are interested, please take a look at the Carnegie Mellon Chapter.