Student Organizations-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Undergraduate Student Organizations

In addition to campus-wide organizations, you are encouraged to participate in professional and social activities sponsored by the department's student organizations.

The Student Advisory Council, or SAC, (Advisor: Professor Rabin) has representatives from the sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate classes; the SAC provides feedback and recommendations to the department on new ideas and ways to improve the undergraduate program. Representatives are elected during the Fall of each academic year.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Advisor: Professor Reid) is an international organization for the profession with a student chapter at Carnegie Mellon. Student membership offers you the opportunity to develop skills and learn more about mechanical engineering. The chapter sponsors technical presentations by engineers in the industry, tours of companies and laboratories, and social activities.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is the world’s largest professional society devoted to the progress of engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. Visit for additional information.

Carnegie Mellon Solar Racing (Advisor: Kurt Larsen) is an intercollegiate solar boating competition sponsored by ASME. The competition includes sprint, slalom and endurance races.  Visit for information on the rules and competition details.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a university-wide organization that supports and promotes women in science and engineering. Activities include the annual Technical Opportunities Conference (TOC) career fair, a workshop to acquaint female high school students with engineering opportunities, and the "Engineering Your Future" workshop for Pittsburgh students in grades 8-11.

Tau Beta Pi is the national engineering honor society, and membership is offered to students who rank near the top of their class. Membership provides a good opportunity to meet fellow students in other departments.

The Society of Automotive Engineers (Advisors: Professor Shimada and Professor Wiss) is open to any mechanical engineering student, and members participate in activities including building full scale and miniature vehicles. The chapter participates in national competitions each year, and sponsors presentations by engineers working in the automotive industry.