Carnegie Mellon University

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department provides a wide range of extracurricular activities for our diverse student body, including annual outings, riverboat dinners, and ski trips, as well as breakfasts, lunches, and dinners hosted by faculty and staff throughout the semester, Halloween and winter holiday parties, and events during finals to recharge after weeks of hard work and studies.

We also encourage involvement in campus chapters of organizations such as EWRI and ASCE, as well as resources and events specifically for masters and PhD level students offered by organizations like the GSA, and suggest exploring CMU's Tartan Connect, which connects students to over 350 campus-wide student-run organizations.

Student Groups

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

The vision of ASCE, America's oldest national engineering society, is "to position engineers as global leaders building a better quality of life." The Carnegie Mellon chapter of ASCE fulfills this mission by providing social, educational, and professional development opportunities to Civil Engineering majors. ASCE encourages members to grow to become civil engineers who can advance the profession. Members are recognized for their dedication to ASCE’s three strategic priorities – infrastructure, raising the bar, and sustainability. 


Chi Epsilon (ChiEp) 

ChiEp is an honors society that fosters the development and exercise of sound traits of character and technical ability among Civil Engineers by precept and example, working toward an even higher standard of professional service. Chi Epsilon helps students to develop key characteristics that will allow them to pursue a successful engineering career, and give back to the civil engineering profession. The Carnegie Mellon chapter is one of 130 active chapters, and recognizes its members for their achievements in scholarship, character, practicality, and sociability

Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

EWB-USA helps create a more stable and prosperous world by addressing people's basic human needs by providing necessities such as clean water, power, sanitation, and education. EWB-USA's strength comes from its over 250 dedicated chapters, including university chapters on 180 campuses in the United States.


Environment & Water Resources Institute (EWRI)

The EWRI CMU Student Chapter was started in 2011 to advance the knowledge of water resources engineering within the university. Each semester, the EWRI CMU committee organizes seminars, webinars, fieldtrips, conferences, and social events, to help students network and build professional skills in the fields of water resources engineering and sustainability. 


Graduate Student Assembly (GSA)

The GSA is a branch of student government that represents all graduate students at Carnegie Mellon. In addition to working with other members of student government, university administration, and external advocacy groups, we plan a variety of social events throughout the year. The GSA is also involved with special funding, dissertation writing groups and resources for graduate students with families. 


National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

The NSBE mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively affect the community. The Carnegie Mellon chapter of NSBE participates in activities such as tutorial programs, group study sessions, high school/junior high outreach programs, technical seminars, and workshops in addition to taking advantage of all the resources and opportunities afforded by the national organization.


Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)

The CMU Chapter of SASE aims to prepare and strengthen Asian Pacific American scientists and engineers for their future careers by providing them with professional development and networking opportunities with both fellow students and professionals from various careers and backgrounds.


Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE)

The Carnegie Mellon chapter of SHPE strives to increase the number of Hispanic engineering and science students at Carnegie Mellon through the development of programs with industry and the university. These activities are designed to increase career awareness, encourage relationships with professionals, develop leadership skills, and promote academic excellence.


Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

SWE is a highly active organization that offers scholarship, career, service, and social opportunities to its members. Some highlights of SWE’s programming include their annual Winter Ball, participation in National Engineers Week, the SWE National Convention, and carnival booth building.