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Student communities, clubs & competition teams

Why join a student group? Explore engineering majors, meet engineering researchers and professionals, work on a hands-on engineering project. Get to know fellow students. Compete for a little bit of fame and research funding. Add key skills employers seek: leadership, teamwork, and time management.

To add or edit your organization, contact engrclub@uw.edu.

ACES - Association of Chemical Engineering Graduate Students

ACES is dedicated to improving the lives of graduate students in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Washington. ACES works to provide opportunities for professional development and outreach outside of those typically encountered by graduate students.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round

ACM - Association for Computing Machinery

The purpose of ACM at UW is to provide CSE students with the resources and skills they need to succeed by connecting them with a like-minded network of peers, faculty, staff, and industry associates. ACM acts as a gateway for students to make a difference in both the department and the greater tech community while encouraging a positive, collaborative environment.

Club members can fill out a form and Venmo $8 to our Venmo account to become official members. They must be members of the Allen School. This allows them to attend our big quarterly social events. Otherwise, any Allen School student can attend the rest of our social events.

Operations: In-person

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round

ACM-W - Association for Computing Machinery for Women

The mission of ACM-W is to engage in activities and projects that aim to improve the working and learning environments for women in computing. This includes promoting activities that result in more equal representation of women in CS such as mentoring or role modelling, monitoring the status of women in academic computing through the gathering of statistics, providing historical information about women's accomplishments and roles in CS, and serving as a repository of information about programs, documents and policies of concern to women in CS.

We are a group of students (male and female) dedicated to cultivating a strong supportive community of women within the CSE department; to helping members succeed academically, socially and professionally; and to demonstrating the importance and necessity of diversity in the computing world.

New members should fill out a membership form and join our mailing list and Facebook group.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round

AIChE - American Institute of Chemical Engineers

AIChE at UW is a student organization composed of Chemical Engineering undergraduates dedicated to fostering a sense of community within the department. Our mission is to provide team-building activities, academic resources, and opportunities for students to grow both academically and professionally.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: no

APWA - American Public Works Association

The American Public Works Association is an international educational and professional association of public agencies, private sector companies, and individuals dedicated to providing high-quality public works goods and services.

APWA provides a forum in which public works professionals can exchange ideas, improve professional competency, increase the performance of their agencies and companies, and bring important public works-related topics to public attention in local, state and federal arenas.

APWA Sign Up

Operations: In-person

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: yes

ARUW - Advanced Robotics

Our mission is to enrich the technical education of engineering students here at the University of Washington and in the surrounding community through competitive robotics and robotics education.

At the beginning of each quarter we hold a competitive application process that can be found on our website.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter
Application required: yes

ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at UW is a group of dedicated, passionate students who seek to further professional and personal networks through interactive and informative events. We participate in technical presentations, professional meetings, community service projects, and competitions.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: no

ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The mission of ASME at UW is to promote peer relationships and professional engineering development for students of mechanical engineering. We seek to provide students with opportunities to network with the greater mechanical engineering community. We strive to improve the community and experience of engineering students, and further the college experience of students by providing practical instruction into engineering.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: no

BioExplore

BioExplore is an inclusive community for students interested in learning about and sharing their passions for research in bioengineering-related fields. Our club is open to all University of Washington students with an interest in biotechnology research and advancement.

Join the mailing list, club is open for all.

Operations: Remote

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: no

BMES - Biomedical Engineering Society

The UW chapter of the BMES is a student organization that exists to enrich the lives of past, current, and prospective undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Bioengineering through social, professional, and outreach events. BMES raises awareness of bioengineering and provides opportunities to be involved in bioengineering as a field through outreach activities throughout Washington.

All UW bioengineering students are automatically members. Non-BioE students may participate in the programs we offer. There is no formal process.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: no

BWB - Bioengineers Without Borders

The mission of BWB is to develop low-cost, sustainable medical technologies while providing students with engineering design experience and professional development.

We are undergraduate and graduate students, and our organization is open to any UW students passionate about utilizing their skills and resources to improve the well-being of those in need through bioengineering solutions. Bioengineering and pre-bioengineering students make up a majority of our members, but we welcome individuals with a variety of backgrounds.

Members can join the RSO at any time but best times for members to join a specific team is likely during the first week(s) of the quarter. Specific project teams may have additional information about ideal timeframes for members to join but may not be accepting new members due to constraints. In addition, members can work with an outside entity to form a new project team which can in turn recruit new members.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: no

Chem-E-Car

Members may join anytime by requesting membership on HuskyLink.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: no

ChemE Brew - Chemical Engineering Brewing and Distilling Club

Email the club to join.

Operations: In-person

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: no

Concrete Canoe

Concrete Canoe is a student organization at UW that designs, builds and races concrete canoes to compete in the American Society of Civil Engineers' Concrete Canoe Competition. We provide students with opportunities to learn about construction management, concrete design, and structural analysis.

All students from all backgrounds are welcomed to join and learn about Concrete Canoe in the aspects of design, building, finance, and racing the canoe. CEE seniors can take a class on light-weight cementitious materials where they develop the concrete mix used to build the canoe.

New members are welcomed to join throughout the year but highly recommended to join during the Autumn quarter.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: no

DBF - Design, Build, Fly

Open to students from all over the University of Washington, Design Build Fly provides students with the opportunity to collaborate to design, build, and fly an RC aircraft to fulfill flight missions for AIAA’s spring DBF competition.

We have a formal application process in autumn quarter to help organize sub-teams. Email dbfuw@uw.edu to join any other time of the year.

Operations: In-person (Meetings have zoom options, but it is preferred for members to be in-person)

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: no

DH - DubHacks

DubHacks is a tech and entrepreneurship non-profit in Seattle run by students at the UW. We bring together students of all backgrounds to tackle the issues they are most passionate about. Our programs include the Pacific Northwest's largest collegiate hackathon (DubHacks) and the UW's first and only student-run startup incubator (DubHacks Next). Let's build tomorrow together.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Winter, Other
Application required: yes

EWB - Engineers Without Borders

EWB supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders.

Send and email to ewbuws.president@gmail.com to join the Slack, Google Drive, and the mailing list! No application or fee required.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: no

GRID - Global Renewable Infrastructure Development

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round

  

HPS - Human Powered Submarine Team

The UW Human Powered Submarine (HPS) Team designs and manufactures a submarine to compete at the International Submarine Races in Bethesda, MD or the European International Submarine Races in Gosport, England. Our team consists of both volunteer and credit-earning members from an array of engineering disciplines. Our goal is to develop the most effective submarine system possible, relying solely on human power. New members are welcome to attend our weekly meetings.

We take applications at the start of autumn and winter quarter, but everyone is accepted. New members can apply on our website.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Winter
Application required: yes

HRT - Husky Robotics

Husky Robotics is a club for students to learn and teach engineering and leadership skills through robotics projects. Our primary project is participation in the University Rover Challenge, where we design, build, program, and test a Mars Rover for a series of simulated missions.

New members can join during our Fall and Winter Applications. Husky Robotics has seven different subsystems, and anyone interesting in joining a subsystem can apply through our website at the start of Fall and Winter. The first section of the application is a demographics form, and the second section is the subsystem specific form. Prospective members can apply to multiple subsystems. For certain subsystems, a quick non-technical interview is required. You can visit our website for more information.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Winter
Application required: yes

HSL - Husky Satellite Lab

The Husky Satellite Lab is a student-led organization that designs, tests, and delivers aerospace hardware with the goal of establishing a space presence for the University of Washington, developing applicable technical skills for our club members, and facilitating world-class advances in engineering and science.

Operations: In-person

Join: Fall, Year round
Application required: yes

HuskyADAPT

The HuskyADAPT team works with the community to co-design innovations to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities and support inclusive play for all. Team members work on design teams, adapt toys for local families and run outreach events for local schools and clinics. Most events are open to new members.

New members are encouraged to sign up for the mailing list that is linked on the front page of our website. There is no application for new members - all interested members can sign up and start coming to events. However, those that are interested in the design program specifically, will also need to fill out an application to be placed on our design teams. The application is posted on our website under the Design tab.

New members can join the club at any time. However, if individuals are interested in joining a design team, it is recommended that they join in fall quarter as that is when teams kick-off.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: no

IISE - Institute of Industrial and System Engineers

IISE is the world's largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession. With more than 15,000 members and 280 chapters worldwide, IISE's primary mission is to meet the ever-changing needs of its members, which include undergraduate and graduate students, engineering practitioners and consultants in all industries, engineering managers, and engineers in education, research, and government.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: yes

Phi Rho - Phi Sigma Rho

Phi Sigma Rho is a national engineering sorority that emphasizes friendship, scholarship, and encouragement. Our goal is to provide women in engineering with a supportive, collaborative, and wide network of social stability. We participate in community service, social events, and collaborative work with other societies such as Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Recruitment takes place in the first week of fall quarter, COB until week 5 of fall quarter.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall

PODUW - Polling and Open Data Initiative

Apply to get involved! After sharing basic information, we invite applicants to complete a fun, introductory data analytics or data science project for membership consideration.

Our application deadline is rolling, and we review applications throughout the year (including the summer). To participate in a quarter's projects, we recommend applying in the first four weeks of the quarter.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: yes

SAMPE - Society for the Advancement of Materials & Process Engineering

The Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE) is a student organization that focuses on giving its members hands-on experience with the processing and manufacturing of composite materials. We design and build composite beams, which we then take to an annual competition. The conference and competition give members an opportunity to interact with people in industry and compete with other schools on the beams that the members have been working on throughout the year.

Email to join club.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: yes

SARP - Society for Advanced Rocket Propulsion

As the UW’s student-run rocketry organization, we design, construct, test, and launch a hybrid engine rocket from the ground up every year. We participate in the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association’s (ERSA) Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC). In this competition, we have the chance to show what our rocket can do alongside 95 other teams from around the world.

In 2018, we placed first in the highest altitude category at 30,000 feet with a student-researched and designed propulsion system. In 2019, we again placed first in the 30,000 feet category and additionally won the overall Spaceport America Cup. In Fall 2021 we hope to launch our first liquid bi propellant rocket, our next step towards reaching space by 2025!

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall
Application required: yes

SBT - Steel Bridge Team

The UW Steel Bridge team funds, designs, fabricates, and tests a steel bridge with regard to a set of specifications that changes annually. We kick off the season with the design phase where potential ideas are brainstormed, modeled, and compared to select the design we will construct. We then order steel to cut, weld, and shape our design into a reality. Our work culminates in a competition at the end of the year.

Join via RSO directory or contacting club directly.

Operations: In-person

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: yes

SEDS - Students for the Exploration and Development of Space

SEDS is a national student organization that advocates for space exploration and development. We engage members with engineering challenges and competitions, space policy, and networking within the industry. We want to empower students to learn about space and engineer the solutions to reach it, too. Our work includes competitive space exploration-based team projects, rocket design and building, and research into solutions for spacefaring challenges.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: no

SHPE - Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

SHPE at UW aims to create opportunities for undergraduate students to pursue and succeed in engineering. Our goals are to provide resources and learning opportunities for underrepresented minorities and to increase the number of underrepresented students receiving bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Besides lab tours, presentations from industry, and career building workshops, we coordinate two major outreach events every year. If you want to jump start your career while giving back to your community, join SHPE!

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: no

SWE - Society of Women Engineers

SWE's mission is to motivate both women and men to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders. Our events are geared toward helping you learn more about the numerous educational and professional opportunities that are available as you work toward your degree.

Follow the steps here to join: https://sweuw.org/membership.

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: no

Synaptech

Prospective members should send an email to synaptechuw@gmail.com.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round

TBP - Tau Beta Pi National Honor Society

Tau Beta Pi is an engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession. Tau Beta Pi's mission is to recognize accomplishments among engineering students and professionals, celebrate exemplary people and their important engineering contributions to society, and champion engineering as a highly valued career.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring
Application required: yes

Theta Tau

Theta Tau, Theta Beta Chapter is a professional engineering fraternity devoted to the pillars of service, professional development, and brotherhood.

Operations: In-person

Join: Fall, Spring
Application required: yes

UW FSAE - UW Formula Motorsports

Formula Motorsports designs, builds, tests and competes with one small formula-style race cars, one combustion and one electric. Everything that the club produces is done entirely in-house. We produce our own designs, perform our own machining, and manufacture our own carbon fiber parts.

We compete in the Society of Automotive Engineers' annual competition known as Formula SAE, and in 2016, we took second place at the Lincoln competition. We provide countless learning opportunities in design, manufacturing, testing, research, fundraising, and management, and members can register for class credit.

Operations: In-person

Join: Fall, Spring
Application required: yes

UW NSBE - National Society of Black Engineers

NSBE has more than 24,000 members, being the largest student-managed organization in the country. NSBE comprises more than 270 chapters on college and university campuses, 75 Alumni Extension chapters nationwide and 75 Pre-Collegiate chapters. Chapters are geographically divided into six regions. UW NSBE is a part of Region 6.

We strive to offer programs to enhance the academic, professional, and social development of our membership and community. We play a pivotal role in the development of the next generation of engineers and scientists through our Pre-Collegiate Initiative programs.

NSBE has a strong reputation for providing professional development opportunities and creating a positive community.

Operations: In-person

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: no

UWBK - Batman's Kitchen

Batman's Kitchen is UW's Capture the Flag (CTF) team. We compete in CTF competitions, which test cyber security skills, and hold regular meetups at the University to practice breaking or hacking stuff and learn about computer security topics.

Anyone is welcome to join our Discord and participate in any activities posted.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: no

UWHL - Washington Hyperloop

Hyperloop is a new form of transportation—a kind of magnetic levitation train that glides inside an evacuated tube, virtually unaffected by air resistance and able to move at near the speed of sound. The award winning UWashington Hyperloop Team is one of the Top 22 out of 1200+ teams in SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod Design competition and is building and testing the first prototype that will race in a one-mile test track in Hawthorne, CA.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: yes

UWROV - Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles Team

The Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (UWROV) Team is a student engineering group that designs, builds, and competes internationally with underwater robots, or ROVs. We are a cross-disciplinary team that works in the intersection of robotics and oceanography, and we welcome students from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience levels.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall
Application required: yes

Washington Superbike

Washington Superbike aims to become the first team from the United States to compete in the electric category of the international motorcycle racing and engineering MotoStudent Competition held every two years in Aragon, Spain, along with the AHRMA Formula Lightning Varsity Challenge where we race our competition bike against a field of professional grade zero-emissions motorcycles.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall
Application required: yes

Washington Wave

Washington Wave’s goal is to integrate marine energy technology into the Blue Economy through innovative design and thoughtful business ideas. The Marine Energy Collegiate Competition is a great opportunity for passionate individuals to work together to pursue that goal. Washington Wave is a 20-person team from 8 departments across UW. We seek to harness the unique perspectives and experiences of each team member to create a stronger concept and team dynamic. We are working with Pacific Marine Energy Center, Applied Physics Laboratory, WiBotic, NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, and a number of other marine industry members.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring
Application required: yes

WChE - Women in Chemical Engineering

WChE is a group of undergraduate, graduate, faculty, and professional women as well as male allies. WChE was founded with the following mission: to educate and empower women in chemical engineering, and their supporters, by providing a safe and open space for dialogue, mentorship, collaboration, camaraderie, and skill building through a variety of activities including guest speakers, panels, student-facilitated discussions, workshops, and outreach to primary, secondary, and post-secondary institutions.

All students, regardless of gender, are welcome and encouraged to join and help us advocate for women in this challenging and rewarding discipline!

New members can join by attending WChE events, and stay up to date by joining our listserv, which is linked on our website.

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: no

WOOF3D

WOOF3D is the UW 3D printing club. Our mission is to build an environment centered around additive manufacturing where young engineers can experience teamwork, leadership, technical skills, and real-world engineering. Having only existed for a few years, WOOF3D has been at the forefront of many incredible projects including the world’s first 3D printed boat, 3D printing 3D printers for sustainable manufacturing, and designing and building the largest student-made 3D printer on campus.

UW students from all levels of technical experience are welcome to join WOOF3D. No application required. Students can join through a simple google form & join our discord.

Operations: Hybrid

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round
Application required: no