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Student Clubs & Competitions

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.

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The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) at UW helps students build community while bridging science and technology with traditional Native values. Our mission is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other Indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math studies and careers.

  • Fall potluck
  • Winter powwow
  • Spring powwow
American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics logo

The nonprofit American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the principal society and voice serving the aerospace profession. The AIAA branch chapter at the University of Washington facilitates outreach between the national AIAA organization and students studying for degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical.

Faculty Adviser:
Jim Hermanson
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The 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.

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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.

  • Lunch and learns: companies discuss what careers are like within their specific focus of civil engineering. This helps students narrow their target focus from the 6 CEE focuses available.
  • Quarterly social: a laid back atmosphere for faculty and students to hang out without the pressure of recruitment, classes, or grades.
  • Professional Development: events such as resume review nights and mock interviews to help members prepare for their internship and job search. With the help of professionals, we hope we can prepare our members to achieve what they seek.

The mission of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (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.

  • Social events
  • Guest speaker lectures from industry
  • Tours of current projects, local businesses, and research facilities
  • Introduction to graduate students looking for undergrad lab assistants
Faculty Adviser:
Steve Shen

The primary objective of the UW chapter of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) is to draw together students who are interested in water resources and related issues. Our strength lies in the interdisciplinary communication that we can provide, and we encourage people from all fields to come and participate. We invite you to join us at the social and professional events we facilitate to learn what we're all about.

  • Movie screenings
  • Winter UW and professional mixer
  • Spring speed networking
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The purpose of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) at UW is to provide CSE students with the resources and skills they need to succeed by connecting them with a likeminded 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.

Faculty Adviser:
Adam Blank
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The mission of the Association for Computing Machinery for Women (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 industrial and 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.

A CSE member in a chef's hat

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.

  • Weekly meetings
  • Competitions throughout the year
Bioengineering Journal Club logo
The Bioengineering Journal Club (BJC) is an undergraduate-run journal club focused on biomedicine and biotechnology. Our goal is to foster critical scientific analysis, presentation, and leadership skills in current and prospective bioengineering students. Club meetings consist of guest presentations in specific research areas and group discussions about related journal articles. The BJC is open to all undergraduate students at UW with an interest in biotechnology research and advancement. Please bring your own lunch and be prepared to listen and engage in exciting discussions about innovations in our field!
  • Weekly meetings with guest presenters and group paper discussions
Faculty Adviser:
Alyssa Taylor
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The mission of Bioengineers Without Borders (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.

  • Project teams meet every 1-2 weeks for research and design work
  • Quarterly all-BWB meetings include project updates and icebreaker games
  • Skills workshop and panel discussions
Faculty Adviser:
Chris Neils

The UW chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (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.

  • Quarterly social events to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty
  • Quarterly outreach to the Pacific Science Center, local K-12 schools, and on-campus
  • Seminars about opportunities available to bioengineering students, as well as post-graduation
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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. The club is open to everyone, and CEE seniors can take a class on light-weight cementitious materials where they develop the concrete mix used to build the canoe.

  • ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition

The UW's Cyber Defense Competition Team (Team Hillarious) trains for and competes in The Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) annually. The competition focuses on practical, corporate information-technology skills, with a major emphasis on security. The competitions involve defending a misconfigured network from a team of professional penetration-testers, while ensuring that required services continue to function normally and securely.

  • Pacific Rim CCDC
  • National CCDC
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Design, Build, Fly is a student-run organization participating in the international Design, Build, Fly Competition backed by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. We design, fabricate, and demonstrate the flight capabilities of an unmanned, electric powered, radio controlled aircraft to meet a specified mission profile. To encourage innovation and maintain a fresh challenge, the design requirements and performance objective changes each year. Students from all majors and backgrounds are welcome to participate.

  • Competition revealed: September
  • Formal entry: October
  • Design proposal: December
  • Final design report: February
  • Contest flyoff: April
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The UW EcoCAR team is competing in the EcoCAR 3 Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) aimed to convert a Chevrolet Camaro into an electric hybrid vehicle by 2018. Over the next two years we will be focusing on component manufacturing, design integration, as well as the development of innovative Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) in order to increase driver safety. The team predominantly consists of engineering, business and communications students, but we are open to all applicants and encourage all skill levels to apply.

  • Weekly meetings
  • Engineering workshops throughout the year
  • EcoCAR 3: Year 3 Competition (May 2017)
Faculty Adviser:
Brian Fabien
Engineers Without Borders USA Logo

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.

  • Weekly meetings Wednesdays 5:30 PM in More 220
  • Engineering projects including building a community center in Guatamala, expanding a school in Ghana, and building a solar powered kiln on campus
Faculty Adviser:
Faisal Hossain and Rebecca Neumann
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Formula Motorsports designs, builds, tests and competes with two 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.

  • First drive: April
  • Unveiling: May
  • Lincoln, NE competition: June
  • Germany competition: Autumn
  • Application process: Opens June, closes in early October
Faculty Adviser:
Ashley Emery
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The HCDE Student Association (HCDESA) serves as a centralized place for undergraduate students to voice thoughts, concerns, and suggestions in a communal environment, and to brainstorm possible solutions that address these topics while benefiting all HCDE students. We foster a sense of community by providing opportunities for socializing and professional networking. All HCDE students are welcome to attend our weekly meetings.

  • Quarterly dinner and game nights
  • HCDE winter celebration
  • HCDE spring barbecue
  • HCDE capstone open house

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.

  • International Submarine Races: early July
Faculty Adviser:
Andy Stewart
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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.

No experience is necessary to join in autumn quarter. We want people who are passionate, dedicated (this is a three-quarter project), and able to commit several hours each week to engineering or research in astrogeology or astrobiology. Our members gain practical experience in machining, circuit design, coding, project management, team leadership, public speaking, and field engineering, with many opportunities to improve their skills and get involved in this interdisciplinary club.
  • The Mars Society's University Rover Challenge: late spring in Hanksville, Utah
Faculty Adviser:
Sawyer Fuller
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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.


The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) UW Student Branch is a subsidiary of the global IEEE organization. IEEE is the is the world's leading voice in electric engineering and electronics and publishes a third of the technical literature on these topics. Our group is composed of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty. While our mission is the same as that of the IEEE, our emphasis is on community at the local level.

  • Guest speakers
  • Social events
  • Competitions

The Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) at the University of Washington strives to create a positive impact by strengthening interaction between students, faculty, and industry.

  • Spring BBQ
  • Senior celebration
  • Industry info sessions
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The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is dedicated to education and competition, advancement of synthetic biology, and the development of open community and collaboration. We aspire to solve real-world problems using synthetic biology. Check our website to keep updated on exciting research, read about a number of tips and tricks for iGEM teams and hobbyists alike, learn about recruitment, and peruse our past projects for inspiration. We would love it if you'd join the adventure, help get the word out, and offer your support by following us.

  • iGEM Jamboree October 2017
Faculty Adviser:
Eric Klavins & Liangcai Gu
The American Ceramic Society (Keramos) logo

Keramos seeks to inspire creativity and stimulate mental development in students. Discovering the field of ceramics engineering, members learn about ceramics processing from both a macro and microscopic point of view, in preparation for the annual ceramic mug drop in October. Keramos aims to combine ceramic engineering with novel technology and science to promote interest in this field of materials.

Faculty Adviser:
Fumio Ohuchi
Material Advantage logo

Material Advantage provides a single low-cost membership that provides access to the materials science and engineering professional's most preeminent societies:

American Ceramic Society (ACerS)
Student programs and activities that build leadership and career development. ACerS members include more than 9,500 scientists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, students, marketing and sales professionals from more than 70 countries.
ASM International
The world's largest association of metals-centric materials scientists and engineers with over 30,000 members worldwide. ASM is dedicated to informing, educating and connecting the materials community to solve problems and stimulate innovation around the world.
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)
TMS encompasses materials and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production to basic research and the advanced applications of materials.
Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST)
AIST's membership tops 17,500 members from more than 70 countries. With 29 Technology Committees and 22 Local Members Chapters, AIST represents an incomparable network of steel industry knowledge and expertise.
Faculty Adviser:
Lucien Brush
Industry Panel at Materials Research Society meeting

MRS@UW is the University of Washington chapter of the Materials Research Society. The purpose of the chapter is to promote interdepartmental collaboration, provide professional networking events, and facilitate technical scholarship focused on materials research.

Faculty Adviser:
Christine Luscombe and Bruce Hinds

The 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. Theses 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.

  • Weekly meetings: Tuesdays at 5:30 in the Ethnic Cultural Center
  • Diversity Career Fair
  • NSBE Fall Regional Conference
  • NSBE National Conference
  • Company visits
Faculty Adviser:
Diane Martin
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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).

UW SARP team hoists rocket for launching at the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition in Green River, Utah

The Society for Advanced Rocket Propulsion (SARP) is a group of UW students dedicated to developing hybrid rocket technology, and providing an opportunity to design, build, test and launch reusable hybrid rockets and apply scientific and engineering theory with hands-on experience. In 2015-2016 we traveled to the ESRA Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) and partnered with Neighborhood House in West Seattle to help K-12 students build a scientific payload to be launched on our rocket.

  • Avionics & Recovery, Propulsion, Structures and All-hands weekly meetings
  • ESRA Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition

Department lead: Carl Knowlen

Faculty Adviser:
Carl Knowlen
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The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.
  • Monthly meetings
  • Outreach activities, including Royal City High School partnership

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 a competition in May of ever year. 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.

  • Multiple bridge builds throughout the year
  • SAMPE conference and competition

The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) is a student organization that promotes fellowship among UW Asian heritage science and engineering students and professionals. SASE is committed to helping members achieve their career goals in every possible way, from deciding major fields of study to gaining a competitive edge in seeking employment. We practice leadership skills by organizing community service projects and serving as mentors and role models for other students.

  • Major night: geared towards freshman deciding to major in science or engineering. Covers the class registration and major application processes. A chance to talk to upperclassmen about their respective majors.

The 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. The first is our Nerdy. Set. GO! 5K run on campus fall quarter, and the second is a Future Meets Present event where we do a science and engineering activities day with middle- and high-schoolers from Eastern Washington. If you want to jump start your career while giving back to your community, join SHPE!

  • Biweekly meetings
  • Nerdy. Set. GO! 5K
  • CoE Application Workshop
  • “How to Ace Your Interview” Workshop
  • Future Meets Present outreach event
Faculty Adviser:
Malika Garoui
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The Society of Women Engineers' (SWE) 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.

  • Monthly general meetings that feature influential guest speakers
  • Company tours
  • Annual evening with industry career fair and banquet
  • Community outreach for K-12 students

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.

  • American Society of Civil Engineers Regional Competition
Tau Beta Pi The Engineering Honor Society Logo

Tau Beta Pi is an engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession. Tau Beta Phi'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.

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The UW student chapter of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) promotes the professional, educational, and social development of its members. Our organization is open to all Bioresource and Engineering students at UW.

  • Career resource events
  • Social events including barbecues and game nights
  • The annual TAPPI PaperCon conference

The UW UnderWater Remotely Operated Vehicles (UWROV) team is a multidisciplinary group of undergraduates who come together to design, build, and maintain remotely operated vehicles (ROV). There are two teams within UWROV, the Competitive team and the Research team. The Competitive team designs and builds ROVs for the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) International Competition. The Research team repurposes the Competitive team's retired vehicles to do research with students and professors at the University of Washington. We encourage any undergraduates to join, and we teach the required skills needed to succeed. UWROV is also involved with the UW Student Section of the Marine Technology Society (MTS), which is an international society for of ocean engineers, technologists, policy makers, and educators.

  • MATE Competitions
  • Research with students and professors
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The RoboMasters team will represent the University of Washington at RoboMasters 2017, the largest international robotics competition in China. The competition hosts over 200 Chinese universities and approximately 20 international teams. For the RoboMasters competition, teams must build seven robots that work together to fight against other teams in a technologically sophisticated competition in the RoboMaster arena, where 6 million people will watch online. Our team has more than 30 dedicated students from different engineering disciplines and two faculty advisors working together to build the seven robots. We were the only team in the U.S. to be invited to the competition last year, winning the international wildcard game, along with a 10,000RMB ($1500) award.
  • Building robots with team members everyday
  • Social events
  • RoboMasters Competition in Shenzhen, China
Faculty Adviser:
Blake Hannaford and Jenq Neng Hwang
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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!

  • Monthly general meetings
  • Networking sessions
  • Informational panels
  • Social events
  • Local K-12 outreach
  • Professional development workshops

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.

Faculty Adviser:
Mark Ganter

Buerk Competitions

Buerk Entrepreneurship Challenges
ETA1 team accepting check at Environmental Innovation Challenge The Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship hosts three annual challenges where students can compete to win funding for their projects. Engineering students from across the College have found great success in these competitions, consistently placing at the top and receiving thousands of dollars in funding.

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