Student Clubs and 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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ACES - Association of Chemical Engineering Graduate Students

About ACES

The Association of Chemical Engineering Graduate Students (ACES) is a Registered Student Organization (RSO) 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.

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round

 ACES website | 

ACM - Association for Computing Machinery

About ACM 

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 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.

 ACM website | 

ACM-W - Association for Computing Machinery for Women

About ACM-W 

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.

 ACM-W website | 

AIAA - American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics

About AIAA 

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.

Join: Fall, Spring, Winter, Year round

 AIAA website | 

AIChE - American Institute of Chemical Engineers

About AIChE 

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.


AISES - American Indian Science and Engineering Society

About AISES 

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.

 AISES website | 

APWA - American Public Works Association

About APWA 

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.

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

 APWA website | 

ARUW - Advanced Robotics

About ARUW 

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.

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

 ARUW website | 

ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers

About ASCE 

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.

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

 ASCE website | 

ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers

About ASME 

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.

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

 ASME website | 

AWRA - American Water Resources Association

About AWRA 

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.

 AWRA website | 

Batman's Kitchen

About 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.

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

 Batman's Kitchen website | 


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

 BioExplore website | 

BMES - Biomedical Engineering Society

About BMES 

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.

 BMES on Facebook | 

BWB - Bioengineers Without Borders

About BWB 

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.

 Bioengineers Without Borders website | 

Concrete Canoe

About 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. 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.

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

 Concrete Canoe on Facebook | 

Cyber Defense Competition Team

About the Cyber Defense Competition Team 

The UW's Cyber Defense Competition Team (Team Hilarious) 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.

 Cyber Defense Competition Team website | 

Design, Build, Fly

About 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

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

 DBF website | 

DICE - Diversity in Clean Energy

About DICE 

DICE is a student-led organization focused on diversity and equal opportunity in clean tech. DICE facilitates connections between students and professionals in cleantech by holding brown bag lunch meetings with industry speakers once a month and by hosting career talks over coffee with Clean Energy Institute seminar speakers.

 DICE on Facebook | 


About DubHacks 

This club consists of a group of students who organize and execute DubHacks, the 24-hour collegiate held at the UW Seattle campus every fall. The event brings together undergraduate students of all backgrounds to develop creative tools to solve society’s biggest issues.

 Dubhacks website | 


About EcoCAR3 

UW students have been a part of an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) since 2011 with the launch of EcoCAR 2. Currently, we are one of only twelve schools across North America competing in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge and the only team on the West Coast. The team predominantly consists of engineering, business and communications students, but we are open to all applicants and encourage all skill levels to apply.

Join: Fall
Application required: no

 EcoCAR3 website | 

EWB - Engineers Without Borders

About EWB 

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.

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

 EWB website | 

Formula Motorsports

About Formula Motorsports 

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.

Join: Fall
Application required: no

 Formula Motorsports website | 

HCDESA - HCDE Student Association


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.

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

 HCDE Student Association | 

HPS - Human Powered Submarine Team

About HPS 

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.

Join: Fall, Winter
Application required: no

 HPS website | 

Husky Robotics

About 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.

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.

Join: Fall, Winter
Application required: no

 Husky Robotics website | 

Husky Satellite Lab

About 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.

Join: Fall
Application required: yes

 Husky Satellite Lab website | 


About HuskyADAPT 

The HuskyADAPT team works with the community to codesign 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. However, if you are interested in joining a design team, the best time to get started is autumn quarter.

Join: Other

 HuskyADAPT website | 


About 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.

For 2020-2021, we will be accepting rolling applications through the summer followed by our autumn application which will be open through mid October. While spots may still be open throughout the year, there will be no official application for autumn or spring quarter.

Join: Other
Application required: no

 Hyperloop website | 

IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

About IEEE 

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) UW Student Branch is a subsidiary of the global IEEE organization. IEEE 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.

 IEEE website | 

iGEM - International Genetically Engineered Medicine

About iGEM 

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 website | 

IISE - Institute of Industrial Engineering

About IISE 

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.

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

 IISE website | 

MRS @ UW - Materials Research Society

About MRS @ UW 

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

 MRS website | 

NSBE - National Society of Black Engineers

About NSBE 

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.

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

 NSBE website | 

OSTEM - Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

About OSTEM 

OSTEM is a national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQA communities in the STEM fields.

 OSTEM on Facebook | 

Phi Sigma Rho

About 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).

We have a recruitment process the first two weeks of autumn quarter for potential new members.

Join: Other

 Phi Sigma Rho website | 

SACNAS - 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.

 SACNAS website | 

SAMPE - Society for the Advancement of Materials & Process Engineering

About SAMPE 

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.

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

 SAMPE website | 

SARP - Society for Advanced Rocket Propulsion

About SARP 

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.

Join: Fall
Application required: no

 SARP website | 

SASE - Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers

About SASE 

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.

 SASE website | 

SEBA - Science & Engineering Business Association

About SEBA 

SEBA is the premier student organization for developing scientists and engineers into business-minded professionals, and to which business leaders comes to engage with professionally minded students

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

 SEBA website | 

SEDS - Students for the Exploration and Development of Space

About SEDS 

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is a national student organization that advocates for space exploration and development. Our SEDS chapter at UW Seattle pursues these goals by engaging 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.

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

 SEDS website | 

SHPE - Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

About SHPE 

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!

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

 SHPE website | 

Steel Bridge

About Steel Bridge 

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.

We will sometimes allow students to join later after fall quarter.

Join: Fall
Application required: yes

 Steel Bridge website | 

SWE - Society of Women Engineers

About SWE 

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.

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

 SWE website | 

Tau Beta Pi National Honor Society

About Tau Beta Pi 

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.

Join: Fall, Spring
Application required: yes

 Tau Beta Pi on Facebook | 

Theta Tau

About Theta Taui 

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

Join: Fall, Spring
Application required: no

 Theta Tau website | 

Triangle Fraternity

About Triangle Fraternity 

The purpose of triangle shall be to maintain a fraternity of engineers, architects, and scientists. It shall carry out its purpose by establishing chapters that develop balances men who cultivate high moral character, foster lifelong friendships, and live their lives with integrity

Join: Fall, Winter
Application required: yes

 Triangle Fraternity website | 

UWROV - UnderWater Remotely Operated Vehicles

About UWROV 

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 of ocean engineers, technologists, policy makers, and educators.

Join: Fall
Application required: no

 UWROV website | 

Washington Superbike

Washington Superbike 

Washington Superbike is a student engineering organization at the University of Washington with the goal of becoming 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.

Join: Fall, Spring
Application required: yes

 Washington Superbike website | 

WChE - Women in Chemical Engineering

About WChE 

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!

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

 WChE website | 

WiMSE - Women in Materials Science and Engineering

About WiMSE 

WiMSE promotes diversity, equality, and peer support among Materials Science & Engineering students through outreach activities, a peer-mentoring circle, social activities, monthly meetings, and collaboration with other women’s groups on campus.

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


Women in Aerospace

About Women in Aerospace 

The Women in Aerospace club will provide a forum to discuss diversity issues in the field of aerospace engineering, and organize outreach programs to encourage young women to pursue careers in aero/astro. Club membership is open to all UW students, regardless of gender identity.

 Women in Aerospace on Facebook | 

WOOF3D - Washington Open Object Fabricators, 3D Printing Club

About 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.

 WOOF3D website |