Student Organizations

At Illinois, engineering students find numerous opportunities to get involved. Organizations offer students a chance to make friends, have fun, and learn something outside of the classroom or lab settings. They also bring students together with faculty, alumni and practicing engineers.

Student organizations bring in speakers from various engineering fields, sponsor field trips to construction and manufacturing sites, help coordinate Engineering Open House at the University of Illinois, sponsor movies, competitions, and social events, and assist in finding summer employment for students. Membership in some student organizations is limited to CEE students, while others are open to the wider College of Engineering student body.

These groups include:

  • Alpha Omega Epsilon, Engineering Sorority
    A professional and social sorority composed of females who have majored in engineering or technical sciences. 
  • American Concrete Institute student chapter
    For undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in concrete. The group holds monthly meetings, invites industry professionals to share research findings/projects, and participates in student competitions.
  • American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association Student Chapter
    The goal of this chapter is to expose students to railroad engineering education and the railway industry in order to foster the development of leaders in railroad engineering in North America and throughout the world.
  • American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter
    Civil Engineering students who volunteer around campus, meet with companies biweekly, participate in annual competitions and socialize.
  • American Society for Engineering Education student chapter
    Student chapter of ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) interested in furthering the quality of engineering education.
  • Bridges to Prosperity
    A student-run chapter under the international, non-profit organization, Bridges to Prosperity. Students engage in the design and construction of footbridges for rural communities in developing counties. 
  • CEE Student Committee
    CSC is dedicated to the enhancement of the Illinois experience for CEE students. Along with holding professional networking events, CSC also has a mentoring program and social events for incoming and current CEE students.
  • Chi Epsilon
    Chi Epsilon is the National Honor Society for the Civil Engineering profession. Members interact with fellow classmates, attend both academic and social events, and view presentations on major Civil Engineering projects from active professionals.
  • Civil China
    Civil China aims to connect civil engineering Chinese students, alumni and other students in civil engineering. The group provides help in life, study, work and other issues while nurturing life long relationships with current and future Illinois alumni.
  • Concrete Canoe Team
    Multi-disciplinary student design team which participates in the venerable Concrete Canoe tradition by making a canoe out of concrete and racing the final product in regional and national competitions.
  • Construction Management Association of America
    Student chapter of the CMAA, an organization dedicated exlusively to the interests of Construction and Program Management.
  • Deep Foundations Institute
    Foundation engineering and deep foundations in particular are two growing fields in the profession of civil engineering. The DFI is devoted to promotion of the profession of foundation engineering and particularly deep foundation design and construction.
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) student chapter
    Students with an interest in earthquake engineering research; chapter activities include seismic design competitions, seminars/webinars and participation in Engineering Open House.
  • Engineers Without Borders
    Engineers Without Borders promotes community-driven engineering projects fostered by local partners for a sustainable global future. Participation in these transformative experiences fosters leadership and personal growth within student members.
  • Geotechnical Engineering Student Organization
    Provides geotech students with a forum to pursue and discuss research interests in a supportive environment. Constructive social interaction is promoted through discussion forums, lectures, meetings and community outreach activities.
  • Graduate Student Advisory Council
    The Engineering Graduate Student Advisory Committee was formed to help advise the College of Engineering on topics that are important to graduate education and that impact the graduate student experience on campus. 
  • Illinois Solar Decathlon
    Collegiate team comprised of students from multiple disciplines across campus who engage in USDOE competition to design and build net-zero solar homes. Students also engage in green building projects and educate others about sustainable design and construction.
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers
    ITE Student Chapter hosts guests speakers, assists with conferences, participates in Engineering Open House, coordinates transportation-related field trips and competes in Traffic Bowl.
  • Interdisciplinary Civil Engineering in Resilience and Sustainability
    A group of students and faculty whose shared vision is to establish a dynamic school of thought in civil and environmental engineering that takes an interdisciplinary approach to engineering problems for achieving sustainability and resilience.
  • International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research
    Student chapter of the IAHR, a worldwide independent organisation of engineers and water specialists working in fields related to the hydro-environmental sciences and their practical application.
  • International Water Resources Association
    Student chapter of IWRA, an international network of multidisciplinary experts on water resources.
  • National Society of Black Engineers student chapter
    NSBE offers academic excellence programs, scholarships, leadership training, professional development and access to career opportunities for thousands of members annually. 
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers student chapter
    Students focus on academic excellence, community outreach, chapter development, leadership development and professional development. 
  • Society of Women Engineers student chapter
    The SWE is a technical, professional, social, and outreach organization. Campus events include Girl Scout Workshops, corporate and career workshops, social activities and an annual technical project competition.
  • Steel Bridge Team
    The annual Steel Bridge Competition challenges civil engineering students to design, fabricate and construct the most structurally efficient and economic bridge. This competition offers future civil and structural engineers the opportunity to develop their skills in steel design, fabrication and teamwork. 
  • Structural Engineering Graduate Student Organization
    An organization created by graduate students to improve the graduate school experience. The group organizes and plans professional, academic and social events for the betterment of Structural Engineering graduate students at Illinois.
  • Structural Engineers Association
    The group provides members with opportunities for networking, experiences in the field, job searches ane more. Events include monthly meetings with industry professionals, luncheons with faculty, construction site visits, social outings and professional development sessions.
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society
    A national engineering honor society marked by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character. Members are actively involved on campus, in the college, and within the community.
  • U.S. Green Building Council student chapter
    Student chapter whose goal is to advance USGBC’s mission to move towards a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
  • Water Environment Federation - American Water Works Association Joint student chapter
    Students interested in learning about water related topics have the opportunity to network with industry professionals, visit local and regional treatment plants, host events, investigate and design solutions for engineering challenges, and more.

Other Links of Interest

Engineering Council
Engineering Council is a union of engineering societies and committees dedicated to enriching the student collegiate experience through a distinctive array of programs and services.

Women in Engineering
Women in Engineering is a college-wide program dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for female students in the College.

Morrill Engineering Program
The group's mission is to empower African American, Hispanic, and Native American engineering students, support their success as scholars, and leverage a community of students, staff and alumni to achieve excellence in engineering.

Engineering Student Alumni Ambassadors
Engineering Student Alumni Ambassadors plan and host events and programs to increase student-alumni relations. 

IPENG is the International Programs in Engineering Office. The Office provides international opportunities to students within the College of Engineering.

Engineering Open House
Engineering Open House is an annual student-led event featuring two days of exhibits and competitions that showcase the talent and ingenuity of engineering students at the University of Illinois.