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Professional Organizations and Student Clubs

Student Orgs
Aero Design Team

The UD Aero Design Team competes annually in a design competition where the team designs, builds and flies a remote-controlled airplane, learning skills key for professional aerospace careers.

Contact: Sid Gunasekaran, adviser,

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. A great place for students and professionals to collaborate in the aerospace industry.

Contact Sid Gunasekaran, adviser,

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE)

AIChE is the world's leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with nearly 40,000 members from 93 countries. UD's student chapter of AIChE provides a wide range of opportunities to Chemical Engineering students including professional development events, service outings, mentorship programs, and more! The student chapter also has a CME Car team in which students can apply their technical and innovative skills to design and build a small car powered by a chemical reaction. The CME Car team competes with their car at the Regional AIChE Conference every year.Take the next step in your future as a chemical engineer! 

Contact: Don Comfort, adviser,

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

The ASCE student chapter provides civil engineering students with the opportunity to begin a relationship of professional association through activities such as regional competitions, monthly meetings, social events and a golf outing.

Contact: Riad Alakkad, adviser,

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

The University of Dayton ASHRAE group is a student group within the larger national ASHRAE Organization. ASHRAE members attend monthly meetings and learn from industry experts about energy efficiency practices, renewable energy technologies and much more.

Contact: Kelly Kissock, adviser,

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods.

Contact: Dave Myszka, adviser,

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

The Biomedical Engineering Society is a student chapter of the professional society, which is nationally recognized. The aim of the organization is to educate our members about the biomedical field and how they can get involved, while striving to give back to the community.

Contact: Kim Bigelow and Allison Kinney, advisers,


The EMpwr Student Club was formed in partnership with the KEEN Network as one of 10 pilot chapters throughout the network during the fall of 2015. The goal of the club is to provide opportunities to "power up" the entrepreneurial mindset in undergraduate students.

Contact: Ken Bloemer, adviser,

Eta Kappa Nu

Eta Kappa Nu is a unique membership organization dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the electrical and computer engineering fields. Members consist of students, alumni and other professionals who have demonstrated exceptional academic and professional accomplishments.

Contact: Guru Subramanyam, adviser,

Ethos Club

ETHOS seeks to provide experiential learning through service internships, student organization activities, collaborative research and hands-on classroom projects. These activities are centered around the development of appropriate technologies for the developing world, both locally and globally. Such experiences expose students to alternative technologies that are based on science and engineering principles but have tangible impacts on improving the lives of those who use them.

Contact: Malcolm Daniels, adviser, 
or Find ETHOS Club on Facebook

Fuel-less Flyers

The Fuel-less Flyers team is focused on creating all electric vehicles. The focus will be on motorcycles until the team is able to handle a four-wheel vehicle. This team is looking for undergraduate engineering majors, but it does have room for a few communication and marketing majors.

Contact: Malcolm Daniels, adviser,

Institute of Electrical & Electronics EngineersĀ  (IEEE)

The Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers is dedicated to connecting students with electrical and computer engineering and technology majors with cutting-edge technologies and career options relating to their fields.

Contact: Eric Balster, adviser,

Institute of Industrial Systems Engineers (IISE)

IISE is the world's largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Founded in 1948, IISE is an international, nonprofit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research and development of industrial engineering.

Contact: Chuck Edmonson, adviser,

Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

UD ITE is a student organization created to promote the education and professional development of students interested in transportation engineering and planning. This organization introduces students to the many facets of transportation engineering by inviting speakers or by visiting agencies and project locations.

Contact: Deo Eustace, adviser,

It Flies

The It Flies group's purpose is to interest undergraduates and graduates in aircraft design and flight simulator experience and design.

Contact: Sid Gunasekaran, adviser,

Makers Club

The Makers Club provides students with a platform to innovate and learn by building.  After safety training is completed, members are encouraged to engage in personal, curricula affiliated or service projects.

Contact: Nancy Chase, adviser,

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

NSBE is dedicated to the academic and professional success of African-American engineering students and professionals. NSBE offers its members leadership training, professional development activities, mentoring opportunities, career placement services and more. Contact for more details.

Contact: Gerica Brown, adviser,

Ohio Water Environment Association (OWEA)

OWEA stands for Ohio Water Environment Association. As a student chapter, we will collaborate with the professional/parent chapter of the state to host professional events and promote water awareness at the University of Dayton. We plan to host monthly educational meetings for members to learn about the water industry and provide networking opportunities for members. Any student of any major that is interested in water resources is welcome to join!

Contact: Denise Taylor, adviser,

Omega Chi Epsilon

Omega Chi Epsilon is the National Honor Society for Chemical Engineering. The Society promotes high scholarship, encourages original investigation in chemical engineering and recognizes the valuable traits of character, integrity and leadership. It serves both undergraduate and graduate students and fosters meaningful student-faculty dialogue.

Contact: Kristen Krupa-Comfort, adviser,

The Optical Society

Leading professional association in optics and photonics, home to accomplished science, engineering and business leaders from all over the world.

Contact: Imad Agha, adviser,

Phi Sigma Rho

Phi Sigma Rho, Gamma Chapter at the University of Dayton is a social sorority for women in engineering and technical majors. Through Phi Sigma Rho, our sisters develop the highest standard of personal integrity, strive for academic excellence and build friendships that last a lifetime.

Contact: Becky Blust, adviser,  or visit us on Facebook:

Pi Tau Sigma

Pi Tau Sigma is the international mechanical engineering Honor Society. Formally installed in 1977, the Dayton Delta Nu chapter consists of members who are in the top percentile of their junior and senior classes. These members are on track for future success and are committed to the field of mechanical engineering.

Contact: Drew Murray, adviser,


RE-volv is a San Francisco based nonprofit organization dedicated to crowdfunding solar energy projects for other non-profits around the country. UD's RE-volv Solar Ambassador Program trains ambassadors in crowdfunding, solar policy, community engagement and project management to benefit a local community partner.


RoboCup Soccer Team: Robotic Flyers

RoboCup was founded in 1997 with the main goal of developing by 2050 a Robot Soccer team capable of winning against the human team champion of the FIFA World Cup. After more than 15 years of RoboCup, the concept has expanded into other robotics competitions such as Rescue (robots and simulation), @Home (assistive robots in home environments), Sponsored and @Work (industrial environments), as well as RoboCup Junior leagues for young students.


Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE)

The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) is an international professional member society that provides information and conferences on new materials and processing technology. For student members at the University of Dayton, this gives an opportunity for aspiring engineers to gain experience working hands-on in competitions that deal with building composite bridges for flexure testing and using 3-D printing to make plastic columns for compression testing.

Contact: Don Klosterman, adviser,

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) was founded to prepare Asian heritage scientists, engineers and technologists for success in the global business world, celebrate diversity on campuses and in the workplace, and to provide opportunities for members to make contributions to their local communities. Membership is open to all.

Contact: Nancy Chase, adviser,

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

The goals of UD's chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers are as follows: We want to create a community of individuals who share the same passion in automobiles and the automotive industry by providing professional development and networking opportunities for students looking to pursue a career in the automotive industry. We also want to demonstrate UD culture and beliefs to our relationship with club affiliates while competing in national competitions with other universities. Finally, we want to exemplify respect and sportsmanship during off-campus opportunities that will show students more about the automotive industry and host on campus activities for the student body and community to enjoy.

Contact: Sean Falkowski, adviser,

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

The University of Dayton Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Student Chapter is one of many SHPE chapters within Region 6. We strive to empower all of our members to not only realize their full potential as Hispanic and minority students, but to excel both in their academic and professional careers within all STEM fields.

Contact: Gerica Brown, adviser,

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

The mission of SME is to acquire and distribute manufacturing knowledge among its members and the broader manufacturing community.

Contact: Sean Falkowski, adviser, 

Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)

SPIE is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light.

Contact: Imad Agha, adviser,

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. Founded in 1950, SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career for women through an exciting array of training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, outreach and advocacy activities, and much more.

Contact: Beth Hart, adviser,

Solar Splash Team

Solar Splash is the world championship of intercollegiate solar/electric boating competing in a five-day competition at the International Intercollegiate Solar/Electric Boat Regatta. Technical inspections are done on the first day and the remainder of the time is occupied by five on-the-water competitive events. Points are earned in 7 categories starting with technical reports that are submitted before teams arrive at the competition. On-site competitions include visual displays and workmanship. On-the-water events begin with a sprint and maneuverability qualifier. This is followed by an event called the Solar Slalom, which is a combination of speed and maneuverability. The final days are spent in the Sprint and Endurance events. Through Solar Splash the students gain a practical perspective on Solar and Electrical Systems.

Contact: Kelly Kissock, adviser,

Supermileage Club

The Purpose of the University of Dayton Supermileage Club is to design, build and test a single-seat, high-mileage vehicle.

Contact: Kelly Kissock, adviser,

Sustainability Club

A service and social action club with an emphasis on food, water, and waste on campus, and in the Dayton community. 

Visit us on Facebook:
Tau Alpha Pi

Tau Alpha Pi is the national honor society for engineering technology. The purpose of Tau Alpha Pi is two fold 1) to recognize high standards of scholarship among students in engineering technology programs, and 2) to promote and encourage scholastic achievement by offering outstanding engineering technology students membership in the society.

Contact: Jim Globig, adviser,

Tau Beta Pi

Tau Beta Pi is the engineering Honors Society. We focus on academics, service, networking and social events. As a chapter, we have monthly meetings with biweekly officer meetings. Events include tutoring sessions for members and non-members, service projects in the community, including participating in the annual Wheels for Kids event, cookouts, student/professor networking events and finals week study parties.

Contact: Laura Bistrek, adviser,

Wheels for Kids

Wheels for Kids is a service group that aims to provide as many bikes to deserving Dayton kids as possible and to promote safe and active bike riding. We do this by repairing donated bikes and giving them away at our annual event.

Contact: Margie Pinnell, adviser


School of Engineering

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0254