Student Organizations

Although not built into the requirements, participation in student chapters of the professional societies and department Student Advisory Committees are strongly encouraged. Engineers can, and should, become leaders in the community. The University of Utah is one place to develop community and professional interests and leadership.

On this web page you will find clubs and societies that are related to Mechanical Engineering. You can find a list of all clubs at the University of Utah by clicking Here

Current student organizations include (alphabetical order):

Aerospace Club at the U, AIAA Student Chapter
The AIAA promotes the study of aeronautics and astronautics at the University of Utah, helps students to find related employment, sponsors projects for student participation, and organizes activities that complement aerospace education.

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American Indian Science and Engineering Society

The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science, and other related technology disciplines.Since 1977, AISES has worked to substantially increase American Indian and Alaska Native representation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields

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American Nuclear Society Student Chapter (ANS)
The American Nuclear Society Chapter at the University of Utah is a professional and outreach organization composed of undergraduate and graduate students interested in nuclear energy and its applications. ANSSC promotes nuclear education in order to inform the public of the benefits of nuclear energy and to recruit students into the University of Utah.

American Society of heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

ASHRAE is a professional society with a mission to “advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world” and a vision to “be the global leader, the foremost source of technical and educational information, and the primary provider of opportunity for professional growth in the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating.” The student chapter provides opportunities for learning through lecture series, tours, and projects; connects students with the Utah chapter of ASHRAE and with scholarships, internships, and career opportunities; and develops future leaders in HVAC technologies and sustainability in the built environment. For more information, contact

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American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
The purpose of the ASME Student Section of the University of Utah is: to advance the arts, sciences, and technologies related to Mechanical Engineering; to provide an opportunity for students engaged in these pursuits to nurture and promote their professionalism through publications, field trips, competitions and meetings; to promote fellowship and interaction with other student sections, as well as professional sectors of the society; and to create a sense of unity between different student groups at the University of Utah and the Mechanical Engineering faculty.

American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
ASSE’s missions is to promote the advancement of the safety, health, and environmental professions engaged in protecting people, property, and the environment by providing the necessary resources.

Formula SAE Team: Formula U Racing

Regarded worldwide as one of the most prestigious design, engineering, and marketing competitions, “Formula SAE® is a student design competition organized by SAE International (formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers). The concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small Formula-style racecar. The prototype racecar is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item.”

“Formula SAE promotes careers and excellence in engineering [and other majors] as it encompasses all aspects of the automotive industry including research, design, manufacturing, testing, developing, marketing, management and finances. Formula SAE takes students out of the classroom and allows them to apply textbook theories to real work experiences.”

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The RoboUtes bring together individuals with an interest in robotics. Come learn about robotics, gain skills, and tackle challenging problems in an atmosphere of collaboration, creativity, and learning. We welcome all experience levels.

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Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE
The Society of Automotive Engineers has more than 84,000 members – engineers, business executives, educators, and students from more than 97 countries – who share information and exchange ideas for advancing the engineering of mobility systems. SAE is your one-stop resource for standards development, events, and technical information and expertise used in designing, building, maintaining, and operating self-propelled vehicles for use on land or sea, in air or space.

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Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
SHPE is the leading social-technical organization whose primary function is to enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math and science. The society is committed to improving the overall culture of engineering at the University of Utah through diversity.

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Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.

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Utes FIRST Robotics 
This club is made for FIRST alumni here at the U, our objective is to create a community within us and help create a network between FRC teams and mentors to help everyone advance their learning in robotics. This club hopes to keep you active in FIRST activities coming up as well as meeting peer who have same interests and values as you do. We encourage all FIRST alumni to join and build something amazing here at the U.

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*Admission is by invitation, based on scholastic achievement

COE Honor Society – Tau Beta Pi
Promotes excellence in engineering throughout the College of Engineering.

USAC (Undergraduate Student Advisory Council)
The Undergraduate Student Advisory Council, or USAC, is composed of Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students and a faculty advisor who welcome your input and participation. USAC serves as a link between students and the department. To contact USAC send an email


 What is the USAC?

The Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee (USAC) is a student group within the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Our main purpose is to create a bridge between faculty and students to improve students’ experience during their time in the program.

What do we do?

The USAC has developed four different committees based on student needs:

  1. Curriculum Committee

            Two USAC members participate in meetings with faculty members and make decisions about improving the program curriculum. This is an opportunity for students to express their opinion on courses, program tracks, and new technical electives in the program.

  1. Retention, Promotion, and Tenure (RPT)

Four USAC members represent the student body by voting to retain, promote, or tenure professors in the department. USAC members read the course feedback forms that all students complete and base their decision on these forms.

  1. Colloquium Committee

All USAC members organize mini-seminars where professors in the department present their research to students outside of the formal classroom setting. Students attend the colloquiums to learn more about research in the department and available research positions.

  1. Department Improvement Committee

Several USAC members use feedback from students in the department to implement positive changes that improve the experience of all students. Past projects have been funding and getting approval of a public microwave for student use.

The USAC updates these committees and adds new committees to our student group based on the current needs of students in the department.

Who can join the USAC?

All students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering are welcome and encouraged to join the USAC! There are no dues, interviews, or minimum GPA requirements for joining the USAC. Students can join at any point during their time in the mechanical engineering program.

How can you get involved?

If you are interested in joining the USAC, fill out this quick Google form.

Can’t join but want to give feedback?

The USAC is meant to support the students, and there’s no better way than providing you with a way to express your concerns. Fill out this anonymous feedback form and we will do our best to address any and all concerns.

Information on these professional and honorary societies can be found at the Undergraduate Advising Office, 1560 MEK and in the University of Utah General Catalog.