Student Activities

Student organizations are a very important part of the Yale College experience. They encourage teamwork and leadership, improve organizational skills and creativity, and cultivate professional interests.

Supporting Documents for SEAS Student Organizations

Professional Organizations

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is an international organization founded to promote and enhance the technical competency and professional well-being of its members. The focus of the student chapter is to mirror these values while providing a sense of community for students of mechanical engineering. The chapter also serves to arrange member events, such as community outreach; field trips to local industry; mentorship; guest speakers; and workshops, with a focus on higher education and career building. President: Tilman Bartelsmeyer '19. Vice President: Deniz Saip '19. Treasurer: Owais Khan '19.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

The Yale student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AlChE) sponsors activities focused on the technical interests of its members and professional opportunities for beginning engineers. Members also participate in activities sponsored by the New Haven professional chapter. Membership is open to undergraduates enrolled in any engineering program. Leadership: George Zhang '20, Christopher Karpovich '20, and Jimmy Rogers '20.

Biomedical Engineering Society

Organized in 2002, the Yale Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society is a support network and forum for biomedical engineering students. The Chapter works to increase awareness about biomedical engineering (a field that applies the principles of basic science and engineering to medicine) and schedules speakers and field trips to local industries. It also interacts with the National Biomedical Engineering Society to keep Yale BME majors informed about biomedical research at other institutions. Faculty Advisors: Prof. James Duncan, Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, Biomedical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering and Mark Saltzman, Biomedical Engineering and Chemical & Environmental Engineering. Leadership: Jamie Skaggs '19 and Michelle Croda '19.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

The Yale Student Branch of the IEEE dates back to 1911 as part of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers – one of the IEEE parent organizations – under the leadership of Prof. Charles F. Scott, a former president of the AIEE. Y-IEEE brings students together for cool Electrical Engineering projects, including a replica of the Apple I computer, a giant LED movie screen, a holiday light spectacle, a campus-wide ham radio network, and a lightsaber. The club also seeks to promote electrical engineering through workshops, talks with distinguished speakers, and conferences. Members receive IEEE publications at reduced rates. Faculty Advisor: Prof. Mark Reed, Electrical Engineering. Officers: Will Sussman '21, Daniel Bacheschi '21, Josh Chavez '19, and Alex Gartner '19.

National Society of Black Engineers

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) seeks to increase the number of black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and have a positive impact on the community. Founded in 1975, NSBE has 15,000 undergraduate members in more than 300 chapters on U.S. and foreign college campuses and 80 alumni chapters. The Yale chapter, founded in 1992, coordinates events on campus and attends NSBE-sponsored workshops on academic excellence, professional development, and networking with representatives from major corporations and NSBE members from other colleges. Because all students can benefit from NSBE's resources, NSBE-Yale welcomes students regardless of discipline or ethnicity. Leadership: Lillian Ekem '20 and Obi Nnorom '21.

Society of Women Engineers

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 to be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders. Leadership: Caitlin Westerfield '20 and Elizabeth Brooks '20.

Student Organizations

Bulldogs Racing

Founded in 2006, Bulldogs Racing provides an opportunity to develop real-world engineering skills through automotive technology. The team designs and builds a formula-style car to race in the Formula Hybrid International competition held annually by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Leadership: Zachary Wright '20 and Clarence Rodgers '21.

Code Haven

Code Haven is a Yale undergraduate student organization that teaches weekly computing lessons at middle schools, engaging students with online lessons, unplugged activities and class-wide demonstrations. Code Haven’s mission is to inclusively increase access to computer science among middle school students, regardless of previous interest. Leadership: Sanya Nijhawan '20 and Omid Rooholfada '20.

Design for America

DFA Yale is a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students from several different majors sharing the same goal of using design to change lives in ways both big and small. DFA Yale seeks to engage students with both Yale and New Haven communities to make meaningful change and instill a sense of community pride and responsibility. President: Elizabeth Brooks '20.

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is an undergraduate organization that strives to foster the creative and innovative application of engineering and multi-disciplinary skills in collaboration with stakeholders to realize change and to improve the environment, health, and community capacity in international projects. Faculty Adviser: Prof. Jordan Peccia, Chemical & Environmental Engineering. Presidents: Annabelle Pan '20 and Trina White '20.

FIRST at Yale

FIRST at Yale is proud to say that it will be part of the inaugural year of FIRST alumni group activities at the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition Detroit Championship. For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is an international robotics competition for high school students that aims to teach professionalism and cooperative competition through hands-on engineering. Yale is home to hundreds of FIRST alumni, and the FIRST at Yale organization was founded in 2017 to give these alumni a home to continue FIRST's mission. FIRST itself is starting to take similar steps for its alumni, and at both 2018 FIRST Championships there will be events where alumni groups will have the opportunity to showcase themselves to potential undergraduates, network amongst themselves, and attend conferences on running successful alumni groups. FIRST at Yale is excited to be part of these events and to support FIRST competitors at the Detroit championship. Leadership: Vishal Patel '20 and Evelyn Huang '20. 

Float

Float's (Yale Women and Gender Minorities in CS) purpose is to encourage students to explore computer science courses, retain students in the major, and building community. We host study and support groups, teach free workshops, bring speakers to campus, organize lunches with professors, sponsor trips to conferences, coordinate dinners with women in the industry, liaise with the computer science department and alumni, and more. Most importantly, we enable students to build relationships with each other—and what naturally follows is a more welcoming, supportive and inclusive environment for students to succeed. Float celebrates all underrepresented gender minorities, including trans, gender-nonconforming, and nonbinary individuals. Leadership: Caitlin Westerfield '20. 

Project Bright

Project Bright was founded in 2011 to educate its members and the broader Yale and New Haven communities about solar energy through training sessions and hands-on projects— all with the goal of expanding solar capacity. Co-Presidents: Sophia Krohn '20 and Katie Schlick '21. Faculty Adviser: Prof. Ronald Smith, Geology & Geophysics and Forestry & Environmental Studies. 

Yale Computer Society

The Yale Computer Society is a student-run organization that was founded to support the growing CS community. We work on several projects throughout the year to improve the experience of students interested in technology and entrepreneurship at Yale. President: Amanda Lee '20.

YHack

YHack is the undergraduate organization dedicated to planning and running the annual Yale Hackathon under the same name (YHack). The YHack event is a 36-hour hackathon that brings together students from all over the U.S. with different backgrounds together to create and build. Our organization also puts together a day event for high schoolers called Code Boola. Yale students can teach these students the basics of coding and challenge them to think in ways they might not have before. Leadership: Alena Rajwani '20, Lance Tan '21, and Katherine Sun '21.

Yale Scientific Magazine

YSM is the oldest college science journal in the country. It enables Yale undergraduates to acquire experience with science reporting, editing, photography, graphics, magazine business, and production. Faculty Adviser: Prof. Sean Barrett, Physics. 

Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association

YUAA members work in teams to build and fly rockets, planes, quadcopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles. From the first idea to finished aircraft, YUAA projects are entirely student-run. Since 2010, YUAA has helped foster Yale's engineering community by welcoming students of any experience level or background and hosting events to promote aerospace engineering on campus. Co-Presidents: Jonathan Li '20 and Andrew Krzywosz '20.

Yale Undergraduate Boat Building Club

The Yale Undergraduate Boat Building Club aims to join together the fields of engineering, design, and sailing by prototyping and building a 14-foot sailboat from scratch. Welcoming members from all levels of experience, we aim to start with straightforward structures and production techniques and progressively increase the sophistication of our designs, all with the goal of building a fast boat. Leadership: Martin Tipton '21 and Mina Cezairli '21.

Yale Undergraduate Intelligent Vehicles

Yale InVe was founded in 2013 with the mission of engaging and inspiring talented Yale engineers through exciting autonomous unmanned vehicle competitions. From autonomous ground vehicles to robotic sailboats, members cultivate software, electrical, and mechanical skills while designing and implementing competitive systems. President: Amanda Hansen '20. Advisor: Larry Wilen, Center for Engineering Innovation & Design. 

Yale Undergraduate Rover Association

Founded in 2013, the Yale Undergraduate Rover Association (YURA) designs and builds a Mars-style Rover to send to the University Rover Challenge at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah in early June each year. Challenges that the rover must be able to complete include a terrain traversal, a soil sampling and biological assaying, an object retrieval, panel maintenance, and an autonomous drive task. President: Alexa Kalandiak '18, Other Leadership: Stefan Colton '19, Maddie Hoffmann '19, and Peter Williamson '19.

Honor Societies

Tau Beta Pi

Tau Beta Pi is the only national engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession.  The first Connecticut chapter of Tau Beta Pi --- Connecticut Alpha --- was established at Yale in 1923.  Connecticut Alpha admits Juniors in the top 1/8 of their class and Seniors in the top 1/5 of their class who are majoring in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science.  Membership in Tau Beta Pi grants students access to a large network of academic, professional, and financial resources.  At Yale, Connecticut Alpha members organize events to promote engineering culture at Yale and in the greater New Haven community.  President: Jenny Xiao '19.