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: Alexa Caruso '18  and Nicholas Gomez '18.

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

With more than 300,000 members worldwide, IEEE is the largest professional organization of its kind. The Y-IEEE involves students and faculty. It maintains a student lounge with project components, Sun workstations, and a reference library. Members receive IEEE publications at reduced rates. Activities include bi-weekly meetings, design projects, a student-run Internet, social gatherings, and speakers. The Y-IEEE received the Exemplary Student Branch Award for 1994-95 from the parent IEEE. Faculty Adviser: Prof. Mark Reed, Electrical Engineering.

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: Aaron West '18 and Christian White '18. Faculty Adviser: Prof. André Taylor, Chemical & Environmental Engineering. Leadership: Greg Campbell '19 and Lillian Ekem '20.

Society of Petroleum Engineers

The Yale Undergraduate Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers seeks to expose students to the essential and exciting oil & gas industry. The chapter coordinates with SPE International in order to connect students to professionals in the industry and send interested students to workshops and the annual conference that showcases technological advancements and future prospects for the industry. The chapter also hopes to coordinate a series of on-campus talks to attract the interest of students not directly involved with the chapter as well, and educate students about the energy industry. Participation with SPE also allows students to incredible resources and mentoring opportunities within the industry, allowing for improved education and career advancement. President: Jamie Nguyen '18; Secretary: Eli Westerman '18.

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: Colleen Coffey '19 and Tracy Chung '19.

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: Aydin Akyol '19, Eric Ryan Chan '18, and Miles Petterson '19.

Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association

YUAA members work in teams to build and fly rockets, planes, quadcopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles. From 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: Evan Haas '19 and Clio Byrne-Gudding '19.

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.

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: Emily Chu '19. Senior Advisor: Jessica Alzamora '18.

Bulldog Bots

Robots are improving standards of living in numerous ways; they can complete tasks as mundane as sweeping the bedroom floor, as critical as performing a cardiac surgery, and as ambitious as exploring new worlds. Bulldog Bots (Yale Robotics Undergraduate Student Organization) is devoted to designing and building robots for competitions across the country. Leadership: Alexander Ringlein '18. Faculty Adviser: Prof. Aaron Dollar, Mechanical Engineering. 

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 stake holders to realize change and to improve the environment, health, and community capacity in international projects. Faculty Adviser: Prof. Jordan Peccia, Chemical & Environmental Engineering. Presidents: Connie Lam '19 and Patrick Hong '19.

Engineering World Health at Yale

EWH at Yale works toward the mission of the national Engineering World Health organization: "To inspire and mobilize the engineering community to improve the quality of healthcare in vulnerable communities." By providing students with opportunities to get hands-on experience designing, building, and repairing medical equipment for use in the developing world as well as to connect with experts at Covidien and other healthcare groups, EWH at Yale encourages both academic and professional growth through creativity and innovation. Faculty Advisor: Prof. Joseph Zinter, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.

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 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.  

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: Leah Surratt '18.