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Student Organizations - Vanguard

What is an engineering professional organization?

Student engineering professional organizations are more than clubs. These organizations aim to further the profession of engineering and the interests of individuals engaged in that field.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Connect. Achieve. Inspire. AIAA is a project-based organization focused on expanding education and career opportunities to UC Merced students in the aerospace field. AIAA UC Merced focuses on hands-on experience and providing strategic opportunities of development to its members. It is our mission to prepare our members to reach their fullest potential and help launch their next journey.  "One Team, One Dream"

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

ASME is a worldwide nonprofit organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society.

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

The Chapter is organized and will be operated exclusively for educational and scientific purposes to promote the following: An increased knowledge of and greater interest in the science, design, development, construction, languages, management and applications of modern computing. Greater interest in computing and its applications. A means of communication between persons having an interest in computing.

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

BMES promotes education and diversity of the next generation of biomedical engineers and bioengineers, providing guidance and transmitting opportunities for bioengineering students to launch their careers.


Drone Research Society (DRS)

The Drone Research Society (DRS) is a small club who specializes in training and recruiting young pilots to handle and have fun with drones. We have 3 focuses for our club. The first focus is the most complicated to explain because Brandon Stark would like our club to provide service for UC Merced with DJI phantom drones which are used to take footage of events all across campus. The second focus is to provide a ticket to our members and open a new door into research related fields with drones. The final focus is the “fun events,” where we train pilots to fly drones in controlled environments and allow them to race against each other and in the future other schools.


Electrical Engineers at UCMerced (EEUCM)

Contact: Sepastian Vazquez -

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)

ESW is a global nonprofit organization. Through collegiate chapters across the United States, ESW mobilizes students and faculty members through new educational programs, sustainability-oriented design projects and volunteer activities that foster practical and innovative solutions to address the world’s most challenging environmental problems.



HackMerced is a 36-hour programming, design, and pitch competition happening in the Fall of 2017, and a club that has hosted successful hackathons and workshops during the school year for 2 consecutive years. Regarded as the Central Valley’s premier hackathon, HackMerced attracted more than 400 students from all over the world in the Spring of 2017 to collaborate with UC Merced students in hopes of impressing the judges and sponsors that support the hackathon. HackMerced provides students with viable real-world experience, collaborative teamwork opportunities, and network building events. Most importantly, HackMerced immerses students, judges, and the community alike into the ever growing field of technology. To learn more information about being involved in leadership or HackMerced in general, please visit our website:

Contact: Adrian Darian -

Materials Research Society (MRS)

MRS is a nonprofit organization of materials researchers from academia, industry, and government that promotes communication for the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research to improve the quality of life.

Contact: Grant Campbell -

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

NSBE is one of the largest student-run organizations in the world. NSBE aims to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact their communities. NSBE provides members with academic support, professional development and access to a global network of black engineers, scientists, and technologists.

Contact: Theodore Ude -

Robotics Society

Robotics Society is a community that creates a hands-on learning environment for students interested in robotics, circuits, programming, design and more. The goal of the Robotics Society is to produce and develop student-driven projects in robotics, providing hands-on experience and application of our studies: electrical, mechanical, computer science and project management. To further that goal, the group aims to become a multi-disciplinary and cohesive organization composed of students from various majors.

Contact:  Alexander Woodside -

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

Contact: Esteban Cruz -

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)

SASE is dedicated to the advancement of Asian heritage scientists and engineers in education and employment so that they can achieve their full career potential. In addition to professional development, SASE also encourages members to contribute to the enhancement of the communities in which they live. SASE aims to prepare Asian heritage scientists and engineers for success in the global business world, celebrate diversity on campuses and in the workplace and provide opportunities for members to make contributions to their local communities.

Contact: Derek Tan -

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

SHPE is dedicated to the advancement of Hispanics in STEM. Its mission is to change lives by empowering the Hispanic community and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development. To further that goal, SHPE aims to provide members with academic support, professional development and access to a global network of Hispanic engineers, scientists, and mathematicians.

Contact: Luis Cardenas -

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

SWE provides support and connections for women studying engineering and those already in the engineering field. Its mission is to provide encouragement for women to achieve their full potential as engineers and influential members of society.

Contact: Keerthana Madadi -

Solar Energy Association (SEA)

SEA is a solar-project-based organization, with ongoing projects, workshops, fundraisers, and info sessions about solar energy as a whole and solar energy careers. By being a project based organization, SEA provides students a chance to earn hands on experience that may not be obtained in a classroom. Students will get an opportunity to gain skills such as leading groups, learning how to write proposals, using tools they haven’t worked with before, and working in teams. SEA hopes to further benefit the engineering community by bringing more speakers from energy companies, hands-on workshops open to everyone, and projects. To become involved in SEA, please visit our website:

Contact: Briana Aguilar -

Theta Tau

Theta Tau is a professional engineering fraternity with a diverse membership of men and women studying engineering. Its purpose is to develop and maintain a high standard of professional interest among its members and to unite them in a strong bond of fellowship. Its goal is to promote social and professional development among its members during and after their college careers.

Contact: Angel Snavely -


Vanguard is composed of the officers of each of the engineering professional organizations. Vanguard is the "umbrella" organization of the School of Engineering at UC Merced. Its goal is to create a professional environment around student learning and career development.

Current President: Tomny Hang

Current Advisor: Karla Gonzalez, Manager of Undergraduate Advising, School of Engineering

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