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 club focused on expanding education and career opportunities available to UC Merced students in the field of aerospace engineering. AIAA UC Merced focuses on hands-on experience within the Central Valley, allowing members to build their resumes and enter the aerospace field after college. It is an organization that will not only focus on impacting the university community but the community of Merced as a whole.
Contact: Judith Mendoza
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.
Contact: Daniel Palmer
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. It delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM carries out its mission through conferences, publications, educational programs, public awareness activities and special interest groups. Join ACM today to learn more about computer science and engineering and interact with fellow students!
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.
Contact: Steven Soe
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.
Contact: Daniel Palmer
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.
Contact: Michael Portillo
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: https://hackmerced.com.
Contact: Miguel Hernandez
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: solarmerced.wordpress.com.
Contact: Genesis Higueros
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.
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: Judith Mendoza
Current Advisor: Karla Gonzalez, Manager of Undergraduate Advising, School of Engineering