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Student Organizations

Many students enhance their academic career by becoming involved in student project teams and organizations. These activities can provide leadership opportunities, hands-on engineering experience and a chance to meet other engineering students.

Alpha Epsilon – Biosystems Engineering Honor Society

Alpha Epsilon is an honor society for outstanding agricultural, biological and food engineers. The objectives of the honor society are to promote the high ideals of the engineering profession, to give recognition to those who manifest worthy qualities of character, scholarship and professional attainment and to encourage and support the profession.

Advisor - Lexington: Carmen Agouridis – carmen.agouridis@uky.edu 859.218.4344

Alpha Sigma Mu – Materials Engineering Honor Society

Alpha Sigma Mu is the international honors society for the materials engineering profession. The Kentucky Alpha chapter recognizes our students, alumni and other materials engineering professionals who exhibit excellence in their academic studies and careers. Student members of Alpha Sigma Mu are nominated based on their standing near the top of their class, and they are typically active and successful in Material Advantage, the materials engineering student chapter.

Advisor - Lexington: John Balk – john.balk@uky.edu – 859.257.4582

Ambassadors

The College of Engineering Ambassador Program is comprised of two highly select groups of engineering students dedicated to the promotion of the College of Engineering and the University of Kentucky. Student Ambassadors work recruitment events, answer prospective student questions and highlight all the amazing opportunities available at UK and in the engineering program. Outreach Ambassadors primarily work with elementary, middle and high school students in their schools to raise awareness of engineering and to engage the students in hands-on activities. Engineering Ambassadors also support the college with various activities such as Engineers Day, orientation, alumni functions and other special events.

Advisor - Lexington: Tony Jackson – tonyjackson@uky.edu 859.218.5170

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

AIAA at the University of Kentucky aims to help students develop their knowledge and passion for aerospace. Our organization focuses on promoting aerospace involvement on campus, preparing for a career in aerospace and collaborating on projects that build hands-on skills while reinforcing classroom education. Students from any discipline, at any level, are welcome to join.

Advisor - Lexington: Alexandre Martin – alexandre.martin@uky.edu 859.257.4462 and

Advisor - Paducah: Sergiy Markutsya – smarkutsya@uky.edu 270.534.3227

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

We are a group of students and staff striving towards building a community for the chemical engineering students recognizable by not only the local campus but on a national scale during the biannual conferences presented by AIChE. This student organization strives to provide resources, events, and other great things to promote this particular field of study. Students in Chemical Engineering should join to become more involved within the community and to establish connections with potential employers.

Advisor - Lexington: Zach Hilt – hilt@uky.edu 859.257.9844

Advisor - Paducah: Derek Englert – derek.englert@uky.edu 270.534.3122

American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (RailCats)

RailCats is the UK Student Chapter of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association. AREMA serves as the professional organization for the railway industry. RailCats is an educational, outreach and social organization for UK students interested in railroad engineering and the railway industry. RailCats is one of only a handful of AREMA student chapters across the country and was founded in October of 2011.

Advisor - Lexington: Reginald Souleyrette – souleyrette@uky.edu 859.257.5309

American Society of Civil Engineers

ASCE is a professional organization that aims to advance civil engineering and to serve the public good. Our chapter at the University of Kentucky works with the local Bluegrass Branch as well as the ASCE National to provide students with information and opportunities to develop Civil Engineering Leaders.

Advisor - Lexington: Issam Harik –issamharik@uky.edu 859.257.3116

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Each year the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) sponsors a human-powered vehicle competition. Student teams from across the country work to create the fastest, most efficient and safest human-powered vehicles to compete against each other. The vehicles are judged on design, safety and performance, and ranked accordingly.

Advisor - Lexington: David Herrin – david.herrin@uky.edu 859.218.0609

Advisor - Paducah: John Baker – john.r.baker@uky.edu 270.534.3114

Association for Computing Machinery

The University of Kentucky Student Chapter of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) seeks to create and foster a strong community for computing students at UK. Nationally, ACM is widely recognized as the premier membership organization for computing professionals, delivering resources that advance computing as a science and a profession; enable professional development; and promote policies and research that benefit society. Our ACM Chapter organizes and participates in many outreach and enrichment programs that include the ACM programming contest; an annual hackathon, CatHacks (http://cathacks.com), open to colleges across the nation; technical presentations on campus; study sessions; events for K-12 and the general public. We encourage any interested students, in particular from CS, CoE and EE, to join!

Advisor - Lexington: Jerzy Jaromczyk – jurek@cs.uky.edu 859.257.1186

Association for Computing Machinery for Women

ACM-W at the University of Kentucky aims to raise awareness of the issues faced by women in technology, prepare students for careers in technology, as well as encourage women to join and stay in the field through outreach, networking and mentorship.

acmwuky@gmail.com

Advisor: Dr. Jane Hayes jane.huffman.hayes@uky.edu 859.257.3171

Biomedical Engineering Society

The UK-BMES is a member organization of the College of Engineering’s Engineering Student Council (ESC) that takes part in the college’s annual Engineers Day (E-Day) Open House. The chapter is also engaged in outreach and public service activities, including demonstrations at public schools, judging science fairs, tutoring and building with Habitat for Humanity. Involved students benefit from these departmental activities professionally and socially in these career-oriented events.

Advisor - Lexington: Babak Bazrgari – babak.bazrgari@uky.edu 859.257.1379

Biosystems BAE Student Branch

The University of Kentucky BAE Student Branch is the organization for the professional advancement of students enrolled in the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering program at UK.

Advisor - Lexington: Josh Jackson – joshjackson@uky.edu 859.257.3000

ChemE Car

The ChemE Car team is a student-run organization that designs and constructs a small vehicle to compete in regional and national chemical engineering car competitions held by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Students use their knowledge of computer science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering to create the car. ChemE Car gives its members the opportunity to develop technical and leadership skills while participating in a highly collegial environment.

Advisor - Lexington: Sarah Wilson - s.wilson@uky.edu

Chi Epsilon

Chi Epsilon is a Civil Engineering organization that recognizes the academic merits of civil engineering students. XE is both a scholastic organization, a service organization and a professional organization. Eligible students are invited to join during their junior year. Being a member of XE is both an honor and a privilege, as it allows networking between past and present members as well as access to scholarships.

Advisor - Lexington: Jimmy Fox – james.fox@uky.edu 859.218.8668

Engineering Student Council

The Engineering Student Council consists of representatives from all official College of Engineering student organizations. It serves as a coordinating body for the student groups and gives students a voice to address the College administration through representatives selected by the various organizations. One of the primary goals of the council is to encourage the development of student leaders both at the student organization level and at the council level. The council organizes the Freshmen Welcome for incoming students each year and helps plan Engineers Week activities, which culminate on Engineers Day on the last Saturday of February each year.

Advisor: Dr. Kim Anderson – kimberly.anderson@uky.edu – 859.257.1864

Engineers for a Sustainable World – Paducah Campus

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is a non-profit network committed to building a better world. Established in 2002, ESW is comprised of students, university faculty and professionals who are dedicated to building a more sustainable world for current and future generations. This involves not only direct projects on campuses, in communities and internationally, but also educating our communities and ourselves about sustainability as a broad topic.

Advisor - Paducah: Jeffrey Seay – jeffrey.seay@uky.edu 270.534.3299

Engineers Without Borders

EWB-UKY is a student chapter of the national Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA) organization. The students therein are tasked with designing and providing a sustainable solution to a problem of a given community in a developing country. The design proposed must incorporate community involvement and accountability as well as student fundraising. A typical project requires a five-year commitment to developing, constructing and monitoring the proposed plan aimed to resolve the problem. In 2017, we started a new partnership with the community of Salima, Malawi. The desired project was to develop sanitation facilities for elementary schools in the area and aid in the improvement of the health of the community. The development of a construction plan and a latrine prototype to be emulated in the region were the first steps toward improving the health and the quality of life for the entire community.

Advisor - Lexington: Nikiforos Stamatiadis – nick.stamatiadis@uky.edu 859.257.8012

Eta Kappa Nu - Beta Upsilon Chapter

Eta Kappa Nu is an honor society for Electrical and Computer Engineering students. The organization is part of IEEE, the largest technical professional association. Joining the Beta Upsilon chapter of Eta Kappa Nu signifies the academic success of an engineering student.

Advisor - Lexington: Jeffrey Ashley – jeffrey.ashley@uky.edu 859.257.8049

Formula Kentucky

Formula Kentucky is among the best ways for engineering students at UK to get real hands on experience while in college. Students involved with Formula Kentucky will work in design, analysis, fabrication, testing, and evaluation for parts that will be used on the next FK vehicle. FSAE experience is heavily sought after in industry, and Formula Kentucky has alumni working in product design, product validation, race engineering, and other interesting fields. Aside from making you a better engineer, Formula Kentucky also allows students access to aid from the teams older members when registering for classes, preparing for exams, or just how to maneuver through engineering at UK. So, if you’re looking to be the best engineer you can be give us a shot and reach out.

Advisor - Lexington: Dr. Henninger, tom.h@uky.edu

Website: sae.engr.uky.edu

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

IEEE's core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. Our Student Branch seeks to develop leadership and technical skills in Undergraduate and Graduate students through seminars, workshops, conferences and other developmental programs.

Advisor - Lexington: Regina Hannemann – regina.hannemann@uky.edu 859.257.5156

International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering

Collegiate/professional organization. Students gain "real world" advice from actual pharmaceutical engineers and can learn more about the field.

Advisor - Lexington: Thomas Dziubla – dziubla@engr.uky.edu 859.257.4063

International Society of Explosives Engineers

The International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE) is the world’s largest professional association for explosives engineers. ISEE has a presence in over 90 countries, bringing nearly 4,000 professionals in the explosives industry together across the globe. Some of the main goals of ISEE are:

  • To forums and media through which principles and techniques of explosives engineering may be reported, discussed, and published.
  • To promote career development and encourage explosives engineering instruction in the appropriate education curricula.
  • To serve society as a body of specialists and encourage community service where the skills of those who work with explosives can best be applied.
  • To educate policymakers about our industry and identify, monitor, report, and respond to public policy issues affecting the explosives industry.
  • To promote the professional development, competence, and qualifications of explosives engineers, practitioners, and those entering the field.
  • To establish and strengthen working relationships with related national and international associations, government agencies, academic institutions, and allied societies having common or related objectives.
  • To promote a favorable public perception of explosives engineers and the contributions that they make to society.
  • To promote standardization of terminology, methods, and regulations in explosives engineering.

The student chapter of ISEE at the University of Kentucky helps establish a connection with professionals in the explosives industry. It supports the professional development of its members through outreach, annual conferences, social events, and guest speakers to our meetings within the industry. Participation with ISEE will leave students with worldwide industry connections, communication skills, and a community to belong to during and after college. Any STEM major is welcome to join our group!

Advisor - Lexington: Jhon Silva Castro – jhon.silva@uky.edu 859.257.1173

Kentucky Organization of Robotics and Automation (KORA)

KentuckyOrganizaton of Robotics and Automation (KORA) is a student organization dedicated to the development of a vehicle to compete in NASA’s annual robotic mining competition. To achieve this goal, club members implement designs based on various engineering disciplines including mechanical structures, electrical hardware and software programming.

Advisor - Lexington: Regina Hannemann – regina.hannemann@uky.edu 859.257.5156

Kentucky Energy Club (Paducah)

The Energy Club is a student-run, non-profit organization sponsored by the Department of Energy aimed to educate the student body and the public on the energy issues of today. By hosting events, seminars, lectures and industry tours, students promote energy awareness which leads to collaboration for servicing the community. All university students, faculty and staff are invited to get involved!

Advisor - Paducah: Jeffrey Seay – jeffrey.seay@uky.edu 270.534.3299

Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers

The Student Chapter of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) at the University of Kentucky promotes ethical engineering and licensure in the College of Engineering. One of the benefits KSPE is that it provides students in the college with FE Review sessions. You can find links to review materials on this website.

Advisor - Lexington: Scott Yost –scott.yost@uky.edu 859.257.4816

MA – Material Advantage

Collegiate/Professional Organization for Materials Science and Engineering. Provides opportunities for making connections within the MSE professional community and enhancing the MSE experience at UK.

Advisor - Lexington: John Balk – john.balk@uky.edu 859.257.4582

Mu Nu Gamma

Mu Nu Gamma is an honor society devoted solely to the mining engineering profession. It recognizes mining engineering students that have completed at least 60 semester hours with a minimum of 9 hours designated with a mining prefix; the students must also have a minimum 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and rank in the top 35 percent of their class.

Advisor - Lexington: Rick Honaker – rick.honaker@uky.edu 859.257.1108

Mucking Team

The University of Kentucky Mining Competition Team, also known as the Muckin’ Wildcats, is an organization in which students compete in 7 events rooted in old school mining techniques. The events are swede saw, jack leg, gold panning, surveying, track stand, mucking, and hand-steel. The organization is centered on an annual competition, when University teams from all around the world travel to one location in order to compete against each other in a friendly bout of speed, skill, and strength, but many students also use the club as just an opportunity for fun! The Muckin’ Wildcats also pride themselves on creating a truly inclusive team atmosphere for all members, whether during practice, while competing, or just around campus. Beyond the fun to be had and connections to be made, many of our current and former students have highlighted how participating in mucking has given them a concrete example of work ethic to share with companies during interviews.

Advisor - Lexington: Josh Calnan – joshcalnan @uky.edu, 859- 257-8032

National Society of Black Engineers

NSBE is one of the largest student-run organizations in the U.S. with a mission to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. Our chapter provides leadership, mentoring and service opportunities for students in the University and central Kentucky communities.

Advisor - Lexington: Gabriel Dadi – gabe.dadi@uky.edu 859.257.5416

Omega Chi Epsilon

National Honor Society for Chemical Engineering. Students should join because Omega Chi Epsilon promotes high scholarship, encourages original investigation in chemical engineering and recognizes the valuable traits of character, integrity and leadership.

Advisor - Lexington: Tate Tsang – thtsang@uky.edu 859.257.8059

Advisor - Paducah: David Silverstein – david.silverstein@uky.edu 270.534.3132

Phi Sigma Rho Social Sorority

We develop our sisterhood through community service, philanthropy and social events. It is a fantastic support group to be a part of as a woman in the STEM fields.

Advisor - Lexington: Christine Goble – christine.goble@uky.edu 859.218.0652

Pi Tau Sigma

Pi Tau Sigma is an honorary society for mechanical engineering students. Only the top 20 percent of seniors and top 25 percent of juniors are invited to join each semester. Activities include initiation, participating in tutoring and going to the Pi Tau Sigma national conference.

Advisor - Lexington: Tim Wu – tim.wu@uky.edu 859.218.0644

Advisor - Paducah: John Baker – john.r.baker@uky.edu 270.534.3114

RescUKats – Collegiate Mine Rescue Team

RescUKats is a collegiate mine rescue team that competes with other top universities in mock mine rescue scenarios under real-life working conditions and professional equipment. Students will apply risk management and teamwork in a timed competitive environment. Students will network and engage with students from other universities and industry professionals at practices as well as competitions.

Advisor: Steven Schafrik – steven.schafrik@uky.edu, 859-257-5387

Trainer: Danny Knott (Madisonville) - DKNOTT0001@kctcs.edu

Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc. (SME) is a national professional society with the objectives of fostering standards of professionalism, promoting technologic information exchange, providing opportunities for comradeship and recognizing professional service and accomplishment. In order to insure the future of mining engineering as a professional discipline, SME sponsors numerous student chapters at colleges and universities that offer mining engineering, mineral processing or geology in their curricula.

The basic purpose of SME’s student chapters is to get students involved in their professional society early in order to:

  • encourage involvement in the society’s activities
  • assist and encourage students’ growth as professionals
  • encourage their continued involvement (and membership) as they move from the campus to jobs in industry or academia

The Norwood Student Chapter of SME at the University of Kentucky is named for Charles J. Norwood, the first head of the State of Kentucky’s mine safety agency, who later went on to be the head of the College of Mining at UK. Mr. Norwood was inspector of mines from 1884 to 1893, chief inspector of mines from 1893 to 1896 and again from 1902 to 1919. All mining engineering students at the University of Kentucky are invited and encouraged to be part of this organization.

The student organization meets regularly for technical presentations by industry personnel and informal sessions geared toward planning and information exchange. Several field trips are scheduled each year. These include trips to surface and underground mines in Kentucky and neighboring states and attendance at regional SME meetings. Each year a few students are selected to represent the student chapter at the SME annual meeting. There are also numerous social events such as picnics and an annual mining banquet that provide opportunities for students and faculty to know each other better.

Advisor – Lexington: Jack Groppo - john.groppo@uky.edu 859.257.2833

Society of Automotive Engineers (Baja SAE) – Paducah

Baja SAE is an international design competition. Members work together to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain. Students should join the SAE for a fun opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom in a real world application.

Advisor - Paducah: Y. Charles Lu – ycharles.lu@uky.edu 270.534.3115

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) works to empower the Hispanic community of the University of Kentucky to attain careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and excel as technical and professional leaders.

Advisor - Lexington: Isabel Escobar – isabel.escobar@uky.edu 859.257.7990

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

SWE is a professional organization dedicated to stimulating women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expanding the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving quality of life, and demonstrating the value of diversity.

Advisor - Lexington: Kim Sayre – kim.sayre@uky.edu 859.257.3343

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) - Paducah

The UK-Paducah Society of Women Engineers (SWE) student section was chartered in August of 2001. The section provides a support structure for women in the engineering program, and receives unprecedented support from engineering professional women in the area. One of our top priorities is outreach aimed at making K-12 female students more aware of engineering as a career choice. We recently developed an aggressive outreach program that involves visiting local schools to talk about engineering and providing the students with hands-on demonstrations of engineering phenomena. The section also sponsors events during the annual UK-Paducah Engineering Day in the spring.

Advisor - Paducah: John Maddox – john.maddox@uky.edu 270.534.3123

Solar Car Team

The University of Kentucky Solar Car team is an independent, student-led organization that operates on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY through the College of Engineering. The team was formed in 1999 – nearly 20 years ago, and is one the largest, thriving, student engineering organizations on campus. With a large and active student body, the team works during the school year to design and construct solar vehicles that we use in STEM outreach, and to compete in national competitions which include the Formula Sun Grand Prix and the American Solar Challenge.

Advisor - Lexington: Nelson Akafuah  – nelson.akafuah@uky.edu

STEMgiQueers

STEMgiQueers is the College of Engineering's student organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexed, Androgynous, or other gender/queer questioning students and allies of the LGBTQIA* community. We generally meet each week at the Gatton Student Center in the Dinkle-Mas Suite for LGBTQ* Resources. Our meetings alternate between social with discussions, gaming, and similar activities and informational with guest speakers. If you have ever felt like you were the only person in the world like yourself, please come and join us. You are not alone.

Advisor: Laura Letellier – laura.letellier@uky.edu 

Structural Engineers Association 

Being apart of the first form of engineering, Structural Engineering deals with load bearing elements that make up anything involved with infrastructure. With the Structural Engineers Association, we look at the current state of the industry while providing a way for students to network with local companies. We also participate in a national competition in which we apply our course curriculum to real world scenarios, turning an idea into a tangible structure. We encourage students of any level of knowledge to join our community.

Advisor: Mariantonieta Gutierrez Soto- mariant.gutierrezsoto@uky.edu

Website: http://www.ncsea.com/

Students Participating in Outreach through Research in Engineering Sciences – SPORES

The SPORES organization was created to help increase the rate of retention of minority students in the fields of Science and Engineering. SPORES will work to encourage students to participate in research, and provide information on research opportunities at the University of Kentucky, and other research institutes. Students participating in SPORES will be encouraged to display integrity and professionalism in their work through mentorship, peer leadership and organization-sponsored events.

Advisor - Lexington: Eduardo Santillan-Jimenez - esant3@uky.edu

Tau Beta Pi

Tau Beta Pi is the engineering honor society and the second oldest of all of the Greek letter organizations. We are committed to service for both the community and the college, academic and leadership development, and the spreading of our liberal values and TBP ideals. Membership in our organization separates our members as being held to the highest standards of both academic and personal merit.

Advisor - Lexington: Bruce Walcott – bruce.walcott@uky.edu 859.257.1182

Advisor - Paducah: David Silverstein – david.silverstein@uky.edu 270.534.3132

Triangle Fraternity

Triangle is a social fraternity with membership exclusively for men in the fields of engineering, architecture and science.

Advisor - Lexington: Bruce Walcott – bruce.walcott@uky.edu 859.257.1182

Wildcat Pulling Team

The three-time National Champion Wildcat Pulling Team is the Quarter Scale Tractor design competition of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers organization. The team is judged in five categories: a comprehensive design and economic report, oral team presentation, functionality of design, performance and maneuverability.

Women in Mining

Women in Mining (WIM) is a national organization striving to:

  • Educate members in technical, economic, regulatory and other aspects of mineral resource and related industries through informative and educational programs.
  • Institute and promote such educational, scientific, legislative, and other programs as will foster public awareness of the economic and technical interrelationship of mineral production with our national economy and the public good.
  • Advance the interests of, attract and retain diverse minorities in the mining and related industries by providing opportunities for networking and professional development.
  • Preserve the heritage and maintain the history of mining and mining people.

Our Women in Mining student chapter exists to help minorities in the department get established and feel supported both in our department and in the industry at large. To accomplish this, our chapter hosts informal social events for members, outreach events with community organizations, networking opportunities with industry leaders, and professional opportunities including an annual conference. Through participation in WIM members leave the university experience with expanded industry connections, speaking and leadership experience from various events, and feeling connected to a national organization that can continue to support them as they grow their careers.

Advisor - Lexington: Lesley Brenner – 859.257.4596