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Undergraduate Record 2022-2023 
Undergraduate Record 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

School of Engineering and Applied Science: Activities and Organizations

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Chemical Engineering Graduate Board serves as representatives of the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Body acting as a conduit of information exchange between the Chemical Engineering faculty and the graduate student body. The board addresses concerns of the graduate student body and fosters an environment that promotes exchange of ideas among various research areas in the department. They also promote good morale among graduate students by offering opportunities for social interaction among students, faculty, and staff.

Engineering Student Council The Engineering Council serves as the student government within the School of Engineering and Applied Science. It is headed by a president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary and has representatives elected from each class and department. Members from Student Council, the Judiciary Committee, and the Executive Committee also have seats on the council.

The Engineering Council primarily serves as a liaison between students and faculty, coordinates student activities within the school, advises on matters of curricula, and promotes social activities.

Graduate Engineering Student Council The mission of the Graduate Engineering Student Council is to improve the quality of the graduate experience, increase the value of the SEAS graduate diploma, foster the culture of giving within the SEAS graduate community, foster an active research culture among the graduate students, represent the SEAS graduate students to the faculty, administration, and partner organizations, allocate funds for worthy student activities, and foster interdepartmental exchange and communication.

INFORMS Student Chapter, founded in 1995, serves graduate students in the Systems & Information Engineering department. The chapter seeks to advance learning, professional development, and camaraderie for students in the fields of operations research and management science through academic, social, and service events.

MSE and EP Graduate Student Board (GSB) The GSB coordinates and oversees outreach, departmental activities, and student life in the MSE and EP graduate programs. The group aims to maintain the quality of graduate student life and the academic offerings in the two programs. The GSB is the primary communication channel between the administration and graduate students for MSE and EP; it is comprised of representatives from the core research areas and groups within the MSE and EP programs in order to represent the student body accurately.

Student Branches of Professional Societies Represented in the school are the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE), Alpha Chi Sigma (AXE), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM), the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineering (ASHRAE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Association for Computing Machinery for Women (ACM-W), and the Computing Research Association (CRA).

Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honorary fraternity, recognizes high scholastic achievement and honorable character in engineering students. Other honorary fraternities include Chi Epsilon (civil engineering), Eta Kappa Nu (electrical engineering), Omega Rho (systems engineering), Pi Tau Sigma (mechanical engineering) and Sigma Gamma Tau (aerospace engineering).

Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, founded in 1904, is the University’s only national, professional, engineering fraternity. Since its establishment at the University of Virginia in 1922, Theta Tau has been bringing its members closer together through social service and professional activities. Theta Tau is a coed fraternity that strives for a diverse and enthusiastic membership.

Trigon Engineering Society takes pride in its members being well-rounded engineers. Trigon sponsors numerous service projects each semester, takes part in intramural sports, and sponsors many social events. Membership in Trigon is open to any undergraduate in the Engineering School.

The National Society of Black Engineer’s (NSBE) mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible African-American engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. UVa’s Chapter is recognized nationally for its accomplishments which include an academic excellence program, tutorial programs, group-study sessions, technical seminars and workshops lead by professional engineers, and very active outreach programs. NSBE’s Pre-College Initiative Program (PCI) is highly dedicated to encouraging and mentoring area youth in pursuit of higher education. Nationally, the NSBE organization has a communications network, two national magazines, a host of professional newsletters, and sponsors annual national conventions, conferences, and career fairs.

The Omicron Xi Engineering Society, founded on January 21, 1987, is a service and social organization dedicated to promoting brotherhood between the engineering disciplines and performing good works within the school, the University, and the community. The society builds upon the University tradition of meaningful social interaction, sponsoring events for the University community in addition to a variety of intra-society affairs.

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is the leading social-technical organization whose function is to achieve educational excellence, economic opportunity and social equity for Hispanics in engineering, math, and science. The SHPE chapter at UVA provides a network for Hispanic students to participate in regional and national conferences, technical seminars, and career fairs. SHPE members visit high schools and invite students on grounds to experience academic and social life at UVA in an effort to encourage them to pursue a higher education in engineering, math, or science.

The Society of Women Engineers is a non-profit, educational, professional service organization dedicated to communicating the need for women engineers and encouraging young women to consider an engineering education.

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Student Chapter at the University of Virginia is a student based organization committed to furthering interdisciplinary research and collaboration in STEM education. The mission shall be accomplished by providing services to prepare members for careers in academia, collaborate with relevant faculty, educate undergraduate students about graduate schools, and encourage involvement of underrepresented minority groups in academia and graduate school.

Experiential Learning activities bring together students, faculty, and technologists from across the University to provide experiences that are not available in traditional classrooms. Experiential activities allow students to express their passion in engineering, and to give them a head-start on their careers by developing hands-on skills of tremendous value to employers. SEAS supports these activities by maintaining a world-class fabrication facility for student use (Lacy Hall), as well as a number of other “Makerspaces” (http://makergrounds.virginia.edu). We also provide financial support to student teams for national and international competitions, like the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Mini Baja event, the Department of Energy’s Solar Car racing, and the Virginia Genetically Engineered Machine team’s creations in synthetic biology (iGEM). For more detailed information on these exciting opportunities, please see https://engineering.virginia.edu/about/our-approach-education.