Engineering Honor Societies
As an engineering student at UT, you have the opportunity to take part in long-established student chapters of engineering honor societies to help prepare you for future careers.
Dedicated to the purpose of maintaining and promoting the status of civil engineering as an ideal profession, Chi-Epsilon (XE) was organized to recognize the characteristics of the individual civil engineer deemed to be fundamental to the successful pursuit of an engineering career, and to aid in the development of those characteristics in the civil engineering student.
Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) is a unique membership organization dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the electrical and computer engineering field. Members consist of students, alumni and other professionals who have demonstrated exceptional academic and professional accomplishments.
Pi Tau Sigma is a Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, instituted in order to establish a closer bond of fellowship among its members which will result in mutual benefit to those men and women in the study and in the profession of mechanical engineering.
Tau Beta Pi was founded in 1885 to mark in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their alma mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as undergraduates in the field of engineering, or by their attainments as alumni in the field of engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in the engineering colleges. It is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession.
Engineering Student Groups
The college is fortunate to have many student chapters of professional engineering organizations on campus. Involvement in these groups enhances your educational experience and provides cooperation and fellowship with others who share your interests.
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the largest professional and technical society, principal voice, and information resource devoted to the progress of engineering and science in aviation and space. Our mission is to advance the arts, sciences, and technology of aeronautics and astronautics, and to promote the professionalism of those engaged in these pursuits. At both the national and state level, AIAA fulfills its commitment to undergraduate students by providing scholarships for exceptional engineering students.
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 40,000 members from ninety-three countries. AIChE has a breadth of resources and expertise in core process industries or emerging areas, such as nanobiotechnology. Members can access information on recognized and promising chemical engineering processes and methods from a global network of intelligent, resourceful colleagues. AIChE also provides learning opportunities from recognized authorities to help chemical engineers move forward professionally and enrich the world we live in.
The American Nuclear Society (ANS) is a not-for-profit, international, scientific and educational organization established to promote the awareness and understanding of the application of nuclear science and technology. ANS has developed a multifarious membership composed of approximately 10,500 engineers, scientists, administrators, and educators representing 1,600 plus corporations, educational institutions, and government agencies.
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) is an international educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to biological, food, and agricultural systems. ASABE serves 1200 preprofessional members in 80 university chapters across the United States and Canada and sponsors several student competitions that attract participants from across the United States, Canada and beyond.
Members of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) come from all disciplines of civil engineering, from all types of backgrounds, and from all corners of the world. ASCE pioneers new programs, policies, educational activities, and professional resources to help them successfully compete in their business.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is a 120,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues of the engineering and technology community. ASME’s mission is to promote and enhance the technical competency and professional well-being of its members, and through quality programs and activities in mechanical engineering, better enable its practitioners to contribute to the well-being of humankind.
The student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery at the University of Tennessee is dedicated to serving its members by providing information about job opportunities, the computer science fields, and a location for our local members to share their knowledge and experience in the world.
The vision of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is to serve as the world’s leading society of professionals devoted to developing and using engineering and technology to advance human health and well-being. BMES serves as the lead society and professional home for biomedical engineering and bioengineering. Our leadership in accreditation, potential licensure, publications, scientific meetings, global programs, and diversity initiatives, as well as our commitment to ethics, all serve our mission to promote and enhance knowledge and education in biomedical engineering and bioengineering worldwide and its utilization for human health and well-being.
The University of Tennessee Tickle College of Engineering Ambassadors program was founded in 2004. The Ambassadors are the undergraduate arm of recruitment for the college. However, the scope of the program has been continuously expanding to meet the college’s needs. The purpose of the Ambassadors is to recruit prospective students to the Tickle College of Engineering, involve the college’s student body in its goals, and stimulate community interest in the field of engineering.
Engineering Mentor Program is a channel that will aid beginner engineering students with finding their suited discipline. Upper level students will mentor them in the discipline of their choice. This program targets the uncertainty and broad questions conjured by engineering freshmen. This will allow students to gain a holistic perspective on the engineering curriculum they wish to master.
The purpose of the UT Volunteers Without Borders at the University of Tennessee is to partner with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally, equitable, and economically sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training internationally responsible engineering students and professionals.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is a professional society for those involved with engineering electronics. It has monthly publications and a website with a vast resource of information on the profession and technologies.
The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers @ UT is an organization governed by the students within the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering. Its main focus is to provide students with outside resources regarding their future professional careers. In addition, it is a way in which industrial engineering students can get to know one another better outside of the classroom. The highlight of the ISE year is the annual regional conference. Historically, participation has been excellent.
The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), an international individual member educational and scientific association, is one of the largest and fastest-growing multimodal professional transportation organizations in the world. ITE members are traffic engineers, transportation planners and other professionals who are responsible for meeting society’s needs for safe and efficient surface transportation through planning, designing, implementing, operating and maintaining surface transportation systems worldwide.
The Material Advantage Student Program provides access to the materials science and engineering professional’s most preeminent societies:
- The American Ceramic Society (ACerS)
- Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST)
- ASM International
- The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)
With more than 10,000 members, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is the largest student-managed organization in the country. NSBE’s mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has more than 90,000 members — engineers, business executives, educators, and students from more than 97 countries — who share information and exchange ideas for advancing the engineering of mobility systems. SAE is your one-stop resource for standards development, events, and technical information and expertise used in designing, building, maintaining, and operating self-propelled vehicles for use on land or sea, in air or space.
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. Their objective was to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community.
The concept of Networking was the key basis for the organization. SHPE quickly established two student chapters to begin the network that would grow to encompass the nation as well as reach countries outside the United States. Today, SHPE enjoys a strong but independent network of professional and student chapters throughout the nation.
The objective of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is to promote the scientific and engineering knowledge relating to plastics by spreading knowledge, strengthening skills and promoting plastics. SPE is the only place where people from all parts of the industry can come together around important issues and technologies. SPE’s contribution to the plastics industry for over 60 years has made a significant difference to the technologies and innovations the industry enjoys today.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. 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 be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.
Systers: Women in EECS @ UT (Systers) is a volunteer student organization whose mission is to recruit, mentor, and retain women in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Systers is proud of their accomplishments so far: mentoring young women entering EECS, reaching out to girls in the community to tell them about opportunities in their field, and helping ensure that talented students have access to their department’s resources and their community’s industry opportunities, regardless of gender.
Advisor: James Plank
Theta Tau is a co-ed, professional engineering fraternity that combines the positive attributes of a conventional fraternity with the unique benefits afforded to those belonging to a co-ed brotherhood of engineers. Including members from all engineering disciplines,Theta Tau seeks to build lifelong friendships and professional contacts between all of its members.