American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Students attend the AIAA Aerospace Symposium meeting in Dayton, Ohio each year. While at the symposium, they tour the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Museum. Other activities involve touring the Corvette plant in Bowling Green and having guests on campus from GE Aviation at Madisonville, KY.
In September 2008, AIAA hosted an on campus lecture/presentation by a retired Air Force colonel who piloted the SR-71 Reconnaissance Aircraft. The presentation was not only for AIAA members but also the general public.
In the past, students have attended regional conferences in Madison, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Ohio, and West Lafayette, Indiana, and hosted the 2003 AIAA Region III conference. Past Paducah students David Jones and Adam Cook won third place in the undergraduate paper presentation category in 2004.
Faculty Advisor: Vincent Capece
Chapter President: Jimmy Gwinn
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
The UK Paducah student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers gives students an opportunity to interact with students and practicing engineers from around the country, serve their community, and learn more about their chosen profession. Activities are scheduled throughout the academic year. In 2003, the chapter won the national Chem-E Car design competition in Indianapolis. Students have attended conferences at places ranging from San Francisco to San Juan.
The UK Paducah student chapter has been named an AIChE Outstanding Chapter each year since receiving its charter in 2001. Other chapter activities include outreach to area schools and Girl Scout troops, social activities, and service to the engineering program.
Chapter Advisor: Dr. Derek Englert
Chapter President: Max Croft
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Students attended the ASME District C Student Leadership Seminar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in fall 2007, and the District C Spring Student Conference at the University of Missouri-Columbia in spring 2008. Past Paducah student Brandon Travis won the Old Guard Speech contest for District C at the student conference at The University of Missouri-Rolla in spring 2007. Past Paducah students, Jennifer Dowell, Carrie Williamson and Michael Chronister have won the Regional Outstanding Student Leader Award. Steve Trimble and Lance Trammell won second place in the student design contest in 2005. The Paducah chapter hosted the 2002 Regional Student Leadership seminar for ASME Region VI.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Baker
Chapter President: Ragon Grimes
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.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jeff Seay
Chapter President: William Croft
In January of 2011, the Kentucky Energy Club (KYEC) was created as the product of a grant by the U.S. Department of Energy. Advised by employees of the Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER), the KYEC started its first chapter at the University of Kentucky in hopes of modeling the club at MIT. With the initiative of several students, the UK Chapter first began that spring semester by hosting an Energy 101 lecture series on campus. As word traveled, students and faculty across the university gained interest and insight in energy issues, especially with Kentucky being such a large producer of coal-fire generated power.
Chapter Advisor: Dr. Jeff Seay
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Baja SAE is an international collegiate design competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Engineering students are tasked to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain. For the past several years, the SAE team in Paducah have raced their Big Blue Baja at major events in the:
Baja West Competition – Hosted by University of Wisconsin
Baja East World Challenge Competition – Hosted by University of Rochester
Baja South World Challenge Competition – Hosted by Auburn University
Baja Kansas Competition – Hosted by Pittsburg State University
In each of the competitions, students competed with over a hundred teams from around the world. In 2008, two SAE team members presented their work on “Finite Element Analysis of Baja Vehicle Frames” in the ASEE-SE conference in Memphis, TN and won 1st place in Undergraduate Research. In 2009, two SAE members presented their work on “Experimental and Finite Element Simulations of Engine Covers” in the ASEE-SE conference in Atlanta, GA and won the 3rd place award in Undergraduate Research. Past SAE chapter president, Kyle Ramey won the prestigious SAE Student Leadership Development in 2007.
Learn more about Baja SAE
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Y. Charles Lu
Officers Include:Casey Walls-President
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: Denise Brazzell
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Bill Murphy
Chapter President: Amanda Anderson
National Engineering Honor Society
Tau Beta Pi is the honor society for all engineering disciplines. Eligibility is limited to the top 20% of the student class. Membership in Tau Beta Pi is recognized universally for outstanding academic achievement and high integrity. Paducah students are members of the Kentucky Alpha chapter at the University of Kentucky.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Bill Murphy
OMEGA CHI EPSILON (Chemical Engineering Honor Society)
Omega Chi Epsilon is the honor society for chemical engineering. Eligibility is limited to the top 25% of the student class. Membership in Omega Chi Epsilon is recognized in the chemical engineering profession as a symbol of outstanding student achievement. Paducah students become members of the Upsilon Chapter at the University of Kentucky.
Paducah contact: Dr. David Silverstein
(Mechanical Engineering Honor Society)
Pi Tau Sigma is the honor society for mechanical engineering. Eligibility is limited to the top 25% of the student class. Membership in Pi Tau Sigma is recognized in the mechanical engineering profession as a symbol of outstanding student achievement. Paducah students become members of the Pi Lambda Chapter at the University of Kentucky.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Bill Murphy