Each semester, many activities are scheduled by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers student chapter (AIChE). Activities include field trips to industry in Kentucky and adjoining states, intramural sports and participation in a wide range of community projects. Students attend the AIChE regional and national conventions and have received the highly-selective “Outstanding Student Chapter” Award. Our students have achieved a national reputation through their professional activities and have regularly earned individual and chapter awards for student research, scholarship and contributions to the profession. The department also sponsors Omega Chi Epsilon, a national honor society to recognize and promote high scholarship, original investigation and professional service.
International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE)
ISPE is an organization open to all students that focuses on connecting students to opportunities in industry, specifically in the pharmaceutical field. We hold chapter meetings once a month and often have academic or industrial speakers present to better describe how various aspects of engineering apply to pharmaceuticals. We organize plant tours to further student exposure and a symposium to allow students to present their research. We also work with Environmental Health and Safety on green initiatives around campus and have holiday parties to promote student interaction. The intent of ISPE is to provide students with exposure to another great opportunity available to chemical and material engineers. We are a part of the Great Lakes chapter of ISPE and our specific chapter LinkedIn page can be found at: https://www.linkedin.com/company/uk-ispe/
Materials Engineering (Material Advantage)
Membership is open to all students wishing to join the Material Advantage Student Chapter, which includes membership in four professional societies: The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), the American Society for Metals (ASM International), the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) and the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST). Student members achieve professional networking by linking with other members worldwide to obtain information and contacts, as well as by going on field trips to local industry to gain practical knowledge that complements course material. At least two meetings per semester are held jointly with the ASM Bluegrass Chapter, offering students the opportunity to interact with professional engineers from industry, academia and government. Many of our students win scholarships and book awards from ASM and have opportunities to win other society-sponsored awards and scholarships. The department sponsors Alpha Sigma Mu, a national materials engineering honor society that recognizes outstanding scholarship and professional accomplishment by its undergraduate students.
Materials and Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association (MACE)
Formerly: Chemical & Materials Engineering Graduate Student Association (CMEGSA)
MACE is a graduate student association which organizes social and professional events for the graduate students in both the Chemical and Materials Engineering programs. Some of the major events planned include department picnics where you can mix and interact with faculty, attendance at the yearly AICHE meeting, and a spring and fall symposium where research from across the department is presented with the intent of preparing students to present research of their own at conferences. Meetings take place monthly. Events and meeting dates can be found on our website. The purpose of MACE is to create a neighborly environment across research groups in the department and prepare graduates for their professional careers.