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.


The Engineering Ambassador Program was established to provide support for various College of Engineering activities including student recruitment, student orientation, Hall of Distinction, Engineers Day, alumni functions, and other special events. The Ambassadors are a highly select group of engineering students dedicated to enhancing the image of the College and the University of Kentucky and assisting with special programs of the College.

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.

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.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

UKAIChE is the American Institute of Chemical Engineers chapter for the University of Kentucky. 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.

American Institute of Mining Engineering

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)

The BAE Student Branch gives students a voice in the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department and helps them to develop outside of the classroom into a person capable of leading a group of people. A big part of being a leader is being able to work in partnership with other people to meet your goals. Not only does the BAE Student Branch give essential leadership skills needed for the real world, but it also encourages a great team-building atmosphere as well. Whether it’s leading the group as president, or planning the socials and fundraisers, a member of the BAE Student Branch can find their niche and develop the leader inside.

American Society of Civil Engineers

The student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE at the University of Kentucky offers students an excellent opportunity to learn more about the civil engineering profession, gain valuable contacts with engineering employers, and get to know other students in the department.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Each year the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) sponsor 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.

Association for Computing Machinery

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world’s largest scientific and educational computing society. The activities of the University of Kentucky ACM Student Chapter include competing in intercollegiate programming competitions, hosting hackathons, and K-12 outreach in Fayette County.

Biosystems BAE Student Branch

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

Chemical and Materials Engineering Graduate Student Association

The Chemical and Materials Engineering Graduate Student Association (CMEGSA) was established to promote and foster graduate student – faculty relationships as well as provide an enabling environment for graduate students to interact with each other.

Chi Epsilon

Chi Epsilon is the National Civil Engineering Honor Society in the United States. Most engineering disciplines have a recognized national honor society. For the Civil Engineering profession, Chi Epsilon fills this role. Dedicated to the purpose of maintaining and promoting the status of civil engineering as an ideal profession, Chi-Epsilon 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.

Energy Club

The Energy Club is a student run, non-profit organization sponsored by the Department of Energy aimed to educate the student body and 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!

Engineering Student Council

The Engineering Student Council at the University of Kentucky is committed to providing services and to furthering the development of the engineering student body. We will provide the means to coordinate the interactions of the engineering student organizations, for better communication between them and to enhance student programs. We will act as the liaison to the faculty, administration and Alumni Association to express student concerns and our commitment to the continuous improvement of the College of Engineering.

Engineers Without Borders

EWB-UKY is a student chapter of the national Engineers Without Borders organization. The students therein are tasked with providing a sustainable solution to a problem of a given community in a developing country. The solution must incorporate student chapter fundraising, community involvement and accountability, and a five-year plan to resolve the problem. Currently, our chapter is serving the community of Barrio 9 de Marzo in Ecuador by assessing the need and possibility of a standardized latrine and sewage system. Past projects have included the water quality assessment of a community in Honduras and a road-building project in Cameroon, Africa.

Eta Kappa Nu

Eta Kappa Nu 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.


The University of Kentucky IEEE Student Branch is composed of undergraduate and graduate electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science students who want to advance technology and grow professionally.

Institute of Transportation Engineers

The Institute of Transportation Engineers is an international educational and scientific association of transportation professionals who are responsible for meeting mobility and safety needs. ITE facilitates the application of technology and scientific principles to research, planning, functional design, implementation, operation, policy development and management for any mode of ground transportation. Through its products and services, ITE promotes professional development of its members, supports and encourages education, stimulates research, develops public awareness programs and serves as a conduit for the exchange of professional information.

International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering

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

International Society of Explosives Engineers

The International Society of Explosives Engineers allows students from all engineering disciplines to explore the explosives industry, including the manufacture, transportation, and use of explosives.

Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers

KSPE provides a variety of programs throughout the semester including review sessions for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE) and professional luncheons. They also co-sponsor the December commencement dinner for College of Engineering graduates.

MA – Material Advantage

Material Advantage is the student organization for materials engineering majors. It encompasses four of the most important materials engineering professional societies: ASM International; The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS); Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST); American Ceramics Society (ACerS). Kentucky’s student chapter works with the local professional chapter of ASM International to provide students with practical experience in various aspects of materials engineering including industry, acgovernment research.

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% of their class.

Mucking Team

The UK Mucking Team competes in the International Mining Games annually. The organization is open to all engineering majors. The seven events in the competition are Jackleg drilling, gold panning, hand mucking, hand steeling, timber sawing, surveying and track stand. The past three events have been held in Colorado, Missouri, and Australia. This organization is a great opportunity for students to meet leaders in industry and other engineering students from around the world.

National Society of Black Engineers

The UK NSBE Chapter is committed to the mission of NSBE – “To increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers, who excell academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.”

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.

Pi Tau Sigma

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

Phi Sigma Rho

Phi Sigma Rho is a national sorority for females studying engineering and the sciences. We promote life-long friendship, high standards in scholarship, and service to our school and community.


RailCats is the UK student chapter of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association.  The organization serves to promote and educate student about the railroad
industry. Activities include regular field trips and site visits, speakers and social events.  RailCats was founded within the Civil Engineering Department, but is open to all engineering students that what to learn more about opportunities in the railroad industry.

Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration

This Chapter’s object shall be to promote among its members continued professional growth in the areas of mining, metallurgy, and exploration, and to encourage professional responsibility that includes ethical, social, economic, and safety considerations.

Society of Automotive Engineers

Formula Kentucky is a group of dedicated students who design, engineer and fabricate a small formula style race car. The team is a great way to learn about project management and practical applications of engineering knowledge.


The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is an organization that spans the globe and now includes more than 65,000 members, with more than 240 student chapters. Founded in 1932, the SME continues its mission in serving its members and the international manufacturing community through further advancement in knowledge and professionalism.

Society of Automotive Engineers – Paducah

Mini Baja® consists of three regional competitions that simulate real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Engineering students are tasked to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain and in the East competition—water.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a non-profit, educational service organization with the following mission:To stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, to expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and to demonstrate the value of diversity.The objectives of the
Society of Women Engineers (SWE) are:* To inform young women, their parents, counselors, and the general public of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open to them;* To serve as a center of information on women in engineering;* To encourage women engineers to attain high levels of education and professional achievement.

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space

The UK chapter of SEDS aims to provide students with a passion for space and space exploration a place to meet fellow space enthusiasts, discuss current space events, hold gatherings and viewing parties, and as a launch pad for space related competitions and project ideas.

Tau Beta Pi

Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering honors society representing the entire engineering profession. It is the nation’s second-oldest honor society, founded at Lehigh University in 1885 to recognize students of distinguished scholarship and exemplary character. There are now 234 collegiate chapters of Tau Beta Pi, which have initiated over 500,876 members.

Triangle Fraternity

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

UK Solar Car Team

The UK Solar Car Team’s mission is to finance, design, build and race solar cars. Drawing students from all disciplines, the collaboration and investigation experienced as a team member is priceless. Aside from the cars, we reach out the community by showcasing our work and technology.

Women in Mining

Women in Mining (WIM) is a nationwide organization composed of individuals employed in, associated with, or interested in the mining industry. The Organization is not, however, limited to women only. In addition to providing valuable educational benefits, the WIM organization offers members an opportunity to become acquainted and work with others involved in the mining industry and thereby acquire new personal and professional contacts.