The Bourns Difference

Student Organizations


Bourns College of Engineering provided me with many technical challenges and opportunities that sharpened my interpersonal and communication skills; skills that are invaluable in the workplace.

Albrecht Cruz, Class of 2008

Student Professional Organizations: Education Outside of the Classroom

More than 1,000 BCOE undergradute students participate in 24 professional organizations, a leadership council and honor societies to help them learn the professional development and leadership skills they need to have a great career. These groups can give you the opportunity to meet people who will go on to become life-long friends.

If you want to learn more about any of our campus organizations, click the links to visit their websites.

ACM — Association for Computing Machinery

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is devoted to bringing Computer Science students beyond the classroom into the real world. It focuses on professional development, leadership, and academic growth. Offerings include research projects, involvement with the national ACM, and industry connections.

AIChE — American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Membership in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is open to chemical, bioengineering and environmental engineering students and helps to ease the transition from college to career. Known for making and serving their popular liquid nitrogen ice cream at campus events, AIChE also plans industry trips, hosts guest speakers, and facilitates graduate student and professor informal gatherings. The national organization also sponsors member attendance at conferences.

ASME — American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers prepares its members to be successful and responsible engineers. It offers engineering students a unique opportunity to network with fellow classmates, faculty, and industry. Each year, ASME participates in the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge, requiring members to use modern computer modeling software to design a bicycle with an aerodynamic body. Members then fabricate a working bicycle from their design and race it against schools from across the west coast region.

ASQ — American Society for Quality

The American Society for Quality is a global quality community that advances the professional development, credentials, knowledge and information services, membership community, and advocacy on behalf of millions of individual and organizational members in 140 countries.

AWMA — Air & Waste Management Association

The Air & Waste Management Association is an interdisciplinary organization made up of members from across the fields of science, toxicology and engineering. Areas of interest include the study of current environmental issues and the technology in place being researched to deal with these issues. It offers professional test preparation for engineering students and participates in high school outreach to encourage more activity in environmental research and remediation.

BMES — Biomedical Engineering Society

The Biomedical Engineer Society promotes the integration of biology and engineering in practical applications. BMES provides an environment for students to network and learn about vocational and graduate school opportunities in their fields of study. Activities include outreach to the community, guest speakers, field trips, workshops, and peer tutoring.

COELC — College of Engineering Leadership Council

The College of Engineering Leadership Council encourages an active relationship between the student organizations and the Bourns College of Engineering. Its goals are to build a strong community within the college, to offer leadership training to organizations and to implement three major social activities per year.

ECS — The Electrochemical Society

The Electrochemical Society is concerned with a broad range of phenomena relating to electrochemical and solid-state science and technology. Missions include to advance the theory and practice of electrochemistry, solid-state science, and allied subjects; to encourage research and dissemination of knowledge in these fields; and to assure the availability of adequate training and education of fundamental and applied scientists and engineers in these fields.

EWB — Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders is an organization dedicated to creating internationally responsible engineering student who can help developing areas worldwide with their engineering needs. Projects involve the design and construction of basic infrastructure projects including but not limited to water, waste-water, sanitation, energy, and shelter systems.

IEEE — Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers provides students with professional development and academic achievement opportunities. Activities include hands-on robotics workshops, intramural sports, participation in IEEE national competitions, professional development events and outreach events in the local community.

IEEE — Electron Devices Society

The IEEE-EDS Chapter provides a good platform for all students where we can enjoy technical, social and professional events while conducting our own research. The goal of the IEEE EDS UCR Student Branch Chapter is to promote the spirits of research among UCR students. We devote ourselves to provide college students with technical, social, and professional development skills in the wide engineering field.

IEEE — Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society

The IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society, Lamda Sigma chapter is a unique membership organization dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the IEEE-designated fields of interest. These include: engineering, computer sciences and information technology, physical sciences, biological and medical sciences, mathematics, technical communications, education, management, law and policy.

IOM3 — Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is a major engineering institution whose activities encompass the whole materials cycle, from exploration and extraction, through characterisation, processing, forming, finishing and application, to product recycling and land reuse.

ION — Institute of Navigation

The Institute of Navigation is the world's premier non-profit professional society dedicated to the advancement of the art and science of positioning, navigation and timing (PNT). It serves a diverse community including those interested in air, space, marine, land navigation, and position determination. Its membership is worldwide, and it is affiliated with the International Association of Institutes of Navigation.

LUG — Linux Users Group

The Linux Users Group promotes the use of Linux and other open source operating systems and provides a forum for users of those operating systems.

MRS — Materials Research Society

The Materials Research Society (MRS) advances technical excellence by providing a framework in which the materials disciplines can convene, collaborate, integrate and advocate.

NSBE — National Society of Black Engineers

The National Society of Black Engineers is encourages academic excellence, professional success and positively impacting the community. The NSBE offers scholarship awards, opportunities for community service, social events, study jams, and participation in national and regional conferences.

OSA — Optical Society of America

The Optical Society of America (OSA) was organized to increase and diffuse the knowledge of optics, pure and applied; to promote the common interests of investigators of optical problems, of designers and of users of optical apparatus of all kinds; and to encourage cooperation among them. The purposes of the Society are scientific, technical and educational.

SACNAS — Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

The The SACNAS Chapter at UCR was created in 2010 to foster the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership within our community.

SAE —Society of Automotive Engineers

The Society of Automotive Engineers competes in a pair of annual national events, the Mini Baja and Formula SAE that are intercollegiate engineering design competitions. Students design, fabricate and assemble the entire vehicle using state-of-the-art software and equipment made available by the Mechanical Engineering Department at UCR. Students work in teams to develop valuable skills in communication, time management, budgeting and meeting deadlines.

SHPE  — Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers promotes professional and leadership development among its members and created an academic excellence program that is now in use in all SHPE chapters across the nation and has received numerous honors and recognition. The organization’s hallmarks include scholarships, community service, tutors, and participation in national and regional conferences.

SWE — Society of Women Engineers

The Society of Women Engineers encourages women to pursue careers in engineering through the development of programs that enhance their leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills. SWE promotes the engineering profession as a positive force within the College through community service and outreach. There are also opportunities to attend regional and national conferences to provide networking and job opportunities. The organization holds quarterly social events and membership is open to all, not just women.

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Tau Beta Pi at UC Riverside promotes interest in engineering by providing a tutoring program for introductory engineering courses and connecting members with society alumni and other engineering students. It provides workshops for professional development and team building skills through Engineering Futures and social events throughout the year to encourage networking.

Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity

The purpose of Theta Tau is to develop and maintain a high standard of professional interest among its members, and to unite them in a strong bond of fraternal fellowship.

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