Student Organizations

The Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science offers over 15 options for you to get involved with the community at Portland State University. Student organizations* can focus on collaborative projects such as launching Oregon's first cube satellite to boldly celebrating inclusivity and identity through professional development programming.  Exploring your interests through student groups helps you transform your college experience into a dynamic pathway that will lead to career success.


American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES):
AISES is a national, nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers. 

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE):
The American Society of Civil Engineers is the oldest national engineering society in the United States. The mission of ASCE is to enhance the quality of life worldwide by advancing professional knowledge and improving the practice of civil engineering in service to humanity. Founded in 1852, ASCE has more than 120,000 members, including over 15,000 student members. PSU's chapter competes every year in both the steel bridge and concrete canoe competition.

American Water Works Association (AWWA):
AWWA is an officially recognized student chapter at Portland State University.  AWWA's mission is to unite the water community to protect public health and to provide safe and sufficient drinking water for all. The AWWA student chapter is an organization for students who are interested in issues involving safe and sustainable water. The PSU AWWA chapter connects students with professionals and opportunities to learn about the vast resources here in the Pacific Northwest.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE):                              ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The PSU ASHRAE chapter provides students with educational and professional networking opportunities within the field of building sciences. The student chapter has a strong relationship with many local engineering consulting firms as well as the ASHRAE OR professional chapter. The student chapter organizes a diverse calendar of events each year including presentations by professionals and alumnae on topics of building science, "green building" projects, volunteer activities, and high-performance building tours throughout the region.

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM):
The Association for Computing Machinery is a non-profit organization devoted to science and education related to computing. Since is founding in 1947, it provides members access to professional publications, conferences, and career resources. The Portland State University branch of the Association for Computing Machinery encourages Computer Science (CS) students to work together to form professional and personal bonds that will serve them now and after graduation.

ChickTech: College Student Chapter:
Meet ChickTech's inaugural college student chapter! Started in early 2018, ChickTech at PSU is a pioneering student group that supports the mission of ChickTech, a national organization that serves thousands of girls and women every year through tech programs and events. ChickTech at PSU creates a collaborative and inclusive community through college programming and outreach. To learn more about their events visit their Facebook page.

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI):
The mission of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute student chapter is to increase earthquake awareness, provide opportunity for leadership, and to promote future involvement among students. 

Engineers Without Borders (EWB):
Engineers Without Borders is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. Our projects involve the implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training internationals responsible engineers and engineering students. For more information contact

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE):
The IEEE (pronounced "eye-triple-E") helps advance global prosperity by promoting technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity and the engineering profession. The IEEE student chapter is a group of engineering students dedicated to building the IEEE program to include students from all engineering fields and backgrounds. IEEE aims to provide professional connections for new and continuing students and use the many resources that the national IEEE club provides to its local branches. The club is about professionalism, networking, leading, as well as having fun, socializing, and preparing for industry or research careers. You can learn more information about upcoming events by visiting their Facebook page.

Mechanical Engineering Laboratory Team (MELT):
MELT is a group of MME students who seek to develop their ability in manufacturing, assembly, instrumentation and testing of mechanical and electromechanical systems. Students in MELT also support the educational and research mission of the College and MME Department. The goal of MELT is to create a mutually beneficial collaboration between students and the MME faculty and staff responsible for operation of the MME shop and MME instructional and research laboratories. MELT offers workshops and hourly employment opportunities for students based on availability. Contact the Mechanical & Materials Engineering Department for further details:

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE):
The NSBE student chapter at PSU seeks to support the mission of NSBE nationally to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. Questions? Contact: 

Portland State Aerospace Society (PSAS):
PSAS is a non-profit aerospace project at Portland State University comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff of PSU, and local community members - ranging from high school students to engineers in industry - who are interested in aerospace engineering. The PSAS is based at the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science and has members and advisors in the Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering departments. Visit their website to find out what they are working on now, how you can help, and the date of their next launch.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE):
SHPE works toward improving the diversity of STEM field. The local chapter hopes to increase involvement and retention of Hispanic and other underrepresented groups in all STEM majors, with an emphasis on Engineering and Computer Science. SHPE-PSU helps students become connected with resources in the college to help them succeed. For more information contact

Society of Women Engineers (SWE):
The Society of Women Engineers is a non-profit, educational service organization of graduate engineers, women and men, dedicated to the advancement of women in the engineering professions. The local chapter helps students make contacts, cultivate friendships, and network with local engineering professionals.

Students in Transportation Engineering and Planning (STEP):
The Institute of Transportation Engineers is an international individual member transportation organization. ITE has 15,000 members working in more than 80 countries. Students in Transportation Engineering and Planning (STEP), Portland State University's ITE student chapter, engages its members in relevant transportation issues and activities to further professional and academic development. The chapter facilitates relationships between transportation students from different disciplines, both within PSU and with other universities, with a view toward building a shared understanding that would be helpful to students both in their academic studies and in practice.

We in Computer Science (WiCS):
At WiCS, we believe that Computer Science is an awesome field where we can create, solve puzzles, and make a decent living in some of the biggest companies in the world. Unfortunately, many people feel left outbecause of their gender, race, sexual orientation, or disability status and that's not right! We envision a future where all different kinds of people are influencing the technologies and companies that are moving us into the future. So we invite you to join us in our journey to a place where We Belong!                                                                       

Viking Motorsports (VMS):
The main purpose of Viking Motorsports is to compete in the international Formula SAE competition. This entails designing, validating, and building an open-wheel formula-style race car in a team that is run like a small business. The team travels to Lincoln, Nebraska for a yearly competition against schools from other universities around the globe.

Viking Motorsports is always looking for new members from a wide range of disciplines, engineering and beyond, that are interested in working on a competitive racing team. Team members gain hands-on experience with computer-aided design, simulation, manufacturing, physical validation, management, public relations, and many more skills that employers are actively looking for.

Viking Robotics Society (VRS):
The Viking Robotics Society aims to provide PSU students and the Portland Metro Community with opportunities to build and learn about Robotics through hands-on projects and club workshops. The Viking Robotics Society challenges its members to develop an all-terrain robot, which facilitates learning complex concepts that are outside of regular curriculua. The Viking Robotics Society welcomes all students and individuals on this long-term project. Come join us for one of our many Tinkering Sessions held in the Intelligent Robotics Lab (FAB 70). Please visit the VRS website for more information


Honor Societies:

Chi Epsilon - The Civil Engineering Honor Society

Eta Kappa Nu - The IEEE Honor Society

Tau Beta Pi - The Engineering Honor Society

Omega Rho - International Honor Society for Operations Research and Management Science 

 *Student organizations may be inactive periodically. 

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