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Student Organizations


For students of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, there are numerous ways to get involved at Portland State University. These clubs offer students a way to meet others with similar interests and can even help them develop professional contacts. This allows students to gain valuable experience and provides them with an edge in the workplace.

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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 Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME):
The student section of the ASME provides a means for engineering students to interact with other students and engineering professionals in the community. It holds regular meetings and events, and student members get the opportunity to compete against other university students in design and other academic competitions. Other membership benefits include scholarships, subscription to ME Magazine, discounts, and more.

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM):
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. ACM provides volunteer tutors who can help students with questions. The tutors are available in the CS lounge outside the CS Unix lab in the Fourth Avenue Building. For a detailed schedule, please visit their website.

American Water Works Association (AWWA):
AWWA is an organization for students who are interested in issues involving safe and sustainable water. Portland University's student chapter connects students with professionals and opportunities to learn about the vast resources here in the Pacific Northwest.

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

Eta Kappa Nu /International Electrical Engineering Honor Society:
While one of its purposes is the stimulation and reward of scholarship, Eta Kappa Nu has a far broader purpose than merely to award a badge of distinction to scholars. It aims to assist members through their lives in becoming better professionals as well as better citizens. Its members work towards improving the standards of the profession and the courses of instruction.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE):
The IEEE (pronounced "eye-triple-E) helps advance global prosperity by promoting the engineering process of creating, developing, integrating, sharing, and applying knowledge about electrical and information technologies and sciences for the benefit of humanity and the profession.

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. ITE members can be traffic engineers, transportation planners, and other professionals responsible for planning, designing, and operating streets and highways, transit systems, airports, railroads, ports, and harbors that provide for the safe, rapid, comfortable, convenient, economical and environmentally compatible movement of people and goods.

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. We hope to increase involvement and retention of Hispanic and other minorities in Engineering, Computer Science, and other STEM majors. We help students become connected with resources in the college to help them succeed. For more information contact

Viking Motorsports (VMS):
The main purpose of the PSU chapter of Viking Motorsports is to promote interaction between engineering students and the professional sector. This keeps students informed of the latest technical developments and career opportunities. The student chapter holds regular meetings, often with guest speakers, and organizes field trips to local industry.

Members are involved in the SAE Mini-Baja Competition and the SAE Formula One Competition. They are always looking for students from a wide range of disciplines who are interested in working on these vehicles. If you are interested, please visit their website for more information.

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.

Tau Beta Pi / Engineering Honor Society:
Tau Beta Pi is the national Engineering Honor Society. Students are eligible for membership only after demonstrating outstanding academic achievement and exemplary character. The Oregon Beta Chapter at PSU consists of Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering students and faculty. It is active in the university and the community, carrying out projects such as volunteering at the food bank and acting as judges for engineering week competitions.