10: School of Engineering and Applied Science

General Information | Degree Programs | Curricula | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Engineering at Virginia | Facilities and Services | Computers
Research and Development | Activities and Organizations | Honors and Awards

Activities and Organizations

Engineering Council   The Engineering Council serves as the student government within the School of Engineering and Applied Science. It is headed by a president, vice president, treasurer and secretary and has representatives elected from each class and department. Members from Student Council, the Judiciary Committee and the Executive Committee also have seats on council. The officers, with the exception of the chair, also are members of the Honor Committee.

The primary functions of the Engineering Council are to serve as a liaison between the students and faculty, coordinate student activities within the School, advise on matters of curricula, and promote social activities.

Student Branches of Professional Societies   Represented in the School are the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE), Alpha Chi Sigma (AXE), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Society for Engineering Managers (ASEM), the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineering (ASHRAE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Nuclear Society (ANS), and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Other Organizations   Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honorary fraternity, recognizes high scholastic achievement and honorable character in engineering students.

Active groups of other honorary fraternities include Alpha Nu Sigma (nuclear engineering), Chi Epsilon (civil engineering), Eta Kappa Nu (electrical engineering), Omega Rho (systems engineering), Pi Tau Sigma (mechanical engineering) and Sigma Gamma Tau (aerospace engineering).

Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, founded in 1904, is the University's only national, professional, engineering fraternity. Since its establishment at the University of Virginia in 1922, Theta Tau has been bringing its members closer together through social service and professional activities. Theta Tau is a coed fraternity which strives for a diverse and enthusiastic membership.

Trigon Engineering Society takes pride in its members being well-rounded engineers. Trigon sponsors numerous service projects each semester, takes part in intramural sports and sponsors many social events. Membership in Trigon is open to any undergraduate in the Engineering School.

The Omicron Xi Engineering Society, founded on January 21, 1987, is a service and social organization dedicated to promoting brotherhood between the engineering disciplines and performing good works within the School, the University and the community. The society builds upon the University tradition of meaningful social interaction, sponsoring events for the University community in addition to a variety of intra-society affairs.

The Society of Women Engineers is a non-profit, educational, professional service organization dedicated to making known the need for women engineers and encouraging young women to consider an engineering education.

The National Society of Black Engineers serves its own members and the University. The society gives its members job placement assistance and academic support, and tries to assess the attitudes of the University and industry towards the students. NSBE aids the University in its recruitment of qualified black students and helps to ensure that capable black engineering students graduate.

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