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Student Organizations

There are a number of honor societies that represent various engineering and computer science disciplines in which Watson School students can participate.

The following list includes organizations geared specifically to electrical and computer engineers:


AOE

Alpha Omega Epsilon

Alpha Omega Epsilon is a professional and social sorority composed of female students and alumnae in the field of engineering and technical sciences. The sorority was founded on November 13, 1983, and four months later, on March 22, 1984, became a recognized organization on the Marquette University Campus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The idea of uniting female engineers of all curricula spread to other campuses. As a result, we have twenty-two chapters.

National website: http://www.aoesorority.org
Chapter Website: http://www.binghamtonaoe.org
Contact information: http://www2.binghamton.edu/watson/about/clubs-and-orgs.html#aoe

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

ACM

The Association for Computing Machinery is an international organization consisting of computer science professionals, educators, and students that works toward the advancement of the computing sciences. We are currently in the planning stages of establishing an official chapter of the ACM in the Watson School as part of the High Tech Society. In addition to receiving several technical publications, members of the ACM have access to technical journals, scholarships, and career information. The ACM will be holding its general interest meeting in the next couple of weeks and all computer science majors are invited to attend. Look for signs posted around the Engineering Building.

National website: http://www.acm.org
Chapter website: http://acm.cs.binghamton.edu
Contact information: http://www2.binghamton.edu/watson/about/clubs-and-orgs.html#acm

Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

EWB

Engineers Without Borders at Binghamton University is a university chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA that provides engineering solutions to socio-economically disadvantaged communities worldwide. While utilizing engineering professionals as guides, students will create and implement technological systems that will improve the quality of life in these communities. The mission of Engineers Without Borders - USA (EWB-USA) is to partner with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally, equitable, and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible engineers and engineering students.

National website: http://www.ewb-usa.org
Chapter website: http://ewb.binghamtonsa.org
Contact information: http://www2.binghamton.edu/watson/about/clubs-and-orgs.html#ewb

Eta Kappa Nu

HKN

ETA Kappa Nu is the International Honor Society for Electrical Engineers. We sponsor many activities that help enrich the lives of students in the Watson School. For example, we have organized (in conjunction with other Watson School societies) such things as Watson School Gym Nights, the EE Annual Class Picnic, and Watson School/EE T-shirt sales. We have also worked closely with the Career Development Center in hosting presentations from companies that recruit graduates in technical fields. Future activities include helping coordinate activities for Engineers' Week, co-sponsoring a presentation by Raytheon Corp.(a Massachusetts-based company involved with the Patriot and Hawk missile systems), as well as helping organize review sessions for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in April. This, of course, is an abbreviated list of HKN's activities. As mentioned, HKN is an honor society, and therefore has certain requirements for membership. Prospective members must be either juniors or seniors in Electrical Engineering. Also, they must have a GPA that ranks them in either the upper quarter of the junior class or the top third of the senior class.

National website: http://www.hkn.org
Chapter website: http://hkn.binghamton.edu
Contact information: http://www2.binghamton.edu/watson/about/clubs-and-orgs.html#EKN

Graduate Student Organization (GSO)

GSO

The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is the parent body for all chartered departmental and non-departmental graduate student groups at Binghamton University. The mission of the GSO is to promote the educational, political, and socio-cultural development of Binghamton University graduate students, and to ensure adequate representation and participation in decision-making processes at various institutional levels -- university, schools, departments and other bodies.
To achieve its goal of student empowerment, the GSO: informs graduate students of current administrative issue and policies; encourages students to serve as graduate representatives in administrative committees, particularly at the university-wide, departmental and GSO levels; facilitates communication and resolution of situations disadvantageous to graduate students; and fosters a general network of outreach and support among its members.

Chapter website: http://gso.binghamton.edu/

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

IEEE

To be a member of the IEEE, a student must fill out a membership form and pay a fee. After joining the IEEE, you will receive a monthly magazine publication, "IEEE Spectrum", in which current technology trends are reported and investigated and which show how engineers will help shape the future, etc. Members also receive other magazines concerning different areas of electrical engineering, such as robotics. You choose these when you join the IEEE. Finally, members receive a membership card and the local Binghamton IEEE publication, which describes businesses, companies, and news in the local area pertaining to electrical engineers.

National website: http://www.ieee.org
Chapter website: http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r1/binghamton/cms/
Contact information: http://www2.binghamton.edu/watson/about/clubs-and-orgs.html#ieee

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

NSBE

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the nation's largest student run organizations. Our mission is to strive to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers to excel academically, succeed professionally, and to positively impact the community. In pursuit of this, NSBE operates through a University-based structure coordinated through regional zones, and administered by the National Executive Board. Using this operational structure, NSBE initiates programs both within and outside the University community. NSBE develops intensive programs for increasing the participation of Black and other under-represented groups in the fields of engineering and the engineering technologies.

In order to develop the technical and professional skills of our members, we have organized professional etiquette, resume writing, and interviewing skills workshops. To stimulate student interest in various engineering and science disciplines, we have established a Pre-College Initiative Program (PCI) geared toward High School students. During National Engineers Week, NSBE will attempt to raise public awareness of engineering for African-American and other underrepresented ethnic groups. We have the honor of being the lead organization for this event.

National website: http://www.nsbe.org
Contact information: http://www2.binghamton.edu/watson/about/clubs-and-orgs.html#nsbe

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)

SASE

The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) was founded in November 2007 to help Asian heritage scientific and engineering professionals achieve their full potential. Organizations existed for other affinity groups - The National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers – and there was a need for a similar organization where students representing all of the pan Asian cultures could connect and support each other.

National website: http://www.saseconnect.org/
Chapter Website: http://sase.binghamtonsa.org/
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ontact Information: http://www.binghamton.edu/watson-old/about/clubs-and-orgs.html#SASE

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

SHPE

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was founded in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. The objective was to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community. Today, SHPE enjoys a strong but independent network of professional and student chapters throughout the nation. SHPE continues to fulfill its mission by increasing educational opportunities, promoting professional and personal growth, carry out its social responsibility to be involved in education, business and government issues and enhancing pride within its organization and reinforcing its reputation as a vital Hispanic organization.

National website: http://www.shpe.org
Contact information: http://www.binghamton.edu/watson-old/about/clubs-and-orgs.html#SASE

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

SWE

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a group that focuses on women in engineering and computer science fields. The mission of SWE is to "stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, 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 SWE chapter at Binghamton University, consists of approximately 30 members. SWE is a Student Association charter group whose active participants are both male and female. The society wants to acknowledge women in engineering and encourage students to continue their technical education in the Watson School.

This Society of Women Engineers has been involved in several fund raising activities, such as bake sales and providing circuit packets to engineering students. After raising enough money and receiving donations from the Watson School academic departments, the society held its first book scholarship. This award is presented to a freshman in the Watson school who is studying engineering or computer science and is a member of SWE. Applications can be found on the SWE bulletin board located on the third floor of the engineering building by the "S" section. The deadline for applications is March 14th and the scholarship will be presented at the annual end of semester SWE banquet.

The Society of Women Engineers holds an annual regional conference each fall at a different university. There are many workshops at these conferences where students have the opportunity to speak to professional women engineers. SWE members can also find out about graduate schools and other various engineering job opportunities. There is also a job fair where students can submit resumes to local companies. The annual regional conferences are a great way to meet fellow engineering students at other universities and make connections to better your future.

National website: http://www.swe.org
Chapter website: http://www.binghamtonswe.webs.com
Contact information: http://www2.binghamton.edu/watson/about/clubs-and-orgs.html#swe

Tau Beta Pi

TBP

Tau Beta Pi is a national engineering honor society that was established in 1885 at Lehigh University. Currently there are 218 chapters in the U.S. and several hundred thousand members, making it the world's largest engineering honor society. Our New York Tau chapter was founded in 1991 and has been recognized with several awards, including the R.C. Matthews Most Outstanding Chapter Award in '92-'93.

The objectives of Tau Beta Pi are to promote excellence in engineering and to instill a spirit of liberal culture, i.e. remind us there is life outside of engineering. In supporting both those goals, our chapter activities are varied. They range from tutoring sessions for freshmen physics, to Habitat for Humanity building projects, to gym nights, and basketball tournaments. We also sponsor scholarships for excellent undergraduate engineering students.

Membership in Tau Beta Pi is by invitation. To be eligible, engineering students must be in the top 1/8 of their junior class or top 1/5 of their senior class, and must demonstrate exemplary character as well as high academic achievement.

National website: http://www.tbp.org
Contact information: http://www2.binghamton.edu/watson/about/clubs-and-orgs.html#tbp

Theta Tau

TT

Founded at the University of Minnesota in 1904, Theta Tau is the largest (as well as the oldest) professional fraternity in the field of engineering. The Fraternity has chapters only at ABET accredited schools. Theta Tau stimulates professional activity and social compatibility; provides a framework for group participation in campus, community, engineering, and fraternity affairs; and promotes lasting friendships. Theta Tau's mission is to develop Engineering Leaders for Service, Profession, and Brotherhood.

National website: http://www.thetatau.org
Chapter website: http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~theta/
Contact information: http://www.binghamton.edu/watson-old/about/clubs-and-orgs.html#TBP

Upsilon Pi Epsilon

UPE

Upsilon Pi Epsilon is the international honor society for the computing sciences. Established in 1967 at Texas A&M University, it is the only computing sciences honors organization endorsed by both the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society. With over 120 chapters worldwide, UPE strives to recognize outstanding talent and ability in the computing sciences, represent the computing sciences in interdisciplinary communications, and encourage individuals to contribute to society through the computing sciences.

The New York Iota chapter of UPE was founded at Binghamton University in 1991. An undergraduate computer science major is eligible for membership in UPE if he or she has completed at least 45 credits towards a B.S. in Computer Science or Information Systems, has completed at least four of the required computer science courses, and has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4. An undergraduate transfer student must also have a grade point average of at least 3.4 from his or her previous institution and a minimum of 24 credits completed at Binghamton University.

The primary activity of the Watson School's chapter of UPE is to provide free tutoring services to students enrolled in computer science courses. Members of UPE hold regular tutoring hours in the Watson Commons on weekday afternoons. Be on the lookout for signs giving specific days and times. In addition, UPE is in the process of organizing events such as a game night in the MicroLab and a luncheon for computer science students who made the Dean's List.

National website: http://upe.acm.org
Chapter website: http://harvey.binghamton.edu/~upe
Contact information: http://www2.binghamton.edu/watson/about/clubs-and-orgs.html#upsilon pi

Last Updated: 7/25/14