About our Member Organizations
About 30 organizations are supported by the Engineering Student Activities Council. These organizations have different efforts ranging from social to academic, professional development to community outreach.
Access Engineering is an organization that seeks to demonstrate to Philadelphia high school students what engineering is about: a thought process and an option for a future career. Access Engineering offers a weekly lab based course that acquaints students to the various majors within engineering, a programming course, and workshops that span varied topics, such as entrepreneurship or Arduino programming.
Alpha Omega Epsilon - AOE
Alpha Omega Epsilon is a professional and social sorority for women in engineering or technical sciences. It is the first and only international engineering and technical sciences sorority in the nation and at Penn. The sisters of Alpha Omega Epsilon promote ideals and objectives that further the advancement of female engineers and technical scientists, while at the same time developing bonds of lifelong friendships.
Computer Science Society - CSS
The Computer Science Socity is the University of Pennsylvania's computer science student organization. They look to build a community within computer science, and work to provide students with as many opportunities as they can. Whether planning late night cookies, interview prep panels, or hackjams, they're always looking to help out the students and to promote the department.
Engineering Deans' Advisory Board - EDAB
The mission of EDAB is to provide leadership in making positive change in Penn Engineering. EDAB assists SEAS in defining and attaining its goals and plans, and it provides consultation to the Dean, administration and faculty - advocating for student needs and opinions and facilitating the exchange of ideas, information and experiences among students and faculty.
Engineers Without Borders
The Penn chapter of EWB focuses on 1) educating the local Philadelphia community about engineering and sustainable development, and 2) helping developing communities worldwide with their basic engineering needs through real, hands-on engineering projects.
Hack4Impact is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, with chapters at various colleges across the United States. We collaborate with nonprofits and other socially responsible organizations to develop software that meets important social and humanitarian needs.
Every year, Penn InnoWorks hosts a free one-week science and engineering summer camp for middle school students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Penn students act as mentors to groups of 3-4 students and guide them through fun and instructive experiments. The camp runs from 9-5 daily, and each day typically begins with a short lesson in the morning followed by experiments based on the concepts learned in the lesson. The students have lunch and recess, followed by an afternoon of more experiments and a larger design challenge. Some examples of design challenges in the past have been egg drops in Skirkanich, catapult building competitions, tower design competitions, and setting off bottle rockets on Shoemaker Green. Both students and mentors have a lot of fun over the week!
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - IEEE
IEEE is the world's largest professional organization for the advancement of technology. The local chapter at Penn aims to provide students opportunities to work closely with the ESE faculty, Penn alumni and external organizations.
Korea Penn Engineers and Scientists Association - K-PEnSA
Korea Penn Engineers and Scientists Association (K-PEnSA) is an academic, pre-professional, and social organization seeking to foster a tight-knit community and network for Korean students who have the common interest of science and engineering.
Management and Technology Club - M&T Club
The M&T Club strives to bring together students interested in the intersection of management and technology by holding professional, social and academic events throughout the year to help member students learn more about prospective careers, plan their curricula and meet like-minded students.
National Society of Black Engineers - NSBE
NSBE conducts professional development workshops, provides a mentoring program and tutoring service, and also participates in regional and national conferences with a mission to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
Penn Aerial Robotics
The mission of Penn Aerial Robotics is to engage undergraduate students of the University of Pennsylvania in the development of aerial robots and unmanned aerial vehicles. The club aims to do so by providing students with the resources to construct, develop and test robots, travel to and compete at inter-collegiate competitions, and connect with people who share this same passion.
Rachleff Scholars Society
Rachleff Scholars is an undergraduate research program in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. This program seeks to promote engineering research, professionalism, and community.
Penn ACM SIGGRAPH
Penn's SIGGRAPH chapter is a computer graphics oriented group which focuses on fostering a community of students interested in animation, computer science, and games. Some of SIGGRAPH's activities include a Demo Reel Night, weekly talks on computer graphics topics, tutorials, and movie nights.
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers - SASE
The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) is dedicated to the advancement of Asian heritage scientists and engineers in education and employment so that they can achieve their full career potential. In addition to professional development, SASE also encourages members to contribute to the enhancement of the communities in which they live. SASE's mission is to prepare Asian heritage scientists and engineers for success in the global business world, celebrate diversity on campuses and in the workplace, and provide opportunities for members to make contributions to their local communities.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers - SHPE
SHPE has been established at Penn for fostering the Hispanic community interested in science, technology, engineering & mathematics. We seek to improve the presence of the Latino community through community service directed at underprivileged high school students, strong alumni and professional relations, and hosting career-oriented workshops and events.
Society of Women Engineers - SWE
SWE provides members with professional development, community outreach, and social opportunities. The organization gives members direct access to professionals to learn about technical career paths and grow professionally and personally. SWE is active in educational outreach programs dedicated to encouraging young women to pursue their interests in science and technology, and offers many social events so members can get to know each other and form lasting friendships.
Technology Entrepreneurship Club - TEC
TEC encourages an entrepreneurial atmosphere within the engineering school and across the Penn campus. Through invited speakers and trips to local businesses, TEC aims to expose students to booming businesses and the technologies around which they were formed.
With over 30,000 initiates in 41 chapters nationwide, Theta Tau is the nation's oldest and largest co-ed professional engineering fraternity. The fraternity strives to develop and maintain a high standard of professional interest among its members and to unite them in a strong bond of fellowship.
Women in Computer Science - WICS
The University of Pennsylvania Women in Computer Science student organization aims to foster a community for women in tech at Penn – including Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computational Biology, Digital Media Design and Networked and Social Systems Engineering. Our purpose is to support and promote women in CS by encouraging discussion and raising awareness regarding issues surrounding Women in Computer Science.