Student Groups

Connect with the engineering community—join a student organization

With more than 25 dynamic student organizations ranging from national chapters to student-created groups, there's an organization—or two—for everyone. Meet new people, receive coaching and mentoring, network, build your resume and have fun with these student-run organizations.


American Institute of Chemical Engineers

chemical engineering students working at heat exchanger
This undergraduate student organization is responsible for being the link between the local and national AIChE chapters for chemical engineers. Events are held throughout the year to connect students, faculty and industry in an attempt to further the career goals of declared chemical engineering majors.

American Society of Civil Engineers

civil engineering students working on strong wall in structures lab
The Case Western Reserve University student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers has a mission to provide essential value to members, their engineering education, their careers, partners and the public by developing leadership, advancing technology, advocating lifelong learning and promoting the profession to civil engineering students at Case Western Reserve University.
Contact: Kaitlin Newcombe,
Faculty Advisor: Kurt Rhoads

Baja Society of Automotive Engineers

Baja SAE is an international collegiate competition series hosted by SAE. Engineering students from around the world design and build lightweight off-road cars from the ground up. Teams then compete against other colleges in a number of events, which examine the performance, durability, marketing, cost and design of the cars.
Contact: Wyatt Slifcak,
Faculty Advisor: Richard Bachmann

Billion Bottle Project

students from the Billion Bottle Project winning a competition
The Billion Bottle Project is a non-profit working to increase access to clean drinking water by enhancing the solar disinfection (SODIS) technique. By making SODIS easier to use, BBP is working towards a world where every family has a sustainable source of clean drinking water that protects them from waterborne disease.

Biomedical Engineering Society

two biomedical engineering students in hospital lab
Case Western Reserve's Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is a student chapter of the national professional society for biomedical engineers. The chapter provides undergraduate students opportunities to engage with fellow undergrads, graduate students and faculty. Events are focused on making lasting connections and gaining experiences that will benefit students for their whole careers.
Contact: Gitanjali Kaw,
Faculty Advisor: Andrew Rollins

Case Aeronautics Team

students of the Case Aeronautics Team with their airplane
This club primarily designs, builds and flies a large scale custom RC aircraft for an annual competition each year hosted by Cessna and Raytheon. The required task varies each year, ranging from aerobatic maneuvers to carrying and dropping payloads. We also explore autonomous flight and quad-copters.
Contact: David Kuhtenia,
Faculty Advisor: Paul Barnhart

Case Amateur Radio Club

ham radios on a desk
W8EDU is the amateur ham radio club of Case Western Reserve University. Unlike the university's WRUW radio station, which broadcasts radio for public listening, ham radio operators transmit on the radio to communicate with one another. Ham radio operators make contacts around the world, and include many diverse hobby groups.
Contact: Kristina Collins,

Case Engineers Council

Case Engineering's Council
The Case Engineers Council (CEC) is a unique organization on campus that connects the engineering departments, university organizations and students that are passionate about engineering. We promote the collaboration of students, faculty and corporate relations through discussions, lectures, community outreach, social events and company networking. The council coordinates and hosts the school's annual Engineers Week.
Contact: Darshan G. Parikh,
Faculty Advisor: Genine Apidone

Case Rocket Team

Case Rocket Team
The Case Rocket Team, which is always looking for new members, participates in high-power rocketry competitions and other aerospace-related events in the area and throughout the nation, including the annual Battle of the Rockets (BotR) competition.
Contact: Julian Town,
Faculty Advisor: Steve Hostler

CWRU Hacker Society

This student group seeks to promote an open society through understanding and improving the technology which underpins it. It is maintained by the CWRU chapters of ACM and IEEE.
Contact: CWRU Hacker Society Officers,

CWRU MedWish

Girl with Medical Instruments
CWRU MedWish, in partnership with MedWish International—a Cleveland-based organization—helps sort, test and repair used medical equipment that is being sent for use in developing countries. CWRU MedWish provides a great opportunity for hands-on experience with medical equipment and is open to anyone who wants to join.
Contact: Leandra Bowsman,
Faculty Advisor: Andrew Rollins

Design for America

students brainstorming in Design for America office
Design for America (DFA) is an award-winning nationwide network of interdisciplinary student teams and community members using design to create local and social impact. DFA students use the design process to create and implement solutions to real-world problems.
Contact: Austin Feydt,
Faculty Advisor: Sunniva Collins

Global Health Design Collaboration (GHDC)

CWRU students and faculty demonstrating a device in Uganda
The Global Health Design Collaboration (GHDC) is a multi-level interdisciplinary organization that aims to integrate social science and engineering disciplines in the development of relevant, sustainable solutions to health concerns in Uganda. Specifically, GHDC seeks to utilize the theoretical perspectives and methodologies of sociocultural anthropology to identify local health concerns within an emic model, and then apply these factors as inputs to an engineering design process to produce culturally appropriate and sustainable solutions.
Contact: Bill Ding ,

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

two electrical engineering students working in Sears Circuits Lab
The student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers at Case Western Reserve University is committed to working with students involved with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The chapter provides valuable extracurricular opportunities for students in the form of networking and social events, technical presentations and competitions.
Contact: Aaron Grgurich,
Faculty Advisor: Kenneth Loparo

Macromolecular Student Organization

macromolecular science and engineering student working in lab
The Macromolecular Student Organization (MSO) serves as a representative student body for graduate students in the department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering. Their goals are to facilitate communication between professors, staff and students, organize various professional development opportunities, and to advocate for grad students' interests. They aim to foster a supportive community for all graduate students to study hard, have fun, and feel at home in our department.
Contact: Dana Klein,
Faculty Advisor: Gary Wnek

Phi Sigma Rho

students of Phi Sigma Rho on steps of art museum
Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority for women in engineering and engineering technology that helps members develop the highest standard of personal integrity, strive for academic excellence, and build friendships that will last a lifetime.
Contact: Kate Bush,

Society of Women Engineers

Society of Women engineers students fixing broken toys
Case Western Reserve University's Society of Women Engineers chapter is an educational and service-oriented professional organization that promotes the development of women in STEM fields at the collegiate and professional levels. The group strives to work with women in engineering at the university to develop well-rounded individuals through technical and leadership growth.
Contact: Natalia Gawlik,

Tau Beta Pi – The Engineering Honor Society

metal symbol of Tau Beta Pi
Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession. It is the nation's second-oldest honor society, with a mission to recognize those who have conferred honor upon their alma mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as students in engineering. The Case Western Reserve chapter hosts peer tutoring sessions, professional development workshops and service events.
Contact: Tom Milyo,
Faculty Advisor: Donald Feke

Undergraduate Materials Society

students working on a materials deformation machine
UMS is an academic organization created to help students of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and those with an interest in materials make the most of their undergraduate experience.
Faculty Advisor: Mark De Guire

Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable

two mechanical engineering women students talking in the metal shop
WISER strives to promote the inclusion and success of all women pursuing a STEMM-related career at Case Western Reserve University through leadership, mentorship and outreach. WISER is open to all women CWRU students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) with a major or planning a career in science, technology, engineering, medicine or math.
Contact: Maggie McClarren,