Clubs and Organizations

Joining a student group is a great way to explore engineering fields, get hands-on experience, and meet peers and professionals.

Competition teams do hands-on work in a public forum. Events are often sponsored by professional organizations and corporations, making them a great way to build your network. Whether you want to work hands-on with an engineering design project, meet other students, or network with professionals, start with attending a meeting or contacting one of the officers or the faculty sponsor.

MSE student clubs and professional organizations

Materials Advantage

2019-2020 Chair: Daniel Chai
Faculty Adviser: Lucien Brush

Material Advantage provides a single low-cost membership that provides access to the materials science and engineering professional's most preeminent societies:

American Ceramic Society (ACerS)
Student programs and activities that build leadership and career development. ACerS members include more than 9,500 scientists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, students, marketing and sales professionals from more than 70 countries.
ASM International
The world's largest association of metals-centric materials scientists and engineers with over 30,000 members worldwide. ASM is dedicated to informing, educating and connecting the materials community to solve problems and stimulate innovation around the world.
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)
TMS encompasses materials and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production to basic research and the advanced applications of materials.
Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST)
AIST's membership tops 17,500 members from more than 70 countries. With 29 Technology Committees and 22 Local Members Chapters, AIST represents an incomparable network of steel industry knowledge and expertise.


Note: Effective with the 2018-2019 school year, Keramos has merged with Materials Advantage

Keramos seeks to inspire creativity and stimulate mental development in students. Discovering the field of ceramics engineering, members learn about ceramics processing from both a macro and microscopic point of view, in preparation for the annual ceramic mug drop in October. Keramos aims to combine ceramic engineering with novel technology and science to promote interest in this field of materials.

Materials Research Society (MRS@UW)

2019-2020 Contact: Katherine Adams

MRS@UW is the UW chapter of the Materials Research Society. The chapter promotes interdepartmental collaboration, provides professional networking events, and facilitates technical scholarship focused on materials research.

MRS-UW Industry Panel during discussion

Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE)

2019-2020 President: Emerson McNamee
Faculty Advisor: Brian Flinn

SAMPE focuses on hands-on experience with the processing and manufacturing of composite materials. We design and build composite beams throughout the year, which we then take to a competition in May, giving members opportunities to learn and interact with people in the industry and compete with other schools. Learn more »

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WiMSE (Women in Materials Science and Engineering)

2019-2020 President Rahaf Bashmail
Staff Advisor: Sandra Maddox

WiMSE promotes diversity, equality and peer support among all MSE students, specifically to increase the percentage of women students in the department and to contribute to diversity efforts. Activities include: outreach and social activities, a peer-mentoring circle, monthly meetings, professional development, and collaboration with other women’s groups on campus. 

WiMSE group photo

Engineering student clubs and programs

A variety of engineering clubs, organizations, and competitions are listed on the UW Engineering Student Clubs & Competitions and Diversity Programs pages. Of particular interest to MSE students:

Diversity in Clean Energy (DICE)
A student-led organization focused on diversity and equal opportunity in clean tech. DICE connects students and professionals in cleantech with brown bag lunch meetings with industry speakers and career talks over coffee with Clean Energy Institute seminar speakers.
Engineers without Borders
Supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders.
Environmental Innovation Challenge
Student teams across the Pacific Northwest apply their knowledge and ingenuity to solve environmental problems and compete for prototype funding and prize money.
Formula Motorsports
Students design and build a formula-style racing car and then compete against similar race cars built by other students from all over the world.
Health Innovation Challenge
Interdisciplinary student teams work on new solutions to existing health/healthcare problems, new approaches to helping people live healthier lives, new opportunities for care and treatment, and new product or services to bring to market while competing for prize money.
Society of Women Engineers
Student-led events geared toward learning more about the STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, and math) educational and professional opportunities for women and men.
UW Women in Science & Engineering
Student-led group that recruits and supports women of all ethnic backgrounds in science and engineering and fosters a healthy academic and social environment for men and women in engineering at all levels of study. Events throughout the year help build community and an environment of mentoring and leadership.