Student Clubs & Organizations


With more than 200 student organizations at SMU, students have a wide array to choose from to fit their interests and leadership development goals. These societies provide leadership opportunities, networking with professionals from outside SMU, and camaraderie with fellow students.

Student Clubs/Organizations

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 145,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. Their goal as a student organization is to encourage active interest in the study of Civil and Environmental Engineering, aid in professional and intellectual advancement, and establish bonds of good fellowship among their members. The ASCE Student Chapter at SMU invites speakers from consulting companies on a regular basis to Chapter meetings. The Chapter has participated in the regional Steel Bridge completion. The mission of this competition is to supplement the education of civil engineering students with a comprehensive, student-driven project experience from conception and design through fabrication, erection, and testing, culminating in a steel structure that meets client specifications and optimizes performance and economy. The Chapter has also participated in the national Geo-Wall competition organized annually by the Geo-Institute of ASCE.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, today's ASME is a 120,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational, and research issues of the engineering and technology community. ASME offers numerous opportunities for students to interact with professionals, attend conferences, and participate in student design competitions.

Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
In 1947, a year after the first successful electronic digital computer (ENIAC) was unveiled, ACM became the first (and remains the largest) international scientific and educational computer society in the world. ACM membership today consists of some 80,000 men and women who are largely practitioners, developers, researchers, educators, engineers, and managers, all with a significant interest in the creation and application of information technologies.

Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Founded in 1884, IEEE is a worldwide technical professional society devoted to advancing the theory and application of electrical engineering, electronics, and computing. The IEEE serves 320,000 electrical engineers, scientists, and other professionals in approximately 150 countries.

Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
INFORMS represents professionals in the fields of operations research and the management sciences (OR/MS), and in related fields such as information technology. Members of the OR/MS profession apply scientific tools and methods to improve systems and operations and to assist in managerial decision making. INFORMS serves the scientific and professional needs of OR/MS investigators, scientists, students, educators, and managers, as well as the institutions they serve, by such services as publishing a variety of journals and by organizing professional conferences.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
With over 84,000 members, the Society of Automotive Engineers provides opportunities to gain broader insight into the engineering profession through the exchange of ideas for advancing the engineering of mobility systems by developing meetings with professional engineers, arranging projects, and participating in SAE engineering competitions both locally and nationally.

Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE)
Practicing engineers meet with SMU students and help them get school-year internships, summer jobs, and full-time employment after graduation.

Theta Tau
National professional engineering fraternity. Focus on building friendships with other engineering students, participate in service projects and professional development programs. Rush and pledgeship occurs every fall. Membership is co-ed.

Engineers without Borders (EWB)
Engineers without Borders-SMU (EWB-SMU) is a non-profit student organization that partners with developing communities around the world to implement sustainable water, power, sanitation, and infrastructure solutions, enabling educational and economic improvement. Driven EWB-SMU students and mentors use practical engineering to bring the classroom and hope to the lives of others through compassionate action.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Works to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
SHPE is a national organization of Hispanic engineers who seek to develop a sense of community among Hispanic engineers, promote engineering as a profession among Hispanics, and create a network of Hispanic engineering professionals and students.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Dedicated to making known the need for women engineers and encouraging young women to consider an engineering education.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
Promoting and teaching elementary and pre-college women the benefits and enjoyment of a major in engineering or science.

Chi Epsilon
Founded in 1922, Chi Epsilon is the National Civil Engineering Honor Society that recognizes and honors civil engineering students who have exemplified the principles of "Scholarship, Character, Practicality, and Sociability" in the civil engineering profession. Chi Epsilon now has 137 active chapters at universities across the United States. It is widely recognized in the profession and has initiated over 114,000 members.

Eta Kappa Nu
Founded in 1904, Eta Kappa Nu is the national honor society for academically qualified electrical engineers.

Pi Tau Sigma
Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, founded in 1916, with the goal of creating better engineers through commitment to academic excellence and dedication to service.

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Texas Iota Chapter
Upper-level undergraduate students with outstanding academic records are eligible for invitation to membership in Tau Beta Pi, the national honor society for engineering students.

Dean’s Advisory Board
The Dean's Student Advisory Board provides insights and perspectives representative of Lyle students. The board also assist the dean in cultivating a vibrant and dynamic engineering community.

Engineering Departmental Student Advisory Boards
Student representatives of the five departments within the Lyle School support the overall mission of SMU-Lyle and assist the department chair in achieving departmental goals.

Environmental Society
Students advance their understanding of environmental issues and contribute toward progress in society through an organized exchange of knowledge concerning the environment.

Innovation Club
Designers, thinkers, and researchers from a variety of fields come together in order to foster entrepreneurship and innovation. Through structured brainstorming, informative lectures, and idea development, this organization encourages the advancement of business networking skills and expansion of partnership opportunities.

Lyle Ambassadors
Lyle Ambassadors is the premier organization of the Lyle School of Engineering. While their primary function is to help recruit the incoming freshman engineering class, they are the face of the Lyle School of Engineering throughout the engineering, SMU, and Dallas communities.

SMU Amateur Radio Club
Creating and learning about the hobby of amateur radios. The SMU amateur radio club was founded in the mid-1920s. The SMU amateur radio club is one of the oldest student organizations on the SMU campus. Their club station has been on the air for more than 70 years, with the notable exception of World War II (by government order).

SMU Cyber Security Club
A group of students who meet weekly to discuss the vast realm of cyber security. This often includes discussing current events and news, researching challenging topics, presenting and demonstrating different security techniques, bringing in industry professionals, and competing in events at the national scale.

Student Engineering Joint Council (SEJC)
The SEJC plans activities involving the entire engineering school such as coordinating the annual awards banquet and homecoming festivities. This organization, comprised of leaders of the over 16 engineering organizations, meets regularly with the Dean and engineering administration to discuss student concerns and needs with the engineering school.


“I have become secretary of SWE this past month and am a junior delegate for Tri Delta Sorority. Also, I took KNW 2300 first term and I believe that helped me grow in many ways.”

~SMU-Lyle Student