Teams and organizations
Are you looking to connect with other students who share your interests? Do you want to find partners for a start-up or join a community service project? Berkeley Engineering is home to dozens of student organizations that offer you opportunities to hone your teamwork and leadership skills while pursuing something you’re passionate about.
The student-led Engineering Student Council (ESC) is the engineering student government; groups in the ESC’s network are marked with an asterisk (*). The LEAD Center maintains a complete list of UC Berkeley student organizations and explains how you can start your own student organization.
The college has completed the student organization funding process for the 2014–15 academic year.
Students helping students
- Engineering Student Council (ESC)
- Innovative Design
- Hands On Practical Electronics, a DeCal class
- Open Computing Facility
Academic and professional
- AIAA: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics*
- AIChE: American Institute of Chemical Engineers*
- ANS: American Nuclear Society*
- ASCE: American Society of Civil Engineers*
- ASME: American Society of Mechanical Engineers*
- Berkeley Nanotechnology Club*
- Biomedical Engineering Society*
- Computer Science Undergraduate Association*
- IEEE: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers*
- IIE: Institute of Industrial Engineers*
- ITE: Institute of Transportation Engineers*
- ISPE: International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering*
- Materials Science and Engineering Association*
- Society of Engineering Sciences*
- Undergraduate Chemical Society*
Design, make, hack
- 3DMC: 3D Modeling Club*
- Berkeley Innovation*
- Design Engineering Collaborative*
- Engineers for a Sustainable World*
- Hackers @ Berkeley*
School, community and global outreach
- BEAM: Berkeley Engineers and Mentors*
- Code the Change
- Design for America
- Engineering for Kids*
- Engineering World Health*
- Engineers Without Borders*
- PiE: Pioneers in Engineering*
- BERKE1337 Cyberteam*
- Cal Aero-design*
- Cal Concrete Canoe*
- Cal Construction*
- Cal Environmental Team*
- Cal Seismic Design*
- Cal Steel Bridge Team*
- CalSMV: Super Mileage Vehicle Team*
- CalSol: Solar Vehicle Team*
- ChemE Car*
- Human Powered Vehicle Team*
- Team Cal Simraceway: Formula SAE*
(see below for membership information)
- Alpha Nu Sigma, nuclear engineering*
- Alpha Pi Mu, industrial engineering*
- BioEHS, bioengineering*
- Chi Epsilon, civil engineering*
- HKN: Eta Kappa Nu, electrical and computer engineering*
- Pi Tau Sigma, mechanical engineering*
- Tau Beta Pi, general engineering*
- Upsilon Pi Epsilon, computer science*
Fraternities and sororities
Culture and identity
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
- Black Engineering and Science Student Association (BESSA)*
- Expanding Your Horizons at Berkeley (EYH)
- Graduate Women of Engineering (GWE)
- Hispanic Engineers and Scientists (HES)*
- Jews in Engineering (JEWSE)*
- Latino/a Association for Graduate Students in Engineering and Sciences (LAGSES)
- Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)*
- Pilipino Association of Scientists, Architects, and Engineers (PASAE)*
- Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
- Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)*
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)*
- Women in Computer Science and Engineering (WICSE)
- Berkeley Science Review
- Bioengineering Graduate Student Association (BEAST)
- Computer Science Graduate Entrepreneurs (CSGE)
- Computer Science Graduate Student Association (CSGSA)
- Electrical Engineering Graduate Student Association (EEGSA)
- Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
- Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Council (MEGSCo)
- Transportation Graduate Students Organizing Committee (TRANSOC)
For more student groups, visit the campus LEAD Center.
For more student-run courses, visit DeCal.
Membership in one of Berkeley Engineering’s honorary student organizations reflects outstanding academic achievement and service to the collegiate community. Students are invited into these societies according to the following procedures, which ensure the university’s compliance with the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
- No later than the first day of classes for the fall semester, engineering honorary organizations email Engineering Student Services (ESS) at email@example.com with current contact information for their membership officer(s).
- Each honorary organization drafts an email invitation to be sent to all students who meet their membership criteria (e.g., major, number of units completed, GPA). The organization emails the draft invitation to ESS with the honorary organization’s name in the subject line.
- Each honorary organization sends a current membership roster to ESS so that current members can be distinguished from potentially eligible new members.
- Approximately four weeks into the fall semester, ESS receives an enrollment data report from the registrar. ESS uses this data to determine which students are eligible for membership in each honorary organization.
- ESS invites eligible students using the email invitations drafted by the honorary organizations. Each message instructs the invited student to confirm his or her acceptance directly with the relevant honorary organization.