Student Organizations

Although the student body of the CEACS is challenged by one of the most stringent curricula offered by the University, many of our students are also active participants in a variety of the over 150 student organizations on campus and other extra-curricular activities.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Student Branch of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). AIAA’s objectives are to advance the art, science and technology of aeronautics, astronautics and hydronautics; to encourage original research; disseminate new knowledge; and to further the professional development of its members. Members of the Howard University Student Branch of AIAA receive a subscription to Astronautics and Aeronautics; reduced rates on other journals published by AIAA; opportunities to attend local branch and section meetings, student conferences, and other activities designed to promote and further the purposes and programs of AIAA.

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

The purpose of AIAS is to organize architecture students and combine their efforts to advance the science and art of architecture, promote excellence in architectural education, training and practice, and to foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines among all persons. Annually, AIAS students from throughout the country and Canada meet at FORUM to exchange ideas and to elect national officers. These officers represent the concerns of architecture students to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), and the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE)

All students registered in the Department of Chemical Engineering are expected to join AIChE. Club members participate in professional activities -- field trips to industrial facilities, etc., tutorial services, seminars by invited professionals and the election of a delegate to AIChE conventions.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

The chapter is a member of the Maryland-District of Columbia Conference of student chapters of ASCE. Members participate in all activities of the chapter, including field trips, meetings, social events, ASCE conventions, joint activities with other student organizations on the campus and with other ASCE chapters. Students also have contacts with distinguished members of the Civil & Environmental Engineering profession.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME International) is the premier organization for promoting the art, science and practice of mechanical engineering throughout the world. The Howard University Student Section 0315C (Region III, subsection 15C) Alpha Chapter is particularly interested in various programs that focus on the technical disciplines offered in the mechanical engineering curriculum. The chapter is prepared to promote and enhance the technical competency and professionalism of its members and better enable its practitioners to contribute to the wellbeing of humankind. Contact information: L.K. Downing Hall, Room G-020,, or 202-806-5944 (office).

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences, and applications of information technology. With a world-wide membership of 80,000, ACM functions as a locus for computing professionals and students working in the various fields of Information Technology.

College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences Assembly

Representatives elected by students plan and sponsor lectures, field trips, movies, dances, annual open house, annual picnic, a mixer for freshmen and represent Engineering students on matters of concern to them.

Computer Science Graduate Students Association (CSGSA)

The CS Graduate Student Association is a student run organization that pursues the interests of graduate students in the Computer Science Department. Elected members serve on committees that decide policy, curriculum, funding, research, computing resources, and work space allocations. Graduate Council also sponsor various events to promote the computer science graduate community.

Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness Ambassador Program at Howard University

The ambassador program engages Howard University undergraduate and graduate engineering students in outreach to K-12 with the general knowledge of earthquake and tsunami awareness, and promotion of careers in engineering. Students run hands-on engineering challenges at the large-scale public outreach events and at schools throughout the DC Area, manage the program, and train incoming ambassadors. The program is supported by George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES).
Dr. Claudia Marin, Faculty Advisor,
Indira Sirjue, Student Project Coordinator,

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) - Howard University Chapter

EWB-Howard University is a student chapter of EWB-USA. The organization 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. EWB-HU has participated in three projects since its establishment in 2007 in Brazil, Panama and Kenya.
Aleah Holt, President
Chapter Email:
Prof. John Tharakan, Chapter Advisor
Phone: (202) 806-4811
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Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

IEEE strives to keep the student body aware of recent technological developments in electrical engineering and allied areas by meeting regularly, and sponsoring workshops, seminars, and field trips to local engineering plants and laboratories. Student members promote and adhere to the ethical principles of the parent organization.

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (N.O.B.C.Ch.E.)

NOBCChE was founded in 1972 (Joseph N.Cannon, former Chemical Engineering Chair, was one of the founders). NOBCChE's purpose is to maintain and support regional programs that assist scientists and engineers of African descent in fully realizing their academic and professional potential. NOBCChE also strives to introduce science and technology as viable professional goals to students on the elementary and high school levels and to encourage college students to pursue higher education in professional disciplines.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

NSBE was founded at Purdue University in l975 as a student-based organization to represent the interests of Blacks and other minorities in the field of engineering. Activities include technical writing workshops, round-table discussions on engineering developments, Region II conference, up-to-date job market analyses, distribution of the NSBE newsletter, and dissemination of graduate school information.

Phi Sigma Rho National Sorority, Inc.

Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority for women in technical studies serving our sisters and the community by promoting high standards of personal integrity, respect and character. Through Phi Sigma Rho National Sorority, Inc. women in STEM develop lifelong bonds of sisterhood and achieve academic and professional excellence with a social balance.
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Power Club

The School of Engineering and Computer Sciences Power Club has three main objectives: to enrich students’ exposure to the theory and practice of the power engineering profession; attract students to the power area, and to stimulate research projects for students in power engineering.

Society of the Sigma Xi

Society of the Sigma Xi, the Research Society of North America. The objective of the Society is to encourage original investigation in the pure and applied sciences. In general, these include physical sciences, life and agricultural sciences, earth sciences, medical sciences, mathematics and engineering. Any individual who is currently, or was during the preceding year, a student in the institution in which a chapter is located is eligible for election to associate membership if the student has completed at least three years of work toward an undergraduate degree; has shown marked excellence in studies in at least one field of pure or applied science; and has given evidence of an aptitude for research in one of these fields.

Society of Systems & Computer Science

The Society of Systems and Computer Science was formed in 1990 with the objective of supporting its members in their pursuit of an academic and career success while enrolled at Howard University. The organization's four major goals are to encourage unity and serve as a source of motivation, to advocate academic excellence by offering academic support; to expose members to technological advancements in the field of computer science and to ensure that the student body has a voice in the operation of the Systems and Computer Science department.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

The Society of Women Engineers is a national non-profit, educational, service organization dedicated to making known the need for women engineers and encouraging young women to consider an engineering education. The Howard student section of SWE was chartered in l976. Its specific purposes include providing a support system for women engineers, increasing the understanding of engineering and enhancing professionalism among its members. Other objectives are: to serve as a center of information on women in engineering, to encourage women engineers to attain high levels of educational and professional achievement, to inform young women and the public of the qualifications of women engineers and the opportunities open to them. The Howard Student Section of SWE also plans active outreach programs in the community.

Tau Beta Pi

District of Columbia Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi Association. Tau Beta Pi is the national engineering honor society. Engineering students in the upper one-fifth of the senior class or upper eighth of the junior class are eligible. Election of scholastically qualified individuals is based on scholarship, character, service to the School, and promise of professional ability.

Tau Sigma Delta National Honor Society

Tau Sigma Delta is the National Honor Society for students in architecture and the allied arts. Students who have a minimum 3.2 GPA at the end of their sophomore year may become members of this society. The induction ceremony for Tau Sigma Delta takes place in November.

The Howard Engineer Magazine

In this semester publication (sponsored by the Engineering Student Council), students discuss engineering problems and challenges, and publicize the School's activities.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE)

Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) is the first and only international honor society for the computing sciences. UPE was founded at Texas A&M University in 1967. The Beta Chapter of Washington, DC was chartered at Howard University in 2004. Membership is by invitation only.



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