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Engineering student organizations: a year in review
The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering takes pride in the accomplishments of our more than 50 engineering student organizations and teams. From diversity organizations to honor societies, to competition teams, major-specific and service organizations, students gain skills in networking, leadership, outreach and teamwork that provides a strong skill set for future success.

In the 2012-13 academic year, engineering student organizations competed, organized conferences, provided K-12 students an opportunity to learn about engineering concepts, networked with industry, faculty and alumni and met friends. Read more in the engineering student organization annual report.

Faculty mentors needed
While these organizations are student-led, faculty mentors play a critical role in helping to guide student leaders. Two of our organizations are currently looking for mentors.

NASA Space Grant Robotics: Each year, the team designs and builds a robot to compete in the National Underwater Robotics Challenge (NURC) and Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) International competition. This year, the team took third place with Aquadevil at NURC in Chandler, Ariz.

The team mainly focuses on underwater vehicles but they have also branched out into land rovers with the project ROAR. This project (Robot OA Rocket), was a collaboration between the Space Grant Robotics team and Daedalus Astronautics to launch a payload robot a mile high and release it simulating an exploration mission. Currently the team is preparing for 2014’s NURC and MATE competitions to be held in Michigan.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE): The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), founded in 1975 at Purdue University, is one of the largest student governed organizations in the U.S. and is centered on improving the recruitment and retention of African American engineering students. The organization has accomplished more for black engineering students than any other organization in the world. NSBE’s mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

If you are interested in being a mentor for one of these groups, please contact Amy Sever, or 480-727-8713.

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