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Joining a JMU engineering student organization is a great way to get more involved with the department, in the community, and make new friends. Student organizations provide leadership opportunities, real-world learning experiences, and an opportunity to network with alumni and company representatives.

We support a wide range of opportunities for students to develop new skills and competencies that complement our academic program. These opportunities empower students to come together and build something bigger than they could individually.

Engineering Ambassadors

Our Engineering Ambassadors (EA) strive to inspire elementary, middle, and high school students to develop techniques of incorporating the design process, innovation, and creativity into engineering and other STEM fields. We hope to help students recognize how this blend of knowledge can be applied to solve day-to-day to real-world problems. 

For more information about the Engineering Ambassadors, please contact Dr. Kyle Gipson.

Engineering Honors Program

The JMU Honors College intentionally mixes students from disciplines and majors across the entire campus. It is designed to create experiences that move you to higher levels of commitment and success. The Honors College is also a sanctuary for trying out new ideas and making bold experiments that enrich all members of the JMU community.

For more information about the Engineering Honors Program, please contact Dr. Samuel Morton.

MadE Leadership Program

The Madison Engineering (MadE) Leadership Program, grounded in leadership theory and practice principles, has the goal of developing a community of learners that engender respect, foster excellence, promote collaboration, inspire generosity, and encourage life-long learning. It seeks to prepare students to become effective, ethical, and empathetic leaders in professional settings.

For more information about the MadE Leadership Program, please contact Dr. Kyle Gipson.

Madison Welders

Madison Welders (MW) is the student chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS) and is dedicated to educating and connecting JMU students who are interested in the art of welding. Members have access to train and become certified in MIG, TIG, and arc welding. This club is for all welders, from novice to expert!

For more information about the Madison Welders, please contact John Wild.

NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program

The National Academy of Engineers (NAE) Grand Challenges (GC) Scholars Program is a call to action and serves as a focal point for society's attention to opportunities and challenges affecting our world in the 21st Century. The NAE GC Scholars Program is a combined curricular and extracurricular program with five components that are designed to prepare students to be the generation that solves the grand challenges facing society in this century.

For more information about the NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program, please contact Dr. Kurt Paterson.

National Society of Black Engineerings

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), as a national student and professional based organization, dedicates itself to the development of intensive programs for increasing Black and other ethnic minority participation in the fields of STEM and applied science. The mission of NSBE is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.

For more information about the JMU NSBE Student Chapter, please contact Dr. Kyle Gipson.

Service, Learning, and Design Education

Student members in Service, Learning, and Design Education (SLDE) strive to inspire students to make a positive impact in our community through service and design. SLDE creates workshops and other opportunities for local engagement in the Harrisonburg, VA, area and surrounding community.

For more information about the SLDE student group, please contact Dr. Shraddha Joshi.

Society of Automotive Engineers

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International is a global association of engineers and technical experts in the aerospace, automotive, and commercial-vehicle industries. The group’s core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International strives for a better world and supports the Collegiate Design Series Competitions.

For more information about the JMU SAE Student Chapter, please contact Dr. Robert Nagel.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is a national networking organization of professional engineers serving as role models in the Hispanic community. SHPE Student Chapters interface with the national organization in its mission of positively impacting the world through STEM awareness, increasing access to education, supporting its young members, and lifelong professional development.

For more information about the JMU SHPE Student Chapter, please contact Dr. Daniel Castaneda.

Society of Women Engineers

For more than six decades, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. SWE’s mission is to empower women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering and technology professions as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusion.


For more information about the JMU SWE Student Chapter, please contact Dr. Jacquelyn Nagel.

University Innovation Fellows

The University Innovation Fellows (UIF) consists of a team of students that strives to assess James Madison University (JMU) for its strengths and weaknesses and then attempts to collaboratively make positive changes on campus.


For more information about the JMU UIF Student Chapter, please contact Dr. Justin Henriques.

WE Make WE Share

Women Engineers (WE) work in a traditionally male-dominated field, and it can be a difficult landscape for women to navigate. The goal of WE Make WE Share is to build a community of women at MADE for the purpose of empowerment and encouragement. The female engineering faculty welcome all female engineering students to join us in this opportunity for mentorship, confidence building, and growth.

For more information about WE Make WE Share, please contact Dr. Callie Miller.

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