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 unite 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 for 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 real-world problems. 

For more information about the Engineering Ambassadors, please contact Shae Powell.

American Society of Civil Engineers

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is the nation’s oldest engineering society where it organizes initiatives that supports the civil engineering profession in planning, designing, and constructing the built environment while protecting and restoring the natural environment. The ASCE JMU Student Chapter coordinates with civil engineering professionals in the ASCE Blue Ridge Branch and the ASCE Virginia Section. 

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

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 Jason Forsyth.

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.

National Society of Black Engineers

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 Bayo Ogundipe.

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 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 Rob Prins.

Hispanics in STEM

Hispanics in STEM (H-STEM) is a student organization at JMU that affiliates with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). SHPE is a national organization of professional engineers serving as role models in the Hispanic community. H-STEM shares SHPE’s 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 H-STEM at JMU, please contact 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 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 make positive changes on campus.

For more information about the JMU UIF Student Chapter, please contact 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 Heather Kirkvold.

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