Getting involved with a student club or organization is a great way to get hands-on experience, gain experience that is attractive to employers, meet new people and make friends, and have fun. MSU clubs go to national or international competitions, engage the community through outreach activities, and attend professional conferences, among other things.
MSU engineering and computer science clubs and organizations are listed below under the most relevant department (or under the college for more general organizations), but many are open to students majoring in any of the college's five departments.
Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering
Engineering Ambassadors is a program started by the MSU College of Engineering in 2001 with the purpose of promoting the college to prospective students and their families, inspiring young people to pursue careers and opportunities in engineering, providing a voice for students in the college, and enhancing retention by educating prospective students on the skilsl, classes, and occupations involved in the different engineering disciplines, promoting a "good fit."
Engineering Ambassadors are involved in many activities, including daily tours of the college, Engineer-a-thon, Science Olympiad, MSU Fridays, Career Fairs, Engineering Advisory Council, and more.
ePALs are engineering and computer science juniors and seniors who serve as mentors to younger students to help them navigate coursework, connec with resources and engage in other activities at the college.
MSU's chapter of Engineers Without Borders has been working for more than a decade to bring water and sanitation projects to the community of Khwisero, Kenya. Their interdisciplinary approach brings students from every major together to provide holistic solutions to complex, international problems.
- promoting the College of Engineering to prospective graduate students,
- providing a voice for graduate students in the College of Engineering.
- organizing events and a seminar series that provide professional development and networking opportunities for current graduate students.
Since its creation, the Graduate Student Ambassadors program has been involved in many activities, including:
- Student representation at the Engineering Advisory Council
- Organizing a bi-weekly Wednesday 4:10pm seminar
- Hosting Welcome or Celebration events at the start or end of semesters
- Promoting and organizing the Three Minute Thesis competition
- Hosting potential graduate students during campus visits
Chemical & Biological Engineering
The Computational Topology and Geometry (CompTaG) club, formerly called the TDA club, is a group of students and faculty interested in research in the broad fields of computational geometry and computational topology / topological data analysis. CompTaG focuses on mathematical foundations as well as the design and analysis of algorithms for solving topological and geometric problems. Computational geometry is a sub-field of algorithms, and might look at problems such as "what is the nearest object to a query object?" Here, we might be interested in defining distances in the space of objects (it won’t always be a Euclidean domain). This club hosts weekly seminars, and actively engages students of all levels in research.
Advisors: Brittany Terese Fasy,(406) 994-4804 and
David Millman, (406) 994-4261
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
From college students and early-career engineers to project managers, corporate executives, researchers and academic leaders, ASME's members are as diverse as the engineering community itself. ASME serves this wide-ranging technical community through quality programs in continuing education, training and professional development, codes and standards, research, conferences and publications, government relations and other forms of outreach.