Student Organizations

On campus and beyond, opportunities abound for engineering students to explore their passions.

Project Based Groups and Teams

Brown Space Engineering

The Brown Space Engineering Team (BSE) aims to make space accessible to people of all backgrounds. The team creates a baseline design for future projects, and all designs and procedures are open source. They strive to inspire future generation to explore space. 


Formula Society of Automotive Engineers

Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE), is a class of formula car governed by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The cars are open-wheeled, with a maximum displacement of 610 cc, a minimum wheelbase of 60 in, and a mandatory 20-mm intake restrictor. Brown competes annually in the international competition held in Michigan.


Professional Organizations and Societies

American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists

AAEES at Brown focuses on creating a community for students concentrating in Environmental Engineering or related fields. Their aim is to spread awareness about environmental engineering, discuss the range of opportunity in the field, and build upon existing knowledge and skill sets from the classroom by interacting with professionals and fellow students at local environmental engineering companies and other universities.


American Institute of Chemical Engineers

AIChE is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with over 40,000 members from over 90 countries. AIChE has the breadth of resources and expertise in core process industries and emerging areas, including nanobiotechnology. The Brown AIChE chapter sponsors students to attend the annual AIChE national conference. The Brown chapter also organizes an annual liquid nitrogen ice cream event.


Brown Biomedical Engineering Society

BMES serves students and promotes biomedical engineering on campus. Through social activities, lab tours, and presentations by industry, BMES informs students concerning their academic and post-grad careers, facilitates faculty-students interactions, and builds a sense of community. BMES has sponsored trips to local companies and a trip to the national BME conference.


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

IEEE, founded in 1884, is the world’s largest technical professional society. Designed to serve professionals involved in all aspects of the electrical, electronic/computing fields and related areas of science and technology that underlie modern civilization. IEEE has over 400,000 members in over 160 countries, including over 107,000 student members and 2,173 student branches at colleges and universities in 80 countries. 


Materials Research Society

MRS, founded in 1973, is an interdisciplinary organization for scientists who did not want to be defined by a single discipline society. MRS includes over 16,000 materials researchers, from over 80 countries, with engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, and math backgrounds. Brown's chapter focuses on building a dynamic, interactive community of students and researchers and sponsors talks from industry and academia.


National Society of Black Engineers

NSBE is a student-run organization that works to raise awareness of careers in engineering among minority students and increase the number of minority engineers. NSBE has 270 college chapters, alumni and pre-college chapters. Brown's chapter works closely with other science-related student societies and programs to promote engineering among under-represented groups and engages in engineering outreach in local schools.


Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

SHPE is the leading national organization aimed at motivating Hispanics to pursue careers in STEM. SHPE has a strong but independent network of over 400 professional and student chapters and over 10,000 members. SHPE's mission is to change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.


Society of Women Engineers

SWE aims is to support and empower female engineers while making the field of engineering more desirable to women. Brown's chapter serves to increase community between female engineers at Brown and help prepare for their future. The chapter holds school-wide social events, study breaks, professional development and networking events. A popular event is the extreme gingerbread competition.


Honor Societies

Sigma Xi

Sigma Xi, founded in 1886, is the honor society of research scientists and engineers. Sigma Xi offers opportunities for undergrad and graduate students to share their research with professional scientists and engineers. Membership is by invitation, those who have shown potential as researchers are invited to join as associate members. Full membership is conferred upon those who have demonstrated noteworthy achievements.

Sixma Xi

Tau Beta Pi

TBP, founded in 1885, is the nation's second-oldest honor society and the only one to represent the entire engineering profession. TBP's mission is to mark in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their Alma Mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as students, or by their attainments as alumni in the field of engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges.

Tau Beta Pi


Teaching and Mentoring Groups and Organizations

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[email protected] is a student group aimed at connecting both students and faculty to the design resources and opportunities that exist at Brown through office hours, workshops, and events. The ability to iterate, think creatively, and draw from different disciplines to solve problems is highly sought after by employers, entrepreneurs, researchers, and more.



EngnDug is a group of Engineering concentrators who seek to create a sense of community and promote the diversity of the undergraduate community. DUGs help students make and strengthen connections with other concentrators and professors; provide a means for first- and second-year students to explore various concentrations; and enable concentrators to explore potential career opportunities related to their disciplines.


Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

oSTEM is a chapter of the national non-profit professional society oSTEM Inc. with over 75 chapters across the U.S. Creating a space for LGBTQIA+ individuals in STEM to connect, the group provides professional development resources tailored to navigating STEM careers as out LGBTQIA+ individuals. By leveraging connections with LGBTQIA+ alumni and professionals, the group hosts panels, discussions, and workshops.


Scientists for a Sustainable World

Scientists for a Sustainable World (SSW) provides a platform for students with concrete ideas for energy, water, and waste reduction at Brown and in the community. Students engage with partners at Facilities, and are able to pinpoint and address problems. Initiatives include bringing photovoltaic solar power to buildings, identifying and reducing excess energy use in dorms, and ensuring energy efficiency is a priority in technology purchasing on campus. 

Scientists for a Sustainable World


Brown Steam is a student group aiming to explore the interdisciplinary intersections of disparate fields, using the starting point of uniting the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields with creative arts, design and the humanities. The group works in close partnership with RISD STEAM.