Student Organizations

In the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a wide variety of opportunities exist for students to be involved. As a student, becoming involved with one of our student organizations provides a way for you to connect with other students in a setting outside of the classroom. Not only can involvement serve as a way to make new friends, but it can also provide valuable learning experiences, ways to serve your community, and ways to potentially advance your career once your time at NC State comes to a close. Student organizations serve as a perfect supplement to your academic career, enhancing it and leading to a well-rounded educational experience. With a wide variety of opportunities available, we encourage you to find the group that meshes best with you and your goals. Try one out. We know you’ll feel welcome!

You may also be interested in other student organizations offered by NC State.

ECE Related Student Organizations

Electrical and Computer Engineering Ambassadors

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State University enthusiastically announces the inception of the ECE Student Ambassador program during the 2015-2016 academic year. The ECE Student Ambassador Program is a team of diverse and dynamic student leaders committed to the NCSU motto of Think and Do!

Ambassadors are representatives of the Department and University and exemplify professionalism and campus pride. Students chosen for the program eagerly contribute their time facilitating campus tours and hosting special events targeted to prospective students and their families, industry representatives, and the community at large.

We would like to recognize and thank Hughes Network Systems for being the 2017- 2018 sponsor of the ECE Student Ambassador program.

If you have questions, please contact Rachael Gruber, Undergraduate Academic Advisor & Lecturer at rachael_gruber@ncsu.edu.

Applications are due April 10th, 2022 for Fall 2022 applications.

Eta Kappa Nu (HKN)

Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) is an International Honor Society for Electrical and Computer Engineers. Members represent the outstanding juniors and seniors from universities around the world and distinguished professional engineers. The Beta Eta Chapter is NCSU’s local chapter.

As conceived by its founders and as carried forward by its membership during more than two generations, HKN aims to assist its members throughout their lives in becoming better professionals as well as better citizens. Its members are expected to be a constructive force to improve the standards of the profession, the courses of instruction, and the institutions where its chapters are established.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest technical professional society. Founded in 1884 by a handful of practitioners of the new electrical engineering discipline, today’s Institute is comprised of more than 320,000 members who conduct and participate in its activities in 147 countries.

The IEEE focuses on advancing the theory and practice of electrical, electronics and computer engineering and computer science. IEEE sponsors technical conferences, symposia and local meetings worldwide; publishes nearly 25% of the world’s technical papers in electrical, electronics and computer engineering; provides educational programs to keep its members’ knowledge and expertise state-of-the-art.

Power Pack

Power Pack is a technical group open to all students specializing in the technology design and fabrication techniques used in Power Electronics devices and modules. Participating students will have opportunities to learn such design and fabrication techniques and have access to such tools for projects of their own. The club will be working closely with professional associations in the electronics field such as IMAPS and IEEE to host productive networking and professional development opportunities.

SolarPack Car Team

Our mission is to create and implement innovative technological solutions for the automotive industry, and accelerate the commercialization of low-emission vehicles. We will strive towards improvement of environmental and societal health, and reduce transportation-related pollution-locally and globally. To demonstrate our technological progress, we will test it against competitors with the objective of pushing industry standards forward in the American Solar Challenge in July. In entering the race, we seek to improve upon current technological efficiency and greater attention for the developing industry. Our long term goal is to create a practical SV or innovative technology which can be commercialized to reduce pollution-related transportation.

SPIE Student Chapter (International Society for Optics and Photonics)

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 188,000 constituents from 138 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific.

Student Amateur Radio Society (StARS)

A student run FCC Amateur radio station, W4ATC, was established around 1930 at what was then called the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College, or State College. We will participate in emergency activities and the national traffic system to pass important messages across the country or locally in times of emergency or just for fun in normal times. Our intent is to repair and upgrade the existing radio equipment in our room in Daniels Hall. This will allow us to train radio operators and make contacts with other organizations throughout the world. We are interested in raising the profile of amateur radio as a hobby and vocation to students on campus. When able, we will also participate in several contests throughout the year including field day, the North Carolina QSO party, the ARRL VHF/UHF Sweepstakes, and our biggest contest, the Collegiate Championships / ARRL November Sweepstakes. This is our way of competing with other college amateur radio clubs all over the U.S.

For more information, please contact Pranav Kemburu via email.

Underwater Robotics Club

The Underwater Robotics Club provides engineering students with the opportunity to apply their classroom skills to a practical, challenging, and rewarding design project: an autonomous underwater vehicle. The multi-disciplined effort calls for autonomous control software, image processing, DSP acoustic navigation, PCB layout, and mechanical design and fabrication. Each year, the vehicle competes in an international competition in which it must demonstrate autonomy by navigating a challenging mission using only visual and acoustic cues.

ECE Graduate Student Association (GSA)

The ECE GSA represents the graduate student body in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as in the University GSA. They provide a forum for graduate student opinions in all matters of mutual interest to faculty and graduate students and promote professional interest and fellowship among current graduate students and the ECE alumni. If you are interested in joining our graduate program or if you are participating in the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program, this student organization may be of interest to you.

Additional Student Organizations outside of ECE

Students Moving Forward

A Group for Students with High-Functioning Autism (Asperger’s) Focused on Career Development

Gain experience from campus and industry specialists focusing on skills, tactics, and strategies to help you obtain internships and start your career. Participants of the group will have the opportunity to engage in career exploration trips in addition to the possibility of paid internship experience.

To sign up for this group, please visit this link: go.ncsu.edu/students-moving-forward-signup

For more information, please contact Wes Wade: wjwade@ncsu.edu

Engineers’ Council Appropriations Departmental Representative Application

What are appropriations? Appropriations is the process of distributing funds for use. Engineer’s Council serves as the organization that conducts appropriations for all organizations affiliated with the College of Engineering.

Department Representatives are a crucial part of the Engineer’s Council Appropriations process. As the name suggests, each member will represent their department in the appropriations process. Engineers’ Council strives to have equal and fair representation of each department so their voices are heard when deliberating over funding distribution for engineering organizations.

During the interviews and deliberations, the Department Representatives should act professionally and be courteous to organizations requesting funding. They are also expected to maintain an unbiased demeanor throughout the proceedings and be present at every meeting.

The time commitment is condensed into a few weeks at the beginning of the semester. Throughout the presentations process and forming their Initial Appropriations Request, Department Representatives are expected to follow the rubric set forth by the Engineer’s Council.

Department Representatives should maintain contact (via email) with their respective organizations during the appropriations process to field any questions that may arise. Please contact the treasurer, Emmy Jeffries, at eejeffr2@ncsu.edu with any questions or concerns.

Please apply by Sunday, September 3rd at 11:59pm at the latest. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so the sooner that you submit your application, the better your chance of being selected.