American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

The Virginia Tech AIAA Student Branch has over 100 members ranging from freshman to graduate students. The organization is dedicated towards promoting resources, opportunities, and community for students to strengthen their technical and professional knowledge as students and future engineers in the aerospace field.

General body meetings are normally held monthly Wednesday with free food and refreshments provided, as well as many other social events and special events held throughout the year.

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Alpha Pi Mu

Alpha Pi Mu is the Virginia Tech Industrial & Systems Engineering Honor Society on campus. APM strives to recognize the academic achievement of the top ISE students at Virginia Tech and better the field of Industrial Engineering. Additionally, APM works to promote the professional development of all its members and encourage networking between faculty, graduate and undergraduate students.

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Alpha Omega Epsilon (AOE)

Alpha Omega Epsilon is a professional and social engineering sorority that focuses on promoting women in engineering while offering the bonds of sisterhood. We were chartered as the Rho Chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon on January 22, 2006. Our sisters are from all walks of life with many differing interests, but one thing we all understand is how difficult it is to be a woman in the male-dominated field of engineering. To help all of our sisters find a niche, our sorority is involved in a wide array of activities. Our activities involve professional development, community service, philanthropy, and social. Some of the many events we participate in are resume workshops, etiquette dinners, Relay for Life, JDRF fundraising, philanthropy events around campus, football tailgates, and hiking/tubing with sisters.

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Baja SAE

Baja SAE® consists of competitions that simulate real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Engineering students are tasked to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain. Our team's mission is to design and construct a single-seat off-road vehicle to meet the rules set forth by the Society of Automotive Engineers. After thorough testing of a prototype vehicle, a production vehicle will be fabricated and subsequently entered for international SAE sanctioned competition.

The object of the competition is to provide SAE student members with a challenging project that involves the design, planning and manufacturing tasks found when introducing a new product to the consumer industrial market. Students must function as a team to not only design, build, test, promote, and race a vehicle within the limits of the rules, but also to generate financial support for their project and manage their educational priorities.

BOLT Electric Motorcycle

The BOLT team is an interdisciplinary design team housed in the Joseph F. Ware Jr. Advanced Engineering Lab. The team is dedicated to evolving electric vehicle technology through the design, construction, and demonstration of high performance electric motorcycles. By challenging the standards of performance, the team expects to increase the viability of clean emissions motorsports.

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Bridges to Prosperity

We are student led service organization that seeks to empower developing communities through foot bridge building, thereby advancing community public works, economic prosperity, and community access to schools, medicine, jobs, and markets.  Bridges to Prosperity seeks to advance the lives of each student involved by providing an opportunity to broaden cultural perspectives, gain hands-on professional experience, and by allowing each student to use their own education to serve others who are less fortunate.

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Chem-E-Car

We are tasked with building a shoebox-sized vehicle that is controlled by chemical reactions. The team applies fundamental chemical engineering principals, in addition to skills in programming and mechatronics, to control our vehicle.

We apply problem-solving and engineering skills such as circuitry, programming, and soldering. We aim to provide a framework of industry-relevant research and design experience to members, and many team members discuss these problem-solving and teamwork experiences in job interviews.  

The car team enters our design into regional (spring) and national (fall) competitions -- we have placed in the top ten internationally in the last three years and have won competition awards for the best video and poster.

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Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

We represent a student chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) headquartered at the Department of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech. Our mission is to promote earthquake engineering research and education among students, communities, and industry through:

  • Improving the earthquake engineering understanding
  • Engaging students in earthquake engineering
  • Preparing a ground for students for networking with earthquake engineering professionals
  • Interacting with industry
  • Exposure to seismic design through our Seismic Design Competition Team

Student members of EERI gain the valuable experience of interacting with a professional organization, which is an important part of their future as earthquake professionals.

The undergraduate members of our team participate in a Seismic Design Competition, in which the students design, model, build, and test a skyscraper model made only of balsa wood and glue. At the EERI conference, the structure is loaded with weights and tested on a shake table using ground motions measured from past earthquakes. This year, 6 of our members went to PORTLAND, OREGON! We are excited to send people to the conference in LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA NEXT YEAR!

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Formula SAE

The Formula SAE competition is for SAE student members to conceive, design, fabricate, and compete with small formula-style racing cars. The restrictions on the car frame and engine are limited so that the knowledge, creativity, and imagination of the students are challenged. The cars are built with a team effort over a period of about one year and are taken to the annual competition for judging and comparison with approximately 120 other vehicles from colleges and universities throughout the world. The end result is a great experience for young engineers in a meaningful engineering project as well as the opportunity of working in a dedicated team effort.

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Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFES)

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's mission is to promote the discovery and exchange of knowledge concerning the characteristics of human beings that are applicable to the design of systems and devices of all kinds.  We further serious consideration of knowledge about the assignment of appropriate functions for humans and machines, whether people serve as operators, maintainers, or users in the system. Furthermore, we advocate systematic use of such knowledge to achieve compatibility in the design of interactive systems of people, machines, and environments and to ensure their effectiveness, safety, and ease of performance. The VT student chapter is one of the largest in the nation; winning gold chapter status continuously for numerous years.

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Human Powered Submarine (HPS)

The Human Powered Submarine (HPS) Team is one of many student-run engineering design teams that are the pride of Virginia Tech's College of Engineering. The team's mission is to design, build, and race submarines that are propelled solely by human power. Although such a project could be accomplished relatively simply, to do it well requires the integration of many aspects of both engineering and liberal arts disciplines. Building a functional boat and competing each year requires the teamwork of many students who understand hydrodynamics, electronics, composite materials, biomechanics, machining, and administration. Participation on the team gives students a practical application of engineering and allows them to see the design progress from concept, to plan, to functional boat, as well as experience the thrill of competition.

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Hyperloop

We are a student-led organization made up of aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, engineering science & mechanics, mechanical engineering, and business students. After placing fourth in the first ever international Hyperloop Design weekend, we were selected to move forward to build our pod for competition at SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorne, California in January 2017.

After unveiling the Vhyper in September 2016, we used the remaining months before competition to redesign, test, and finalize our preparations for competition one. During the unveiling, Virginia Tech announced the plans to build a Hyperloop external sub-track on campus early 2017. We look forward to continuing to build our team and continuing to innovate and invent the future of transportation!

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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is an international organization with over 350,000 members. The Virginia Tech IEEE student branch is part of the Virginia Mountain Section of the IEEE national branch. As the 8th largest collegiate IEEE student chapter, we aim to promote professional awareness, encourage academic growth, and organize social activities within the Hokie community.

Our goal is to gather together students interested in technology, electronics, electromagnetism, power systems, and computers. Throughout the year the chapter will have regular meetings, employer events, and technology related activities. Most members are electrical or computer engineering students, however, everyone is welcome.

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Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)

IISE is the student chapter of the international professional society for the Industrial and Systems Engineering profession. The objective of our chapter is to provide professional development and networking opportunities, social activities, and exposure to cutting edge industry developments. Our goal is to promote ISE and acquaint the student body with their peers and department. Students can benefit in numerous ways by participating in the many events offered throughout the semester.

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Orbital Launch Vehicle Team (OLVT)

We are a team of Virginia Tech students whose goal is simple: to put a rocket in space. Specifically, we want to put a small 1-2 kilogram CubeSat (mini satellite) into Low Earth Orbit. Something like this has never been done before by an amateur organization (i.e. not a government or large government-aided corporation) and it will have huge implications for low-cost access to space. Colleges across the country could follow our lead and develop a method to put satellites and small experiments into space themselves. In this way, it will give a serious boost to the space industry and give students who are, like us, extremely passionate about space an opportunity to gain hands-on experience on a project that is directly relevant to their future careers. It will also allow Virginia Tech to develop a ground-to-LEO launch service for other universities' projects, which will provide income for the university and Orbital Launch Team to enable us to keep innovating.

We are currently building Hokie0.5, a two stage technology demonstrator to be launched at LDRS 37.  This rocket will reach a peak altitude of 14,000 ft and will reach speeds of greater than mach 1.5 on ascent.

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RoboGrinder

A brief introduction: RoboMasters is a robotics competition created for young engineers around the world. RoboMasters 2016 brought 220 teams from around the world to battle it out in the finals with over 6 million online viewers tuning in for the championship matches. We want to let the people around the world, especially in China, knows more about the Hokie nation.

The Student Engineers' Abroad Council (SEAC)

The Student Engineers' Abroad Council (SEAC) general membership is made up of engineering students who either plan on studying or interning abroad, or who have already had an international experience they'd like to share with their peers. It exists "to promote and assist engineers in the pursuit of international experiences.

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Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

The VT-SHPE chapter provides academic, professional, and personal support to our members in the Virginia Tech campus. We aim to prepare the future engineer by fostering academic support, networking opportunities, and community outreach initiatives to those people seeking higher education. Our chapter allows young Latino students to develop into well rounded and effective leaders through our student government which handles the chapter's administrative and executive affairs.

Furthermore, our officers and members are active participants in SHPE, Inc leadership conferences held on a semester basis. At Virginia Tech we are readily involved with the growing Hispanic community and seek to close the gap between Hispanic and non-Hispanic engineers. We seek to produce high-quality Hispanic engineers who will not only be filled with technical talent, but also with awareness and the courage to better themselves and the community around them.

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Service without Borders (SWB)

Service without Borders is an interdisciplinary, student-led organization whose mission is to share the spirit of Virginia Tech's motto, Ut Prosim, locally and globally by providing assistance to communities in need. SWB projects engage in real-world design, project management, construction, marketing, fundraising, and cultural experiences. We have local projects as well as global projects based in Tanzania and Nepal.

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Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

SWE at VT contributes to the campus, the community, and its members. SWE participates in many service projects aimed at encouraging young women to consider a career in engineering as well as projects that help the environment and the New River Valley community. SWE creates a network of women engineers throughout Virginia Tech and demonstrates the value of diversity on this campus. SWE also offers scholarships, career advice, mentoring, and professional, social, and service opportunities for its members.

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Theme Park Engineering and Design (TPED)

TPED is a club for those industry in the amusement and themed entertainment industry. Our primary focuses include: education, networking, sharing/discussing common interests, and providing unique, fun experiences to our members relating to theme parks and/or roller coasters.

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The VT Motorcycle Economy

The VT Motorcycle Economy challenge team designs for the Craig Vetter Motorcycle Economy Challenge at the American Motorcycle Association Vintage Days festival in Mansfield, Ohio. The objective of the competition is to travel 150 miles in various realistic riding scenarios at the least cost. Riders compete with gasoline, diesel, and electric vehicles to achieve the greatest energy efficiency while also transporting a shopping trip's worth of groceries.

The Wind Turbine Team

The Wind Turbine Team at Virginia Tech works to design and build a functioning, small-scale wind turbine. The goal of this organization is to successfully compete in the Collegiate Wind Competition. This competition requires the team to build, market, and select a mock implementation location for a wind turbine. Therefore, this organization is open to all majors with a focus on Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Marketing, and International Development. There are currently five sub-teams on the project, which allows individual members to gain hands-on experience and leadership skills.