Student Organizations

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American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

ASME is a non-profit membership organization that enables and promotes collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods.

The Grand Valley State University student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is dedicated to helping its members succeed in engineering. Utilizing the rules and standards of the ASME professional society, we participate in organization and school competitions which encourage innovation and intelligent design.

More information about ASME

Advisor: Dr. Sanjivan Manoharan

Biomedical Engineering Society

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

A biomedical engineer uses traditional engineering expertise to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine, providing an overall enhancement of health care. The mission of Biomedical Engineering Society is to enhance knowledge and education in biomedical engineering and bioengineering and its utilization for human health and well-being. This chapter provides opportunities to establish leadership skills, network, publish, and participate in a wide range of career enhancing abilities.


General Email: [email protected]

Advisor: Dr. Samhita Rhodes

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Casting Club

Casting Club provides students with hands on casting experience in a creative and innovative manner. This club seeks to expand students' knowledge of casting as a manufacturing method and in designing to ensure effective casting. Students can further develop their engineering skills, with opportunities to grow in CAD, design intent, report writing, and project development. There may be opportunities to learn complimentary skills such as machining, metal working, and other finishing operations. Casting Club seeks to make casting interesting, safe, and engaging for students at GVSU.

Information about the GVSU Casting Club


Advisor: Dr. Abishek Balsamy-Kamaraj

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FIRST Alumni Network of GVSU

The purpose of this organization shall be to provide a community of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) alumni and FIRST culture that supplies resources to local schools and events as well as a congenial atmosphere for students.

FANGV: engaging the community, inspiring STEM culture, and fostering innovation.

More information about FANGV


Advisor: Ryan Aldridge, Prof. Terry Stevens

GVSU Solar Racing Team

GVSU Solar Racing Team

As the first inaugural solar racing team representing GVSU, we have accepted the challenge that comes with starting from square one. We are now working on fundraising and starting prototypes on various functions of the car, and progress is well underway. With the Formula Sun Grand Prix and The American Solar Challenge as our stepping stones into this journey, we aim to start a legacy that will inspire future, like-minded individuals and associations to help innovate and expand.

More information about the GVSU Solar Racing Team


General Email: [email protected]

Advisor: Ryan Aldridge


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

IEEE is the international professional organization for electrical, computer, and electronics engineers. IEEE's core mission is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

The Grand Valley State University branch works to enhance learning and networking for engineers at GVSU through lectures, projects, conferences, and community involvement.

General Email: [email protected]

Advisor: Dr. Jeffery Ward

Laker Racing - Society of American Engineers

Laker Racing - Society of Automotive Engineers (Formula SAE)

Formula SAE is a collegiate engineering design competition hosted annually by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Formula SAE seeks to improve the management, design, and problem-solving skills of engineering and business students as they collaborate to build a miniature Formula One-style open-wheel race car.

More information about Laker Racing


General Email: [email protected]

Advisor: Dr. Nick Baine


National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

The mission of the National Society of Black Engineers is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.

More information about the National Society of Black Engineers


General Email: [email protected]

Advisors: Hector Garcia, Prof. Beniam Tewolde, Dr. Wael Mokhtar


Professional Association of Graduate Engineering Students (PAGES)

Primary objective of PAGES is to serve all academic needs of graduate engineering students. Members of PAGES will be benefited with the following services:

  1. Support in academic needs
  2. Sponsorship in academic, social gathering and professional development events
  3. Volunteering opportunity in technical flagship events
  4. Networking opportunity with engineering students in GVSU, faculty members, alumni and other engineers in the locality
  5. Guidance in career opportunities

More information about PAGES


Advisor: Dr. Samhita Rhodes

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Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is the support system for Hispanics in STEM programs at GVSU.

SHPE is a nonprofit organization serving and advancing Hispanics in STEM. SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development.

SHPE's vision is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers. Through our membership, programs, scholarships and corporate partnerships, SHPE will inspire the next generation of STEM innovators this country needs.

More information about the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers


General Email: [email protected]

Advisor: Hector Garcia


Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a not-for-profit educational and service organization founded in 1950 that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career for women through an exciting array of training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, and outreach and advocacy activities.

Grand Valley State University has maintained a collegiate SWE section since 2012. We hope to promote engineering as a fun, rewarding career option for all students, and encourage women to achieve their full potential. Our goal is to connect our members with the West Michigan community through networking events, service opportunities, group field trips and educational outreach.

GVSU SWE and the School of Engineering have collaboration efforts with K-12 schools to mentor young girls who have interest in engineering.

More information about SWE


General Email: [email protected]

Advisor: Dr. Lindsay Corneal


Tau Beta Pi

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Tau Beta Pi is an engineering honor society which bestows honors on junior and senior undergraduate engineering students who display exemplary character and outstanding academic achievement. The chapter at Grand Valley partakes in several community outreach projects each year including helping out at the regional Science Olympiad tournament hosted at Grand Valley along with the local National Electric Cart Association races. Tau Beta Pi is more than just a title on a resume. To be a Tau Beta Pi member you must demonstrate that you not only excel in academia but you strive to do more for your community and your peers. Tau Beta Pi members want to further their education and the education of their community.

More information about Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society


Advisor: Dr. Janice Pawloski

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W8GVU Amateur Radio

The GVSU ARC, registered in 1997 and currently operating under the callsign "W8GVU" is a group of students and faculty who provide students a gateway to amateur radio, to communicate with other “hams” and/or other amateur radio clubs, to provide communications for public service, and to improve student skills concerning radio theory and operation.

Located across from room 202 in the Keller Engineering Laboratories in GVSU's Pew Campus, we have "open shack" opportunities to allow students to learn more about amateur radio, as well as other events throughout the year, such as Field Day in late June, the Collegiate QSO Party in September, and many more!

More information about W8GVU


Advisor: Dr. Nick Baine, Jared Bergeron

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