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ME Professional Societies

Professional organizations and societies provide opportunities for you to enhance your professional development through local and student chapter meetings and activities, including society-sponsored conferences, symposia, and workshops. Check some of the following links for major society activities, and keep an eye open as you browse our Web site for opportunities to volunteer, get involved, and shape your career and the profession.

RIT Formula SAE Racing Team

Every year we build a car from the ground up. Purchasing only the engine block, tires, and bulk materials, it is entirely designed, constructed, and completed by our students.

We annually attend up to three competitions. Our season starts with the original and largest Formula SAE competition held in Michigan. We also strive to attend an international competition every year to show our strength to the world and compete with a different set of skilled teams.

The RIT Formula SAE Racing Team is dedicated to designing, fabricating, testing, developing, racing, and promoting the finest Formula SAE racer in the world. We will strive to become the most professional, respected, and prestigious team in SAE. We will provide a constructive learning environment that will strengthen new team members by giving them the best hands-on engineering experience. Through our commitment to quality both in the shop and on the track we will better ourselves and our competition. We will accomplish this through teamwork, dedication and effective communication.  We welcome students of all majors and all levels of experience. You do not have to an engineer, have grown up in a garage, or have racing experience. All we ask is for time and the will to learn. We'll take care of the rest.

All interested students should contact us at

Tuesday & Thursday: 8pm
Saturday: 10am

In the Machine Shop, Building 9

Mechanical Engineering Student Organizations

Pi Tau Sigma

Pi Tau Sigma is the mechanical engineering national honor society. Membership, by invitation, is open to men and women ranked in the upper third of the class in their fourth and fifth years at RIT. Chapter activities are tailored to foster high ideals in the engineering profession, support departmental activities, and promote professionalism. Service activities are supported by fund-raising and social events. Professor Walter is the advisor.

Tau Beta Pi

This national engineering honor society was founded to mark in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their Alma Mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as students in engineering, or by their attainments as alumni in the field of engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges.  Election to Tau Beta Pi is one of the highest honors that can come to an engineering student from his or her peers. Professor Nye is the advisor.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers [ASME]

The student chapter of ASME offers educational, technical, and social activities.  It develops leadership skills and leads to contacts with engineers in industry and students at other colleges within the region.  The student chapter is active and works closely with the senior section in Rochester.  The faculty advisor is Professor Timothy Landschoot.

Society of Automotive Engineers [SAE] and FSAE Competition Team

The purpose of the RIT Society of Automotive Engineers is to give students the opportunity to meet with senior engineers in industry and provide students a chance to apply their classroom knowledge in various projects.  The faculty advisor is Dr. Nye.

Society of Women Engineers [SWE]

The Society of Women Engineers at RIT is a student-run organization.  SWE organizes several functions each quarter such as guest speakers, high school outreach, community activities, tours, social events and events with other student organizations.  The RIT chapter is strongly committed to the encouragement of women in pursuing a career in engineering or related fields.  The faculty advisor is Professor Lam.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers [SHPE]

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers is an association of professionals and students in engineering, science, technology, business and other related disciplines at RIT.  SHPE’s basic thrust is to identify and promote professional growth opportunities for Hispanics. 

National Society of Black Engineers [NSBE]

The student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers is dedicated to the retention, recruitment, and successful graduation of its members. 

Aero Design Club

The student chapter is dedicated to promoting careers and opportunities in the aerospace industry.  The faculty advisor is Dr. Jason Kolodziej

You’ll find more than 150 clubs and student organizations at RIT. Opportunities to network with industry professionals, to compete in national competitions, and to meet your counterparts at other universities are just some of the benefits of joining these organizations. If you don’t see a club that reflects your interests, you will surely find others who share those interests and can help you start a new club.  For more information please visit

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