Student Engagement and Leadership Development

In the Mechanical Engineering Department and the A. James Clark School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering students have a variety of opportunities to engage with other engineering students through engineering related student organizations. We encourage students to explore these student organizations as they can provide meaningful experiences that help them build community at the University of Maryland (UMD) and develop their own leadership capacities. By combining their academic experiences with the learning and development students can achieve in student organizations, Mechanical Engineering students will be set up for success after they graduate from UMD.

Below is a list of engineering related student organizations in the Mechanical Engineering Department and the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

The Mechanical Engineering Department also provides support and programming for student organizations directly under the Mechanical Engineering Department to aide in their success.

Terps Racing 2022 Baja Team

If you’d like to talk more about joining a student organization or need support as a student organization leader, please contact:
Timmy Farrell, Academic Advisor for Undergraduate Studies, at

Mechanical Engineering Student Organizations

American Society of Mechanical Engineers |

We are dedicated to enriching the collegiate experience and creating a community within ME through activities, programs, and events.

Membership: For national membership, go to, for UMD membership, visit their website.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) |

We seek to advance the arts and sciences of HVAC and refrigerating to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world. 

Membership: Visit their website.

Engineers Without Borders |

We are a national nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainable development through assistance and training internationally responsible engineering students.. 

Membership: Open to all students; Visit their website

Maryland Sustainability Engineering |

We are an organization dedicated to sustainable development locally and abroad. 

Membership: Open to all students; Visit for more information.

Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) |

We focus on mechanical contracting, design, and project & construction management while competing in the annual national competition.

Membership: Open to Mechanical and Civil Engineering undergraduates; For more information visit their website.

Pi Tau Sigma |

Pi Tau Sigma is the Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.

Membership: Top 25% of ENME juniors and/or seniors, GPA must be at least 3.25/4.0; Invitation letters are sent to eligible students.

TERPS Racing |

The Terps Racing club supports the Baja SAE and Formula SAE racing teams.

Membership:  Open to all students with a background or interest in designing, building, and racing cars.

Please check out their Facebook page for more information:

Clark School Student Organizations

Black Engineers Society |

We recruit, retain and release qualified minorities in STEM fields. Our programming incorporates professional development training, career and academic mapping, community service, and social events. 

Membership: Visit our website.


We work to promote the inclusion and development of LGBTQA students in the STEM fields by actively addressing the needs of our communities within the university.

Membership: Visit their website for details.

Robotics @ Maryland |

We are the student robotics team. We design and build autonomous robots to compete against other schools and organizations.

Membership: Open to any UMD student, regardless of major; Visit their website

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers |

We promote academic and professional development for all Hispanic students in engineering.

Membership: Open to all (undergrad/grad/professional); not limited to Hispanic students; Visit their website.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) |

We support women and men in their pursuit of a career in engineering. 

Membership:  Open to all students, not just women; Visit their website.

Solar Decathlon |

The Solar Decathlon is a competition among twenty student teams from around the world to design, build, and operate the most attractive and most energy efficient solar powered home. The teams compete in ten contests to determine an overall winner.  

Membership: Please go to the contact page on the website to apply. 

Tau Beta Pi |

Tau Beta Pi is the National Engineering Honor Society. All engineering disciplines at the Clark School are welcome.

Membership: Top 1/8th of engineering junior class and THE Top 1/5th of engineering senior class. Invitation letters are sent to eligible students.

Thrill Rides Club |

We expose students to the industry of theme park engineering and design and making connections with professionals in this field.

Membership: Please visit their website

For more information on additional student organizations and clubs in the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, visit: