Organizations & Societies

ECE Department

ECE has a relatively large number of student-run organizations. ECE’s bright, energetic engineering students look for endeavors that have a purpose and are organized for outcomes, including service to their members, peers and academic department. They also enjoy the social and professional development opportunities that their organizations afford. New officers are elected each academic year. These leaders organize and implement annual events and create new activities and initiatives based on member interest. ECE’s student organizations have faculty advisors and are professionally advised by the Director of Alumni & Student Relations.

Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), Sigma Chapter
The CMU student chapter of the national ECE honor society.

The student chapter of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

The organization for women bachelors, masters and doctoral students in ECE.

The organization that promotes and runs the annual student hacking/gadgeting festival.

The ECE Graduate Organization representing and serving ECE masters and doctoral students.

ECE Outreach
This organization does outreach to local high schools with hands-on projects to get students more interested in engineering careers.

ECE has two student advisory councils that act as a primary interface between the student populations and the ECE administration. The undergraduate and IMB Student Advisory Council (SAC) and the Masters Advisory Council (MAC) act as forums for idea generation and issue resolution aimed at maximizing the student educational experience and quality of life for the programs represented. Even though faculty and administrative offices have an open-door policy for student ideas and issues, organizing this activity and making it a proactive venture brings a sense of pride and ownership to the endeavor, resulting in continual improvement.

While each student organization has its own set of goals and objectives – as well as traditions and activities that engage and serve the entire department – the groups also work together and make up a larger student leadership corps that makes things happen in ECE each academic year.

ECE-Affiliated Student Organizations

These organizations are open to all majors and have a number of ECE members.

National Student Organizations


In addition, CMU offers a wealth of activities for the active student. Visit the Office of Student Activities or the CMU Activities Board for more information.

A student shows off his Build18 project.