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Engineering and Chemical Engineering Societies

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has a student chapter at UMD. The goal of the AICHE Student Chapter is to foster professional and personal development as a chemical engineer. It meets weekly during the academic year. Chemical engineering students at all levels are encouraged to join the AIChE UMD Student Chapter. It serves as the conduit for receiving important information from the department, such as job information and openings, internship announcements, and departmental policies that affect chemical engineering students. The Student Chapter hosts speakers from industry and has an active itinerary of plant or industrial facility visits spread throughout the year. The Chapter has active intramural sports teams, such as broomball and softball, and plans a variety of social functions throughout the year. Membership in the local UMD Student Chapter has a small annual cost. The national membership entitles the student to a quarterly subscription to Chapter One, an AIChE publication for students, seven issues of the monthly flagship magazine, Chemical Engineering Progress, a free copy of the AIChE Pocket Handbook (a valuable quick reference and conversion table source), and one volume of the AIChE Modular Instruction Series. The student members elect their own officers including the president, vice president, secretary and treasurer, once a year. A Chemical Engineering faculty member acts as the faculty adviser to the chapter.


Omega Chi Epsilon is the national chemical engineering honor society. The society promotes scholarship, encourages original investigation in chemical engineering, and recognizes the valuable traits of character, integrity, and leadership. The society granted UMD the Beta Zeta chapter in 1995. Membership is by invitation and limited to chemical engineering juniors and seniors who have displayed academic excellence and leadership. Each fall, the qualified engineering seniors and juniors are invited to join the society. There is a one time initiation fee for joining Omega Chi Epsilon. Chapter activities promote chemical engineering in the department, on the campus of UMD and in the Duluth community. The chapter encourages new students, offering tutoring and providing tours of the department's facilites. The chapter elects its own officers and is advised by a chemical engineering faculty member.








Tau Beta Pi is the national honor society for engineers. UMD was granted the Minnesota Beta chapter by the society in 1996. The first purpose of Tau Beta Pi is to recognize engineering students of distinguished scholarship and exemplary character. They are also responsible for encouraging a spirit of liberal culture in the engineering departments, and expect to undertake several projects over the years in that direction. The projects are designed to serve the organization, campus, or community. They are in practically any area in which there is a need. In addition to service projects, social functions are also held. Membership in the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society is by invitation only. Every fall and spring terms, the qualified engineering seniors and juniors are invited to join the society. There is a one time initiation fee for joining the Tau Beta Pi engineering society. The chapter is advised by faculty members from each of the engineering disciplines at UMD.




The Society of Women Engineers mission is to stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity. Open to both men and women in engineering, the UMD SWE chapter attends regional and national conferences, hosts speakers from engineering companies, organizes outreach events with the Duluth community, and has several social gatherings throughout the year. Members participate in volunteer opportunities, are eligible for scholarships and awards, and have the chance to network with other students and professionals in engineering. For more information visit and find us on Facebook.


The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the U.S. to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer. The first ceremony in the U.S. was held on June 4, 1970 at the Cleveland State University. At the ceremony, graduating engineers are invited to accept the Obligation of the Engineer and to wear a stainless steel ring on the little finger of the working hand. The Obligation is a creed similar to the oath generally taken by medical graduates and which sets forth an ethical code. Initiates, as they voluntarily accept the obligation, pledge to uphold the standards and dignity of the engineering profession and to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth's precious wealth. The Order is not a membership organization. There are never any meetings to attend or dues to pay. Instead, the Order does foster a unity of purpose and honoring of one's pledge lifelong. UMD was the first university in Minnesota to have initiation of its graduating engineers on campus. The initiation is held at the end of each term. All graduating engineering students are invited to join the Order of the Engineer. There is a small, one-time only initiation fee for the paper work and a stainless steel ring, which is worn on the little finger of the working hand.


Society of Mining, Metalurgy, and Exploration has a local student chapter at UMD.









Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers has local meetings in Duluth.







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