Whether it’s due to its relatively small size or simply the nature of the faculty and staff involved in its operation, the department offers a particularly warm and inviting environment both inside and out of the classroom.
Undergraduates can expect to be involved in many hands-on learning experiences, including annual projects that have become much-anticipated activities, including the Senior Design class. There are frequent opportunities to interact with faculty, staff and fellow students beyond coursework. Particular favorites include poster and conference presentations.
Engineering-related Student Organizations
UMBC AIChE is the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. We are a student-run professional organization dedicated to enhancing the engineering experience of the undergraduate chemical engineers at UMBC, by organizing various member activities including: plant tours to local industries, career building workshops, professional guest speakers, student social events, and collaboration efforts with other local student chapters and professional engineers in the local Maryland area. As an active student chapter, we intend to assist all chemical engineering students as they develop their skills in preparation for the workforce or continued education.
UMBC ChemE Car is the UMBC Team involved in The Chem-E-Car Competition® created by AIChE. The competition involves multiple regional competitions and a final competition at the Annual Student conference, which increases awareness of the chemical engineering discipline among the public, industry leaders, educators, and other students. The AIChE’s annual Chem-E-Car Competition® engages college students in designing and constructing a car powered by a chemical energy source, that will safely carry a specified load over a given distance and stop.
Engineers Without Borders is a non-profit international humanitarian organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of disadvantaged communities. Our goal is to implement environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing globally aware and internationally responsible students and engineers.
NSBE’s mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. We are open to all majors and ethnicities. Furthermore, we hope to provide members with access to academic, social, and professional opportunities.
SACNAS(Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) which includes Social Sciences and Psychology. We are an inclusive professional organization that aims to create a sense of community for all Latinx, Hispanics, Chicanos and Native Americas at UMBC. We hope you find your experience at UMBC enjoyable and to help you create the best version of yourself before graduation.
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) has been established for the purpose of helping students connect with one another professionally and culturally. Our goal is to assist students contribute to any field, specifically STEM oriented projects. Alongside our goal, SASE is dedicated to the advancement of Asian heritage scientists and engineers in education and employment so that they can achieve their full career potential. In addition to professional development, SASE also encourages members to contribute to the enhancement of the communities in which they live.
UMBC’s chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers The goal of SHPE is to perpetuate the mission of SHPE National on campus while bolstering more inclusive engineering and scientific communities where all demographics are represented as leaders. We work towards this goal by promoting active discussion, sponsoring community service events, and hosting joint social events with like-minded organizations on campus.
SAE Snowmobile We are a group of students who modify a stock snowmobile to make it more effective, environmentally friendly, and overall better. The vehicle is modified based on students’ areas of interest and all of the research, design, analysis, and testing is done by students. All of our hard work builds up to the annual SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge, an international competition where student teams from different universities compete. Members on the team strive to learn information and methods of application outside of a typical classroom setting while working in an interdisciplinary real world setting. We host workshops where students can learn to machine parts, use analysis software, and advanced analysis equipment. No prior knowledge is required!
Society of Women Engineers: SWE’s mission is 1) Stimulate women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders 2) Expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life 3) Demonstrate the value of diversity. Facebook: SWE at UMBC ; Instagram: @umbc_swe