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[College of Engineering]


Student Engineers' Association. All students in the College of Engineering are members of the Student Engineers' Association, whose purpose is to coordinate student activities in the College of Engineering. The governing body of the association is the Engineering Executive Council, which is composed of the elected officers of the College and representatives from the student professional and honor societies listed below.

Professional societies. The following are the professional societies in the College of Engineering:

Alabama Society of Professional Engineers

Alabama Water Environment Federation

American Foundrymen's Society

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning ­Engineers

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

American Society for Metals International

American Water Resources Association

Association for Computing Machinery

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Institute of Industrial Engineers

Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society

National Society of Black Engineers

Society of Automotive Engineers

Society of Women Engineers

Theta Tau Engineering Fraternity


The following are the honor societies in the College of Engineering:

Alpha Pi Mu. Alpha Pi Mu recognizes students who have shown exceptional academic interest and ability in industrial engineering; encourages participation in professional activities; and encourages any movement that will advance the best interests of industrial engineering education. To be eligible for membership, an undergraduate student must have earned a GPA in the upper one-fifth of the junior class or the upper one-third of the senior class in industrial engineering. Graduate students require special recommendation from the head of the Department of Industrial Engineering for election.

Chi Epsilon. Chi Epsilon, dedicated to the purpose of maintaining and promoting the status of civil engineering, was organized to recognize the characteristics of the individual civil engineer deemed to be fundamental to the successful pursuit of an engineering career and to aid in the development of those characteristics in the civil engineering student. Membership is limited to juniors and seniors in civil engineering who rank in the upper one-third of their respective classes.

Eta Kappa Nu. Eta Kappa Nu promotes and recognizes scholarship in the field of electrical engineering. To be eligible for membership, juniors must rank in the upper one-quarter and seniors must rank in the upper one-third of their electrical engineering classes.

Omega Chi Epsilon. Omega Chi Epsilon recognizes juniors, seniors, and graduate students in chemical and biological engineering for their scholarship and promise of professional ability. Students are eligible for membership after having successfully completed 8 semester hours of chemical engineering courses past the freshman level. Juniors must rank in the upper one-fourth of their class, and seniors must rank in the upper one-third. Graduate students must have successfully completed at least 9 semester hours of chemical engineering graduate courses.

Pi Tau Sigma. Pi Tau Sigma honors persons who have demonstrated effective leadership, engineering ability, and scholastic achievement in the field of mechanical engineering. To be eligible for membership, first-semester juniors must rank in the top 25 percent of their class; second-semester juniors must rank in the top 33 percent of their class; and seniors must rank in the top 35 percent of their class.

Sigma Gamma Tau. The Sigma Gamma Tau society was established to recognize and honor individuals in the field of aeronautics and astronautics who have—through scholarship, integrity, and outstanding achievement—been a credit to their profession. The society seeks to foster a high standard of ethics and professional practices and to create a spirit of loyalty and fellowship, particularly among students of aerospace engineering. To be eligible for membership, juniors must rank in the upper 25 percent of their class and seniors must rank in the upper 33 percent of their class.

Tau Beta Pi. Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, is dedicated to fostering liberal culture in engineering colleges and to recognizing those who have conferred honor on their alma mater by distinguished scholarship. Students in the top one-fifth of the senior class or in the top one-eighth of the junior class are eligible for election.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon. Upsilon Pi Epsilon is the only nationally recognized honor society for computer science. The society recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance and service in the field of computer science. The society is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate members of the society must have completed at least 60 hours of coursework with an average of 3.5 or better in their computer science courses. Upsilon Pi Epsilon was established at The University of Alabama in 1989.

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