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Professional Societies & Organizations, Engineering

American Institute of Chemical Engineers 

The AIChE is the professional society that represents the interests of chemical engineers in their careers, as well as the profession as a whole. Widener’s student chapter introduces the chemical engineering student to aspects of the profession that frequently do not appear in an academic environment. The Widener student chapter gives chemical engineering students the opportunity to broaden their exposure to the profession by such things as field trips, speaking engagements by engineering professionals, and local and national conferences.

Tau Beta Pi

Tau Beta Pi is the honor society that recognizes engineering students of any discipline who have compiled an outstanding undergraduate academic record. It is generally considered to be the top national honor society for all engineers. Eligibility for the society is determined by grade point average attained at the end of the junior or senior year.

Omega Chi Epsilon

Omega Chi Epsilon is an honor society that recognizes chemical engineering students who have compiled an outstanding undergraduate academic record. It is generally considered to be the top honor society specifically dedicated to chemical engineers.

Engineers Without Borders 

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a service-oriented society including engineers from all disciplines. Its mission is to help unfortunate residents in less-developed cultures improve their daily lives through technology. Widener’s chapter has been able to bring solar-powered electricity to a small village in Panama, making it possible for its citizens to enjoy a few modern amenities that would otherwise be completely unavailable. In the future, EWB hopes to improve other aspects of their daily life through such things as an improved water supply.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Widener University’s student chapter of ASCE is affiliated with the national ASCE organization. ASCE's mission is to develop leadership, advance technology, advocate lifelong learning, and promote the profession. Our student chapter provides students with opportunities to meet and network with professionals, obtain internships and scholarships, participate in civil engineering competitions and field trips, and just have fun!

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Widener University’s student section of SWE is affiliated with the national SWE organization. SWE’s mission is to help women 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. SWE helps to create personal relationships, support systems, and networking between women in engineering and technology, and runs programs to show females of all ages that engineers work to solve real-world problems and improve the quality of life for all. Widener’s student section of SWE runs a highly popular and award-winning camp to introduce high school girls to the many possibilities of a career in engineering.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is a professional society that covers nearly every field of electrical engineering. This society works to enhance technological innovation and provide excellence for the benefit of humanity. This society publishes transactions, journals, and magazines and also sets standards for telecommunication products and computer systems. Our students get valuable benefits from the latest research and augment their technical knowledge. The IEEE also provides career opportunities to our students.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

This is the flagship professional society for our field. Engineers from all disciplines, such as biomechanics, automotive engineering, and aerospace engineering are part of this society. Philadelphia’s ASME chapter provides programming for student societies such as design competitions, as well as seminars and professional meetings.

American Helicopter Society

Given the prominent role of the helicopter industry in this area, this is a very active society, allowing students to interact with many engineers in this field at local events.