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Mechanical Engineering

Clubs & Organizations

Collage of different student events

Getting involved in clubs and organizations allows you to participate in projects beyond the classroom. Collaborating on teams builds your network and skill set, making you more valuable to potential employers. Mechanical Engineering students can choose between several engineering-focused clubs and organizations to join to enrich their time at Clemson.

Engineering Organizations

Student chapters and professional societies hold regular meetings throughout the fall and spring semesters, providing students the opportunity to engage with one another, faculty and practicing professionals.

  • American Association of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. Student Chapter (ASHRAE)

    ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of over 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education. Join ASHRAE.

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Student Chapter (ASME)

    Clemson University Chapter of Mechanical Engineers is a volunteer organization executed by the undergraduates and graduates of Clemson University’s Mechanical Department. We help students grow industry contacts and gain hands-on experience to enhance and apply their education. For more information, please visit the CUASME site.

  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers Student Chapter (SME)

    The Clemson SME chapter is a professional organization devoted to promoting manufacturing through organized study, research, and discussion of the professional area and the dissemination of the knowledge thereby gained. We will also encourage membership in SME by introducing the ideas, purposes, and objectives of SME to the student body and surrounding community. The Clemson SME chapter is sponsored by SME Greater Charleston Chapter and operates within the SME Governance Document and Bylaws. For more information, contact the Clemson Student Chapter for more details.

  • Pi Tau Sigma The Mechanical Engineering Honor Society

    The Phi Kappa chapter of Pi Tau Sigma was established at Clemson on September 10, 1984, through Dr. Przirembel. The objectives of Pi Tau Sigma are to foster high ideals in the engineering profession, stimulate and support departmental activities, promote professional welfare and develop leadership and citizenship. Contact the Clemson chapter advisor.

  • Interdisciplinary Clubs

    Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) supports Hispanics in STEM and serves as a role model to the Hispanic community. Clemson University chapter provides an opportunity for networking with the goal of encompassing the nation as well as reaching countries outside the United States. Despite the nature of the name, the chapter has members from a variety of backgrounds. Contact for more information.

    The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is an international non-profit educational and service organization that provides advocacy and support for women working and studying in male-dominated fields of technology and engineering. SWE members at Clemson University receive access to a pool of resources to nurture personal and career development.

    Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) is a program run by an organization at Clemson called PEER & WISE. While PEER & WISE aims to increase diversity in engineering, computing and applied sciences by providing mentoring, coaching, tutoring, networking and career-development opportunities, WISE focuses specifically on supporting women in STEM. PEER & WISE is headquartered in Clemson’s Freeman Hall and is part of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. Please email

    The National Society of Black Engineers’s (NSBE) motto is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. NSBE provides Leadership, Technical Excellence, Mentoring, and Academic Excellence resources.

The Clemson Rocket Engineering team are dedicated to designing, building, and flying experimental sounding rockets. Subteams include Payload, Structures, Flight Dynamics, and Avionics.

Before competitions, it's not unheard of for the team to spend 12-hour days building the rockets in the Cook Engineering Laboratory. Afterwards, they travel to New Mexico to compete in the annual Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) with teams from all around the world.

Dove working in lab

“My first year here at Clemson, I came to the Rocketry Team, and they're all incredible people. So, they took me in and showed me what they were doing, and I was hooked on that then. We're in here for about a month, 12 hours a day, with a bunch of people working to get it working. And then we'll assemble it, build all the components, assemble everything, load it up in a trailer and then head out to the competition.”

Charles Dove
Founder of Small Satellite Team

Designer Clubs & Projects

Society of Automotive Engineers Student Chapter (SAE)

The Society of Automotive Engineers at Clemson University offers its members the opportunity to apply their engineering skills to hands-on automotive projects. SAE is an international organization created to share knowledge between students and engineers. Clemson’s chapter is dedicated to promoting advancement in designing and building automotive vehicles. These opportunities include monthly meetings, plant tours and two design projects — Formula SAE and Mini Baja.

Interested in joining the team?

Clemson Formula one members working

Formula SAE (CUFSAE)

Clemson University Formula SAE is an organization dedicated to enriching students by allowing them to apply what they have learned in class. From engineering to marketing, computer programming to graphic design, CUFSAE offers something for every student. The group aims to provide students with the tools to learn as much as possible while exploring employment possibilities in the automotive industry.

Formula SAE

Clemson Baja SAE

Clemson Baja SAE is a non-profit organization that allows students to apply knowledge acquired in the classroom to real-world settings. Baja SAE is a collegiate design competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. University teams from around the world compete in an off-road challenge. Student members work to design, build, test, promote, and race a rugged, single-seat, off-road vehicle.

Baja SAE
Car in Baja competition event
Rocket Engineering group holding rocket.

Clemson Rocket Engineering

Clemson Rocket Engineering is an entirely student-run organization dedicated to advancing extra-curricular aerospace research at Clemson. Our mission is to give students an outlet to experiment in hands-on ways to prepare them for future careers. Founded in 2016, the rocket club's projects range from orbital-class payloads to high-power rockets.

Rocket Club
Jansen Scholars meeting in Fluor.

Department Organizations

ME Graduate Student Council

The graduate student council represents the views and recommendations of the ME graduate student body to the ME Department. ME GSC seeks to build this community to enhance students’ experiences, meeting their needs as students and researchers. Most recently, ME GSC introduced a semester kick-off bowling tradition, with over 80 students in attendance, Trivia Night, and ME Poster Competition with more than 100 participants. Contact the ME Graduate Student Services Coordinator to learn more.


WIMAE (Women in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering). WIMAE is the School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering student organization targeting to create and maintain an environment that fosters the growth and development of its female members through peer support and mentorship. This social club schedules regular lunches with guest speakers, outreach activities and engineering-related tours to allow community members to discuss topics for future success, support each other (mentally and academically), and establish a life-long relationships.

Jansen Emerging Scholars

The Jansen Family Emerging Scholar Program was initiated to develop stronger relationships between undergraduate students, establish a shared space in the department for students to study, network, and socialize, and provide increased opportunities for students to interact with faculty and staff outside the regular classroom setting. With the Jansen Scholar program, we strive to strengthen the ties within our “ME Family” so that, years from now, students can reflect on a great ME experience.