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The Professional Development Programs Brochure contains information on the professional organizations, research opportunities and career development opportunities available to students in the Bourns College of Engineering. Download this printable PDF now.

As demanding as the academic program is, studying engineering is also fun.  A wealth of engaging extracurricular activities in the college encourages professional, personal and leadership development. Bourns has 23 organizations with more than 950 members, including a leadership council, an honor society, and a professional fraternity -- all offering social activities, projects and opportunities to participate in regional and national conferences.

  • BCOE Leadership Council
    The Bourns College of Engineering Leadership Council is made up of officers, usually presidents and vice presidents, from all the BCOE student organizations. The council hosts leadership training and participates in Fall Welcome Week, Engineering Week and the End of the Year Banquet.
  • AMCAssociation of Computing Machinery
    The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) promotes professional development, leadership and knowledge growth of students in the computer science field.
  • AlcheAmerican Institute of Chemical Engineers
    The goal of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AiCHE) is to help students make the transition from college to career. Through field trips to industrial and chemical engineering environments, exam preparation and résumé building sessions, guest speakers, and student/professor gatherings, the organization enriches the college experience forASME students and staff.
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) provides engineering students with hands-on experience solving real world design challenges.ASQ
  • American Society for Quality
    As a global quality community, ASQ advances the professional development, credentials, knowledge and information services, membership community, and advocacy on behalf of millions of individual and organizational members in 140 countries.
  • Air & Waste Management Association
    AWMAAn interdisciplinary club consisting of members from across the environmental fields (science, toxicology & engineering).
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
    The Biomedical Engineering Society helps to promote the education and diversityBMES of the next generation of biomedical engineers and enhances the impact of biomedical engineering on society and human health.
  • The Electrochemical Society
    ECS has a broad range of ECS henomena relating to electrochemical and solid-state science and technology. Missions include to advance the theory and practice of electrochemistry, solid-state science, and allied subjects; to encourage research and dissemination of knowledge in these fields; and to assure the availability of adequate training and education of fundamental and applied scientists and engineers in these fields.
  • Engineers Without Borders                         EWBEstablished at UCR in 2008, the chapter fosters responsible leadership and supports community-driven development programs worldwide through the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects.
  • EDSInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) provides engineers with technical, social and professional development in the engineering field. Activities include career enhancement, engineering social events and promotion of growth in respective professions.
  • EKN logoIEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society, Lamda Sigma chapter is a unique membership organization dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the IEEE-designated fields of interest. These include: engineering, computer sciences and information technology, physical sciences, biological and medical sciences, mathematics, technical communications, education, management, law and policy.
  • IEEEIEEE Electron Devices Society
    IEEE-EDS Chapter provides a good platform for all students where we can enjoy technical, social and professional events while conducting our own research. The goal of the IEEE EDS UCR Student Branch Chapter is to promote the spirits of research among UCR students. We devote ourselves to provide college students with technical, social, and professional development skills in the wide engineering field.
  • iom3Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
    The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is a major engineering institution whose activities encompass the whole materials cycle, from exploration and extraction, through characterisation, processing, forming, finishing and application, to product recycling and land reuse.
  • The Institute of NavigationInstitute of Navigation
    The Institute of Navigation is the world's premier non-profit professional society dedicated to the advancement of the art and science of positioning, navigation and timing (PNT). It serves a diverse community including those interested in air, space, marine, land navigation, and position determination. Its membership is worldwide, and it is affiliated with the International Association of Institutes of Navigation.
  • LUGLinux Users Group
    The Linux Users Group promotes the use of Linux and other open source operating systems and provides a forum for users of those operating systems.
  • Materials Research Society
    The Materials Research Society (MRS)MRS advances technical excellence by providing a framework in which the materials disciplines can convene, collaborate, integrate and advocate.
  • National Society of Black Engineers
    The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) works to increase the number of NSBE ulturally responsible Black engineers, encouraging them to excel academically, succeed professionally and make a positive impact in the community.
  • Optical Society of America
    OSAThe Optical Society (OSA) was organized to increase and diffuse the knowledge of optics, pure and applied; to promote the common interests of investigators of optical problems, of designers and of users of optical apparatus of all kinds; and to encourage cooperation among them. The purposes of the Society are scientific, technical and educational.
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
    SACNASThe SACNAS Chapter at UCR was created in 2010 to foster the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership within our community.
  • SAESociety of Automotive Engineers
    The Society of Automotive Engineers chapter at UCR participates in nationwide collegiate design contests sponsored by SAE International to conceive, design, fabricate, and compete vehicles. UCR has participated in the Formula SAE and Mini Baja challenges.
  • SHPESociety of Hispanic Professional Engineers
    The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) helps create top-caliber engineers by providing resources and research opportunities. Its members are committed to serving the community as active role models and leaders in various high school outreach and university-related events.
  • SWESociety of Women Engineers
    The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) helps members improve leadership, time management, communication and problem solving skills, demonstrates the value of diversity and teamwork, and helps encourage women and girls to study engineering.
  • Tau BetaTau Beta Pi
    Tau Beta Pi is the engineering honor society at UC Riverside. Members must be of exemplary character and must be in the top 20% of the senior class or the 12.5% of the junior class.
  •  Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity
    The purpose of Theta Tau is to develop and maintain a high standard of professional interest among its members, and to unite them in a strong bond of fraternal fellowship.


Professional Organizations in Action - The 2008 Human Powered Vehicle Competition

In 2008, the UCR ASME team competed in the Human Powered Vehicle contest, creating a full-fairing aerodynamic cycle. Using $5,000 raised from sponsors, Solidworks' 3D computer design program and Professor Marko Princevac's large wave tank, they were able to create a vehicle that supported the ergonomics of the rider while minimizing weight and drag.

human powered vehicle

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