RMU's engineering students have the opportunity to join several national professional associations.
Society of Women Engineers
The Society of Women Engineers originated when small groups of women engineers and women engineering students began meeting independently in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. Nearly 50 women from these groups came together on May 27, 1950 to form the Society. The organization's four objectives are as relevant today as they were 50 years ago: to inform young women, their parents, counselors, and the public of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities available to them; to assist women engineers in readying themselves for a return to active work after temporary retirement; to serve as a center of information on women in the field; and to encourage women engineers to attain high levels of educational and professional achievement.
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
A chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers was established at RMU in the fall of 2000. This international organization promotes professionalism and manufacturing by giving students the opportunity to experience hands-on activities in the field of manufacturing. The society provides an opportunity for students to network with potential employers, compete in regional and national contests, tour production facilities and attend presentations pertaining to cutting edge technology.
Association for Computing Machinery
RMU has an active student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. ACM is the world's oldest and largest educational and scientific computing society. Since 1947 the society has provided a vital forum for the exchange of information, ideas and discoveries. Today it serves a membership of computing professionals and students in more than 100 countries in all areas of industry, academia and government.
ACM provides resources that advance computing as a science and a profession, including the field's premier digital library and leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources.
The student chapter is involved in community service (donating computers, software training, and networking), assisting other RMU associations with their computer software/hardware needs, and organizing the annual high school programming competition for area high school students.
American Society for Engineering Education
The American Society for Engineering Education is a nonprofit organization of individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology.
Biomedical Engineering Society
The Biomedical Engineering Society chapter of Robert Morris University strives to bring awareness and encourages engineering students to actively engage in emerging biomedical fields. BMES students who have already gained valuable internship experiences share what they have learned with their peers at meetings. The club also supports students traveling to professional meetings like the annual BMES Conference. Several BMES student have been accepted to showcase their undergraduate research at the annual conference.
Activities within the society include touring biomedical companies in the region, inviting guest speakers from the biomedical field, networking with regional BMES chapters and pursuing other opportunities based on student interests. Most importantly, RMU’s BMES chapter is actively contacting and building relationships with regional biomedical companies to improve opportunities for biomedical engineering students to gain internships and entry-level job placement.
BMES welcome all RMU students with an interest in biomedical technology and applications. Biomedical engineering is a unique multidisciplinary field, in that it encompasses all types of engineering and is very closely tied to biology and healthcare professions. We always welcome the perspective a different discipline can bring to our group.
National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying is a national nonprofit organization composed of engineering and surveying licensing boards.
Engineers for a Sustainable World
Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is a non-profit network committed to building a better world. Established in 2002, ESW is comprised of students, university faculty, and professionals who are dedicated to building a more sustainable world for current and future generations. This involves not only direct projects on campuses, in communities, and internationally, but also educating our communities and ourselves about sustainability as a broad topic.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods. Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 140,000 members in 151 countries. Thirty-thousand of these members are students.
Engineer's Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP)
The ESWP is chartered to advance the professions of engineering, architecture, and applied sciences through technical activities, public service participation and social organizations. It also supports the needs of industries, communities and government in Western Pennsylvania. RMU is a Bronze level corporate member of ESWP: https://eswp.com/membership/corporate-membership/corporate-members/
American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM)
ASEM is the preeminent society for engineering management. ASEM provides a certification program for MS Engineering Management degree programs. It also provides an engineering manager certification program for individuals interested in validating their skills and capabilities as engineering managers. RMU is a Level 1 academic partner: https://www.asem.org/AcademicPartnership For membership information, contact Woodrow Winchester, III at firstname.lastname@example.org
National Society of Black Engineers
RMU has an active and growing student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). NSBE is committed to widening the pool of engineering talent from Black communities around the world. In the United States, where African Americans and other people of color will soon outnumber other groups in the workforce, NSBE is expanding the pipeline to engineering careers from third grade through graduate school. The tools used to accomplish this expansion are NSBE’s programs and activities, which are designed to nurture Black students’ and professionals’ interest and aptitude in engineering, expand their professional horizons and lead the nation to greater economic prosperity fueled by innovation. All engineers and all Americans benefit from NSBE’s dedication to its mission: “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community”.
Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA)
The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) serves the unique needs of approximately 2,600 firms involved in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, piping, and mechanical service. Their student chapter program helps to prepare students for the construction industry. A few of the objectives of the RMU MCAWP student group are to: 1) promote communications and networking between student members and contractor members, 2) expand the student members’ knowledge of the mechanical contracting industry, 3) unite and promote fellowship between student members and the professional societies that serve the industry. Learn more at: http://www.mcaagreatfutures.org/