Student Organizations

In the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a wide variety of opportunities exist for students to be involved. As a student, becoming involved with one of our student organizations provides a way for you to connect with other students in a setting outside of the classroom.
Not only can involvement serve as a way to make new friends, but it can also provide valuable learning experiences, ways to serve your community, and ways to potentially advance your career once your time at NC State comes to a close. Student organizations serve as a perfect supplement to your academic career, enhancing it and leading to a well-rounded educational experience. With a wide variety of opportunities available, we encourage you to find the group that meshes best with you and your goals. Try one out. We know you’ll feel welcome!

Artificial Intelligence Club

The AI Club at NC State aims to provide students with the tools they need to become informed entrants into the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The club will accomplish this through means including

  • Discussions on the ethics, challenges, and opportunities of Artificial Intelligence;
  • Lectures on theory, workshops for skills-building, and colloquia on special topics in the field;
  • Workspaces and hardware for training, exploration, and personal and professional development.

The Artificial Intelligence club at NC State will be a platform for discussion, an incubator for exploratory innovation, and a hub for education and student growth. In the past, we've hosted speakers from places like NVIDIA and SAS, run Kaggle competitions among teams in the club, and spun off a few academic projects.

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ECE Student Ambassador Program

The ECE Student Ambassador program started during the 2015-2016 academic year and is a team of diverse and dynamic student leaders committed to the NC State motto of Think and Do!

Ambassadors are representatives of the Department and University and exemplify professionalism and campus pride. Students chosen for the program eagerly contribute their time facilitating campus tours and hosting special events targeted to prospective students and their families, industry representatives, and the community at large.

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Eta Kappa Nu

Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) is an International Honor Society for Electrical and Computer Engineers. Members represent the outstanding juniors and seniors from universities around the world and distinguished professional engineers. The Beta Eta Chapter is NCSU’s local chapter.

As conceived by its founders and as carried forward by its membership during more than two generations, HKN aims to assist its members throughout their lives in becoming better professionals as well as better citizens. Its members are expected to be a constructive force to improve the standards of the profession, the courses of instruction, and the institutions where its chapters are established.

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FIRST Alumni at NC State

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is an international robotics program for students of all ages. FIRST exposes these students of not just the principles of STEM but soft skills and core life skills. The FIRST Alumni Association at NC State provides volunteering, networking and social opportunities to alumni of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) programs on NC State's campus.

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Graduate Student Association

The ECE GSA represents the graduate student body in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as in the University GSA.

This gives ECE graduate students an active voice in the department and acts as an open forum to discuss concerns they may have with the department. In addition, through social, professional, and academic events, the ECE-GSA fosters unity among the ECE graduate students, promotes the academic and professional development of the graduate students, and enhances the quality of ECE graduate student life. The ECE-GSA also sponsors intramural teams, competitions, and seminars, as well as providing the ECE graduate students with opportunities to volunteer in and serve their community.

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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest technical professional society. Founded in 1884 by a handful of practitioners of the new electrical engineering discipline, today’s Institute is comprised of more than 320,000 members who conduct and participate in its activities in 147 countries.

The IEEE focuses on advancing the theory and practice of electrical, electronics and computer engineering and computer science. IEEE sponsors technical conferences, symposia and local meetings worldwide; publishes nearly 25% of the world’s technical papers in electrical, electronics and computer engineering; provides educational programs to keep its members’ knowledge and expertise state-of-the-art.

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IPC Student Chapter

IPC serves the electronics industry with production standards, certifications and training for over 5,500+ company sites worldwide. The Student Chapter Program focuses on providing scholarships, offering relevant industry content, and assisting with career readiness for its student members. IPCEF offers an inclusive range of sponsorship opportunities at every level so that all IPC members and prospective partners can demonstrate their commitment to supporting the electronics industry. These partnership opportunities support efforts in changing perceptions, preparing students, and creating career pathways for the emerging workforce through scholarships and awards, valuable resources, and member-only career advancement events.

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Liquid Rocketry Lab

We are an undergraduate liquid propulsion and launch vehicle systems research team at NC State University with the primary goal of designing, fabricating and launching a rocket that passes the Karman line, the 100km tall designated edge of space.

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Pack Motorsports

We design, build and compete with two different forms of racecars in annual collegiate competitions sponsored by SAE International (formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers). Our program is housed under the College of Engineering at N.C. State, but any member of the student body, graduate or undergraduate, can be a member regardless of your major. The unique opportunity to design and build a new racecar from scratch every year gives students a wealth of hands-on engineering experience working on something they enjoy. Students studying engineering are given a chance to apply what they learn in the classroom and develop important skills that are applicable in the automotive engineering field. Several graduates involved in Pack Motorsports have proceeded on to jobs in the auto-racing industry for teams such as Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, and Penske Racing. Many graduates have also gained jobs in the automotive engineering field working for companies such as Carerra Shocks and Honda Motor Company.

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Quantum Information Club

The Quantum Information Club at NC State is a community of students interested in learning about and developing a skillset in quantum information and computing. Quantum computing can be a difficult field to start in, so the club is designed to break down the barriers to entry by providing members with a collaborative learning environment and opportunities to learn quantum programming with hands-on workshops and hackathons. We also work closely with industry and university partners like Duke and UNC Chapel-Hill to expand the scope of research, learning, and professional development opportunities for all members.

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SolarPack is team of students working to build and race a solar car to be used for energy efficient vehicle competitions. The vehicle will be designed with US automotive design laws in mind and result in a street legal solar vehicle to be marketed and commercialized.

As North Carolina State’s first solar vehicle non-profit, the purpose is to develop a sustainable, energy-efficient commercial solar vehicle and its supporting technologies by driving the innovation needed for the societal shift to renewable energy in the global market.

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SPIE Student Chapter

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 188,000 constituents from 138 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific.

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Student Amateur Radio Society

A student run FCC Amateur radio station, W4ATC, was established around 1930 and the club includes members from many backgrounds and participates in a wide variety of activities. We participate in emergency activities and the national traffic system to pass important messages across the country or locally in times of emergency or just for fun in normal times. We are renewing interest in this club since there are quite a few licensed amateur radio operators on campus. We are interested in raising the profile of amateur radio as a hobby and vocation to students on campus.

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Underwater Robotics Club

The Underwater Robotics Club provides engineering students with the opportunity to apply their classroom skills to a practical, challenging, and rewarding design project: an autonomous underwater vehicle. The multi-disciplined effort calls for autonomous control software, image processing, DSP acoustic navigation, PCB layout, and mechanical design and fabrication. Each year, the vehicle competes in an international competition in which it must demonstrate autonomy by navigating a challenging mission using only visual and acoustic cues.

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