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College of Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Room 2107 Mechanical Engineering Building
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Madison, WI 53706

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Affinity Groups during a team building exercise with ALPS

Affinity Groups during a team building exercise with ALPS

Student organizations


The Diversity Affairs Office works closely with our Affinity Group student organizations on campus in order to promote, plan, and support events open to all engineering students. The following are student organizations with a concentration in helping minority groups within the College of Engineering.


American Indian Science and Engineering Society


American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)AISES National Logo

The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science, and other related technology disciplines.

Through the quality and reach of its programs and the longevity and devoted commitment of its “family,” AISES is the undisputed leader in STEM opportunity in Indian Country. Members from over 200 tribal nations are represented within AISES, and AISES enjoys the support and partnership of corporate, government, academic, and tribal decision-makers.

Hmong Association of Engineers


Hmong Association of Engineers (HAE)HAE National Logo

HAE's mission is to increase the number of ethnic minority students in engineering and related sciences by promoting academic excellence as well as providing engineering cultural awareness and professional development.

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)oSTEM National Logo

oSTEM seeks promote the interests of LGBTQ individuals in the campus community by raising awareness, promoting professional development, and fostering the development of social connections.

National Society of Black Engineers-WI Black Engineering Student Society


National Society of Black Engineers
Wisconsin Black Engineering Student Society (NSBE-WBESS)

The mission of the National Society of Black Engineers is "to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."

The National Society of Black Engineers strives to accomplish the following objectives for our organization:

  • Stimulate and develop student interest in the various engineering disciplines
  • Strive to increase the number of minority students studying engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Encourage members to seek advanced degrees in engineering or related fields and to obtain professional engineering registrations
  • Promote public awareness of engineering and the opportunities for Blacks and other minorities in that profession
  • Function as a representative body on issues and developments that affect the careers of Black Engineers
  • Innovative project ideas are generated and implemented throughout the year on the chapter, regional and national levels. Some of NSBE's present activities include tutorial programs, group study sessions, high school/junior high outreach programs, technical seminars and workshops, a national communications network (NSBENET), two national magazines (NSBE Magazine and NSBE Bridge), an internal newsletter, a professional newsletter (Career Engineer, a supplement in NSBE Magazine), resume books, career fairs, awards, banquets and an annual national convention.


Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers


Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)SHPE National Logo

SHPE's objective is to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community and provide a nationwide network for engineers everywhere. SHPE is open to any student regardless of background or major. The concept of Networking was the key basis for the organization. SHPE quickly established two student chapters to begin the network that would grow to encompass the nation as well as reach countries outside the United States. Today, SHPE enjoys a strong but independent network of professional and student chapters throughout the nation.

Society of Women Engineers


Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.


More student organizations within engineering can be found here.