The following groups represent the activities of students and professionals with in Chemical Engineering or Materials Science. Most of the sites for the national organizations have descriptions of career opportunities.
American Ceramic Society
American Chemical Society
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
The national professional society for the Chemical Engineering profession is the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Michigan State University has a very active student chapter of AIChE. Most undergraduate Chem. E's are members of the chapter whose objectives are to promote professionalism and to contribute to the development of Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University. The chapter has won outstanding chapter awards from the National AIChE, and MSU student members have been the most successful in the country in winning the AIChE student design contest.
AIChE offers a balance of social and professional activities. There are frequent meetings during the year with speakers from industry and academia. Other activities include special industrial and social functions (e.g. Tiger ball games, plant trips, an annual picnic, a banquet, and an awards night).
Biomedical Engineering Society
Formula SAE Team
International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers
The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) is a world-wide, nonprofit volunteer society of technical professionals involved with the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries. ISPE is committed to the advancement of the educational and technical efficiency of its members.
The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society
Mini Baja Team
SAE Mini Baja® is a student design competition run by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) that simulates real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Engineering students are asked to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain and/or water. The object of the competition is to provide SAE student members with a challenging project that involves the planning and manufacturing tasks found when introducing a new product to the consumer industrial market. Students must function as a team to not only design, build, test, promote, and race a vehicle within the limits of the rules, but also to generate financial support for their project and manage their educational priorities.
The National Organization for the Professional Development of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) was established in 1975 to develop and carry out programs to assist minority groups in realizing their full potential in science and engineering fields. Minority scientists comprise a very small percentage of the professionals in their respective disciplines. The organization's purpose is to maintain and support regional programs which assist underrepresented groups in fully realizing their academic and/or professional potential, introduce science and technology as viable professional goals to students on the elementary and high school levels, and encourage college students to pursue higher education in professional departments.
Our Local Chapter meets every other week to specifically address the scholarly concerns of underrepresented students in science and engineering fields and to provide an intellectual support system by networking students in these specific disciplines to professionals internal and external to the MSU campus. The Chapter maintains tutorial, and visitor speakers programs and lends its support to MSU and community programs sensitive to the needs of minority scholars. Members from the Chapter this year will contribute to MSU programs targeted towards grade and high school students. The Chapter strongly encourages students to actively participate in research laboratories on the MSU campus, and to present their results at technical sessions in National scientific and engineering forums.
Omega Chi Epsilon
Omega Chi Epsilon, The Chemical Engineering Honor Society, recognizes and promotes high scholarship, original investigation and professional service in Chemical Engineering. The honorary was formed at the University of Illinois in 1931. The Alpha Zeta Chapter was formed at Michigan State in 1977. Today there are sixty-seven chapters at colleges and universities in the United States.
To be considered for membership, juniors must rank in the upper 25% of their class and have a GPA of 3.25 or more. Seniors in the upper 33% must have a GPA of 3.0 or more to be eligible. They must also have completed nine hours of chemical engineering courses. In addition to providing recognition for outstanding students the chapter encourages the exchange of information on summer job experiences and the advantages of graduate work in chemical engineering. Periodically a newsletter is published to acquaint students with activities in the department.