The College of Engineering has many student programs and organizations available for membership for all engineering and industrial technology students. You may also join organizations that pertain to your field of engineering. Visit your departmental website to find out more.
Engineering Ambassadors Program
Engineering Ambassadors is a UL Lafayette College of Engineering service-based organization which utilizes highly motivated engineering students to educate the public about the University, the College of Engineering, and the importance of engineering and technology in meeting the ever-changing needs of the modern world.
Engineering Ambassadors are carefully selected through an audition process and are trained to make presentations at high schools and to participate in recruitment and enhancement initiatives at both the College and University levels. Participation in Engineering Ambassadors provides students with the tools and training to become confident speakers, better leaders, and to present their ideas clearly and professionally.
The objectives of Engineering Ambassadors include the following: 1) reach out to inform students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and the general public about the fields of engineering and technology, 2) provide leadership skills and training to our members, and 3) represent the College of Engineering and the University with professionalism and pride.
Interested students should apply for an interview in the spring semester of their freshman, sophomore, or junior year with the Outreach Coordinator.
Find more info about the program and application process here.
The Designing Leaders Program focuses on the development and fostering of critical leadership characteristics and skills, which cannot be “taught” in a traditional classroom environment. In addition to imparting practical leadership skills, which are of importance to employers, the Designing Leaders Program nurtures an ethic of service to the profession and the college/university/community. Designing Leaders is patterned after “Leadership Lafayette,” a hugely successful program offered by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. Through an eight session series of classes, students take part in discussions, presentations and off-campus visits which emphasize the skills and strategies employed by successful leaders.
Topics presented and areas emphasized include:
- Defining leadership and learning to lead
- Communication skills
- Business procedures
- Professional development
- Overviews of the political and legal systems
- Social, cultural, and ecological awareness
- History of technology and its impact on society
- Serving as an representative of your professional field and university
Interested students should apply at the end of the Fall semester of their senior year.
Read more about the program and application process here.
Student Professional Societies
The Louisiana Engineering Society student chapter at UL has simple but noble goals: to promote the pursuit of engineering education, to foster relationships between students, faculty, and industry, and to advance excellence in engineering by offering supplemental lectures, events, and workshops. Our organization is dedicated to providing the next generation with all of the tools necessary to become great engineers and technologists while encouraging and nurturing social responsibility through volunteer opportunities and community outreach.
The Louisiana Engineering Society, a State Society of the National Society of Professional Engineers, also known as LES, provides professional leadership to individual engineers and related engineering contemporaries, and is actively involved in:
- development and enforcement of state registration laws
- representation in Baton Rouge and Washington, D.C.
- continuing professional development
- engineer/architect relationship
- international engineering issues and certification.
- professional recognition
- community involvement
Learn more about LES here.
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society exists to:
- honor engineering students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship and exemplary character
- recognize the value of the humanities and a well rounded education
- support the college
- develop leaders
- promote professional ethics
Learn more about Tau Beta Pi here.
The National Society of Black Engineers, NSBE, is an American Engineering Society focuses on improving recruitment and retention of black engineers and other minorities in the engineering industry. NSBE has over 30,000 members from around the world. With over 310 student chapters, 99 pre-college programs, and 88 professional chapters, NSBE is one of the largest engineering societies.
Learn more about NSBE here.
Society of Women Engineers UL Lafayette Student Chapter (est. 1998)
Mission: (adopted 1986)
- Stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders,
- Expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and
- Demonstrate the value of diversity.
Objectives: (adopted 1950)
- Inform young women, their parents, counselors, and the general public, of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open to them.
- Assist women in readying themselves for a return to active work after temporary retirement.
- Serve as a center of information on women in engineering.
- Encourage women engineers to attain high levels of education and professional achievement.
Learn more about SWE here.