Student Organizations

ECE-Specific Student Organizations

These are just a handful of the Registered Student Organizations available on campus.

ECE Pulse

ECE Pulse is an annual student-run conference that showcases innovation in electrical and computer engineering technologies. The conference includes design competitions, tech talks, and networking sessions for students, alumni, faculty, and corporate representatives.

ECE Student Advancement Committee (ECESAC)

ECESAC members serve as liaisons between ECE administration and students.  Members give input on a variety of projects and topics concerning the department, and they host various activities and socials for ECE students throughout the school year.  Committee members are selected by the previous year's committee by a process outlined in the current ECESAC Guidelines.

Eta Kappa Nu (HKN)

Founded at Illinois in 1904, HKN is the honor society for electrical and computer engineering students. Membership is based primarily on scholastic performance. HKN provides services to electrical and computer engineers on campus including tutoring, snack sales, and course reviews. The organization also participates in various community service projects. 

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

IEEE is the largest technical professional society in the world. Its mission on campus is to serve students and faculty by hosting relevant events every semester.


This organization fields several teams for various robotic competitions, including the annual AMD Jerry Sanders Creative Design Competition at Engineering Open House. It also focuses on community outreach, encouraging youth to learn more about STEM fields. While it’s an ECE organization, students who have other majors are welcome to join.

Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE)

WECE is devoted to supporting and encouraging women in engineering. WECE provides opportunities to meet prominent women in engineering, professional information and support, and awareness of the issues relevant to women in electrical and computer engineering.

Other Closely Related Student Organizations

Alpha Omega Epsilon

Engineering sorority Alpha Omega Epsilon, Theta Chapter, is a part of both Engineering Council and Panhellenic Council on the Illinois campus. Its members partner with other engineering organizations to host professional events, and they hold exchanges with fraternities, host a formal, and plan other social events. The chapter strives to promote friendship, leadership, and professionalism.

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

ASEE is committed to furthering engineering education by promoting excellence in instruction, research, public service, and practice. Planned activities for this new student chapter will include a lunch seminar series and presentations by faculty on topics concerning engineering education. Other activities with a variety of like-minded programs on campus, such as iFoundry and the Campus Center for Teaching Excellence, are also planned.

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

ACM is a professional society dedicated to advancing human capabilities through information technology. The Illinois student chapter is made up of four interacting components: special interest groups, the executive board, general meetings, and social activities. All ACM activities are open to the entire university community.

Audio Engineering Society (AES)

AES is part of an international organization whose purpose is to unite everyone interested in audio. AES members are interested in a huge array of different topics - home audio, car audio, acoustics, signal processing, electronic music, sound recording, etc.

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

This organization is for students interested in the vast field of bioengineering. It offers students the opportunity to speak with professors about their research in bioengineering-related fields and the ability to meet other students with similar interests.

Engineering Student Alumni Ambassadors (ESAA)

ESAA’s mission is to create an interactive student-alumni community within the College of Engineering by coordinating innovative programs promoting pride, networking, and collaborative opportunities.

Engineers Without Borders

The University of Illinois chapter of Engineers Without Borders is part of an international nonprofit organization committed to advancing the quality of life in impoverished countries via socioeconomically and ecologically sustainable engineering projects.

Illinois Robotics In Space

Illinois Robotics In Space is a multidisciplinary student organization formed to compete in the annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition. IRIS provides an opportunity for Illinois students to experience the development of innovative robotic systems in a peer-based learning environment, fostering systems thinking and collaboration though development, manufacturing, and operation of complex, space-oriented robots in a systems engineering framework. IRIS’s hands-on learning environment extends into the Champaign-Urbana community through educational outreach projects and demonstrations that promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and inspire the next generation of students about robotics and space exploration.

National Organization of Business and Engineering (NOBE)

NOBE Illinois is the University of Illinois Chapter of the National Organization of Business and Engineering (NOBE), a national society uniting business, management, and engineering organizations from universities coast to coast. NOBE strives to produce and refine leadership internally and develop professional skills in our members that can be translated into success in the business world.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

To increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.

Promoting Undergraduate Research in Engineering (PURE) 

PURE is a student-run program that connects freshmen and sophomores with graduate students for semester-long engineering research projects.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize their fullest potential and impacts the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development. SHPE's vision is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

Synton Amateur Radio Club (SYNTON)

Synton is open to anyone interested in amateur radio operation. The club has a station that members can operate with equipment for HF, 2m all-mode, Fast-scan ATV, 2m packet, and more.

Tau Beta Pi (TBP)

A national engineering honor society, TBP is made up of over 500,000 members and is well known for its member scholarships and fellowships, numerous service events, and outreach activities. In order to be invited to join TBP, an engineer must be in the top 1/8th of the junior class or top 1/5th of the senior class.