Student Organizations

American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA)

The AREMA student chapter has been working towards promoting the advancement of railway-related engineering by fostering the close association between students and railway engineering professionals. Our chapter sent 3-members group to attend AREMA Annual meeting 2018 in Chicago, organized three guest speaker lectures by the industry professionals. We invited railway professional to share her experiences in 2019.

Salman Ahmad, President
Ratna Yasoda, Vice-President
Dr. Ying Huang, Faculty Advisor

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

The ASCE student chapter is a student run organization that enhances the learning experiences of civil engineering students through industry interaction, engineering competitions, and social events. The ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition tasks teams at universities around the nation to design, build, and race a canoe made out of reinforced concrete. New to NDSU ASCE in 2018-19 is the Geowall competition to design and build a model wrapped faced mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining wall (approx. (18”x18”x26”) using Kraft paper reinforcement.

Mary Balek, President
Dr. Ravi Kiran Yellavajjala, Faculty Advisor

American Water Works Association/Water Environment Federation (AWWA/WEF)

AWWA student members develop the expertise and competencies necessary for successful careers in water resources industries and agencies. In addition to regular monthly meetings and participate in WEFTEC design competitions, our members engage in various extra curricula activities, such as, International Prairie Student Conference, Red River Water Festival, MN Environmental Challenge Design Competition, Surface Water Workshop poster presentation, ND Water and Pollution Control Conference poster competitions, and field trips. NDSU students have won 2 national design competitions and a number of regional and state competitions.

Marcus Rosing, President
Dr. Syeed Iskander & Dr. Trung Le, Faculty Advisors

Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)

The Associated General Contractors of America NDSU Student Chapter works with local and regional general contractors to build new and lasting relationships between industry members and students. The group hosts monthly meetings to discuss industry topics and possible employment opportunities for students going into the construction industry. The AGC also participates in the annual Associated Schools of Construction Region 4 Competition down in Nebraska City, NE for hands on experience. The AGC is open to all majors.

Elijah Dale, President
Blake Wacha, Vice-President
Dr. Chau Le, Faculty Advisor

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Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

The EWB student chapter works with developing countries to design and implement sustainable infrastructure for local communities.  The NDSU chapter welcomes students from all engineering disciplines, and have been working with a small mountainside community in Guatemala since 2011.

Alena Pringle, President
Dr. Achintya Bezbaruah, Faculty Advisor

Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

The ITE student chapter has been working towards promoting professional development of its members, supports and encourages education, stimulates research, develops public awareness programs and serves as a conduit for the exchange of professional information.  Our chapter had a busy and productive year with monthly meetings, volunteering efforts, participation in transportation technology tournament (TTT), traffic bowl competition, and participation in student leadership summit (SLS), and the ITE Annual meeting and 2019 Regional Competition.

Salman Ahmad, President
Ratna Yasoda, Vice-President
Dr. Ying Huang, Faculty Advisor

Materials Research Society (MRS)

The MRS student chapter has been working towards enhancing synergy between various departments on campus and provide a forum for dialogue between students and faculty researchers on campus pursuing materials research. Our chapter organized a Guest Lecture on Colloidal Nanocrystal Research at NDSU in 2018. We also participated in an outreach event for middle schools’ students organized by the Graduate School in 2019.

Ravi Preetham, President
Sharad Jaswandkar, Vice-President
Dr. Kalpana Katti, Faculty Advisor

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) of North Dakota State University (NDSU). The National Association of Home Builders Student Chapter offers personal growth opportunities through student competitions and networking events such as monthly meetings and site tours with construction industry-leading professionals.

Kaleb Flaagan, President
Noah Schleske, Vice-President
Dr. Youjin Jang, Faculty Advisor

Sigma Lambda Chi (ΣΛΧ)

Sigma Lambda Chi is an international construction honor society. SLC membership is by invitation only. 

Olugbemiga Olatoye, President
Braden Aubol, Vice President 
Dr. Yao Yu, Faculty Advisor


Steel Bridge Team

The Steel Bridge Team is a group that allows students to collaborate on the design, fundraising, fabrication, and construction of an approximately 20' steel bridge. The team competes each year in regional/national competitions against bridges from around the US. Students are encouraged to develop their leadership, collaborative, engineering, and problem-solving abilities. Winning teams at each regional competition are invited to an annual national competition. NDSU holds 6 steel bridge national championships, the most of any school in the nation.

Ryan Swanberg, President
Makayla Schilling, Vice-President
Dr. Ravi Kiran Yellavajjala, Faculty Advisor

CM&E Student Advisory Board (SAB)

CM&E Student Advisory Board (SAB) is established in 2019 and to (1) provide advising resources to students, (2) promote a positive culture among the students and faculty, and (3) enable communication between the student body and the faculty. The active SAB members are composed of Junior and Senior students with a minimum of two semesters of experience in the programs who have a minimum grade point average of 2.5. The specific objectives of SAB tasks are to:

  • Give advice to incoming students
  • support system for incoming students
  • Promote a new positive culture within the department
  • Enhance oral and written skills
  • Give students a competitive edge
  • Make long lasting personal and professional connections
  • Make the programs at NDSU a top recruiting program
  • Let the IAC know what students are looking to get out of the department

The past SAB Chairs include Nicholas Jensen and Justin Heimkes. Joseph Halter is the current SAB chair who is leading about 10 active advising members.

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