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. (Faculty advisor: Dr. Ying Huang)

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. (Faculty advisors: Dr. Ravi Kiran Yellavajjala, Dr. Beena Ajmera)

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. (Faculty advisor: Dr. Wei Lin)



Associated General Contractors of America

Justin Heimkes, President

Joseph Halter, Vice-President

Autumn Johnson, Treasurer

Brinley Mathern, Secretary

Zachary McCormick, Marketing Director 

Dr. Abdul-Aziz Banawi, Faculty Advisor

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. (Faculty advisor: Dr. Achintya Bezbaruah)



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. (Faculty advisor: Dr. Amiy Varma)

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. (Faculty advisors: Dr. Kalpana Katti, Dr. Dinesh Katti)

National Association of Home Builders

Renick Homan, President

Kaleb Flaagan, Vice-President

Blake Meyer, Treasurer

Olivia Svanes, Secretary

Noah Schleske, Marketing Director

Kaleb Flaagen, RCMC Captain

Dr. Huojun Yang, Faculty Advisor

Sigma Lambda Chi

TBD, President

Dr. Yao Yu, Faculty Advisor 

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

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. (Faculty advisor: Dr. Ravi Kiran Yellavajjala)


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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