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Student Life

West Virginia University is a "student centered institution." As such, MAE is committed to provide the best possible service to students. This includes the creation and dissemination of knowledge throughout our student population as well as helping students build character. In addition to traditional instruction in the sciences and engineering we promote values such as integrity, ethics, and professionalism among our students. We believe students, faculty and staff are all members of the MAE family. As a consequence, we expect everyone to teach by example and be compassionate and helpful. The product of our effort is educated minds in the broad sense. We hope the information linked to this page will give you a glimpse on the life you'd expect as a member of the MAE family.

Student Organizations and Projects

Besides doing their coursework, students can develop their professionalism by participating in professional student organizations that provide contact with professional engineers as well as other engineering students.


  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    AIAA is open to all students interested in the field of aerospace engineering. Students typically organize at least one guest seminar each semester on a topic of interest in the aerospace field as well as one field trip to an aerospace industry location. AIAA meets approximately once per month to discuss aerospace topics in the department, fund raising ideas and community service. At least once per school year we try to also organize a trip to places such as a museum, an air show or just camping in the woods.

  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers

    ASHRAE is dedicated to the energy efficient design of heating and air conditioning systems in buildings including the design of alternate energy systems such as solar and wind power. The organization brings noted experts to campus to speak on the topics related to energy. The student branch is supported by the Mountaineer ASHRAE Professional Section.

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    ASME is perhaps the most popular professional student organization in our Department. The mission of the West Virginia University ASME Collegiate Chapter  is to provide opportunities for students to gain broader insight into the mechanical engineering profession. The ASME Student Chapter invites practicing engineers to campus to present seminars, arranges field trips to research and engineering establishments, and helps to organize the  Annual WVU Pumpkin Drop. WVU students participate annually in the  Human Powered Vehicle Challenge.

  • Material Advantage

    MA is the premier professional organization for students interested in materials science and engineering. MA is the largest materials science and engineering organization in the U.S. and is comprised of four sub-organizations. Opportunities for personal and professional development for members by participating in chapter events and access to resources to build a solid career foundation.

  • Materials Research Society

    MRS is an organization of materials researchers worldwide that promotes communication for the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research and technology to improve the quality of life.

  • Pi Tau Sigma

    Mechanical Engineering Honor Society

  • Sigma Gamma Tau

    Aerospace Engineering Honor Society

  • Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering

    The WVU student chapter of SAMPE promotes graduate and undergraduate activities related to "advanced materials" as they relate to disciplines of mechanical, aerospace, civil, chemical and industrial engineering.

  • Society of Automotive Engineers

    The mission of the West Virginia University SAE International® Collegiate Chapter is to provide opportunities for students to gain broader insight into the engineering profession. The SAE Student Chapter invites practicing engineers to the campus to present seminars, arranges field trips to research and engineering establishments, and participates in local Pittsburgh Professional Section activities. Both students and faculty are active members of SAE and some of them hold leadership positions in SAE committees. WVU students participate annually in the  Formula SAE® and  Baja SAE® competitions.

  • The Student Partnership for the Advancement of Cosmic Exploration

    SPACE was established to improve upon the student's comprehensive experience at College, with a specific emphasis toward developing and furthering space exploration.

For a list of all WVU student organizations, visit the Student Organization Listing Webpage .


  • Baja SAE ® Series

    The Baja design project is a senior capstone design course where a student team designs an all-terrain vehicle to specific standards set by the Society of Automotive Engineers using a small engine for power. The students design, build and test the ATV in a year-long project that culminates in a major collegiate competition somewhere in the U.S. or Canada where at least 100 other universities from all over the world will meet to go through a rugged series of events including a four-hour endurance race over rough terrain.

  • Balloon Launched Satellite

    Student teams conceive, design, build, launch, track and recover small electronic payloads using helium filled weather balloons to send their payloads well beyond the stratosphere! Student teams design the instrumentation package for their balloon payload according to weight, cost and size constraints set by the course instructors, and then analyze their experimental data and write a technical report to document their results.


    EcoCAR 3 is the latest U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition series. As North America's premier collegiate automotive engineering competition, EcoCAR 3 is challenging 16 North American university teams to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact, while maintaining the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car.

  • Formula SAE ® Series

    The  Formula SAE® competition sponsored by  SAE International® challenges students from across the globe to design and fabricate Formula-style race cars for the non-professional weekend autocross racing enthusiast and compete in international collegiate racing competitions to determine the best overall design, performance, cost, fuel efficiency, and production feasibility. Formula SAE® promotes careers and excellence in engineering as it encompasses all aspects of the automotive industry including research, design, manufacturing, testing, marketing, management and finance.

  • Human Powered Vehicle Competition

    The ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge is an exciting international competition focused on the next generation of man powered transport machines. Students first start by working as a team to design a competitive vehicle that will excel in a drag and endurance race. They then build, assemble, and travel to race against many other schools. The bike is designed with consideration to safety, portability, aerodynamics, ergonomics, economics and pure speed. Students gain invaluable experience working as a team to meet design goals within time and cost constraints.

  • Industrial Outreach Program in Mexico

    Travel to Querétaro, Mexico, for eight weeks to earn nine credits toward your engineering degree by teaming up with Mexican students of similar disciplines and level, and gain industrial experience working full time on meaningful engineering projects with multinational companies in Querétaro. Student teams work under the advice of engineers from industry and faculty members from Mexico and the U.S. Local families provide room and board in a safe, healthy and friendly environment for a full cultural immersion. The program ends with a long weekend in Cancún.

  • Microgravity Research Team

    Student teams conceive, propose, design, build and test their own microgravity experiment. The experiments are designed according to weight, safety and size constraints set by the course instructor. Teams currently conduct their experiments under conditions of microgravity using the WVU Microgravity Drop Tower or aboard a general aviation aircraft. They reduce and analyze their experimental results, and write a technical report to document their results. In past years,  WVU Microgravity Research teams have conducted their experiments aboard a NASA reduced-gravity parabolic trajectory research aircraft.

  • NASA Centennial Sample Return Robot Challenge

    The Sample Return Robot Challenge, sponsored by NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, offers a total of $1.5 million to teams that can demonstrate an autonomous capability to locate and retrieve specific sample types from various locations over a wide and varied terrain and return those samples to a designated zone in a specified amount of time with limited mapping data. 

    The WVU Team became the only team that completed the Level-1 NASA Centennial Challenge in 2014, and won the $100,000 NASA Level-2 NASA Centennial Challenge in 2015. In 2016, the team found the coveted red rock, earning them $750,000. Their stories have been widely reported in more 100 media outlets. For more information please visit the Interactive Robotics Laboratory Webpage.

  • Projects with Industry

    This is a capstone design course taken in the senior year where teams of students are assigned to tackle a real problem in an industry or institution in West Virginia. It may involve mechanical design of a system, thermal design of a system, or an energy efficient design for a building or institution. This course was identified as one of the top 29 programs in the US for the inclusion of real world engineering into the curriculum. It is supported by the West Virginia Division of Energy.

Statler Career Assistance

The Office of Career Assistance is dedicated to serving the students of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Please visit us in Room 141 of the Engineering Sciences Building at any time. We will do everything we can to help you succeed and achieve your academic and personal goals. For more information, visit Statler Career Assistance.