University of Vermont

Student Organizations

Get involved! Join one or more of the CEMS clubs, organizations and academic honor societies listed below.

Participation in organizations on campus can help you to explore new interests, meet new people, develop leadership skills, supplement your career preparation, and have a lot of fun! Here is a partial list of active groups with contact information. If you have questions, please write to the individual groups or CEMS Student Services at

Alternative Energy Racing Organization (AERO)

AERO is a club that designs and builds hybrid and electric vehicles for national competitions. The club has reached several important milestones in the process of building our new hybrid, GreenSpeed 4. The KTM SXF engine has arrived and our DLC-28 electric motors and their controllers have been ordered. While we wait for the frame and power electronics to arrive, we will be building up our CAD assembly of the car. Every part on the car will be modeled before it is bought or made to ensure that it will fit and function in the way that it is intended.

Please visit us in the shop which is located in Votey 122C. Also consider visiting the AERO Site. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kyle Werner ( or Nate Rex (, or stop by the shop.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

ASCE is a club dedicated to the professional development of student members. Our goal is to integrate the student chapter into the professional engineering society. We strive to provide a productive and fun environment by offering site visits, guest speakers, social activities, involvement in engineering competitions, and the opportunity to work on engineering projects for the betterment of the community.

We have the opportunity to compete in one of the biggest and most renowned engineering competitions in the nation: The AISC/ASCE National Student Steel Bridge Competition. The club designs, analyzes, and fabricates a steel bridge customized to a specific set of rules each year. We travel to compete against numerous universities throughout New England. Normal meetings occur Tuesday evenings at 7PM in Votey 207. Specific steel bridge design meets occur Thursday evenings at 6PM in Votey 206.

Jamie Martell - President –
Pat Finn – Vice President –
Brian Smock – Bridge Captain –
ASCE Facebook

CS Crew

The CS Crew is a student-led community of individuals studying or interested in Computer Science at the University of Vermont. Founded in 2010 by Anthony Sweet, Mark Cooper, and Beau Cameron, they provide a space for students to further their knowledge and skills in CS related concepts and applications. The Crew Room is located in Votey 332 and members welcome anyone who wants to come in to work on projects, get help during help hours, study, and network.

Emails can be directed to
CS Crew Facebook

Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

The UVM chapter of Engineers Without Borders is one of many chapters in the United States. Engineers Without Borders USA supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders. We feel that everyone has the right to the fundamental necessities of life. Our goal is to use our knowledge and creativity to work with developing communities to overcome the barriers preventing them from obtaining these basic needs.

EWB-UVM is currently working on a grey water filtration system in Venecia, Nicaragua. The goal is to create a system to reuse the village's grey water to water their home gardens. EWB-UVM took their first assessment trip in May 2014 and are planning on another trip in Spring 2015. The club is currently building its first prototype of the filtration system and is looking forward to testing it out. In addition to our main project, EWB-UVM hosts workshops, attends national conferences, and tours local engineering companies. EWB-UVM is closely connected with the Burlington Professional Chapter of EWB and provides great opportunities for networking with local professional engineers.

For more info or if you want to get involved, email the EWB President Sean Brennan at
EWB Site
EWB Facebook

Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

The UVM IEEE Club engages students in skill-building activities, both technical and career-developing, to prepare them for the professional working environment. IEEE holds various workshops throughout the year based on member input and participates in IEEE competitions like Micro-Mouse and the IEEE Ethics competition. IEEE is currently working on building an octo-copter to complement their recently acquired quad-, tri-, and hexa-copters.

IEEE also works with faculty advisers, local professionals, and the UVM Career Center to develop its members professionally. They host the annual Student Professional Awareness Conference (SPAC), a networking event which brings together students, representatives from companies, guest speakers, and the UVM Career Center. They also partner with the local IEEE Green Mountain Section to conduct a lecture series throughout the year so that students can learn about ways in which they can apply their Electrical Engineering degree.

UVM IEEE is advised by Professor Tian Xia and led by Anne Towle (President), Tarive Peter (Vice President), Colby Rackliff (Treasurer), and Albin Meli & Connor Myers (Social Media Consultants).

More information about the club can be found here:
IEEE Facebook
IEEE Twitter


Baja is an international collegiate competition series hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Each event consists of several competitive trials which are tailored to challenge college teams to build the best, quickest, most affordable and safest off-road vehicle. This year, the UVM Baja SAE club is fabricating an entirely new frame and suspension package. The team will bring the new 2015-2016 Baja to Tennessee Tech in April to compete against 99 other schools in several dynamic trials, a design competition, and a four hour endurance race. The meeting times vary depending on the assigned project group. Please email if interested.

Contact Info:
President: Chuck Norton (
Baja Site

Tau Beta Pi

Founded in 1885, Tau Beta Pi is the nation's oldest and largest engineering honor society. Membership in Tau Beta Pi recognizes exceptional engineers and students who have exemplary character and also offers unique and valuable opportunities. Tau Beta Pi seeks to broaden the collegiate experience of its members, thereby enhancing the engineering educational experience. Interests in non-technical fields, civic responsibility, and other human and cultural areas are encouraged through the various social and service activities of the chapters. Membership in Tau Beta Pi enables close interaction with students of all different engineering disciplines within your school and also provides opportunities to interact with faculty members, many of whom are also Tau Bates. Tau Beta Pi assists more students than any other engineering organization, awarding more than $300,000 in scholarships and at least $80,000 in fellowships each year.

The UVM chapter of Tau Beta Pi is VT-Alpha. You are invited to join TBP you’re junior and senior year at UVM based on academics and character. We perform various service events around the Burlington community and on-campus. We also host professional development series from renowned motivational and professional speakers. Be sure to find us on campus for “Pi” Day activities in March too. We’re are looking forward to 3.1415 this year!

President: Anna Towle:
Tau Beta Pi Site

The Society of Women in Computer Science (SWiCS)

Our goal is to create an environment where students can meet other women in Computer Science and support each other, share ideas of opportunities involving CS and offer advice on how to excel in the courses and field of CS. Our mission is to provide opportunities for professional and social development in the CS field. We also want to fund and offer women in the field of computer science the opportunity to attend educational and professional conferences. Every year we will choose a different project that will help out the community, whether that be the Computer Science community or the Vermont community. We also hope to provide mentorship and support for women entering this field in order to provide a sense of community. We hope that this group will serve as an informational and social network of individuals interested in computer science.

For more information please email:
Or visit our website: SWiCS Site

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a global organization created to provide women engineers the resources and support to achieve their full potential as leaders in their profession. The student and professional chapters of SWE work together in hosting networking events, resume workshops, and other activities to strengthen our professional prowess. We also do fun events together, such as the annual Pi Day bake sale and in previous years, the Engineering and Math Ball and engineering projects. Membership is open to students of all engineering, science, math, and technology disciplines and of all genders, as long as the chapter membership is at least 50% female.

Current Projects:
Every semester, the UVM collegiate chapter of SWE works with the professional SWE members in the region to host networking events for CEMS students, resume workshops, and other career development services. We will also take a trip down to Boston for the regional conference at the beginning of Spring Break, where there will be a huge job fair, workshops, and a research poster contest! We have also done some volunteering, such as helping with Nightmare Vermont in the fall, and volunteering with the SWE professional section as judges at the Vermont State Science Fair in the spring.

Usually twice a month on Mondays or Tuesdays... we can give you a more "confirmed" schedule once we have one figured out.

President: Anna Towle (
Secretary: Flora Su (

Math Club
Math Club

Math Club was created to foster a community of people who are interested in math and math related fields through fun activities and interesting lectures relating to math. We welcome anyone who loves math or wants to learn more about math. Some example events include origami, guest lecturers, and math related movies. Our activities can be best described as math related or adjacent, such as a lectures on graph theory or math scavenger hunts.

We meet every other week at a time determined at the beginning of each semester.

President: Rachel Bayersdorfer (

For even more activities and opportunities for participation at UVM,please visit the Student Government Association (SGA) website for a more extensive list of active UVM clubs and organizations.