Student Orgs

Our student organizations enrich the college experience at Howard University. Each organization works with a faculty advisor to collaborate jointly as mentors to make the college experience more fulfilling.

Alpha Rho Chi (APX)

Alpha Rho Chi (APX) is the national fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. The Hemiunu Chapter was established at Howard University on March 9, 2013. It is one of 32 active chapters and 25 alumni associations divided into eight regions across the United States.

American Concrete Institute (ACI)

The purpose of the chapter is to encourage student interest in the study of concrete and to develop an awareness of ACI. The chapter is sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of ACI. Members participate in all activities of the chapter, including field trips, ACI competitions, meetings, social events, ACI conventions, and joint activities with other student organizations on campus and with other ACI chapters in the DMV area.

Contact Info: Dr. Claudia Marin, faculty advisor,

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is charged to organize architecture students to combine their efforts to advance the science and art of architecture, promote excellence in architectural education, internships and practice, and to foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines among all persons. The high point of the annual major AIAS activity is at the FORUM where students from throughout the country meet to exchange ideas and to elect national officers. These officers present the concerns of architecture students to the Boards of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), and the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Contact Info: Prof. Nea Maloo, faculty advisor,

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE)

All students registered in the Department of Chemical Engineering are expected to join AIChE. Club members participate in professional activities -- field trips to industrial facilities, etc., tutorial services, seminars by invited professionals and the election of a delegate to AIChE conventions.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

The chapter is a member of the Maryland-District of Columbia Conference of student chapters of ASCE. Members participate in all activities of the chapter, including field trips, meetings, social events, ASCE conventions, joint activities with other student organizations on the campus and with other ASCE chapters. Students also have contacts with distinguished members of the Civil & Environmental Engineering profession.

Contact Info: Dr. Hessam Yazdani, faculty advisor,

American Society for Engineering Education

Contact Info: Dr. Danda Rawat, faculty advisor,

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME International) is the premier organization for promoting the art, science and practice of mechanical engineering throughout the world. The Howard University Student Section 0315C (Region III, subsection 15C) Alpha Chapter is particularly interested in various programs that focus on the technical disciplines offered in the mechanical engineering curriculum. The chapter is prepared to promote and enhance the technical competency and professionalism of its members and better enable its practitioners to contribute to the wellbeing of humankind.

Contact Info: Dr. Gbadebo Owolabi, faculty advisor,;

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

ACM is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, delivering resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. The Howard University chapter 

CEA Student Council

Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness Ambassador Program 

The ambassador program engages Howard University undergraduate and graduate engineering students in outreach to K-12 with the general knowledge of earthquake and tsunami awareness, and promotion of careers in engineering. Students run hands-on engineering challenges at the large-scale public outreach events and at schools throughout the DC Area, manage the program, and train incoming ambassadors. The program is supported by George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES).

Contact Info: Dr. Claudia Marin, faculty advisor,

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) 

EWB-Howard University is a student chapter of EWB-USA. The organization 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. EWB-HU has participated in three projects since its establishment in 2007 in Brazil, Panama and Kenya.

Contact Info: Professor John Tharakan, faculty advisor,;
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Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

IEEE strives to keep the student body aware of recent technological developments in electrical engineering and allied areas by meeting regularly, and sponsoring workshops, seminars, and field trips to local engineering plants and laboratories. Student members promote and adhere to the ethical principles of the parent organization.

Contact Info: Dr. Dr. Ahmed Rubaai, faculty advisor,

National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)

The Howard University Chapter of NOMAS was founded in 1992 to specifically address the concerns of African American and other minority architecture students in the academic arena and as they transition to the professional world. A major event for the organization is participation in the NOMA National Conference, held annually during the first week in October, where students have the opportunity to meet other students and professionals from throughout the country. A major conference event is the student design competition in which students submit design studio projects for review by professionals.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

NSBE was founded at Purdue University in l975 as a student-based organization to represent the interests of Blacks and other minorities in the field of engineering. Activities include technical writing workshops, round-table discussions on engineering developments, Region II conference, up-to-date job market analyses, distribution of the NSBE newsletter, and dissemination of graduate school information.

Contact Info:

Omega Chi Epsilon - Chemical Engineering

Contact Info: Professor John Tharakan, faculty advisor,

Phi Sigma Rho National Sorority, Inc.

Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority for women in technical studies serving our sisters and the community by promoting high standards of personal integrity, respect and character. Through Phi Sigma Rho National Sorority, Inc. women in STEM develop lifelong bonds of sisterhood and achieve academic and professional excellence with a social balance.

Contact Info: Valethia Watkins, faculty advisor;

Sigma Phi Delta - Beta Sigma Chapter

Sigma Phi Delta is an international professional-social engineering fraternity, and Howard stands as its first HBCU and DC chapter. Sigma Phi Delta scholars endeavor to promote the advancement of the engineering profession and education, as well as bridging the gaps between engineering students, organizations, and universities. Members observe the highest ideals of virtuous manhood, good citizenship, obedience to law, brotherhood, and excellence in scholarship. SPD encourages and uplifts through service and mentorship.

Contact Info: Dr. Moses Owolabi, faculty advisor,


Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

The Society of Women Engineers is a national non-profit, educational, service organization dedicated to making known the need for women engineers and encouraging young women to consider an engineering education. The Howard student section of SWE was chartered in l976. Its specific purposes include providing a support system for women engineers, increasing the understanding of engineering and enhancing professionalism among its members. Other objectives are: to serve as a center of information on women in engineering, to encourage women engineers to attain high levels of educational and professional achievement, to inform young women and the public of the qualifications of women engineers and the opportunities open to them. The Howard Student Section of SWE also plans active outreach programs in the community.

Tau Beta Pi

District of Columbia Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi Association. Tau Beta Pi is the national engineering honor society. Engineering students in the upper one-fifth of the senior class or upper eighth of the junior class are eligible. Election of scholastically qualified individuals is based on scholarship, character, service to the college, and promise of professional ability.

Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society (Alpha Beta Chapter)

The Howard University chapter of Tau Sigma Delta was founded on December 1, 1970 as the Alpha Beta Chapter. This National Honor Society recognizes scholarly achievements of students dedicated to architecture and the allied arts. Students who have a minimum of a 3.2 GPA at the end of their sophomore year and/or community service/civic responsibility and leadership may be invited to become members of this society. The induction ceremony for Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society members takes place in the Fall semester. A major activity of the society is in the organization and promotion of community service as civic responsibility and participation in community-based charettes.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE)

Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) is the first and only international honor society for the computing sciences. UPE was founded at Texas A&M University in 1967. The Beta Chapter of Washington, DC was chartered at Howard University in 2004. Membership is by invitation only.

Water Environment Federation (WEF)

The Howard University Water Environment Association (HUWEA) was formed as a student organization in the Spring of 2019 and officially recognized by both Howard University (HU) and WEF during the Fall of 2019. The mission of HUWEA is to serve as a resource for students interested in environmental and water issues across the HU community and to promote healthy water resource practices for the local area. To date, HUWEA has hosted panels featuring women leaders in the field, monthly campus clean ups, and "Come Get the Tea" events providing a forum for students to discuss environmental issues that are important to them. HUWEA has also hosted social events such as game nights and movie nights.

Contact Info: Dr. Jeseth Delgado Vela, faculty advisor,

Please contact your faculty advisor for more information.