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Thayer Council

The Thayer Council is a student-run umbrella organization for all Dartmouth engineering students. Its mission is to guide student social life, foster communication among different student groups, and promote equity and diversity. The council acts as the student voice in communications with faculty and administration. Fully committed to the "service" aspect of the Thayer School educational philosophy, the council promotes student involvement in campus service organizations that carry classroom learning out into the community.

MEM Council

The Master of Engineering Management Council (MEMC) focuses on addressing the professional, academic, and social needs of prospective and current MEM candidates, as well as graduates of the program.

Graduate Student Council

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) is the graduate student governing body that works to improve the quality of life for all graduate students at Dartmouth. The GSC sponsors social and content-driven events, provides financial support for student organizations, and supports college-wide initiatives that affect graduate students. The council consists of representatives from each graduate program/department of the Arts and Sciences, including Thayer School and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

The GSC has many recognized student groups including Dartmouth Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE). The central purpose of GWISE is to develop a community of women from a variety of disciplines in science and engineering that will provide a place for women to both gain support during their graduate careers and to develop skills that will empower them in their professional occupations. The group's activities are geared toward professional development, outreach, and building a social network of women in the sciences at Dartmouth. Although the group is oriented toward supporting women, they welcome all graduate students. The advisor for the group is Professor Megan Romano

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Aerospace club rocket launch

After School Science and Engineering Program

After School Science and Engineering is an inventive STEM enrichment program run by Dartmouth students (undergraduate and graduate) who enjoy sharing their passion for science and engineering with children in elementary school and junior high. Weekly during each academic term, Dartmouth students lead hand-on activities that exemplify fundamental concepts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In the past, students have built everything from boats and rockets to mouse trap dragsters and gumdrop towers under the guidance of experienced student mentors. Projects and lessons are tailored to the ages of the students.

Dartmouth Aerospace Engineering Club

The Dartmouth Aerospace Engineering Club seeks to empower students with the skills and knowledge necessary to improve life on Earth and beyond. We are currently developing a competitive sounding rocket, an autonomous farm computer, and an Arduino-powered RC aircraft.

Dartmouth Formula Racing (DFR)

The student-run DFR team designs, implements, and tests a high performance all-electric race car. The DFR team initiated the annual Formula Hybrid™ competition, which is run by Thayer School. The team receives advice and equipment from the faculty and staff of Thayer School, but DFR members raise most of each year's budget from corporate sponsors and personal donations. The advisor for the group is Engineering Laboratory Instructor Raina White.

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Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering (DHE)

DHE in Rwanda
Shinri Kamei '16,  Max Sloan '13, Joey Anthony '12, Alison Polton-Simon '14, and Pascal Kwisanga carry PVC pipes to Kigogo, Rwanda for the small-scale hydropower project.

Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering (formerly Humanitarian Engineering Leadership Projects (HELP)) exists to organize and support service initiatives all over the world. DHE's goal is to improve a community's quality of life with solutions that are fully sustainable using local materials. Projects seek to provide clean water, improve sanitation, and reduce environmental impact through the implementation of appropriate technologies that are socially conscious, economically feasible, and fully sustainable. Current initiatives include improved cooking technologies and alternative fuels in Tanzania and hydropower sites for off-grid areas in Rwanda. The advisors for the group are Professor Charles Sullivan and Holly Wilkinson, Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

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Dartmouth LEGO League (DLL)

In FIRST LEGO® League, teams use LEGO Mindstorms technologies and LEGO bricks to design, build, and program robots to solve real-world challenges. Dartmouth LEGO League began as a Schweitzer Fellowship project by Kristen Lurie '08 in 2007. Since then, it has matched student mentors with local FIRST teams and has hosted an annual tournament in which several Dartmouth professors, as well as community members, act as judges.

Dartmouth Society of Engineers (DSE): Student Chapter

Every engineering student is automatically a member of the student chapter of the Dartmouth Society of Engineers (DSE). The Student Chapter serves as a forum for matters pertaining to the welfare of engineering students at Dartmouth, as well as a liaison between the engineering student body and the DSE Parent Chapter, Thayer School faculty and staff, and Dartmouth College. The Student Chapter also serves as a coordinating organization for social events and philanthropic initiatives. These include a weekly Friday gathering and the annual Steak and Champagne dinner. In addition, the DSE organizes a Graduation Reception that is open to students, faculty, staff, and the families of graduating students. The DSE Student Chapter also works with other Thayer organizations to plan and organize additional activities to enrich the lives of Thayer students.
Co-Presidents: Ben Hogan Th'21 & Josie Nordrum '17 Th'17 '19
Group Advisor: Professor Solomon Diamond

Graduates in Need of Decompression (GrIND)

Graduates in Need of Decompression (GrIND) is a student-led group at Thayer that seeks to promote general health and wellness among all graduate students. Maneuvering through graduate school can be a difficult proposition—learning how to manage your time effectively, making new friends, getting along with your advisor, learning your way around a new area or culture, writing a thesis, finding time to exercise or spend time with your family, etc.—these can all be significant factors affecting your overall outlook on life and your academic performance. Through GrIND, we hope to provide students with a local network of peer-based moral support as well as a structured and healthy approach to managing day-to-day graduate school life. The advisors for the group are Jennifer St. Laurence and Jessica Widdicombe. 

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

The IEEE is a professional society of engineers and scientists whose mission is to promote "the engineering process of creating, developing, integrating, sharing, and applying knowledge about electro and information technologies and sciences for the benefit of humanity and the profession."

The student chapter of IEEE at Dartmouth sponsors activities, guest lectures, competitions, and other events relevant to students in engineering and computer science. The advisor for the group is Professor Paul Meaney.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Two members of Dartmouth NSBE
Kristen Virkler, left, and Stephanie Emenyonu, right, view the Dartmouth NSBE chapter as a major source of connection and mutual support.

The NSBE's mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. Dartmouth's NSBE chapter, comprised of 45 undergraduates, is open to all minority students and focuses on supporting academic work, professional development, and connecting students to available resources. The advisors for the group are Professor Kofi Odame and Holly Wilkinson, Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

Schweitzer Fellows

The Schweitzer program provides college students with funding and support to work on a range of projects that benefit underserved populations in local communities. The program was begun in 1940 to support the efforts of physician and humanist Albert Schweitzer.

Of the approximately 30 Schweitzer Fellows in New Hampshire and Vermont, close to half come from Dartmouth, including the only engineering Schweitzer Fellows in the country. Past projects include putting together an all-girl team that placed in the annual FIRST LEGO League Robotics Competition, and designing a carbon credit trading simulation for high school students to help them understand the interconnections between environment, policy, and business.

Sigma Xi

The Dartmouth Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, sponsors the Christopher Reed Science Competition for senior honors students, and supports other activities that recognize and honor the research achievements of Dartmouth students.

The president of the Dartmouth Chapter of Sigma Xi is Professor Dean Wilcox of the Chemisty Department.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

SAE is a professional engineering society that specializes in transportation technology. A multi-disciplinary group, it encompasses mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering.

The advisor for the group is Professor Laura Ray. See also Dartmouth Formula Racing.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development. SHPE's vision is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers. The advisors for the group are Holly Wilkinson and Petra B. Taylor.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

The Dartmouth chapter of SWE includes women and men, faculty, students, and staff. The group sponsors a variety of activities ranging from workshops for local schools to course advising sessions and luncheons with prominent women in a variety of fields of engineering. SWE students are often active in the Women in Science Project (WISP). The advisor for the group is Holly Wilkinson, Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

Julie Ann Haldeman '14 presenting her WISP research project
Julie Ann Haldeman '14 presenting her WISP research project at the Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium.

SPIE Dartmouth Student Chapter

The International Society of Optics and Photonics seeks to connect researchers, educators and industrialists to collaborate upon and advance optical light-based research and technologies. The Dartmouth student chapter aims to link these various disciplines of research amongst the faculty and students. In addition, our goals include outreach to the Upper Valley community, and to utilize the partnership between Dartmouth graduate and undergraduate students to create opportunities for younger students to appreciate how light is utilized both in our laboratories and in their own every day experiences.

Tau Beta Pi

The New Hampshire Beta chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, was installed in February 2002. Tau Beta Pi membership is open to top engineering students with distinguished scholarship (the top 12.5% of senior Engineering Sciences majors and the top 20% of B.E. students), exemplary character typified by integrity, a wide range of interests, adaptability, and interest in participating in community and volunteer activities.

The national office of Tau Beta Pi offers student chapters a variety of programs including scholarships, fellowships, training projects, tools for career development, and support for chapter service projects. Initiation into Tau Beta Pi brings lifelong membership. The advisor for the group is Professor Douglas Van Citters.

Thayer Consulting Club

The Thayer Consulting Club (TCC) at Dartmouth aims to facilitate a seamless transition from school to a successful career in consulting through awareness, skill building, and networking. The club seeks to educate students about the world of consulting while preparing them to enter industry. Students are prepared for consulting recruitment through informational events like case workshops, career treks, networking mixers and case competitions.

TCC executive board
The TCC Executive Board

Thayer Gear

Thayer Gear is a student-run apparel store in which Thayer students can put theoretical knowledge to practical use by running a business and developing new products and strategies.

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