Student Groups

(See also Student Councils)

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 students interested in participating in this outreach should contact Megan E. Yeigh or Ligin M. Solamen.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

The student chapter of ASME sponsors lectures and presentations at Thayer School, often in conjunction with the local ASME Upper Valley Subsection. Thayer School students have won numerous prizes for projects entered in ASME regional and national design competitions as well as recognition for their activity in technical presentation competitions.

The advisor for the group is Professor Minh Phan.

Dartmouth Aerospace Engineering Club

Dartmouth Aerospace Engineering Club is a student-run organization focused on developing technologies that enable human exploration of the solar system and beyond. Our initial projects will focus on competitive sounding rocketry, but we will eventually expand to asteroid mining, sustainable living, railgun, and autonomous systems.

Dartmouth Aerospace Engineering Club

The advisor for the group is Professor Brenden Epps. For more information and cool space facts, please contact

Dartmouth Energy Collaborative

The Dartmouth Energy Collaborative is a student-led organization that connects students, scholars, business and policy leaders interested in energy issues.  They are a collaborative group that joins students from Thayer School of Engineering, Tuck School of Business, and Vermont Law School.  The group visits energy startups, meets business and government energy leaders, tours power plants, and gets together to share perspectives on energy issues.  For more information, please contact one of their student leaders.

Dartmouth Energy Collaborative meets with Secretary of Energy Steven Chu
US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu meets with Dartmouth Energy Collaborative members and talks with the students about winning the clean energy race. The U.S. Secretary of Energy came to visit Thayer School to speak at the 3rd Annual Great Issues in Energy Symposium, focusing on Energy Innovation and America's Competitiveness.

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 Professor John Collier. For more information, email

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Formula Hybrid racecar
Thayer School students built the country's first Formula Hybrid racecar.

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. For more information, email

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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. For more information, contact

Dartmouth LEGO League 2013
Members of The Robotic Fury team compete in the 2013 FIRST LEGO League Regional Tournament at Dartmouth, in which middle schoolers design, build, and program robots using LEGO bricks and LEGO MINDSTORMS technologies. The Robotic Fury Team moved on to the State Tournament.

Dartmouth Society of Engineers (DSE)

DSE is an association of alumni and friends of Thayer School. The DSE student chapter, open to all Thayer School students, fosters a sense of community among engineering students, faculty, and staff at Thayer School by sponsoring activities such as study sessions, intramural sports, and outreach activities around the campus and community.

The advisor for the group is Professor Solomon Diamond. For more information, email

Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE)

Dartmouth GWISE is the Graduate Women in Science and Engineering group at Dartmouth. 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 Mary Albert. For more information, email

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.

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE-EMBS)

The IEEE-EMBS provides resources for networking and job opportunities. The student chapter provides a sense of community among the biomedical engineering students at Thayer School, and also brings experts in the field to speak about their research and provide students with networking opportunities. For more information, contact

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

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.

For more information, email

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 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. For more information, email

Junkyard Wars
The Society of Women Engineers held Junkyard Wars in Thayer School's Great Hall.

Read about a junkyard wars competition in Dartmouth Engineer magazine.

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. For more information, email

Thayer Consulting Club

Thayer Consulting Club supports students interested in pursuing career in strategy, technology, and business consulting. They provide resources and networking opportunities to help students find consulting jobs, and organize events including speaker series, site visits, and case competitions.

For more information, email

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.