Activities and Organizations
Student Professional Activities
Mechanical engineering undergraduate students are actively involved in several professional activities, such as the professional society chapters' on-campus and senior design programs. These activities provide the students an opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork, and inter-personal communication skills; learn about the profession; make industry contacts; and become involved in extracurricular projects, community service, and social activities.
For a list of student organizations on campus, please click
Professional Society Chapters
ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
The objective of the student section is to provide an opportunity for students to begin their professional careers by joining a professional engineering society; to inform students of recent developments in the field of mechanical engineering, through publications, field trips, and meetings; and to promote fellowship and interaction with other student sections, as well as professional sectors of the Society. Please see the
ASME Student Section at SDSM&T for more details.
SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)
SAE has more than 300 collegiate chapters at universities throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and offshore chapters in Bulgaria, Columbia, India, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Through the guidance of SAE faculty advisors, over 11,000 student members participate in hands-on engineering projects. Many build vehicles to compete in SAE's annual Collegiate Design Competitions, which include Mini Baja, Formula SAE, Aero Design, Supermileage, Walking Machine Decathlon, and Mico-Truck Baja, plus special events featuring alternative fuel vehicles.
ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc.)
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers advances the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world. Membership is open to any person associated with the field, including indoor air quality, building design and operation, and environmental control for food processing and industry.
CAMP Teams (In Conjunction with Senior Design)
The goal for this two-semester project is to design and manufacture a formula car and to compete in the SAE Competition.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Team is one of the newest teams on the campus. The team consists of several students from a variety of majors. We also have several professors and faculty working with us to make our project a success.
The Aero Design Team is a team of students that design and fly an airplane that has to carry a certain amount of weight.
The goal for this two-semester project is to design and manufacture a four-wheel off-road vehicle and to compete in the SAE Mini-Baja West Competition.
Alternative Fuel Vehicle
The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Team designs, engineers, builds, and races a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in annual competitions against other engineering institutions.
Human Powered Vehicle
Our purpose as the Human Powered Vehicle Team is to design and create an aesthetically unique vehicle that focuses on ergonomics, the team members' safety, and the ability to succeed in all aspects of competition.
The mechanical engineering faculty are actively engaged in three broad areas: knowledge generation, knowledge transfer, and outreach. Each of these areas may involve one or more of the activities of curriculum development, teaching, research, scholarships, service, consulting, advising, mentoring, among many others.
Dr. Dan Dolan, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Dr. Umesh Korde, Professor and Pearson Chair in Mechanical Engineering, team taught a senior-level course integrating vehicle design and sustainable energy systems. The focus of the course was on design thinking that blends together the complex technical, economic, environmental, and safety considerations surrounding energy sources, energy conversion systems, renewable energy, energy conservation and vehicle design, performance, dynamics, safety, economics, and endurance. The instructors plan to continue to develop course materials and to offer this course in future semesters.
Mentoring and Advising