To explore all of the student groups on campus, visit the Involvement section of the university website.

Eta Kappa Nu – Rho Chapter

Eta Kappa Nu is a nation-wide organization that is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the electrical and computer engineering field. It was founded in 1904 at the University of Illinois by ten students as the vision of an organization recognizing academic excellence in electrical engineering. The local Rho Chapter at the University of Colorado dates back to March 4, 1922 and consists of electrical engineering students who are excited about the possibilities of our major and are willing to share this with anyone who might ask.

The chapter hosts several service and social events throughout the year, including a series of seminars that focus on teaching technical skills that are not typically taught, but yet are very useful for the engineering student or practicing engineer. The chapter also hosts small social events where students can wind down from a tough day in the books.

The Rho Chapter is one of a select few which has won the HKN Outstanding Chapter Award two years in a row. For more information, visit the HKN website or email hkn@colorado.edu.

IEEE Student Group

A non-profit organization, IEEE (pronounced Eye-triple-E) is the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology. Benefits include:

  • Monthly events on campus ranging from social gatherings to technical talks with industry

  • Technical workshops and events throughout the year

  • IEEE Potentials and Spectrum Magazines

  • The IEEE, in conjunction with Microsoft, offers a wide selection of development software to IEEE student members.

  • More benefits can be found on the IEEE website 

You can join IEEE online. For chapter details, events and forum, visit the IEEE Colorado website.

Women in ECEE

Women in ECEE promotes diversity and equality of women in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at University of Colorado Boulder. The goals of the group are:

  1. To create a community atmosphere among ECEE students
  2. To provide students with role models
  3. To facilitate interaction between graduate and undergraduate students
  4. To promote professional and technical development of the students

Women in ECEE's principal activities include social events where women can gather and have fun in a low-key environment (e.g. coffee hours); hosting speakers and panels to discuss professional development, work/life balance and career choices; and laboratory tours.  

To get involved, email juliet.gopinath@colorado.edu.

Optical Society of America

The Optical Society of America (OSA) is a professional organization founded in 1916 for researchers, scientists and engineers who study light and how to control it. The student chapter here at CU is a mix of undergraduate and graduate students who want to learn more about light or who are already studying it. Anyone is welcome to join!

They have three categories of activities:

  • Professional - We interact with local optics companies in Boulder through networking events, poster sessions, and mini exhibition halls. We try to connect students with companies for internships and job opportunities.

  • Social - We have events such as happy hours, visits to exhibits having to do with light, mixers for students from different fields to meet one another, and more!

  • Technical - We host lectures from established researchers in optics, we promote or plan poster sessions for students to share their work, and we visit the research facilities of professors or companies in the area.

To learn more, visit the OSA website or email cuosa@colorado.edu.  

ECEE Graduate Student Association (ECEE -GSA)

The mission of the department's Graduate Student Association is to create a culture where graduate students can participate in and plan department events; to facilitate building community across department research groups; and to help all students feel like they belong to the department and its community. The host events like: 

  • Graduate Student Social Hour, where graduate students can build relationships and network with peers from different offices and research areas.
  • Research Seminars, where graduate students present their research to students from other research groups to foster interdisciplinary academic communication.
  • Graduate School Fall Panel, where current graduate students field questions from senior undergraduate students considering graduate school. 

The ECEE-GSA also plans to send a representative to regular department faculty meetings to offer contributions and/or voice concerns to help the department improve its environment for students. For more information, please email ecee-gg-ecegsa@colorado.edu