The department supports the following student chapter organizations:
American Society of Mechanical Engineers - ASME
ASME was started in 1978 and currently has about 72 members. Membership in ASME provides excellent professional development opportunities for the students. UW-Platteville hosted the 1994 Regional Student Conference of ASME at Bettendorf, Iowa, in March. The professional manner in which the conference was conducted bears testimony to the commitment of the students and faculty. Dr. Ravikumar received the prestigious 1994 Region VI Faculty Advisor award for his involvement in the year's activities. Two years ago, the UW-Platteville section of ASME won the Allied-Signal award as the most improved school in Region VI. Over 20 schools in the Midwest were eligible to win this award. It was an honor for the Platteville students to win this award considering the stiff competition. There has been increased participation by students in contests promoted by ASME. Two students won prizes in the ASME Rock RiverValley student paper competition, and one student won a prize in the Old Guard Paper competition. Several field trips have been taken. Sites include Chrysler Corporation at Belvidere, Ill.; Point Beach Nuclear Plant at Two Rivers, Wis.; Mercury Outboards in Fond du Lac, Wis.; GM in Janesville, Wis.; Iowa Laser Machining in Waterloo, Iowa; and John Deere facilities in Iowa. Through the efforts of the section, UW-Platteville is a member of the ASME bulletin board through which hundreds of software programs have been offered to students free of charge. The society section conducts its operations through several committees with which the student officers and the faculty advisor are closely involved. The committees provide an excellent opportunity for students to develop skills in planning and managing professional activities.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers - ASHRAE
ASHRAE was started at UW-Platteville in 1987 and currently has about 15 active members. The purpose of ASHRAE is to make students aware of the professions involving heating, refrigerating, and air conditioning. It integrates the thermal sciences, along with human comfort concepts. This past year ASHRAE held meetings monthly. Some of its activities were as follows: Two joint meetings with the Madison Chapter of ASHRAE; field trip to American Family Insurance; field trip to Soldiers Grove to observe America's first solar village; setup and participation in Engineering Expo at UW-Platteville, finishing second in the technical display competition. The Madison chapter provides a scholarship to one student each year.
Society of Automotive Engineers - SAE
SAE was started at UW-Platteville in 1980 and currently has about 20 members. The purpose of SAE is to make students aware of the varied activities in the general area of vehicle mechanics, including automotive, off-road, heavy equipment, and agricultural. Recently, the chapter built a Mini-Baja to enter in the national race. The SAE has also participated in contests such as the Clean Snowmobile Challenge, Formula One, RC Helicopters (and Quadcopters), and the Human Powered Vehicle. To learn more, visit the SAE website.
Pi Tau Sigma
The Wisconsin Alpha Chapter of Pi Tau Sigma was established in April 1993. Students from the Mechanical Engineering Department with high scholastic achievement and exemplary character are eligible to be members of Pi Tau Sigma. The society has approximately 50 members. The society provides tutoring services for students and helps monitor the computer labs in the college.
Society of Manufacturing Engineers - SME
The SME Student Chapter #212 at UWP was formed in 1990 to provide an opportunity for students to learn about careers and advances in the field of manufacturing. The SME Dubuque Chapter #175 presented the Charter to the Student Chapter #212 on November 13, 1991. The organization is comprised of engineering and technology majors. It is truly an interdisciplinary organization. The chapter participates in monthly meetings, featuring guest speakers from nearby industries discussing various topics in manufacturing. Other activities include joint meetings with the senior chapter in Dubuque, Iowa, joint meetings with the Institute of Industrial Engineering, tours of manufacturing facilities, participation in the annual Engineering/ Science Expo, and Fund raising. The chapter currently has about 30 members.
Society of Women Engineers - SWE
The Society of Women Engineers is open to any student enrolled in engineering. The primary objectives of the society are: (1) to serve as a center of information on women in engineering; (2) to inform young women, their parents, counselors, and the general public about the opportunities in engineering; and (3) to encourage women engineers to attain high levels of education and professional achievement. Two major activities that are arranged annually by this society (in coordination with the director of women in engineering) are career and career exploration days for young women, with more than 400 people (young women, parents, and teachers) participating.
Tau Beta Pi
The Wisconsin Epsilon Chapter of Tau Beta Pi was established in February 1992. Students from the four degree-granting departments with scholastic achievements and exemplary character are eligible for invitation to membership in Tau Beta Pi. The society has approximately 160 members and recognizes scholarship in engineering. The society conducts the evaluation of faculty teaching effectiveness, provides tours for Pioneer Preview participants, and coordinates tours for prospective students and their parents.