Student clubs and organizations are an integral part of our department curriculum and give our students unique, hands-on opportunities to become successful and resourceful professionals in their fields.
Cal Poly Steel Bridge is a competition team consisting of undergraduate students within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Every year team members work together to plan, design, fabricate and construct a one-tenth scale model steel bridge to compete at the Pacific Southwest Conference and the National Student Steel Bridge Competition in the Spring. This project incorporates technical knowledge with hands-on experience consistent with Cal Poly's "Learn By Doing" motto.
The Society of Environmental Engineers (SENVE) provides Cal Poly students with social, academic, and professional resources. Club members have opportunities to network with industries, professors, and other students through field trips, community service, and guest speakers. SENVE is also a student chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association.
Engineers Without Borders Cal Poly is a non-profit, student-driven organization established to support community-driven development programs worldwide through partnerships that design and implement sustainable engineering projects while cultivating transformative experiences that enrich global perspectives and create responsible leaders. EWB Cal Poly currently partners with communities in Fiji, Thailand, Nicaragua, Malawi, and the local SLO area.
The Cal Poly ITE student chapter aims to connect students with peers and professionals, to explore the opportunities within the field of transportation engineering, and to make a lasting and meaningful impact on our community and profession. We have meetings every other Thursday where we welcome professional guest speakers. Other events include firm tours, professional development sessions/conferences and real-life Mario Kart!
The Rainworks club at Cal Poly is dedicated to educating students about water resources engineering. As participants of the annual EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge, Rainworks specializes in stormwater management techniques and low impact development. Our goal is to offer further opportunities for students to learn about all the disciplines of water resources, get involved in their local community, and form connections with professionals in the water industry.
Cal Poly's Society of Civil Engineers (SCE) is one of many student chapters within the American Society of Civil Engineers organization. SCE is a club that focuses on promoting personal, professional, and scholastic development with academic and social events such as general meetings, career fairs, hiking, camping, and more. SCE also has two major project teams called Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge which provide members opportunities to get hands-on experience that they may not experience in their classroom environment.
Engineers for a Sustainable World is a project-based club at Cal Poly that is a chapter of a national organization. Our goal is to support our members in their endeavors to explore, improve, or develop sustainable technologies. We wish to improve the lives of humans without diminishing the opportunity of lives to come. While we are a project-based club that provides real, hands-on experience, we also hold social events, such as hikes and potlucks.
The Cal Poly student chapter of CalGeo, formed at the beginning of the Fall 2013 quarter, is Cal Poly's first club devoted to Geotechnical Engineering. The club was founded by a group of students involved with the GeoWall competition associated with the Cal Poly Society of Civil Engineers. The goal of Cal Poly CalGeo is to propagate and preserve the interest of Geotechnical Engineering among Cal Poly students, and to provide our members with academic and professional connections to ensure their success in the world of Geotechnical Engineering.