Becoming an effective engineer is a broad undertaking that can include more than developing one's technical skills.
Employers often like to see evidence of leadership and relationship-building skills, time management, the ability to work in groups to plan and organize projects, and other "soft skills."
That's where getting involved in student activities can help. Getting active with an organization provides opportunities to create friendships, build a network of contacts, prevent burnout, and increase one's overall enjoyment of grad school.
There are many student organizations with which students can get involved, including three groups within the department:
- ChyComm (Chemical Hygiene Committee) helps to ensure that a culture of safety exists within the department;
- The department arm of CEGC (Chemical Engineering Graduate Council) organizes social and service events that help students get to know one another and enjoy a bit of down time. The Council of Graduate Students (cgs.osu.edu) is the official representative body of all graduate students.
- and the Graduate Research Symposium showcases the talents of graduate students in the department to would-be employers and contacts.
Other groups and organizations of interest might be:
- American Society for Engineering Education
- Black and Brown Women in Engineering, Sciences and Technology
- Engineers' Council
- Engineers for Community Service
- Engineers Without Borders
- National Association for Multicultural Engineering (NAMEPA)
- National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)
- National Society of Black Engineers
- SKY Engineering - mental wellness practices including breathwork, meditation, and yoga within the College of Engineering
- Society for Biomedical Engineering
- Society for the Advancement of Chicanos, Hispanics, and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
- Society of Women Engineers
- Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN)