ME Student Organizations
Pi Tau Sigma
Pi Tau Sigma (PTS) is the International Honor Society for Mechanical Engineers. PTS members are chosen on a basis of sound engineering ability, scholarship, service, leadership, and integrity. Junior and Senior Mechanical Engineers in the top 25% of their respective classes and who have taken or are currently taking Solids are invited to apply to be accepted as initiates. Students who are eligible to join will receive an invitation to apply in their email at the beginning of every long semester. The purpose of this organization is to strive to create better engineers through commitment to academic excellence, dedication to service, and promotion of fraternal bonds between its members. Additionally, this organization, often working with other engineering societies, serves to provide professional development and networking opportunities with PTS alumni and several prominent companies in industry. Although Pi Tau Sigma members are accepted on the basis of academic merit, we cordially welcome MEs from all backgrounds and interests who meet our requirements. PTS is a family that is united by high ideals for the engineering profession and supporting the attainment of individual professional goals.
Raider Aerospace Society is Texas Tech´s premier aerospace and aeronautics organization. Founded in 2016 by students from the Edward E. Whitacre, Jr. College of Engineering, the mission has been to provide students an opportunity to explore and gain experience in the fields of aerospace and aviation. This mission is accomplished through the participation and sponsorship of multiple aerospace-related projects led by students throughout each academic year. In addition, RAS aims to create a community among engineering students to allow for professional, academic, and personal growth. RAS continues to establish lifelong relationships among students and alumni.
The Robotics and Advanced Tech Society is the leading robotics and engineering organization on campus, focusing on providing hands-on engineering access to all students without any high costs or dues. We want to promote STEM education and its growth to all disciplines through the research, design, innovation, and creation of teleoperated and autonomous robotics and other advanced technologies. RATS has accumulated sponsors and partners within several departments across campus, including the Whitacre College of Engineering, TTU Athletics, the Davis College, the College of Media and Communication, and more. This interdisciplinary nature is at the heart of RATS as it highlights the differences and unique characteristics of our members; we have brought in more than just engineers, but business, English, and kinesiology majors.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers is an educational and technical society whose main concern is the in-depth coverage of mechanical engineering technology and its interpretation to the general public. As a student section, ASME serves as a link between the university and the professional community. Specific purposes of this society are to promote the art, science, and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences to diverse communities throughout the world. This society also aims to encourage original research, foster engineering education, promote the exchange of information among engineers, students, and others, and broaden the usefulness of the engineering profession in cooperation with other engineering and technical societies.
NASA Rover Team
The NASA Rover Team is one of the leading innovative engineering and robotics organizations on campus, partnering with senior design groups and students around the school. The team recently competed in NASA's Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC) where they were expected to design, build, and run a rover that navigates a course while completing a series of tasks requiring the rover to collect water at 5 different stations. The group attacked their fast-paced timeline, completing design proposals, 30-page reports on the design and operational readiness of the rover, and finally building the rover. President Alexnder Calabrese looks forward to a new year of competition, welcoming new faces from all colleges around the campus, saying that “some people can have amazing ideas, everybody thinks differently. We just want them to learn.”
Red Raider Racing
Red Raider Racing builds a Formula-style car every year to compete internationally every May. They allow any Texas Tech student to gain engineering experience, provididng early engineering experiences. From welding to programming, team members gain new knowledge in fields that are heavily present in the modern manufacturing world. In the previous year the team had the opportunity of racing at the Michigan International Nascar speedway.