Get Involved

Clubs and Organizations

School of Engineering students actively participate in service learning projects and volunteering to work on local, national, and global issues. The department has five active clubs that expand your horizons while providing a fun social atmosphere.

* For up-to-date information on club meeting times and contacts, please check the SoE Virtual Fishbowl Canvas site.  You may also find information about club meetings and events on the SoE Events Calendar.

Environmental Resources Engineering Student Association (ERESA) ~ established: 1975

Meetings: Bi-weekly Tuesdays, 12pm, AMH 23

Contact: *

Advisor:  Tesfa Yacob   and Maysam Mousaviraad


New officers are elected at the end of spring semesters.

ERESA raises funds for student events, organizes student social activities, and works with all other engineering clubs. ERESA members may become student members of the American Society of Civil Engineers. All ERE students are members of the Environmental Resources Engineering Student Association (ERESA).

Club History

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) ~ established: 1999

Meetings: Bi-weekly Mondays, 5pm, AMH 5.


 Advisor: Christa Meingast


New officers are elected at the end of spring semesters.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) mission is to stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity. SWE plans events that inspire young girls to become involved in science and math. SWE welcomes all students to become members. 

Club History

Renewable Energy Student Union (RESU) ~ established: 2005

Meetings: Wednesday 12-1 and Sundays 12-1 for project time, HGH 23


Advisor:  Peter Alstone and Arne Jacobson

New officers are elected at the end of spring semesters.

The purpose of the Renewable Energy Student Union (RESU) is to facilitate more renewable energy related activities for the Environmental Resources Engineering program. RESU students have worked with the Schatz Energy Research Center to develop a docent program where ERE students teach local school children about renewable energy and installed a solar radiation monitoring station on the library roof. RESU draws members from the both undergraduate ERE students and environmental systems graduate students.

Club History
RESU Webpage

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) ~ established: 2014

Meetings: *


Advisor: Josh Steimel


New officers are elected at the end of spring semesters.

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is a national organization that is at the forefront of advancing Hispanic individuals in the STEM fields--Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The SHPE-Humboldt club focuses on academic excellence and professional development. Other activities include community outreach and cooperating with other clubs. SHPE-Humboldt is not exclusive to Hispanic people and welcomes individuals of all backgrounds to join.

Club History
SHPE Facebook
SHPE Webpage

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) ~ established:

Meetings: *


Douglas Smith
Dr. Tesfayohanes Yacob

NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) is a national student organization that works to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. Even though the name mentions Engineers, it is open to all STEM majors. As a newer student branch at Cal Poly Humboldt, NSBE is creating a community of students who support each other to excel in their studies and network for meaningful job opportunities and professional development.


Each year, Engineering students participate in numerous local, regional, national and international competitions. Some of these competitions are described below.

International Math Modeling Competitions

The Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM) and the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) are sponsored by The Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP). Over the years ERE students have successfully competed in these international competitions. The students have 4 days to complete the research, calculations and writing needed to create a report describing their solution to the problem posed by COMAP. Reports are rated to be Outstanding, Meritorious, Honorable Mention and Successful Participant.

International Math Modeling Competitions

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Local Design Competition

Each year, the North Coast Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) sponsors a design competition limited to ERE students. The design problem is usually a local environmental engineering challenge. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three design teams.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

At the national level, SWE sponsors many competitions, including Best Technical Paper, Best Video, Best New Student Section. The Humboldt SWE members have successfully competed in many of these competitions.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Water Treatment Competition

The Water Treatment Competition engages students in water quality analysis where engineering practices and critical thinking must be used to design effective techniques to solve common water quality problems. Competition rules and water constituents are provided early by the Water Environment Foundation (WEF).