Student Organizations

Want to get more involved in Humanitarian Engineering outside of classes? Check out some examples of what’s going on at Mines and beyond below.


Socially Responsible Scientists and Engineers

Socially Responsible Scientists and Engineers (SRSE) is the new Humanitarian Engineering student club! Are you looking for professional and individual development outside of the classroom in understanding what it means to be a socially responsible scientist and/or engineer? SRSE is focused on just that. With plans to host student and faculty presentations, professional speakers, an annual symposium, and opportunities for networking and attending conferences we can further discuss what social responsibility in engineering is and how we can encourage it in others. If you would like the chance to take part in developing this club or just want to learn more, stop by one of our meetings! Meetings are on Tuesdays from 5-6 PM virtually or in person – for more information, contact SRSE President Wyatt Ellison at

Mines Without Borders

Mines Without Borders combines Engineers Without Borders USA and Bridges to Prosperity. EWB-USA is committed to bringing sustainable development projects to the developing world. Projects include water, waste-water, sanitation, energy, and shelter construction. EWB-Mines helps underserved communities abroad that request specific engineering expertise. EWB-Mines is currently working in Nicaragua to help villages install suspended cable bridges — giving access to schools, hospitals, and markets during the rainy season. B2P builds literal bridges in under-served communities worldwide. On the Mines campus, B2P and Engineers Without Borders have now merged and students can build bridges by joining EWB/B2P at Mines.


Solar Energy Association, University of Massachusetts

Solar Energy Association, University of Massachusetts: This organization is run by graduate students interested in renewable energy, especially solar energy.  The group’s primary purpose is to communicate and learn together about the renewable energy field by discussing members’ research and seeking out speakers of interest from industry and academia. 

Stanford Program on Hunger (SPOON)

Stanford Program on Hunger (SPOON): SPOON provides thousands of meals for hungry and homeless people each year. Student volunteers transfer unused food to a central freezer where it is then picked up by the urban ministry to be served to the hungry in the local area. Guidelines on how to form a similar program at another university can be found here.


Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders: EWB is a network of students, educators, and professionals committed to bringing sustainable projects to the developing world. Projects involve the design and construction of water, waste-water, sanitation, energy, and shelter systems. EWB was founded at CU Boulder and has spread to almost 100 universities nationwide.

Engineers for a Sustainable World

Engineers for a Sustainable World: ESW aims to reduce poverty by improving environmental, social, and economic sustainability worldwide by mobilizing engineers to address the challenges of developing communities and to promote global sustainability. EWH has spread to almost twenty chapters nationwide.

Student Pugwash, USA

Student Pugwash, USA: SPUSA is an educational, nonprofit organization focusing on the interplay of science, technology, and public policy. By participating in a variety of local, regional, and national events , students tackle issues such as international conflict, environmental protection, genetics, research, and civil rights.

Engineering World Health

Engineering World Health: EWH answers the needs of disadvantaged areas by providing and maintaining appropriate medical technology.