Getting Involved

Within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, students have many opportunities to get involved beyond their academic coursework. Students may choose to apply the knowledge they are learning in the classroom to one of our Student Project Teams such as Design/Build/Fly or EcoCAR 3. Professional engineering organizations allow students to connect and collaborate with peers, faculty, and industry members in their respective fields. Students may also decide to get involved with student organizations in the College of Engineering or through one of almost 1,400 student organizations at Ohio State! 


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Student Project Teams

Baja Buckeyes

Baja Buckeyes SAE team is a student organization built to develop members' understanding of the automotive and motorsports businesses, as well as provide hands-on experiences that expand knowledge of engineering and fabrication practices. As a student-managed o-road race team, the group strives to present challenges to members, enabling them to learn the important elements of project management, business management and engineering design.

Buckeye Bullet

The mission of the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 team is to provide unique engineering challenges for students—valuable, hands-on experience—creating some of the best new engineers in the world. This student team pushes the envelope of electric vehicle technology and in so doing aims to change public perception of electric vehicles. Mission: prove that green technologies of the future will be both fun to drive and fast! 

Buckeye Current

Buckeye Current was founded by students in 2010 as the Buckeye Electric Motorcycle Race Team. The team’s goal is to provide students experience with electric vehicles and to construct a fully operable electric motorcycle to compete in races on both the national and international level. 

Buckeye Space Launch Initiative

The Buckeye Space Launch Initiative (BSLI) is an interdisciplinary organization of ambitious students with a shared vision of student-led spaceflight. Our mission is to establish Ohio State as a leading university in rocketry by creating economical access to space through collaborative, student-driven research.


Design/Build/Fly is a multidisciplinary student project team that competes annually in the International AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition sponsored by Cessna Aircraft Company and Raytheon Missile Systems. Engineering students come together to design and manufacture a small remote controlled aircraft and test within the span of 7.5 months.

EcoCAR 3

EcoCAR 3 is the latest U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition series and is North America’s premier collegiate automotive engineering competition. The U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors are challenging 16 North American universities to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid-electric car that will reduce environmental impact, while maintaining the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car. 

Rover Team

The purpose of the Rover Team is to to design and construct an efficient and competitive rover vehicle in order to compete in the international NASA racing competition. This vehicle must abide to all of the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge rules and regulations. 

Formula Buckeyes

The Formula Buckeyes is a group of students who design, build, test, develop, and race a formula style open wheel race car. Our goals include incorporating today's latest technology and skills into creating an efficient Formula SAE race car, allowing us to be a highly regarded competitor on the national and international level. 

Supermileage SAE

The Supermileage SAE team provides students with a challenging design project involving the development and construction of a single-person, fuel efficient vehicle. Utilizing unleaded fuel, the goal is to build a vehicle aimed at obtaining the highest combined miles per gallon (kilometers per liter) rating plus design segment points winning the event.

Theme Park Engineering Group

The purpose of the Theme Park Engineering Group is to enhance the technical knowledge gained by members in the classroom through applications in the theme park and entertainment industry. This shall take the form of team design projects as well as various educational opportunities.

Campus Involvement

With almost 1,400 student organizations, Ohio State provides a wide range of opportunities for students to get involved. Student organizations have a significant impact in providing effective learning environments for students, preparing them to live and work in a global community. Search all of OSU's student organizations here. 

Community Service Organizations

Design for 90

Design for 90 aims to provide students with an opportunity to be involved in a collaborative learning environment and put to use their skills learned in the classroom to solve complicated real world problems. DF90 aims to serve under served groups within the community. The name Design for 90 comes from the fact that 90% of all engineers and designers design products and solutions for just 10% of the population, leaving the remaining 90% of the population out of the many benefits of human centric design. We aim to design for this other 90%.

Engineers for Community Service

Engineers for Community Service (ECOS) is a student organization that promotes social responsibility through local and international service learning projects.

Engineers Without Borders 

The Engineers Without Borders chapter at The Ohio State University is the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders – USA. We welcome all majors at OSU to join our team to grow technically, culturally, and globally as we work together to provide solutions to communities to reach their basic human needs.

Identity-Based Professional Engineering Organizations

American Indian Science and Engineering Society 

The American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) is a national, nonprofit organization which nurtures building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional Native values. The ultimate goal of AISES is to be a catalyst for the advancement of American Indians and Native Alaskans as they seek to become self-reliant and self-determined members of society.

National Society of Black Engineers

NSBE's mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

oSTEM provides support for LGBTQ and straight ally students, faculty and staff by educating peers and connecting students, faculty and staff with professionals in industry.

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

SASE’s mission is to prepare students for success in the transnational, global business world; promote diversity and tolerance on campuses and in the workplace; provide opportunities for its members to make contributions to their local communities.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers is The Ohio State University’s student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). We are brought together by heritage, social responsibility and desire to improve the equality of all people through the use of science and technology. We value excellence in education, professional pursuits and leadership. 

Society of Women Engineers

SWE is an international organization focused on stimulating women to achieve their full potential in their careers as engineers and leaders. Ohio State's section of SWE is devoted on providing professional and social events to prepare students for the next step in their lives.

Honor Societies

Pi Tau Sigma: Mechanical Engineering Honorary Society

Pi Tau Sigma (OSU Pi Mu Chapter) is a national honorary mechanical engineering fraternity and is the only mechanical engineering honorary at Ohio State. The fraternity is co-educational as it admits both women and men.

Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Engineering Honorary

Sigma Gamma Tau is established to recognize and honor those individuals in the field of aeronautics and astronautics who have through scholarship, integrity, and outstanding achievement been a credit to their profession. 

Professional Engineering Organizations

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

The objective of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics at The Ohio State University is to promote education and advancement in aerospace related fields. The chapter encourages student research, promotes engineering diversity, and works to increase communication and collaboration between students, faculty, industry, and other student organizations.

American Nuclear Society 

The American Nuclear Society promotes professional and social activities among the students in the Nuclear Engineering program and cooperates with faculty on matters of mutual interest. The organization also performs service outside and within the University community. 

American Society for Engineering Education

The American Society for Engineering Education is a nonprofit organization of individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology. It accomplishes this mission by promoting excellence in instruction, research, public service, and practice; exercising worldwide leadership; fostering the technological education of society; and providing quality products and services to members.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is a not-for-profit professional organization promoting the art, science and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences. ASME develops codes and standards that enhance public safety, and provides lifelong learning and technical exchange opportunities benefiting the global engineering and technology community. 

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Graduate Student Association

MEGA is a student organization for graduate students in the Department of  Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Their mission is to advise, assist, support, and socially involve graduate students in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University. By serving as a reliable resource for information, providing a voice for the graduate population, acting as a liaison between graduate students and the MAE faculty and administration, and fostering a sense of community through social activities, we strive to enhance the experience of all mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering graduate students. 

Society of Automotive Engineers 

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is dedicated to advancing mobility through the research, development, design, and manufacture of several different kinds of land and air vehicles. Vehicles include a formula style racecar, super-efficient sedan, solar powered car, and electric powered car. Teams compete in regional and national competitions.


NASA Aeronautics Student Competitions 

Organized annually by the NASA Aeronautics Research Directorate, the NASA Aeronautics Student Competitions are aimed at fostering new generations of highly-skilled scientists and engineers in the aeronautics community.

SAE Aero Design Competition

SAE's Aero Design Competition challenges students to design and construct a small radio-controlled aircraft capable of lifting many times its weight. With a fixed wing size, the design goal is to lift off from a given runway length carrying the maximum weight, and land safely.