UNL students have access to hundreds of activities and groups related to specific academic, social, cultural, or political interests. Involvement in these organizations builds leadership, communication, and organizational skills and helps you make new friends with similar interests. The department sponsors two student chapters of professional societies--the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the American Society for Metals International (ASM) -- and the Nebraska Pi Chapter of Pi Tau Sigma, the mechanical engineering national honor society. To be eligible for membership in the honor society, a student must rank in the top quarter of the junior class or the top third of the senior class. The active membership elects student officers from this group.