Graduate Programs: Professional Development and Involvement

At the College of Engineer, we create opportunities for graduate students to engage, build community, and develop as a Complete Engineer.TM  This initiative aims to meld the technical skills needed to tackle 21st century problems along with essential non-technical competencies to enhance your professional and personal lives. 

Engineering Professional Development Opportunities / Seminar Series
Office of Graduate Studies Professional Development Opportunities
College Graduate Student Leadership Opportunities

Graduate Engineering Student Advisory Board

  • Represents all engineering graduate students, and works with the director of engineering graduate programs and the associate dean for graduate and international programs to act as a voice for graduate students in the college, while assisting with social and professional development events for the college, recruitment efforts, and promoting the College of Engineering Graduate Programs. 

Biological Systems Engineering Graduate Student Association

Civil Engineering Graduate Student Association

  • A student-run and student-elected organization that exercises the student governance of affairs and collaborations, solely involving graduate students in the Civil Engineering department. CIVE GSA aims to promote and advocate for students at the department level, while providing community and social opportunities.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Student Association

Mechanical and Materials Engineering Graduate Student Association

  • A student-run organization aimed at being the voice of the graduate students at the department level. The organization coordinates social events within the department to promote a close-knit community of graduate students, faculty, and researchers.
University Graduate Student Leadership Opportunities

UNL’s Graduate Student Assembly

  • As a unique population with roles as students, teachers, researchers, and/or staff, graduate students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln require a special representative body tailored to their needs.

Black Graduate Student Association 

  • The Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is an interdisciplinary graduate student organization designed to support and meet the needs of under-represented graduate students at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. The BGSA offers a valuable social network that builds on the organization's commitment to mentorship, research, and service. Contact: 
Engineering Society Chapters
Acoustical Society of America (ASA) American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Campus: City Campus (Lincoln)
  • Contact: Michael Sealy (
Architectural Engineering Institute (AE) Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • Campus: City Campus (Lincoln)
  • Contact: Nicole Iverson (
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Latinos in Science and Engineering (MAES/SHPE) National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Nebraska (Out in STEM) Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
  • Campus: City Campus (Lincoln)/Scott Campus (Omaha)
  • Contact: Avery Schwer (
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Campus: City Campus (Lincoln)/Scott Campus (Omaha) - (
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Campus: City Campus (Lincoln)/Scott Campus (Omaha)
  • Contact: Christine Wittich (Lincoln) (
    /Michelle Eble-Hankins (Omaha) (