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How To Create A World Class Professional Student Chapter

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Student Issues - Present & Post Graduate

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8.642.1 - 8.642.10



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Coral Nocton

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Ismail Fidan

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Session 1148

How to create a World Class Professional Student Chapter

Ismail Fidan1, Coral Nocton2 1 SME Student Chapter Advisor, 2SME Student Chapter President College of Engineering, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN 38505-5003


The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has awarded Tennessee Tech’s student chapter the organization’s 2002 Outstanding Chapter Award for Overall Excellence out of hundreds of chapters nationwide and internationally. According to SME, this award was based on the following factors:

• Outstanding Recruitment Efforts • Innovative Website Development, • Inventive Technical Programming • Guest Speaker invitations • Community Involvement • Paperless Chapter

This paper will report the TTU SME Student Chapter’s accomplishments in the above-mentioned key factors.


As the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) president Wallace Fowler likes to say, the future of engineering is in the hands of engineering students1. Engineering student chapters help future engineers learn more about their chosen profession in many ways. Currently ASEE itself seeks to increase the number of its student chapters as many other organizations. However, about half of the ASEE student chapters formed over the past decade have failed to sustain enrollment and activity and are currently inactive2. Since this trend is a potential problem in many engineering societies, this paper will detail the milestones on how to revitalize and take an engineering society student chapter to success.

“Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education”

Nocton, C., & Fidan, I. (2003, June), How To Create A World Class Professional Student Chapter Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12168

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