Are you ready to get involved? Graduate students have many opportunities to participate in activities, organizations, and events within the department and across the university.

These organizations are open to all regardless of gender, race, or national origin.

Women in MechE

Women in MechE is a community for graduate and undergraduate students to build connections with alumni, mentors, faculty, other professionals, and each other. The organization offers events such as monthly networking lunches, outreach with high school students to promote STEM, and involvement in the Women in Tech Summit.


The Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Organization (MEGSO) exists to enhance graduate student life in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

We are a dedicated group of graduate students who organize academic and social events and serve as liaisons between the student body and the departmental administrators.

Academically, MEGSO administers mock qualifying exams each semester to aid in examinee preparation and holds an annual student conference to encourage interdepartmental exposure and collaboration.

Socially, MEGSO hosts happy hours, cookouts, and end of semester parties to facilitate informal interaction among students, staff, and faculty.

MEGSO is a valuable resource for student concerns and has a budget to implement appropriate projects, so please don't hesistate to contact us at

MechE grad students in hard hats pose in front of house at Habitat for Humanity


MEGSO students at Habitat for Humanity volunteer event


For campus-wide student activities, the Graduate Student Assembly hosts several events to connect you with other Carnegie Mellon students. GSA is on Twitter.

CMU graduate student assembly stands in front of the Cohon University Center

Source: CMU GSA

CMU’s Graduate Student Assembly stands in front of the Cohon University Center.

Master Makers

Master Makers offers hands-on learning experiences like design and robotic competitions to mechanical engineering master’s students.


The purpose of our department’s outreach program is “to expose primary and secondary school students to science, technology, and engineering applications in order to increase their enthusiasm for these subjects.” We’ve: 

  • visited first-grade classrooms with introductory activities in engineering
  • provided judges for the Sigma Xi undergraduate research competition and the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences
  • provided lab tours for the CAST engineering program
  • participated in “Engineering Your Future,” a program that encourages inner city girls to study engineering.

The Society for Women Engineers (SWE) is also involved in outreach. Follow Carnegie Mellon’s SWE Chapter on Facebook.