Student Organizations

MEP supports the following professional societies and student organizations

AISES: American Indian Science and Engineering Society


AISES Website | Donate to AISES
To join AISES, email the president below and ask to be added to the GroupMe!

The Colorado School of Mines chapter of American Indian Science and Engineering Society is a non-profit national organization that represents American Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science, and other related technology disciplines. The mission of AISES is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science, and other related technology disciplines. Through the quality and reach of its programs and the longevity and devoted commitment of its “family,” AISES is the undisputed leader in STEM opportunity in Indian Country. Members from over 200 tribal nations are represented within AISES, and AISES enjoys the support and partnership of corporate, government, academic, and tribal decision-makers.

Yá’át’ééh, shí éí Kiara Billy yinishyé. (Hello, my name is Kiara Billy.) My four clans are: Tsi’naajinii nishłį́, Tsé níjíkiní bashishchiin, Tódich’ii’nii dashicheii, Tó’ahaní dashinalí. (I am Black Streak Wood clan (mother’s clan), born for Cliff Dweller People (father’s clan), my maternal grandfather is Bitter Water clan, and my paternal grandfather’s clan is Near the Water People clan.) I am a fourth year studying Electrical Engineering, specializing in Energy Systems and Power Electronics and have been involved in AISES since January 2022. I am excited to serve as the AISES President, an organization committed to illuminating and empowering Indigenous people in STEM, as well as advocating for inclusivity & diversity in the Mines community. I look forward to meeting you all & let’s have a great year!


LINDA FIGUEROA, PH.D | SHPE Faculty Advisor |
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering



Donate to Kickstart
To join Kickstart, email one of the leads below and ask to be added to the GroupMe!

Kickstart is a student organization at the Colorado School of Mines dedicated to building an inclusive community that enables the sharing and exploration of diverse identities. In the past we’ve held a variety of events surrounding DI&A such as a discussion about AAPI Hate and a tech-equity focused Hackathon through the Computer Science Department. We work with many organizations including Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Arthur Lakes Library, and the Multicultural Engineering Program. Our current goals are to build a sustainable vehicle for DI&A efforts at Mines while also empowering Kickstart members to develop the skills necessary for creating social impact.

FABIAN JIMENEZ | CO-LEAD 2023 – 2024 |
Hi friends! My name is Fabian Jimenez, and I am a third-year student studying civil engineering with a minor in public affairs. I have been a member of Kickstart since January 2022, where I was truly welcomed with open arms. I hope to welcome students into the Kickstart community and embrace the different backgrounds that we all have.

Hello! My name is Davian Sandoval, and I am a third year studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Public Affairs with the McBride Honors Program. I have been involved in Kickstart since January 2022, and I am really excited to continue to give back to my community by working to elevate student voice on campus.

Namaste everyone, I am Ashwini (Ash if you’re in a rush)! I am a third-year student majoring in Civil Engineering and minoring in Public Affairs as a part of the McBride Honors Program. This is my third-year on Kickstart. I love being a part of the welcoming community, as well as celebrating all the cultures we bring together as we discuss meaningful topics. I love being involved on campus through clubs/student orgs, and exploring my passion for sustainable infrastructure. I can’t wait for another eventful school year!

DR. JUAN LUCENA | Kickstart Faculty Advisor |
Humanitarian Engineering

NSBE: National Society of Black Engineers


NSBE Website2023-2024 MINES NSBE Partnership Packet | Donate to NSBE
To join NSBE, email one of the presidents below and ask to be added to the GroupMe!

The National Society of Black Engineers is dedicated to the success of African-American engineering students and professionals. NSBE offers its members leadership training, professional development activities, mentoring opportunities, career placement services and more. NSBE comprises 394 active chapters — 242 collegiate, 70 professional and 82 pre-collegiate — located in six geographic regions. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”

The NSBE torch symbolizes the organization’s everlasting, burning desire to achieve success in this competitive society and to effect positive change in the quality of life of all people. The goal of the Society is to replicate its mission and vision in countries around the world, creating a global network of Black engineers, scientists and technologists. NSBE has accomplished more for Black engineering students than any other organization in the world.

Hello MEP fam, my name is Marina, I am a junior studying mechanical engineering! I like dancing, singing in the rain and PENGUINS! I’m always at MEP, either working at the desk or hanging out if you ever need me. Lastly, if you ever see me on campus please say hi, it is always nice to see old and new faces! Hope to see some new faces around MEP!

Hello my name is Gideon Kukoyi, I am one of the co-presidents for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). I am a Senior studying Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Engineering and Public Affairs. I am also involved in other parts of campus as I am the co-founder for Kickstart and Residential Advisor (RA) at 1750 Jackson.

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oSTEM: Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics




oSTEM Mines Chapter Website | oSTEM WebsiteDonate to oSTEM
To join oSTEM, email the president below and ask to be added to the GroupMe!

oSTEM is a national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQA communities in the STEM fields. The Mines Chapter of oSTEM, formerly GLBTA Engineers: Sigma Lambda, is a community driven club in place to give support to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students at Mines. We hold events for both out members, as well as to educate the Mines campus. We offer many opportunities for students to become involved with our chapter through weekly meetings, social events, and advocacy. This is a great challenge-by-choice organization in which you can decide which activities you want to participate in and which ones you may not want to. Additionally, this organization offers various professional meetings with companies and prepares students with easily transferrable communication and problem-solving skills.

REM ZHANG | PRESIDENT 2023 – 2024 |
Hello hello, I’m Rem! I’ll be a third-year computer science student this upcoming year and it’ll also be my third year involved with oSTEM. As a queer Asian woman, MEP and its student organizations mean a lot to me, and I’m thrilled to step into the role of oSTEM Chapter President. Outside of oSTEM, you can also find me on student leadership for SASE, High Grade, and Oresec for 2023-24. I’m excited to connect with everyone; feel free to send an email my way if you can’t visit in person!

MEGAN ROSE | oSTEM Co-Advisor |
Office of Budget and Financial Planning

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SASE: Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers


SASE Mines Chapter Website SASE Website | Donate to SASE
To join SASE, email one of the presidents below and ask to be added to the GroupMe!

SASE is dedicated to the advancement of Asian heritage scientists and engineers in education and employment so that they can achieve their full career potential. In addition to professional development, SASE also encourages members to contribute to the enhancement of the communities in which they live. SASE membership is open to men and women of all ethnic backgrounds and is one of the five organizations under the Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) at the Colorado School of Mines.

SASE’s mission is to
-Prepare Asian heritage scientists and engineers for success in the global business world.
-Celebrate diversity on campuses and in the workplace.
-Provide opportunities for members to make contributions to their local communities.

Hi, my name is Brandon Poy and I’m a 2023-24 Co-President for SASE. I’m currently a senior studying Geological Engineering and I love painting, sports, and cooking.

My name is Ashley Potter and I am a senior studying chemistry at Mines. I have absolutely loved being in SASE and hope that others can find a home in SASE just like I have! As Co-President, I hope that I can pay it forward and help bring AAPI students at Mines into such a wonderful community just as previous SASE Executive Board members have done for me.

HOLLY EKLUND | SASE Faculty Co-Advisor |
Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics

SCOTT STRONG | SASE Faculty Co-Advisor |
Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics

JIM WONG | SASE Faculty Co-Advisor |
Department of Mechanical Engineering

SHPE: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

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SHPE Mines Chapter Website | SHPE WebsiteDonate to SHPE
To join SHPE, email one of the presidents below and ask to be added to the GroupMe!

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers was founded in Los Angeles, California in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. Their objective was to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community. The concept of Networking was the key basis for the organization. SHPE quickly established two student chapters to begin the network that would grow to encompass the nation as well as reach other countries. Today, SHPE enjoys a strong but independent network of professionals and student chapters throughout the nation.

Mission: SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.
Vision: SHPE’s vision is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

Hello everybody, my name is Alfonso and I am a senior studying Chemical and Biological Engineering. SHPE has allowed me to find a welcoming, fun, and diverse group where I have felt like I can be myself. I hope everyone and anyone feels welcomed by SHPE and MEP this year and in years to come. Outside of school I love watching movies, trying new foods, playing and watching sports, and hanging out with friends. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or would like to be involved with SHPE!

Hi friends! My name is Alondra but I go by Alo… like Aloe Vera. I am studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in biomechanical engineering. SHPE and MEP were the light that invited me into a welcoming and empowering community. I can truly say SHPE is a family to me. I am so honored to be the Co-President for SHPE this year! I hope to meet you all and bring you into the SHPE Familia !!!!

Andres Guerra

ANDRES GUERRA, PH.D, PE | SHPE Faculty Advisor |
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

LINDA FIGUEROA, PH.D | SHPE Faculty Advisor |
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering