Prospective Members - How To Get Involved?

Membership in The Rensselaer Society of Engineers (RSE) is open to all students in the Rensselaer community that share the mission and vision of RSE and have a desire to support the activities and principles of the organization. Contrary to what the name may imply, members major in any of RPI’s disciplines: engineering, science, management, architecture, and the arts. RSE members are active in campus and local activities as well as many national organizations. RSE student members will build life-long relationships and networks with fellow students and Rensselaer alumni.

Full Members:

Full Members participate in all aspects of RSE’s mission, including:

  • Leadership/Teamwork/Collaboration ‐ academic achievement, professional and personal development through networking with alumni, faculty and students, within an independent, student‐run organization,
  • Innovation ‐ entrepreneurship, research, product development, process improvement and,
  • Social Responsibility ‐ activities involving sustainability, community activities, and philanthropy.

Full Members have participated in previous Society activities and who have gone through the organization’s educational and induction program.  Full Members are eligible to take on the leadership roles of the organization.

Full Members are eligible for a the residential experience at RSE.  Preferences will be given to RSE student officers as well as other interested members. RSE occupies a centrally located, privately-owned facility (on the National Register of Historic Places) across from the RPI Student Union building.

Associate Members:

Associate Members participate in all aspects of RSE’s mission, have access to RSE’s facility at 1501 Sage Ave and have an interest in becoming Full Members.

Studio Members:

Studio Members are students who would like to participate in RSE activities, but do not have the availability to make the commitment of the Full or Associate Members.  Studio Members participate in specific activities, projects such as individual ARCH requirements, or other interdisciplinary projects of interest. Project members have access to RSE’s facilities and other student members. These individuals are not long-term members of RSE and membership will conclude once their projects are completed.