School of Engineering

Engineering Student Council


Engineering Student Council serves as the voice of the students in interacting with the administration of the KU School of Engineering. Semimonthly meetings serve as an opportunity for students to discuss current issues with Dr. Sorem, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies. ESC General Meetings also serve as a time to announce upcoming School of Engineering events and to coordinate inter-organization cooperation for joint events, lectures, and activities.

Organization Day Meetings: Representatives for Engineering Student Organizations are required to attend these meetings (typically the first meeting of the month) to represent their organizations in discussions on school-wide issues. They are also tasked with relaying information on upcoming ESC and School of Engineering events to their respective organizations.
See the Google Calander (Front Page) for meeting dates, times, etc.

Thee Funding Advisory Committee is organized by Engineering Student Council with the purpose of reviewing requests made by Engineering Student Organizations for funding initiatives of the organization. The ESC Vice President chairs the committee and is joined by 2 representatives for each department in the School of Engineering as chosen by the department chair.

Please click on the FAC link on the top navigation bar for more information.

Every Thursday, students can purchase lunch for just $2. During the non-winter months or during nice days during the winter, the lunch consists of a hot dog, chips, and a drink. During the winter months while the weather is bad, a grilled cheese sandwich, tomato soup, cookies, and a drink is prepared. Look for us in the Engineering Courtyard between Eaton and Learned Halls or in front of the Self Computing Commons in Eaton Hall.

On the Thursday of ESC General Meetings, cheap lunch is run by Engineering Student Council to promote that night’s meeting. On the off-week Thursdays, Engineering Student Organizations can sign up to run cheap lunch as a fundraiser for their organization.
Email Zach Garber, ESC President, at for more information.

The KU Engineering Student Council is a proud member of the National Association of Engineering Student Councils. Within NAESC, KU ESC is a member of the Central Region.

The purpose of NAESC Conferences is to facilitate discussions among councils from across the country. Council chats provide a medium for council members to seek event ideas and improvements on existing activities including community outreach, E-week events, and fundraising among many more. Industry tours give council members the opportunity to see commercial engineering in action. Engineering lectures serve as a chance for council members to listen to lectures and participate in discussions on groundbreaking engineering research and innovative technologies. In all, NAESC conferences provide a valuable opportunity for member schools to trade ideas to further the involvement of their home school’s student body in school-wide events.
Each fall, KU ESC members attend the Central Region Conference hosted by one member of the Central Region. 
Each spring, KU ESC members attend the NAESC National Conference hosted by one member of the National Association of Engineering Student Councils. Similar events occur at the national conference as happen at regional conferences. In addition, the Voting Delegates committee meets to address needed changes to the NAESC bylaws and to vote on bids to host the next year’s national conference. Also in attendance at NAESC National Conferences is the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students and Texas A&M University in Qatar. KU ESC will be attending the 2011 NAESC National Conference hosted by The University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. The KU School of Engineering last hosted the NAESC National Conference in the fall of 2003.
Email Zach Garber, ESC President, at for more information.

The Welcome Back Barbeque serves as a welcome back event for the students of the KU School of Engineering. Held shortly before the start of fall classes, the barbeque serves as a time for students to reunite with friends and get free food as well. Freshmen engineering students are especially encouraged to attend as Engineering Student Organizations host booths to inform the students of their activities and attract new members to their organizations.

Email Zach Garber, ESC President, at for more information.

Frosh Frenzy, an Amazing Race style event, is in its 6th year of existence. Freshmen engineering students are encouraged to attend and meet other students in their respective majors and to learn more about the KU campus. Students are placed in groups within their major and are given clues to different locations around campus. Once they reach their intended location, the group is given a task to complete. Once finished with all tasks, the groups race back to the Engineering complex to finish. Prizes are given to the winners of each task and the overall winners. In previous years, participants also have received a t-shirt to commemorate the event.

Email at for more information.

This welcome back event serves as the semester kick-off event for the entire School of Engineering. Following Frosh Frenzy, students can get dinner and take part in numerous activities including a Dunk the Dean dunk tank, inflatable obstacle courses, and lively music. The past two years of the event has seen a partnership between Engineering Student Council and the Events Coordinator for the School of Engineering, Carolyn Church, to combine the student and faculty kick-off events into one. Following their first classes, students have the opportunity to meet their professors and enjoy the night with friends.

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2012 Homecoming – “Century Long, Tradition Strong” Dates: October 21 - 27

Homecoming at the University of Kansas began in 1912. In the fall of 2010, Engineering Student Council began its first year of coordinating the representation of the School of Engineering in the annual event. Homecoming events include the Chalk ‘n Rock competition, a can food drive, the parade, and many more. For Homecoming 2010, themed “Rock Chalk Road Trip”, the KU School of Engineering competed in 7 different events including 1st place finishes in the Chalk ‘n Rock competition and the Homecoming Parade. In just its second year, The School of Engineering finished in 1st place in the Student Life Division to win its first Homecoming ever.
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Check out the KU Alumni Association website,, as well for more information.

Fall Festival is an event held each fall around Fall Break to spread the word about Freshmen Engineering Student Council and its many events throughout the year. Located on the engineering campus, FESC gives away doughnuts and orange juice while providing a variety of fall themed activities. This past year, a Halloween theme was created by giving away food in a graveyard along 15th street. Tailgating theme activities were also offered to get the participants geared up for football.

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Now in its 4th year, the annual dodgeball tournament is hosted by the Freshmen Engineering Student Council. Designed to encourage engineering students to get out of the library for at least an afternoon, the dodgeball tournament is a great chance to have so fun and get some exercise with fellow engineering students. In February 2011, 8 teams competed in the double-elimination tournament held in Robinson Gymnasium. Winners were awarded prizes for fastest victory, best costume, and tournament champion.

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Engineering Student Council and Engineering Career Services join forces every February to host Trivia Game Night. Held the night before the spring semester career fair, Trivia Game Night gives students the chance to meet and mingle with industry representatives in a relaxed setting. Dinner is always provided, and participants knowledge of KU and other general knowledge trivia is tested. Prizes are always given to the winners of each round and for every raffle drawing. Trivia Game night gives students who attend a leg up in meeting potential employers when seeking for a job following graduation or an internship prior to graduating.

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E-Week 2013 Dates: February 18-20

National Engineers Week is held annually in February around the birthday of President George Washington. The purpose of National Engineers Week is to promote the importance of math, science, and engineering to our nation’s future. At the University of Kansas, 2011 marked the first year in which E-Week was celebrated with daily events and competitions for the students of the School of Engineering. Winners of each competition earn points for their student organization in the overall E-Week Organization Competition.
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Engineering Expo 2014 Dates: February 20-22

Engineering Expo at the University of Kansas serves as the single largest event each year at the School of Engineering. The Expo Chairs for Engineering Student Council coordinate the three-day event held in conjunction with the end of National Engineers Week.
The tradition of hosting Engineering Exposition at the University of Kansas began in 1911. Through the decades, “EXPO”, has evolved from an isolated gathering of engineers celebrating their profession to an interactive showcase of the School of Engineering. EXPO has seen everything from parades complete with EXPO Queens to Hollywood style EXPO letters that can be seen for miles atop Eaton Hall. The goal of EXPO has always been to represent the field of engineering as an exciting and remarkable profession. One unique aspect of EXPO is that it is run entirely by KU students. When K-12 students and industry representatives visit Expo, they will meet the hundreds of enthusiastic KU student volunteers who organized and operated the event. Through design competitions, displays, and hands-on activities, young students learn what engineering, math and science is all about. An action-packed, fun-filled Friday allows school groups to compete in competitions and see incredible interactions, while Saturday is geared more toward visiting community members.

Mulinazzi Cup is a 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament every spring semester at Robinson Gymnasium.

The tournament is named after Dr. Mulinazzi, former Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies. The 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament is one of the most widely known events held at the School of Engineering and gets a large turnout every year. The tournament is hosted by the Freshmen Engineering Student Council. The winners of the tournament gets their names engraved on the Mulinazzi Cup and will remain for all time.
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The Senior Design Competition was first held in the spring of 2010. The goal of the competition is to highlight the outstanding efforts of outgoing seniors following the completion of their senior design projects. At least one entry from each discipline is entered into the final round where students present their projects to a panel of industry judges. The judges listen to the presentation and then ask questions about the feasibility, economics, and innovative engineering within the design. A competition is also held for the best design project poster. The winners of the competition receive prizes for their efforts.

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Engineering Olympics is the culminating event of the school year. Individuals from engineeringstudent organizations compete in various events in an Olympic style competition. The event will take place Saturday, May 3rd, from 1-4pm at the West Shelter of Dad Perry Park. Cost is $6 prepay or $9 at the event per team. A BBQ and social will follow.

KU Dance Marathon for 2013 is fast approaching. This year's event will take place on November 9, from 10:00am to 10:00pm in the Kansas Student Union. Registration is located at, click "Register" in the upper right-hand corner, select "Join a Team", and finally select School of Engineering as your team. KUDM strives to provide emotional and financial support to the children, and their families, of KU Pediatrics, our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

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