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Design-Focused Organizations

Design for America

DFA is an award-winning national design initiative using human centered-design to make local and social impact. With a national network of active designers, studios, and community members, DFA helps participants create innovative solutions based on insights into human needs, rapid prototyping, user-testing, and interdisciplinary team work.

Design Competition

Every spring, teams of McCormick undergraduates from different departments come together to build robots and compete for prizes. Teams of students design, build, and program their robots independently before setting their creations loose on a pre-determined track.

Northwestern Organization of Design Engineers (NODE)

Northwestern’s design-focused student organization, NODE provides creative workshops and access to tools that improve the undergraduate community’s design work and instruction.

Service-Related and Entrepreneurship Organizations

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) provide students the opportunity to make a difference through collaborative projects abroad.ESW mobilizes engineers through education, training, and practical action, building collaborative partnerships to meet the needs of current and future generations. Recent projects have included trips:

  • to Nicaragua to design and build wind turbines
  • to the Philippines to install a ram pump system
  • to Panama to improve septic systems

Engineering World Health (EWH)

EWH Northwestern seeks to inspire and mobilize the engineering community, to improve the quality of healthcare in vulnerable communities, and provide students with an opportunity to repair, build, and learn about medical devices.

Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

EWB is a humanitarian organization established to support community-driven development programs worldwide through partnerships that design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences that enrich global perspectives and create responsible leaders.

Global Water Brigades

GWB connects water professionals with community leaders and empowers motivated villages by providing the seed capital and resources to attain safe drinking water and create sustainable change in underserved communities.


This student-run, interdisciplinary group connects entrepreneurship resources throughout Northwestern. EPIC sponsors entrepreneurship competitions, coordinates special events, and provides general support for entrepreneurial students.

Special Interest Groups

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

NSBE is a group dedicated to increasing the number of undergraduate and graduate minority students in engineering, stimulating and developing student interest in the various fields of engineering, promoting public awareness of the opportunities available to minorities in engineering and function as a representative body on issues and developments that affect the careers of black engineers. 

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

SHPE at Northwestern promotes the advancement of all ethnicities, majors, and backgrounds in education, employment, and society. SHPE serves the Northwestern Community and surrounding schools through academic workshops, community service, and cooperation between student groups.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Northwestern’s SWE chapter, founded in 1976, includes graduate and undergraduate female and male engineers interested in making a change both on and off the campus. SWE members build relationships and networks with other female engineers and scientists, developing their skills in leadership, problem-solving, and interpersonal relationships.

Women in Computing (WIC)

The mission of the student organization Women in Computing (WiC) is to provide an academic, social, and pre-professional network to help connect and support their undergraduate females interested in computer science and related fields at Northwestern University.

McCormick Student Advisory Board (MSAB)

The McCormick Student Advisory Board (MSAB) was formed to open up lines of communication between McCormick's undergraduate student body and the faculty and administration. The board’s advisory role involves it in all areas of McCormick life, from filling the undergraduate positions on administrative committees to assisting student group leaders in organization, advertising, and programming.

All board members work on at least one project of their choice through a committee or individually. The board meets to give updates and discuss new ideas.

For more information about MSAB please contact the board's advisor, Jennifer Henry.

Office of Fellowships

The Office of Fellowships can help you search for national and international fellowship competitions that meet your educational, intellectual, and personal goals.