Affiliate Groups

Waterloo Engineering Endowment Fund

The foundation was founded in 1990 by two engineering students, Avi Belinsky and John Vellinga. The goal of WEEF is to continuously improve the educational environment for undergraduate engineering students, and maintain our outstanding reputation.

WEEF collects donations and puts them into a fund. The interest earned on the fund is spent each year on undergraduate laboratory equipment, student projects, computer upgrades and academic tools/teaching facilities. The principle portion of the fund is never spent which allows the interest each year to grow, hence “The Gift That Keeps On Giving”. The donations that build the fund come from three sources: student donations, Employer Matching Contribution (EMC), and engineering Alumni (including graduates’ Plummer’s Pledge).

The Iron Warrior

The IW is the official newspaper of the Society and is operated and produced by members of
the Society.  The IW is intended as a forum for thought-provoking and informative articles and opinions
presented by the Society, the Faculty of Engineering, and by the academic community of the

UWaterloo EngiQueers

 EngiQueers is a drop-in, anonymous chapter of the not-for-profit EngiQueers Canada. We focus on connecting LGBTQ+ students in engineering and providing them with a place they can feel at home and accepted. Weekly meetings are informal and usually have a queer-themed movie playing amidst discussion and board games.

Women In Engineering

WiE has been a part of UW since 1992, and its goal is to create an inclusive and intersectional community for engineering students regardless of gender! WiE supports and encourages the next generation of students, especially women, including trans and nonbinary students, to pursue careers in engineering.

WiE hosts social events every term and would love to see you there!

National Society of Black Engineers

“NSBE UW is a collegiate chapter of a national organization of black engineering students and professionals. The goal of NSBE’s UWaterloo chapter is to foster an active community to support the academic and professional success of black engineering students at the University of Waterloo.

We aim to achieve this goal through events such as speaker series where members are able to tap in to the expertise of our network of black engineering alumni on a variety of topics, and black study hall where members are given a safe space to study, socialize and support one another through their educational journey. We are currently working on getting other initiatives off the ground including our member mentorship program.

What we do at NSBE is important because if we are successful in our executing our vision, the outcome will be a stronger professional and educational network, increased academic performance and an overall improved university experience for the black engineering community at UW.”

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

AISES in Canada (the Canadian branch of AISES – American Indian Science and Engineering Society) is an organization focused on supporting and creating a community for Indigenous, Métis, and Inuit students in STEM. The AISES chapter at UWaterloo invites any students in STEM or STEM-adjacent fields to join and meet other Indigenous students at our school and beyond, and help grow themselves professionally as well as academically. 

In Fall 2023, AISES is starting a rocketry team to compete in the FNL (First Nations Launch) competition.

Organizational Membership

Engineering Student Societies' Council of Ontario

The Engineering Student Societies’ Council of Ontario (ESSCO) is an association that represents engineering societies from 16 universities across Ontario, and acts as the link between engineering students and professional associations, academia, and government.

​Since its creation in 1987, ESSCO’s goal has been to promote “unity, continuity, and visibility among Ontario engineering students”.

Canadian Federation of Engineering Students

The Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES) is a national, bilingual organization that represents approximately 81,000 engineering students across Canada. The CFES aims to provide opportunities in support of an all-encompassing education for engineering students in Canada to become unparalleled professionals in their field.

The Federation represents and promotes Canadian undergraduate engineering students on a national and international level. The goal of the CFES is to solicit, represent, organize and exchange views, information, and activities pertinent to the goals of the members at a national level to improve the quality and scope of Canadian engineering education and experience.

Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association

Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) is the undergraduate student union at the University of Waterloo.

WUSA was formed over 50 years ago in response to undergrad concerns that were going unheard. WUSA represents the student voice on issues like tuition, mental health, housing, campus safety and transit, and provide services like affordable food options, mental health support, and clubs. 

WUSA operates eight commercial services, 13 student run services, supports over 200 clubs and facilitates orientation and welcome week. 

The IEA or Intercollegiate Engineering Alliance is a global online community of students studying engineering. This group does not provide advocacy, as it spans many different countries and education systems. Rather, they are a social group which connect member students and member schools to events ran by alliance members and the IEA itself.

As students under Waterloo Engineering Society, our school is an alliance member. That means you will hear about IEA event through our news channels. You can also choose to sign up individually and be connected with the greater engineering student community.