Student Groups

ASABE Student Chapter

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), Minnesota Student Branch’s mission is to bring together a group of people that are passionate about the environment and are looking for more projects and growth opportunities. With a current focus on ecological and environmental engineering, we host guest speakers and networking events to learn about current and future industry opportunities. We also promote projects like hydroponics, rain gardens, and at home activities that facilitate the learning of sustainability and the environment. 

For more information, contact the ASABE faculty advisor, Erin Cortus.

Food and Bioproducts Engineering Organization: TAPPI Student Chapter

TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry) fosters interaction between bioproducts engineering students, builds relationships with industry connections, and offers an opportunity to participate in national events, student newsletters, and other outreach activities. The Food and Bioproducts Engineering Organization is the student chapter of TAPPI and PIMA. For more information, contact TAPPI faculty advisor Ulrike Tschirner.

Sustainable Systems Management Club

The Sustainable Systems Management (SSM) Club works to increase students' knowledge on sustainability, sharpen their business acumen, and expand their network. The club holds a high importance on sustainable business practices that will ultimately help evolve the current way business is conducted. For more information, contact the faculty advisors Omar Espinoza and Cindy McComas.

Institute of Food Technologists

Since 1939, IFT has been advancing the science of food and its application across the global food system by creating a dynamic forum where individuals from more than 90 countries can collaborate, learn, and grow, transforming scientific knowledge into innovative solutions for the benefit of people around the world. For more information about joining the Minnesota section of IFT, check out the group's website.


The Residential Building Science and Technology (RBST) Club has rallied around the design and development of the Race to Zero - DOE Challenge Home Student Design Competition. For more information, contact RSBT Club faculty advisor, Pat Huelman.