The Engineering Student Council at Kansas State University has long been a part of the college. It will celebrate it's 100th Anniversary in Fall 2021, and looks forward to many more years of service and exciting activities. Read on to discover our roots!
The first incarnation of ESC began in 1904 when students of the Division of Engineering at Kansas State Agricultural College loosely organized themselves under the banner of the "Engineers' Association." This student association was responsible for coordinating initiatives across the various student honoraries and clubs, hosting special lectures by researchers and industry professionals, and helping to unify interests of the Division administration with the student body.
By 1916, meetings of the Association were scheduled regularly. They had traditionally appointed officers each year and by the end of 1921, their membership included the student chapters for the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE), Civil Engineering Society (CE Society), and the Architects Club.
But with total student membership numbering at 724, they began to take their future into serious consideration. To meet regularly with a student body of that size or large would not be feasible, so it was decided they should form an executive committee comprised of representatives.
Founding an Executive Council
In mid-October, 1921 a fledgling constitution and organizational chart for the council had been published in their student-run paper, "The Kansas Engineer." Then on October 27, 1921 during a general seminar of the Engineers' Association, students gathered to vote and ratify these documents. The motion was both introduced and passed, after which the executive council became official.
Officers of the Association that year included Gail Lynch (President), E. E. Thomas (Vice President), J. E. Beyer (Secretary), and H. C. Jennings (Treasurer). Membership of the new executive council included representatives for:
- American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE)
- American Association of Engineers (AAE)
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
- American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE)
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
- Agricultural Engineers (aka American Society of Agricultural Engineers, ASAE)
- Architects Club
- Freshman Engineers
- Mechanical Seminar
- Electrical Seminar
- Entertainment Committee
- Sigma Tau Honor Society
- "Kansas State Engineer" Publication
It is from this branch of the Engineers' Association that the current ESC hails. Since its inception, the organization has been known by several other names including the the "Engineering Council", "Engineering College Council" (1974), the "Engineer's Council" and finally the "Engineering Student Council."
Our organization has always been dedicated to serving and uniting the student body of the College of Engineering. Modern members and officers of ESC honor their predecessors and continue to upholds the original council's legacy today.