Professional Organizations

CDM students are encouraged to enter the professional communities associated with their academic program of study at any point in their academic career. The organizations listed on this page are just some of the groups students can connect with.

ACM Worldwide

Founded in 1947, ACM is a major force in advancing the skills of information technology professionals and students worldwide. Today, 75,000 members and the public turn to ACM for authoritative publications and pioneering conferences. CDM has three student organizations that are associated with ACM:

  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon , the honor society for the computing sciences, offers a year of student membership to its members when they accept their invitation to join the honor society.
  • CSS/ACM is an official student chapter of ACM on campus. Membership for CSS is free, individual ACM student membership is optional.


Founded in 1884, the IEEE (Eye-triple-E) is a non-profit, technical professional association consisting of 37 Societies and more than 380,000 individual members in 150 countries. The IEEE is the largest professional organization in the world. The full name is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., although the organization is most popularly known and referred to by the letters I-E-E-E. Visit the IEEE Student Concourse for student involvement.

Internet Society

The Internet Society (ISOC) is a professional membership society with more than 150 organization and 11,000 individual members in over 182 countries. It provides leadership in addressing issues that confront the future of the Internet, and is the organization home for the groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).


SIGCHI provides a forum for the exchange of ideas among computer scientists, behavioral and cognitive scientists, system designers, and end users, and it serves as a clearinghouse of information for the field of human factors and user psychology research and development.

UniForum Chicago

The UniForum Association supports open computing by providing high quality educational programs, conferences, publications and on-line services. has had some interesting talks. They areoriented toward open systems (i.e. Unix/Linux) and very practical topics. Their meetings are usually at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA)

User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) International supports people who research, design, and evaluate the user experience (UX) of products and services.


USENIX is the Advanced Computing Systems Association. Since 1975 the USENIX Association has brought together the community of engineers, system administrators, scientists, and technicians working on the cutting edge of the computing world.