A community within a community

SASE currently has about 25 members whose majors span a range of academic disciplines. The group welcomes students at all academic levels who are pursuing degrees in any of the STEM fields, and also welcomes non-Asian students. The organization recruits through the Passport to ASU event presented every fall, but accepts new members throughout the year.

“Via word of mouth, a range of students show up to our socials,” Khan says. “It’s a community to help anyone navigate professional and social experiences.”

Perhaps the most unique aspect of SASE is the highly active participation of alumni. Khan says he and other current members still ask for advice from prior members who have graduated.

SASE maintains a healthy balance between academic and social growth, offering a home away from home for its members.

“I’ve made lifelong friends in this club,” Khan says. “I look forward to building more connections and supporting others the way they have supported me.”

Wang believes SASE is successful because “it helps students of Asian heritage and other cultures connect and support each other to succeed as scientists and engineers.”

Sona Patel Srinarayana

Communications specialist, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering