CKME stands for Cornell Korean Mechanical Engineers. The group, founded in Dec. 2013, is meant to foster a better relationship not only between current students and alumni but also between upperclassmen and underclassmen. There are gatherings of alumni and current students twice a year. Current students get together in school at least twice every semester. As a founder, I hope that upperclassmen members give precious advice to underclassmen members through their experiences in courses and extracurricular activities at Cornell and CKME members gain vast network in both American and Korean societies in a long term. Any Koreans at Cornell University with a mechanical engineering major can join. However, they officially join CKME after machining the lamp stem and the base during their coursework in Mechanical Synthesis (MAE 2250) (usually Sophomore Spring term).
CKME often get together when current students are back to Korea for summer and winter breaks. We enjoy having a barbecue for dinner and share latest technologies that are related to realm of mechanical engineering. During the gathering, members are free to address their personal stories or questions about academic courses and even research topics conducted by professors at Cornell.
At Cornell, current students cook Korean foods and spend some time together. They also drive to Stewart park and have a picnic when the weather is nice.