In the early 1970s when Professor William T. Peake became Undergraduate Officer in EECS and created the first Undergraduate Office in the Department, he also set up an organization called the Student-Faculty Club, or Stu-Fac. Its early projects included writing a document called "The Joy of Six" (a best-selling sex manual of the time was called "The Joy of Sex") which explained to students and potential students all about Course VI in 'hip' slang. It also held weekly social hours in the Chu Lounge which were frequently attended by faculty. They had weekly meetings in the Chu, and their officers were members of the department's undergraduate educational policy committee.
At some point in the late 1980s, the students found the name "Stu-Fac" obscure and misleading, since by that time no faculty ever attended meetings or participated in events. At the same time the national IEEE organization expressed eagerness to work with and support an EECS student group, and sent a student representative to an open meeting to evangelize students to form an active IEEE organization. Stu-Fac became IEEE. In the 1990s when the department's undergraduate population became far more CS-oriented than EE, the organization became ACM/IEEE, although we've always worked more closely with IEEE than with the ACM.
Over the years we've held hundreds of events, including large symposia, reading groups, research presentations, IAP events, disco nights, dinners on and off campus, and many, many social hours. We also assist at many department events like the Course VI Presentation for Campus Preview Weekend.
We hope to continue to promote social and intellectual interactions in the MIT EECS Community.