The College of Engineering’s chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is proud to host both national and international students for this year’s ASCE Mid-Pacific Conference. Civil engineering students from the nine other Mid-Pacific chapters -- ranging from Nevada to China -- will be traveling to San Jose State in April for this weekend-long event full of professional development and camaraderie. Volunteers will be needed and appreciated!
The annual conference allows civil engineers-to-be to gain valuable hands-on experience through several building and design competitions. This includes the Water Treatment Competition, in which students construct a water filter on-site and are scored on the the resulting water purity. The Geo-Challenge also tests the students’ design and construction abilities by judging their team’s Mechanical Stable Earthwall on how well it can stand up to stress. The Sustainable Solutions Challenge puts an emphasis on green engineering and community service and varies every year; this year, a temporary shelter for displaced pets after a natural disaster is the name of the game. Lastly, the Concrete Canoe Competition pits teams against each other in a concrete canoe race. (Read about SJSU’s 2nd place win in 2016 here.)
Though the pressure of competition can be stressful for some, Ruhan Lin, ASCE member and third-year undergraduate engineering student, likes to remind attendees that the ultimate goal is very simple: to build lasting connections. “The organization itself brings civil engineers together and encourages the exchange of ideas and collaboration,” explains Lin, “Basically, it’s a great way to make friends!” As the event’s coordinator, Lin had a hand in inviting professional engineers to judge the competitions, providing participants with an opportunity to befriend fellow students and also network with industry professionals.
With 200 chapter members and more visitors coming in from around the Mid-Pacific region, ASCE is looking forward to a fruitful event where students can celebrate a common passion for civil engineering. The event is scheduled for the weekend of April 18th. Learn more about the 2019 ASCE Mid-Pacific Conference here.
Interested in being a conference volunteer at this really fun event? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.