"What makes the Merrimack ASCE chapter so special is that freshmen are actively involved and in the competitions and the organization where at larger schools they are left out. Many freshmen including myself have learned a great deal from upperclassmen who have already had engineering classes under their belt. The benefits of ASCE are unlimited."
The Merrimack College student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers had an exciting and productive year in 2014-2015. Our large recruitment efforts helped us retain more undergraduates than previous years, which proved itself with large participation in events and competitions. We successfully hosted the 2015 ASCE New England Regional Steel Bridge Competition and placed third, securing ourselves a spot at the national competition. In May, we sent 17 students to compete in the National Student Steel Bridge Competition in Kansas City, Missouri, where we placed 31st in the nation.
Some other highlights of our past year include hosting a carwash and having a dinner at the local Fuddruckers as fundraising events, pizza and ice cream socials, several guest speakers, research-related lectures by professors, the 7th annual Alumni Golf Tournament at Far Corners Golf Club, participation in Merrimack’s Mack Gives Back and Relay for Life Campaigns, and sending three students to Haiti in May with our Hope for Haiti Initiative.
For the 2015-2016 year, we hope to continue on with the progress we made last year. We are working hard to increase undergraduate involvement as well as retain members throughout the school year. We plan to do this by offering more opportunities to get involved with Merrimack’s chapter of ASCE. Along with what we did last year, we are working to provide more field trips, social events, professional development opportunities, and collaboration with other ASCE student chapters. We hope that our efforts will help the members of our chapter become more motivated and excited about their major, better at networking, and just generally more knowledgeable about the profession of civil engineering.
In September, we hosted a meet-the-faculty barbeque, during which 100 students and several faculty and staff became acquainted with one-another. In October, we will be holding a general informational meeting with the goal of increasing involvement in the organization, a cornhole tournament fundraiser scheduled for homecoming weekend, a lecture from a professor about his service efforts in Nepal, and a field trip to a construction site in Cambridge, MA. We are also beginning recruitment and planning for the 2016 New England Regional Steel Bridge Competition and have our sights aimed for another trip to nationals.
The ASCE Student Chapter at Merrimack College is looking forward to a productive and rewarding year. If you have any questions about our chapter or would like to work with us to plan an event, please direct your e-mails to our ASCE Chapter President, Leyna Tobey at TobeyL@merrimack.edu.
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