The mission of NU ASCE is to help their constituents develop interpersonal relationships and professionalism through various extracurricular activities and community service projects within the field of civil engineering. Each week they hold a lecture presented by a variety of professionals in Civil Engineers. They partake in the Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge competitions. NU ASCE has helped with 30 years of community service projects.
Northeastern University’s Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (NU ASCE) had another successful year and is looking forward to the future. We have many traditional events planned this year, including our lecture series, community service projects, and team competitions. Additionally, this year NU ASCE will be hosting the 2016 Regional Steel Bridge Competition. We also continue to look for new opportunities within our student chapter, on-campus student groups, STEM education, and in our community.
Our weekly lecture series continues to succeed each semester. Furthermore, our semi-annual civil barbecues and bocce tournaments give the students and faculty an opportunity to make connections outside of the classroom. Within the Northeastern community, NU ASCE is looking to increase its social profile by holding activity oriented events such as a kayaking and hiking days, while maintaining the annual dodgeball tournament in the spring. Other activities coming up this fall include Gingerbread House Competition, Backseat to Bicycles, and Future Cities Mentoring.
NU ASCE will be teaming up with Whittier School in Everett for the second year in a row for a STEM education opportunity. NU students will lead a class of middle school students through the Gingerbread Competition, teaching basic engineering design concepts and cost estimates of creating a gingerbread house. We then bring the students into the earthquake simulator to test their designs. NU ASCE and Northeastern’s Student Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (NUITE) are collaborating again this year in the Backseat to Bicycle program. This is another STEM program designed to teach elementary school children how to ride bicycles safely in an urban environment. Finally, NUASCE will be continuing their community involvement with Future Cities Competition and the BSCES Model Bridge by acting at the annual local events. All of these activities allow ASCE an opportunity for community engagement while having some good civil fun!
Along with NU ASCE’s community engagement, we are preparing for Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge Regional Competitions this year. The Concrete Canoe team placed fourth in the 2015 Regional Competition, a solid foundation to inspire the team through this year. The Steel Bridge team was also successful by receiving fifth place overall in the 2015 competition and second best for deflection. Last winter NU ASCE began planning to host the 2016 Regional Competition for Steel Bridge. Planning is in full swing and we are looking forward to welcoming Steel Bridge Teams from across the Northeast!
NU ASCE is constantly working on enriching our community through service projects. This October, NU ASCE joined the town of Walpole for their Spring Brook Park Grand Opening. This marks a major milestone on a five year community service projects which included installation of a sixty foot pedestrian bridge and construction of a ramada along the path to this pedestrian bridge. There was overwhelming support from the town which is fueling NU ASCE’s community service team search for looking for a new local project of this magnitude. All in all, NU ASCE has an exciting upcoming year with many things to look forward to!
Any questions can be sent to NU ASCE President Maggie Osbahr at email@example.com. Best of luck to all the schools this upcoming year!
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