The ASCE student chapter annually competes in the Northeast Regional Concrete Canoe competition, sponsored by ASCE and Master Builders. Each canoe must be built within the current academic year and must float when entirely full of water. The competition consists of various components including design & fabrication, race results and oral & written presentations. Winning designs require innovation & teamwork. Regional winners proceed to Nationals.
Interested students can also compete in the Steel Bridge Competition.
At UMass Lowell, our ASCE Student Chapter has become more active than ever, and continues to grow. In January we sent our new leaders to the Workshop for Student Leaders Conference in Miami, Florida. Here we learned many valuable skills and ideas from other student chapters all over the east coast. In the spring we held eight guest lectures, with professionals from Kane Engineering; Mass DOT; Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger; and others. So far this fall we have had the City of Woburn Engineer give a presentation as well. As for professional development, we held Resume and Excel Workshops to prepare our students for the Career Fair. We also had the pleasure of hosting the BSCES Student Night on Campus. We had met National ASCE President Bob Stevens at the conference in Miami, and he was delighted to give a presentation on 'Engineering the Future'. The event had a large turn out from students and professionals in the area, and was a great networking experience for all.
Our Concrete Canoe Team presented well at the University of Maine in Orono. Our team went to the national competition at Clemson University, South Carolina. We also had a fun time at Merrimack College at the Steel Bridge Competition. UML placed first in presentation. The work all of the schools had put into their bridges was impressive, and Merrimack College did a great job putting the conference together!
Our students have gained valuable experience from our community outreach projects, which include K-12 outreach with the Lawrence Family Development Charter School (LFDCS), stormwater testing in the Town of Lexington, and the Merrimack Walkway Project, which will design a walkway around the Merrimack River and connect two communities of Lowell, Pawtucketville and Centralville. Out of the 270 student organizations on campus, ASCE was recognized for our outreach with the award, 'Best Community Service by a Club'. We intend on expanding our community outreach with a survey of the 4H Fairgrounds, and traffic studies in the City of Lowell. The students are enthusiastic to manage projects that benefit our community.
This semester kicked off with an Ice Cream Social that had about 100 students in attendance. For our future plans we intend to have two more meetings that promote social interaction between each grade level. This allows the opportunity for upperclassman to mentor and give advice to underclassmen. We have two more guest lectures coming up by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, and the President of the Water Environment Federation to discuss 'Utilities of the Future'. Finally we will end our semester with our Second Annual ASCE Holiday Party, where one of Professors will dress up as Santa and judge our gingerbread house competition.
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