The student chapter provides various opportunities to develop relationships with peers, faculty members, and professionals, as well as communication and leadership skills. Members of the ASCE student chapter are eligible for free membership within ASCE as student members, which includes free subscriptions to online publications, access to career planning and development resources, and reduced registration fees to ASCE-sponsored events.
2015 Chapter Report
The Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) ASCE Student Chapter was excited to participate in the Concrete Canoe again at University of Maine, Orono on April 24th-25th after four years of not competing. Overall, it was a great learning experience and the team took away many lessons both throughout the process and from the competition itself. Of the nine students who were able to attend the competition, six are returning, which has provided our team with extensive knowledge and leadership in preparation for this year’s competition.
This year, the WPI ASCE Student Chapter will focus on increasing underclassmen involvement in club sponsored activities and events, as well as in regular club meetings. Since the entire Executive Board is made up of seniors, we are taking extra measures to teach and mentor the newer members. We have started holding additional meetings on the basics of truss design and how to create a mix design, as well as began developing aids to pass down as references for the competitions. In addition, we created a Mentoring Program which encourages Executive Board Members who specialize in different concentrations to assist interested underclassmen with developing class schedules, finding potential internships, and offering more information about different career and graduate education opportunities.
Our Chapter has been balancing these efforts with events geared specifically to upperclassmen who may be graduating soon or otherwise seeking full-time employment. In September, we co-hosted our first guest speaker series. These speakers presented our club members a chance to learn about their company, Simpson Grumpertz & Heger (SGH).Through these and other guest speakers, we are hoping to expose members to different career opportunities and paths after graduation. We have also offered LEED Green Associated Certification training to better prepare our members for working on building projects. We have worked closely with the WPI Chi Epsilon Student Chapter to organize an FE preparation schedule to help each other review for the exam. Alongside the projects, we are expanding events to provide networking opportunities and career development.
We have started early on both the steel bridge and concrete canoe projects after learning from last year’s shortcomings. The Team Captain for each project created detailed schedules and have been working diligently to complete tasks. We have devoted extra time to answering general body member’s questions and helping underclassmen understand the steps to ensure they can lead these projects in the future. For Concrete Canoe, previous tasks, such as mold design and building the mold, have been moved up in the schedule to create a better time management scheme. Similarly, in Steel Bridge, the team has set ambitious goals with the hopes of having the design completed months before it has been completed in the past. The Chapter plans on achieving these goals by working more closely as a whole on each project, rather than splitting into the respective concrete canoe and steel bridge teams. By being involved in both projects, members will also gain more hands-on experience and learn more about the different aspects of civil engineering.
The WPI ASCE Student Chapter is looking forward to developing its younger members through competition and leadership experiences and increasing networking and professional opportunities for its upperclassmen.
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