The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is a worldwide community showcasing 145,156 members from the civil engineering profession. Founded in 1852, ASCE will be celebrating its 166th anniversary in 2018. The society is recognized as America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE’s objectives, at the professional and student level, include supporting educational pursuits, advancing technology, endorsing the civil engineering profession, and developing global leadership. At the university level, ASCE sponsors over 200 student chapters that strive to excel in accomplishing these goals.
The UCF student chapter of ASCE was established in 1972 and has been active throughout the years. Regular meetings allow students to join together in the pursuit of enhancing education, community involvement, and leadership opportunities. In the past, ASCE members have made it a priority to socialize together during meetings, picnics, barbecues, and late-night socials. Because of the extensive involvement of members in activities, joining ASCE has become an effective method that allows students to establish contacts within the university and in the engineering profession.
ASCE is best known for our involvement in engineering competitions. Every year, we attend the Southeast Student Conference that hosts over twenty universities. ASCE students spend months creating team projects to enter in the competition. The members are responsible for every aspect of their project including fund-raising, design, construction, presentation, and management. In the past, we have won numerous awards in the various competitions. In the past years, UCF’s chapter has qualified at the Southeast Student Regional Steel Bridge Competition to continue on to the Steel Bridge National Competition where they competed at the highest stage. Considering the intense level of competition between the universities, winning at the Regional or National level is an incredible honor. ASCE also competes and participates in local and state engineering fairs and competitions as teams and individuals.
An integral mission of the student chapter is to foster activities, apart from engineering competitions and projects, that are beneficial to the surrounding community. For several years, we have volunteered for the Ronald McDonald House which is a place for families with children receiving treatment at a local hospital to stay. We cook these families a meal and spend an evening with them. We have also participated in Habitat for Humanity, Rebuild Orlando, walk-a-thon’s, the Adopt-A-Highway program, and numerous other community service activities. Currently, ASCE strives to carry on the successful endeavours of past members, incorporating innovative projects and activities that fulfil ASCE’s objectives.