The 2019 ASCE Student Southeast Conference will be held at The University of Tennessee (Knoxville). It is designed to have students represent their university through Civil Engineering competitions while helping expand their network with fellow students, professors, and companies. It includes business meetings, professional/technical presentations, competitions, social activities and an awards banquet.

 Listed at the bottom are the upcoming competitions for the 2018 Conference.

2019 Competitions

Steel Bridge

Civil Engineering students are challenged to an intercollegiate competition that supplements their education with a comprehensive, student-driven project experience  from conception and design through fabrication, erection, and testing, culminating in a  steel structure that meets client specifications and optimizes performance and economy. The Student Steel Bridge Competition increases awareness of real-world engineering issues such as spatial constraints, material properties, strength, serviceability, fabrication and erection processes, safety, aesthetics, project management, and cost. Success in competition requires application of engineering principles and theory, and effective teamwork. Future engineers are stimulated to innovate, practice professionalism, and use structural steel efficiently.


Michael Mohney

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Concrete Canoe

The ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC) provides students with a practical application of the engineering principles they learn in the classroom, along with important team and project management skills they will need in their careers. The event challenges the students’ knowledge, creativity and stamina, while showcasing the versatility and durability of concrete as a building material.


Domenic Tompkins
Misael Rangel


Professional Paper

The Professional Paper competition abides by the ASCE Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students criteria. Students participating in the regional event are encouraged to enter the national competition. More information will be available soon.

Water Resources

Teams will be asked to examine a gravel-sized rock which will be placed in an open channel flume where flowing water will move the stone down the channel.  A rock will be given to each team, where each team will be given a rock with a different shape and size.  Prior to the competition, each team will need to prepare hydraulic calculations for a range of rock shapes and sizes, so that they can predict the flume discharge that will start rolling the rock down the flume.  The team with the closest prediction of discharge for their rock wins.

Environmental/Water Treatment

Teams will be asked to design and construct a simple water treatment process using alternative materials. Groups will tune their creativity while harmoniously meeting prescribed standards provided by the ASCE ‘producers’. Teams must use materials that are nontoxic, environmentally friendly, sustainable and economical to be considered the top alternative group.

Planned Reading

The Plan Reading Challenge asks teams to demonstrate their skills in deciphering construction documents to retrieve critical information.


Teams will be asked to put their fundamental engineering skills to the test. The challenge integrates technological tools such as sensors and electronics with traditional civil engineering infrastructure. Teams will have a specific assignment, should they choose to accept it, to address a posed challenge within a defined time-frame.


Surveying has been a cornerstone of civil engineering project planning and execution for centuries. One of the most important tasks for surveyors is finding the location of known points. Teams will be expected to locate a hidden point using given coordinates and typical surveying equipment.