ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers

American Society of Civil Engineers

Officers

President: Monica Regan
Vice President: James Sulser
Treasurer: Trent Nett
Secretary: William Sherpa
Faculty Advisor: Rhonda Young

Mission Statement: The mission of the Gonzaga University Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers is to assist aspiring civil engineering students reach their educational and professional development goals. The Chapter does this by participating in informative projects, technical presentations and project site visits, maintaining an active relationship with the local professional engineering community, and participating in a wide variety of engineering service projects.

Annual Report: 

This year we hosted and attended many engaging events. 

Fall Semester -

Our chapter hosted an ASCE Volleyball tournament and BBQ.  The event was open all civil engineering students and encouraged interaction among the different grade levels and faculty.

We hosted a former CENG student, John Ciepiela. He now works for Swinerton Builders and was able to share his experience working on a bridge in Portland, Oregon.  The day concluded with Ciepiela presenting at the ASCE kickoff club meeting for the year.

We hosted a Civil Engineering Internship night.  A student panel of seniors shared their internship experiences with younger classmen. 

We also hosted a Civil Engineering Graduate School Information Session.  A panel of professors from Gonzaga and Seattle University shared their graduate school experiences and answered student questions.  Students learned the difference between thesis and non-thesis programs and were made aware of different options for their future after GU.

Spring Semester -

Our chapter attended the ASCE Inland Northwest Banquet.  Professionals gathered to commemorate events, discuss notable projects, and present awards to members doing outstanding work in their field.  The event provided networking opportunities, feedback from other student chapters, and a chance to see one of our own civil faculty, Dr. Mark Muszynski be recognized for his work as the past professional chapter president. 

Our chapter collaborated with other SEAS student clubs and chapters to host the SEAS Casino Night to welcome students back for the spring semester.  Over 60 students from all SEAS majors attended.  The night included a catered dinner, casino games, and a prize raffle.

ASCE attended two Stem Fairs in the spring.  The first at Roosevelt Elementary.  The fair was open to all students and their parents.  Our chapter brought supplies to build water filters, sieves to shake out the sand, and spaghetti and marshmallows to practice building structures.  The second STEM fair was held at Gonzaga, and was targeted toward elementary-aged girls.  The fairs provided great opportunities to interact with the Spokane community and build interest in the STEM fields for the next generation.

ASCE attended the Pacific Northwest Student Conference at Boise State University.  Eight students and two faculty members represented Gonzaga Civil Engineering.  Our group competed in the environmental challenge, surveying challenge, jeopardy, and dodgeball.  A tour of downtown Boise and an awards banquet were also part of the event.  Our chapter learned a lot from other student chapters and hopes to build a steel bridge for next year’s competition.