ASCE Student Chapter


About the American Society of Civil Engineers

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. It is America's oldest national engineering society. ASCE stands at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society’s economic and social engine – the built environment – while protecting and restoring the natural environment.

ASCE’s Vision

Civil engineers are global leaders building a better quality of life.

ASCE’s Mission

Deliver value to our members, advance civil engineering, and protect the public health, safety, and welfare. In carrying out our mission, ASCE:

  • Advances technology
  • Encourages lifelong learning
  • Promotes professionalism and the profession
  • Develops civil engineer leaders
  • Advocates infrastructure and environmental stewardship

Carroll College ASCE Student Chapter Objective

ASCE photo 1The members of Carroll College’s American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter are a group of students that plan to uphold the ideals and responsibilities of ASCE.  The main objective of the ASCE Student Chapter is to help students prepare themselves for entry into the Civil Engineering profession and into society as a whole.  The objective is met through learning opportunities and participation in student activities, shown below.

Student Chapter Learning Opportunities

ASCE photo 2Chapter members have the opportunity to participate in numerous activities that advance their skills as students and future engineers. Students active in ASCE learn to:

  • Become leaders using organizational, technical, communication, and management skills;
  • Interact with other members in the student chapter, local engineering community, and with state and national ASCE members;
  • Organize and conduct fundraising activities for chapter activities;
  • Experience technical challenges with civil engineering projects and volunteer efforts; and
  • Work effectively with students and professionals from different professions in a variety of settings.
2024 ASCE Concrete Canoe Team
The 2023 ASCE Carroll College Student Chapter concrete canoe team

Student Chapter Activities

ASCE photo 3Members can participate in many activities. Here is a partial listing of what we do:

  • Conduct weekly chapter meetings for planning and organizing projects
  • Provide professional guest speakers for campus presentations
  • Visit local construction sites
  • Conduct engineering analysis and design for local projects. Recent projects include:
    • Culvert designs for a home owners association
    • Material volume estimates for the county road maintenance group
    • Evaluate water collection and distribution systems for a sustainable garden project
    • Parking lot options for a local Catholic school
  • Participate in the annual ASCE Pacific Northwest Student Conference, which is hosted in April at one of the 18 participating schools in the region. Events include:
    • Design, construction, and participation of the concrete canoe competition
    • Design, construction, and participation in the steel bridge competition
    • Preparation and presentation of Technical Papers, with topics related to engineering ethics
    • Participation in environmental competitions and other events at the conference
  • ASCE photo 4Community service, including:
    • Annual Adopt-a-Highway cleanup along a two-mile stretch of I-15 near Jefferson City
    • Presentations to PEAK elementary students on teamwork and working toward a common goal.
    • Participation in Gear Up activities, including building water filters out of common materials
    • File folder bridge competitions between local high schools
  • Learn shop safety, proper tool use, and welding skills in our annual Shop Day for ASCE and other Carroll students
  • Organize and participate in fundraising activities. The main fundraiser is our annual golf tournament held in September at the Bill Roberts Golf Course.