Civil Engineering Students Win Third Place at Regional Competition
Pacific's student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers won third place overall at the annual ASCE Mid-Pacific Student Conference.
Students from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter at University of the Pacific won third-place overall at the Mid-Pacific Student Conference hosted by ASCE. A total of 28 students from Pacific participated in the conference, which took place at Sacramento State University from April 14-16, 2011, and included competitions, technical presentations, social activities and an awards banquet.
"I was very pleased with how our school performed at the conference," says junior and ASCE Student Chapter President Caroline Grant. "Our success was a pleasant surprise and I know that some of our members are already looking forward to competing next year."
Pacific was one of 12 schools competing at Mid-Pac, as the conference is often called, and placed after UC Berkeley, and University of Nevada - Reno, in the overall competition, surpassing larger schools like UC Davis and San Jose State University.
"To be such a small school and place third in the overall competition was so inspiring," says senior and Geo-Challenge team member Kenneth Danielson. "To have competed next to huge schools such as Berkeley and University of Nevada - Reno and placed right up there with them really showed people how accomplished our school is as engineering students."
The students' participation in the Steel Bridge, Water Treatment, and Geo-Challenge Competitions required an extensive amount of preparation which included fundraising, designing, and testing their systems months before the competition. Points were given for their placement in these competitions, a transportation engineering event, and the mini-games of volleyball, horseshoes, and tug-o-war. Overall participation and spirit were also considered.