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ASCE Student Chapter Receives Honorable Mention

Apr 30, 2012

Pacific's American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter has been selected to receive a Letter of Honorable Mention for its outstanding activities. ASCE Student Chapters are recognized every year based on the Chapter's previous year of activities. Awards are presented by the Society President upon recommendation of the Educational Activities Committee.

ASCE is one of the most active student organizations in the School, with over fifty active members and continual growth in membership, meeting attendance, and activity participation. This past year, the chapter has participated in numerous professional activities, including hosting meetings with a variety of guest speakers, including a Navy Lieutenant engineer and a bridge inspection engineer. Members of the ASCE Sacramento Section's Young Member Forum were also present at a professional meeting to speak on the transition from college to the workforce. The student chapter also maintains contact with the Professional Section of the ASCE Central Valley Branch.

ASCE students have participated in a number of competitions as well. They designed a wood truss for the Structural Engineering Association of Central California (SEAOCC) Student Design Competition last fall. In March, they competed in the Geo-Challenge, Steel Bridge Contest, and Water Treatment Competition at the annual ASCE Mid-Pacific Conference at UC Berkeley.

Senior Brylle Cabacungan, who has been on the Steel Bridge Team for the past two years, will be President of ASCE this upcoming year. As with previous years, he intends to host professional meetings and continue the chapters' traditional activities. However, he is also planning social activities and may organize a field trip to San Francisco to tour the city's bridges. Additionally, he wants to promote the professional experience gained through participation in ASCE.

"I want students to understand that being part of ASCE can present a lot of opportunities through leadership, networking, and scholarships," says Brylle. He lists several opportunities for ASCE members. "Many members, especially officers, have great relations with the civil engineering department faculty, are more likely to receive scholarships and awards, and get accustomed to meeting new people, and speaking in front of an audience."

Civil engineering students are welcome to participate in ASCE and its activities. Members are eligible for a wide range of scholarships, professional networks, and events with the ASCE Professional Branch.