The Answers You Need
WHAT DO YOU DO IN ASCE?
ASCE has been around on campus for a long time and we do a lot of things that can pertain to everything. We have socials, industry exposure, technical tours, PSWS, mentorship program, community outreach, and more! If you have any other questions on the specifics of the items above, don't be afraid to contact us!
CAN I STILL BECOME A MEMBER EVEN IF I DIDN'T SIGN UP IN THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR? WHAT IF I'M CURRENTLY UNDECLARED?
Yes, you can! You can come to our general meetings which are held every other Thursday at U-Hour every EVEN week of the semester. Come talk to our Membership Chair, Ryan Huang, about becoming a member and paying for the membership. ASCE is open to all majors but is ultimately to help students build their futures as civil engineers.
WHAT IS PSWS?
The annual Pacific Southwest Symposium (PSWS) is a three-day-long event hosted by ASCE student chapters that encourage industry learning and friendly competition between universities. We anticipate approximately 1,200 students representing 18 universities from 4 states to compete in a variety of technical and non-technical competitions. Some highlights include the concrete canoe competition and the Timber-Strong Design-Build event. For more info, click here.
WHAT IS NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP?
National Membership offers additional benefits such as eligibility for over $75,000 in awards and scholarships; free monthly subscriptions to the Civil Engineering magazine; free access to ASCE's library of publications, ebooks, and resources; and a few free small gifts from us! National Membership is free for students and it is required in order to attend Pacific Southwest Symposium each year. If you have more questions about national membership, check out our Membership page or contact our Membership Chair, Ryan Huang.
HOW DO I BECOME AN ASCE OFFICER?
Elections and nominations for our Executive Board (E-board) will occur between Week 8 and 10. E-board positions include President, Vice President Internal, Vice President External, Treasurer, and Secretary. Applications are sent out mid-Spring semester for the Appointed Board (A-board). If you have any questions, feel free to ask any officer wearing a blue polo at our general meetings! More info regarding applications can also be found here.
WHAT'S YMF, SECTION, BRANCH, REGION, NATIONAL ASCE? WHICH ONE DO WE BELONG TO?
ASCE encompasses 10 regions with Region 1-9 including North America and Region 10 including everything that falls outside of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Region 1-9 has 76 Sections, 160 Branches,130 Younger Member Groups, and 302 Student Chapters. Our student chapter falls within Region 9 which includes the Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco Sections. Staying involved with ASCE after graduation begins with your local YMF chapter. YMF groups are made up of early career professionals who become the future members and leaders of section or branch.
WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT UPCOMING ASCE EVENTS?
We will update the Events tab every week to correspond with the upcoming events that ASCE will be hosting. It will directly bring you to the sign-up form for each event. If you would like to see the full calendar for all the ASCE events, click here for more info.
WHAT DO ALL THE ABBREVIATIONS MEAN?
ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers
CE - Civil Engineering
EIT/FE - Engineer in Training
OTE - Order of the Engineers
PDW - Professional Development Workshop
PE - Professional Engineer
PM - Project Manager
PSBC - Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition
PSWS - Pacific Southwest Symposium
SB/R YMF - San Bernardino Riverside Younger Member Forum
WSCL - Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders