Carnegie Mellon University
May 13, 2015

ASCE Honors CMU Chapter

ASCE Honors CMU Chapter

The CMU ASCE Student Chapter was recently awarded the 2015 ASCE Distinguished Chapter Award for Region 2. This award is in recognition of the chapter’s activities, programs, participation, and outreach on- and off-campus. ASCE has recognized the CMU student chapter with this award for two consecutive years.

The chapter aimed to strengthen ASCE’s relationships for the 2014-2015 academic year by collaborating with peer student organizations such as Society of Women Engineering (SWE), Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Chi Epsilon and the CEE Graduate Student Association (GSA). Together, the groups hosted a number of social events and outreach programs that increased both the amount of programming for the community and overall attendance. 

The chapter, advised by Assistant Teaching Professor Jim Thompson, also strove to increase first year engagement by creating a student-mentoring program. Working with Chi Epsilon, the chapter paired first year students with seniors, which resulted in an increase in participation in ASCE and department events, projects, and programs.

In addition to their 2015 Distinguished Chapter Award, the CMU chapter was also awarded a 2015 Letter of Recognition for Community Service in recognition of the chapter's exemplary community service projects. “We are very proud of the accomplishments of our ASCE Student Chapter in 2014 and commend the student chapter leaders and members.” Professor Thompson said. “Earning both the Distinguished Chapter Award and the Letter of Recognition for Community Service is an outstanding achievement.”

The chapter’s services events included outreach activities at area high schools, participation in the Engineer’s Week event at the Carnegie Science Center, and creating valentines to thank veterans for their service. The student chapter also partnered with the EWB student chapter to clean up a local park and construct a boardwalk to improve accessibility.