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New members, events: What’s new with CEE student organizations?

Mizzou ASCE members pose for group photo in front of team trailer.

Members of the Mizzou chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers pose for a group photo in front of the team trailer before heading to the 2015 ASCE Mid-Continent Student Conference in Lawrence, Kan.

American Society of Civil Engineers

By Katy Beyer, president

ASCE started off the year with a trip to Houston, Texas, for the annual Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders. Five of the officers made the lengthy drive in January to the conference and spent an entire weekend learning about ASCE and ways to improve the student chapter as well as networking with other student leaders and professionals.

Throughout the semester, ASCE held seven professional meetings with speakers including the ASCE Region 7 Governor, the Kansas City ASCE Younger Members and our own Mizzou faculty member John Bowders and Carlos Sun. ASCE members volunteered for MathCounts, College Mentors, Habitat for Humanity and hosted their own Civil Engineering Day for Kids. ASCE officers sold FE manuals and organized a Trivia Night at The Heidelberg as two fundraising events for the semester.

In April, the ASCE Competition Teams attended the Regional Competition in style with a new trailer provided by the Academy of Distinguished Alumni. The Concrete Canoe Team, Geo Wall Team and Steel Bridge Team all attended the competition at the University of Kansas. The Concrete Canoe Team placed third in the Women’s Endurance race and Katy Beyer placed third with her technical paper and presentation.

This semester ASCE has six professional meetings planned with all new speakers. The members will continue their volunteer efforts as well as host another Civil Engineering Day for Kids. One key goal for the organization is to improve freshman involvement at meetings and within the competition teams.

Officers for 2015-2016: Katy Beyer, president; Mason Homoly, vice president of speakers; Nate Dummerth, vice president of community service; Ginny Trauth, vice president of fundraising; Kaitlin Windsor, secretary; Carmen Aboytes, treasurer; and Claire Stockman, director of social media.

Chi Epsilon

By Shelbi Swacker, president

Mizzou Chi Epsilon members pose near the sign indicating the stretch of roadway they "adopted" as part of the Missouri Department of Transportation's Adopt-a-Highway program.

Mizzou Chi Epsilon members pose near the sign indicating the stretch of roadway they “adopted” as part of the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Adopt-a-Highway program. The program is one of the volunteer efforts in which the organization takes part. Photo courtesy of Katy Beyer

Chi Epsilon will reach out to students qualifying for membership in both the spring and fall semesters. To be eligible to join, students must have a GPA in the upper third of their class and have completed 63 credit hours toward a civil engineering degree.

Each semester, we have an “adopt-a-highway” road cleanup and a social gathering, which lets us care for infrastructure designed by engineers in our field of study and form relationships with other members of the group. We especially are looking forward to the induction ceremony this semester where we get to meet and congratulate the new members of the honor society and gain more civil engineering connections with students, faculty in attendance and alumni.

Last year, several members enjoyed dinner with Mizzou civil engineering alumnus John Conway, who is a great supporter of our organization. We also had a large group of new members last semester and look forward to keep increasing our numbers.

Officers for 2015-2016: Shelbi Swacker, president; Nate Dummerth, vice president; Ginny Trauth, treasurer; Kristin Hofstetter, secretary; Mason Homoly, marshall; Gabriela Pigg, editor.

Mizzou WET

By Jessica Cochran, president

The mission of the WET student chapter is to provide a platform for all students interested in environmental engineering and science to learn and interact within the industry and to promote awareness of the environmental concerns of the U.S.

Some functions of the club include hosting monthly meetings with professionals in the field; volunteering for social service activities such as stream cleanups; organizing field trips for members to learn from firsthand experience; and providing opportunities to attend state, national and international conferences.

This year we plan to hold weekly meetings to make professional connections and a home football game tailgate. We plan to attend conferences in Columbia and Chicago this fall and make company site visits.

Officers for 2015-2016: Jessica Cochran, president; Darryl Rockfield, vice president of outreach; Eric Koenig, vice president; Tim Bauer, treasurer; Erin Reinkemeyer, secretary; Tom Welby, fundraising; Brian Hirsch, webmaster

Mizzou Steel Bridge

By Matthew Stieglitz, president

The Mizzou Steel Bridge Team is very excited for the start of the new academic year and has already begun to brainstorm ideas for this year’s design. The team has a great core of members returning from last year who are ready to put in the time and effort into designing and fabricating a quality bridge. After missing out on the national competition by only 1/20th of an inch last year, we are hopeful but confident that this year we will succeed in making it to nationals.

Officers for 2015-2016: Matthew Stieglitz, president; Andrew Jones, vice president; Gabrial Henks, treasurer

Concrete Canoe

The Concrete Canoe Team, and its canoe “Seas the Day,” was one of three Mizzou ASCE teams to compete at the 2015 ASCE Mid-Continent Student Conference. The team brought home a third place trophy for the women’s endurance race.

They will build a new canoe to compete with in Rolla next spring at the 2016 conference, hosted by Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Officers for 2015-2016: Taylor Shelton, president; Kelsey Robertson, treasurer; Cody McIlvaine and Mitch Chambliss, social media and events