ASCE Student Chapter Places Second at Conference

Published: Apr 17, 2008 2:56:43 PM
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ASCE Concrete Canoe Team

Auburn's ASCE student chapter stands with their Concrete Canoe at the recent Southeast Student Conference held in Orlando, Fla. The team finished second in the overall conference competition and third in the Concrete Canoe overall competition.

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering's American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter finished second overall at the 2008 ASCE Southeast Student Conference. The conference, held in Orlando, Fla., March 27-29, was conducted under the theme "Civil Engineers: Constructing Excellence through Communication."

"Our students put forth a tremendous amount of extracurricular effort to be competitive at this year's conference, and it proved to be valuable in the competitions," said Michael Stallings, head of the Department of Civil Engineering and advisor to the Auburn student chapter. "Their representation of our program projected a positive image of Auburn University, the College of Engineering and its students, and for that I am quite proud of them."

The competition included 13 individual competition categories. Auburn's chapter received first place recognition for the Envirosurvey and Mystery competitions; second place awards for Concrete Canoe Oral Presentation, Visual Display and Geotechnical categories; and third place honors for Transportation, Concrete Canoe Overall and Concrete Canoe Design Paper.

The student chapter from the University of Florida received the overall first place award at this year's conference. Florida's competition group included 105 students while the Auburn team consisted of only 24 student members.

"We don't think about the competition but focus on what our team can do," said Wes Bullock, senior in civil engineering and Auburn chapter president. "When you see all of the Florida members gathered together receiving their awards at the end of the conference, you can really tell the difference in the size of our two teams. We're proud to have competed against them and finished in second place overall."

The mission of ASCE is to provide essential value to its members, their careers, partners and the public by developing leadership, advancing technology, advocating lifelong learning and promoting the profession of civil engineering.