There are many opportunities for students to join organizations and clubs. The civil department has a couple of student based organizations: the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
American Concrete Institute
ACI is the code writing body for the National Concrete Building Code. ACI consists of 99 chapters, 65 student chapters, and nearly 20,000 members spanning over 120 countries. The basic mission of ACI is to develop, share, and disseminate the knowledge and information needed to utilize concrete to its fullest potential.
Student membership is free. To join, visit the ACI website and fill out a student membership application. Student membership provides you with the connections, resources, and opportunities to be successful in your studies and in your career. Student members are encouraged to attend conventions and participate in student competitions.
The student competitions are held twice a year at the Fall/Spring National Conventions. Competitions offer a unique opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to a real-world problem. Competition experience looks great on an application or resume. Examples of past student competitions that UMD students have participated in include: FRP Composite Beam, Pervious Concrete Cylinder, and FRC Bowling Ball.
American Society of Civil Engineers
ASCE is the professional civil engineering society, with a student chapter open to students interested in the organization and all students enrolled in civil engineering.
This organization was established to expand the college experience for students in civil engineering and aid in establishing the professional contacts that are so valuable to the practicing engineers. Membership is free. To join the ASCE professional organization, visit the ASCE website. To join the Duluth Student Chapter, contact the chapter president Neal Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Duluth Student Chapter is new but expanding. The club has regular meetings during the semesters, schedules tours, and participates in competitions. This year the club is looking to participate in more competitions. With the help of new members and existing members this can be achieved. For more information about the Duluth Student Chapter contact Neal Smith, the club president at email@example.com.
Society of Women Engineers
SWE is one of the most well known and respected organizations for women in any STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field. SWE is a nonprofit educational service organization, which strives to establish engineering as a highly desirable career for women. For more about SWE or membership please visit the SWE website.
The members represent a variety of engineering fields and meet twice a month. SWE is currently volunteering at the middle school in town. Last spring semester they helped Woodland Middle School with the Lego Robotics program. This year they have began building a Rube Goldberg, a machine that takes the longest time to do the simplest task.