Despite the pandemic challenges, our ASCE student chapter showed their resiliency at this year’s annual 2021 Southeastern Student Conference.
Historically, the student conference is regarded as our chapter’s biggest event of the year and typically requires about six months of planning and preparation. Although some components of the conference stayed the same, the entire event was hosted virtually by Vanderbilt University from Thursday, March 25th to Saturday, March 27th.
While there was a newfound lack of social camaraderie and shared experiences amongst our conference participants, the student chapter believes that the conference was still a positive experience for most and showed newer members a different side of the club.
For many of the newer members, this was their first exposure to the creative and challenging competitions often presented by the conference hosts. From designing a canoe out of concrete to building the most structurally-sound tower of canned foods, students got to see civil engineering principles applied in real time.
Amidst all of the Zoom conferences and socially distanced coordinating, our student chapter took home 5th place for the overall conference, winning against more than 20 schools across the Southeast. Additionally, our chapter had two 1st place titles: one for the Dueling Words Professional Paper regarding civil engineering’s ethical response to COVID-19, and another for Concrete Cornhole, which was won for both our technical paper and cornhole skills.
FAMU-FSU ASCE also placed 5th overall for the Concrete Canoe, and 4th for Can Rodeo, which collected over 300 canned goods that will be donated to a local Tallahassee food shelter.
Thank you to all of the faculty and industry professionals who continue to support our chapter during conference every year!