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Our FAMU-FSU student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers-Florida Engineering Society includes some of our department’s most involved and high-achieving students. In the past several months, these students have also proven their ability to adapt and succeed among challenging new scenarios.

Beginning in March, as our ASCE chapter readied their camouflage concrete canoe and headed down to the University of Central Florida for the Southeast Student Conference, these students have had to acclimate to a whole new normal. Being a Civil Engineering major solely through Zoom lectures was something that most of our students hadn’t ever imagined or prepared for.

“Virtual classes made me realize what I love most about FAMU-FSU. I really missed the community in study groups and getting to work hands-on like when we poured the concrete cornhole board for conference,” Antoinette Velazquez, a senior and ASCE officer said. Despite the campus community being moved online, faculty and students alike were willing to make adjustments to ensure everyone had a successful end to the semester. “Dr. Tawfiq and Dr. Mtenga were willing to meet on Zoom for over an hour before their respective final exams to work through questions I had, which really solidified my understanding of the topics.”

As the spring semester came to a close, we celebrated the Class of 2020 as they entered into a world of unknowns. With summer approaching, other students began looking towards internships, summer classes, and research opportunities. Although there was a worry that these opportunities would be canceled, many companies led the charge with creative concepts to train the next class of civil engineers virtually.

Companies like Kimley-Horn and Turner Construction continued to be popular choices for our students this summer. Kimley-Horn hired three ASCE members as interns in addition to several other students from the CEE department at FAMU-FSU. Nicholas Jungers, a Kimley-Horn intern and ASCE President, said he was initially disappointed to hear that his internship was now remote but that he ultimately learned a lot.

“A remote internship allowed for a really unique opportunity to learn about the company in-depth and get exposure to some of the firm’s biggest projects, such as the new Las Vegas Raiders stadium.” Nicholas said.

While many students worked for private firms, opportunities with public agencies also provided a valuable internship experience. Yona Rubin, an ASCE member, worked with the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers on the Herbert Hoover dike dam rehabilitation around Lake Okeechobee. Research was another route some students chose to take in expanding their knowledge this summer. Bryan Coogan, a member of ASCE, spent the summer researching the Fenholloway River in Perry, FL as a NOAA Center for Coastal & Marine Ecosystems Scholar.

Despite the many unknowns that COVID-19 has brought, our students have managed to continue their pursuit in becoming the next generation of civil engineers, whether that’s through their classes, internships, or research opportunities. As the college enters new territory with mostly remote learning, we’re relying on our student organizations such as ASCE-FES to promote involvement in the young engineering community. For this past year, our FES student chapter was awarded an Honorable Mention for Most Active Student Chapter and one of their executive board members was awarded the Outstanding Service to a Student Chapter award. We’re excited to see how our innovative student leaders continue to adapt as they learn and grow as upcoming engineers.

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Happy New Year from the FAMU-FSU student chapter! We are so excited for

the upcoming semester and are eager to start off the new semester strong. Spring semester is a very busy time for us as we spend most of it preparing for the ASCE Southeast Student Conference in March. Preparations have already begun and we can't wait to compete in Orlando this year!


As we move forward into the new year, we wanted to highlight some of our accomplishments from the end of last semester. It was certainly busy as we juggled promoting the club with our everyday schoolwork, however we accomplished a lot in a short period of time.


In October, our chapter organized a site visit to the City of Tallahassee

Weems Road Extension project to learn about the field and contractual

work of engineers in structural, transportation, and construction projects. Eleven of

our members had the opportunity to step on site and go on a walking tour

of the construction site. We were able to ask a great deal of questions and

appreciated the insight of the engineers who took the time to meet with us.


We were able to arrange a second site visit in October to learn

about other engineering applications occurring close to home in Innovation Park. The National High Magnetic Laboratory gave a private tour to six of our members. Magnetic

projects range in magnitude and application from local groups utilizing the mass

spectrometer to global groups traveling for a section of time to use the facilities. No engineers were harmed on this trip, however, it was confirmed that a frog was once levitated on the premises.



Up next in November, the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering’s Green and Gold

Tailgate was a great success this year! We decorated a tailgating space in

competition against all the other student organizations and placed first for our

spirit! Members had a great time celebrating our joint university. This event also

served as an outreach opportunity to recruit new student members and showcase our accomplishments to faculty and alumni.


The FAMU-FSU ASCE-FES Annual Sporting Clays Fundraiser, started by one of our most famous past presidents, Garit Poire, is a great way for our members to network with professionals and for our chapter to raise money. This year we had 8 teams participating, and raised over $2000 dollars for our student chapter! We want to extend a big thank you to all of the Sponsors and participants for this event, it's because of you that we have such opportunities and success!



In a rare visit to a student campus, a presenter from Walt Disney Imagineering came to one of our meetings to give us an exclusive look into their secretive organization. We learned about the level of creative problem solving that goes into engineering rides and projects at Walt Disney World and got an even more exclusive look into the design of the Avatar landscape. We thank Paul Johnson, PE for making the drive all the way to our campus and giving our members such a glimpse of Disney magic.


The ASCE-FES-ITE Joint Holiday party was held at a local bar right before our winter break, and nearly all of our student board attended. It was a great networking opportunity and in the holiday spirit for this event we all donated toys to the Marine Toys for Tots charity organization, which donates toys to children of families in need who cannot afford gifts in the holiday season. We are happy we were able to help our respective parent chapters with this successful event.


We are excited to start the new year, and our resolutions this year as a chapter are

to start a new tradition for our chapter, continue to be involved in our community

and host more charitable/outreach events, and to have a great time at the SE Regional

Conference!

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Updated: Oct 24, 2019

The 2020 ASCE Southeast Student Conference is a 3 day conference where engineering students from over 20 Southeast schools engage in networking and competition activities. This year the conference is being hosted by the University of Central Florida in Orlando and will be held March 12th through 14th.


Our chapter is very excited to announce to that all of the competitions for the conference have been revealed. The conference is broken up into National, Regional and Spirit Competitions, and has something for everyone!


Amongst our Executive Board, we have already filled some positions for Team Captains, but there are still some open spaces for any of our new members who are interested in having more of a leadership role. There are also spaces on every competition team for general body members to fill.


If you are eager to get more involved with our chapter, the conference is a great chance to do so! It is also a unique feature that can be added to your resume and intrigue employers. Participating in these conferences exposes you to real-world engineering that you can emphasize when employers ask you about your past experiences.


With that being said, you do not need to have taken engineering classes or have any other prior experience to participate in any of the competitions. Plenty of our students have led competitions with the help of teamwork or professors even if they don't have much experience with the topic. If you're a newer student who has yet to take advanced engineering classes yet, many of our upperclassmen will be happy to share their knowledge with you as you work on the competitions together.


Listed below are all the competitions, as well as the link to their official rules, so you can learn more about each one. If you are interested in being a part of a team, feel free to reach out to any of the Team Captains (contact info can be found on our About page).


National Competitions


Concrete Canoe

Captains: Ryan Loving & Taren Fleming


Blue Sky

Captain: Freeman Sanders


UESI Surveying

Captain: Mitch Hudson


Innovation Contest

Captain: Available


Professional Paper

Captain: Mitch Hudson


Geowall Challenge

Captains: Antoinette Velazquez & Nicholas Jungers


Sustainable Solutions

Captains: Jen Magi, Michelle Grand, Alannah Harrington


Regional Competitions


Concrete Cornhole

Captains: Nicholas Jungers & Jared Wolber


Plan Reading

Captain: Ana Pinto


Concrete/Steel Golf

Captains: Jesse Davis & Michelle Grand


Seismic Response

Captains: Jesse Davis


Big Data Challenge

Captain: Available


Ecohydraulics

Captain: Sarah Cook


Spirit Competitions


T-Shirt Competition

Captain: Michelle Grand


Visual Display

Captain: Julia Vitale


Mystery Competition

Captain: Available


Tug of War

Everyone


Scavenger Hunt

Everyone




Please use this link to indicate which competitions you are interested in!






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