March Spotlight – Oregon State Student Chapter

The OSU ASCE Student Chapter was first established in 1921, and only six other student chapters are older. They were established in 1920. We have been recognized consistently as one of the top chapters in the country. Recent ASCE recognition includes Certificate of Commendation 2015, Letters of Honorable Mention 2016 and 2017, Distinguished Chapter for Region 8 in 2014, and a recipient for the Richard J. Scranton Outstanding Community Service award in 2014 and a finalist in 2016. Pacific Northwest Student Conference results: Concrete canoe has placed 2nd for the last 3 years. Steel bridge placed 1st in 2014, 2nd in 2015, and the last two years placed 3rd place, four years in a row earning a place at the national competition. Our student chapter achieved first place overall at the PNW conference in 2017!

On top of preparing for the regional conference, our chapter has been very active this past year. OSU hosted the National Student Steel Bridge competition (NSSBC), Meet-a-CE Day, the OPB Unprepared Documentary, and just recently the CH2M/OSU High School Bridge Contest.  

 In May 26-27, 2017, Oregon State hosted the National Student Steel Bridge Competition. The event included 43 schools from around the world, with 477 students participating and 553 people in attendance. The event included a keynote speaker, a banquet, competition day and display, and an award ceremony.

·    The NSSBC brought together students from the US, China, Mexico and Canada. 

·    The event also provided our students the opportunity to gain experience in organizing such a huge event; it took 1 and a half years to plan!

65 OSU ASCE student members participated for a total of 260 person-hours in the execution of the event over the two-day period and many additional hours prior for the planning team.

In November we hosted the Meet-A-CE Day for the Oregon Section. We had over 50 students and professionals attend. There were students from OIT, PSU, U of P, and OSU. There was a great presentation on the Portland Zoo Elephant Exhibit, and one of the speakers was ASCE Oregon Section President, Allison Pyrch.

In February we showed the “Unprepared” documentary with the help of the ASCE Oregon Section. We had over 100 students, including a panel of professors, engineers, and OSU emergency managers. It was a great event for students to learn how we, on an individual level, need to be prepared for and aware of the Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake.

The 49th annual contest occurred on February 24th from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM in Owen Hall on Oregon State University’s campus.  Students competed to design the most efficient bridge and the winners were judged by the ratio of the load carried to the weight of the bridge. 

Participants learned about design and testing concepts, and introductory structural engineering concepts such as tension and compression.  136 bridges were tested. During the event, campus tours and an engineering presentation were provided by ASCE student chapter members.

At this time we have no major events left to host this year. Stay tuned next year!