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Undergraduate Student Organizations

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter 
Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Student Chapter
Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society Student Chapter
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) USA Student Chapter
Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter  



American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

The UMass Amherst ASCE Student Chapter mission is to enhance the education and professional development of civil engineering students, to promote the College of Engineering, to serve the community, and to provide a medium for students to develop relationships with fellow students, faculty, and professionals.  This mission is accomplished through technical, professional, and civic activities by active participation in professional meetings, technical presentations and tours, community service projects, and participation in annual ASCE design competitions.

ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition

The ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition is an annual student engineering event with new canoes made every year, according to that year's specifications. The UMass Amherst Concrete Canoe Team has competed almost every year since 1974, and the basics of the project - concrete mixes analysis, strength of materials and material testing, project management, and finances - are skills needed by civil engineers. The design and construction phase tests everything the engineering students have learned in the classroom. The canoes will be judged for design, construction, presentation, and race standings. The races themselves work the way any nautical race might, with heats of four teams vying for top spot in the 200-meter men's sprint, women's sprint, and coed sprint, and the 600-meter men and women's endurance.


Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) 

The UMass Amherst EERI Student Chapter is a professional organization that is focused on the technical and interdisciplinary topics in earthquake engineering. The chapter brings in speakers, does related outreach activities and fields the UMass Amherst Seismic Design Team which competes in the EERI Seismic Design Competition each year. The team members learn about earthquakes, structural systems, and how soil conditions can affect buildings. The competition includes an interdisciplinary approach to conceptual design and full three-dimensional modeling of a scale model of a building (typically around 20 stories). The competition culminates in the building of a balsa wood structure that must withstand specific earthquake loading on a shake table.


American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Student Steel Bridge Competition (SSBC)

The AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition is a national competition that is broken down into several regional conferences. The UMass Amherst Student Steel Bridge Design Team participates in the New England Regional Steel Bridge Conference.  The top three placing teams are then invited to participate at the national level. The competition is a combination of timed assembly, structural load bearing capacity, and overall presentation of the bridge. Throughout the competition day, the competing schools will assemble their bridges, weigh them, load them, and measure the vertical and lateral deflections that result. Points are awarded for quick assembly time, lightness, aesthetics, structural integrity, and overall economic affordability.


ASCE UESI Surveying Competition

The UMass ASCE UESI Student Surveying Team allows students to test their ability to measure boundaries, elevations and depths of land using standard field equipment and procedures. The successful completion of the tasks given are conducive to the students' success in the land surveying industry. This year the Surveying Competition Rules are giving students the option of competing in either an in person or online format.

Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) 

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the voice of the construction industry, is an organization of qualified construction contractors and industry related companies dedicated to skill, integrity, and responsibility. Operating in partnership with its Chapters, the association provides a full range of services satisfying the needs and concerns of its members, thereby improving the quality of construction and protecting the public interest. AGC is dedicated to improving the construction industry daily by educating the industry to employ the finest skills, promoting use of the latest technology and advocating building the best quality projects for owners--public and private. The UMass Amherst AGC Student Chapter is also committed to the three tenets of industry advancement and opportunity: Skill, Integrity, and Responsibility.

Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society 

Dedicated to the purpose of maintaining and promoting the status of civil engineering as an ideal profession, Chi-Epsilon was organized to recognize the characteristics of the individual civil engineer deemed to be fundamental to the successful pursuit of an engineering career, and to aid in the development of those characteristics in the civil engineering student. Engineering, the application of scientific principles to the practical needs of society, is assuming a constantly increasing responsibility for the well-being of all people, and thus calling for competence of the highest order. This responsibility can be discharged only by a professional group whose members are possessed of a good basic technical ability, intelligence, moral integrity, and effective social poise in their relationship with the larger community of which they are part. To contribute to the improvement of the profession, Chi Epsilon fosters the development and exercise of sound traits of character and technical ability among civil engineers, and its members, by precept and example, toward an ever-higher standard of professional service. Visit the UMass Amherst Chi Epsilon Student Chapter website for more information. 


Engineers Without Borders (EWB) USA 

The UMass Amherst EWB Student Chapter is a student organization dedicated to helping local and international communities create sustainable solutions in order to improve their quality of life.  We are a group of graduate and undergraduate students whose mission is: (1) to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged communities by developing environmentally conscious, socially equitable, and economically sustainable engineering projects; (2) to develop lasting and responsible relationships with the communities we work with; and (3) to create opportunities for students to gain experience in community development, both locally and abroad. Our group is responsible for the design, fundraising, construction, and implementation of each project. The idea is not to create a singular “solution” but to provide the tools necessary for the community to help themselves. We believe that students and engineers are part of the solution to social inequalities.

Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) 

ITE’s UMass Amherst Student Chapter was founded in 1990. The award-winning chapter remains busy throughout the year focusing its activities in three areas: professional development, community service, and social events. This includes field trips, attendance at conferences, guest speakers, community outreach, and chapter social activities. The chapter meets regularly throughout the year and all meetings are open to anyone interested in learning more.