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Student Organizations

Our student organizations can help develop your career path, form new friendships, and create a professional network.

American Society of Civil Engineers

Students stand on the east side of the Potomac River with the city of Arlington in the background. They competed against area universities in the annual competition.

Students stand on the east bank of the Potomac River with the city of Arlington in the background. They competed against other area universities in the annual concrete canoe competition.

Every year, students in Mason’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) design a concrete canoe and scale model of a steel bridge for competitions. Builders race the canoe at a regional competition. The model bridge is judged on durability, stiffness, constructability, usability, efficiency, aesthetics, economy, and safety during construction. Participants in both events can earn the chance to compete at the national level.

Members participate in spoken and written competitions, attend lectures by industry leaders, network with potential employers, and plan tours of important civil engineering projects. The group also hosts an annual career fair with potential employers, as well as barbecues and other activities.

For more information, contact ASCE.

Engineers for International Development

Members of Mason’s Engineers for International Development (EfID) work both domestically and internationally to improve the quality of life in communities. Since the group’s founding in 2011, EfID has worked on projects in Ecuador, Nicaragua, Honduras, the Peruvian Andes, and the Amazon, addressing small communities' concerns about water shortages, clean water access, sanitation, and hygiene. Closer to home, the group recently built a wooden bridge over a stream near a Civil War battlefield in Toms Brook, Virginia.

A major part of EfID’s mission is to provide a hands-on learning environment. Throughout a project's design phase, 10 to 30 students work in teams with faculty and technical advisors to perform the calculations and to formulate a plan for construction. The process allows students to translate their academic skills in engineering courses to practical design scenarios.

For more information, contact EfID.

Chi Epsilon

Mason’s chapter of Chi Epsilon, the national civil engineering honor society, recognizes undergraduates who achieve academic distinction and who are dedicated to the principles of scholarship and character.

For more information, contact Chi Epsilon.

Society of American Military Engineers

Mason’s chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) connects students with engineering professionals through networking events, seminars, field studies, community involvement, and other activities. The group welcomes students from all backgrounds. The national chapter of the society leads collaborative efforts to identify and resolve national security infrastructure-related challenges.

For more information, contact SAME.

Engineers for International Development Work on Low-income Housing in Nicaragua

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