A Series of Firsts for Mason's ASCE Teams

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At Mason’s College of Engineering and Computing, you can expect students who are passionate about their field, hardworking, and goal-oriented in achieving their tasks. That kind of work ethic and enthusiasm exists within the students of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Mason chapter. This year, two Mason ASCE teams won first place in the Region 2 Mid-Atlantic West Symposium competitions, for their steel bridge and sustainable solutions projects for the first time. 

Seif Ali, team leader of the steel bridge team, said his goal, from day one, was for his team to win nationals. “I just wanted to make sure that everyone understands that we’re not just here to compete, but to learn,” Ali says. He joined the Mason chapter of ASCE last fall and immediately signed up for the open leadership spot on the steel bridge team – becoming the leader last October. He said that there were few opportunities to join student organizations during the pandemic and that joining this organization was an opportunity to try something different.  

Ali said his team built a bridge with plates and members and used the fabrication method to weld and join the metal parts together to create the bridge. A local engineering firm, Nasir and Associates, helped the team by not only providing supplies, but also giving them valuable experience-based recommendations.  

The cancellation of his former team landed Nicholo Gadiana, in the leadership role of the sustainable solutions team. “I built the team three months before the competition,” Nicholo says. Faced with the challenge of time constraints and deadlines, Gadiana made sure his team followed the rules in building their project. He said the hardest part of leading his team was maintaining communication between members and finding locations to meet.  

The theme for the sustainable solutions competition this year was “The Tiny Home challenge.” Gadiana said his team had to create a model of 10 sustainable tiny homes, that could contain a loft bed, bathroom, kitchen, and living and dining area. The competition rules required that the house must be around 400 square feet and sit on 1.07 acres of land. This team used 3D modeling software to sketch the layout of the houses and design it. For their sustainable part of the project, Gadiana said they came up with using a rainwater soil system, which absorbs the water and lessens the need for concrete in depositing overflowing water.  

“In summary, I think it’s the practical side. We provide students with the resources and support to develop them professionally, help them progress well towards their career, gain skills to be able to find a job, to speak about themselves, build on their soft skills,” says Doaa Bondok, faculty advisor for ASCE and Assistant Professor in the Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering Department. 

Another win from the ASCE Region 2 Mid – Atlantic West Symposium, was Mason’s surveying competition team who won second place in their competition. Team members include: Nikolas Hawley, (Survey Party Chief), Christian Harar, (Assistant Survey Party Chief), Kai Barner, Survey Technician (Instrument Man), Margaret Freeman, Survey Technician (Chain Man), Siddarth Achar, Survey Technician (Rod Man).   

Mason ASCE Region 2 Teams

ASCE/AISC Steel Bridge Competition Team

Project manager: Seif Ali 

Assistant project managers: Nicolas Tenorio, Sofia Da Silva 

Structural Design Team Lead: Sarmad Kayani

Construction team lead: Musanna Nasher

General team members: Kyler Resnick, Ali Hill, Ahmed TJ

ASCE Sustainable Solutions Competition Team

Team Captain: Nicholo Gadiana 

Assistant Team Captains: Anna Campo and Roshini Adunoor

Envision Team:

  • Dorothy Raymond 
  • Siddarth Achar 
  • Nasima Sadr 
  • Zaineb Syed 

Site Development Team: Anna Campo (Team Lead)

  • Betsy Quimby
  • Dayana Peralta 
  • Gabby Wade
  • Ian Bednarek 
  • Abinaya Venkatesan

House/Communal Area Design Team: Roshini Adunoor (Team Lead)

  • Gerald Cope 
  • Matt Polverino 
  • Jennifer Nguyen 
  • Chi Chau
  • Isaiah Epps