JMU Engineering establishes ASCE Student Chapter


JMU Engineering is excited to announce the approval and establishment of its American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter, reinforcing its commitment to empowering students and fostering connections within the engineering community.

Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society, committed to advancing civil engineering science and practice. The ASCE Student Chapter at JMU will host a diverse range of activities and guest speakers, providing students with insights into engineering practices, industry trends, and career opportunities. It will serve as a central hub for networking and collaboration.

The establishment of the ASCE Student Chapter coincides with the introduction of a new civil and environmental engineering concentration in JMU’s Engineering program. This concentration equips students with the skills to analyze structural systems and design, model, and build infrastructure while promoting responsible stewardship of natural resources.

“The timing couldn't be better for establishing the ASCE Student Chapter,” noted Bob Kolvoord, dean of JMU’s College of Integrated Science and Engineering. “It will serve as a valuable resource for students taking classes in the new concentration — offering them additional support, networking opportunities and avenues for professional development.”

“The chapter affiliates with a broader community of practicing civil engineers, which enables our students to pursue both professional development and networking. As a student chapter, we also strive to promote a sense of engineering community with enjoyable and interactive experiences beyond the classroom through collaborative and fun events,” explained Daniel Castaneda, engineering program director and professor, who played a key role in establishing the new chapter.

With an established ASCE Student Chapter, JMU Engineering is now fully eligible to participate in exciting regional events and competitions, including the concrete canoe race, the steel bridge competition, the environmental and water resources challenge, and much more. These events offer students a chance to apply their civil and environmental engineering skills in practical and innovative ways.

“We welcome all students, regardless of major, and we encourage anyone interested in engineering or wishing to be part of our community to get involved,” emphasized Ryan Dehler, president of the new ASCE Student Chapter. “Membership in ASCE is widely recognized across the nation and can enhance your resume.”

The student chapter offers many student leadership opportunities, including the roles of president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, industry liaison, steel bridge Liaison and stream restoration liaison. “We are eager to expand our executive team,” Dehler said.

Students interested in joining the ASCE Student Chapter at James Madison University are encouraged to contact Daniel Castaneda or Ryan Dehler for more information.

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by Lynn Radocha (’18) and Matthew Needy (’24)

Published: Monday, May 13, 2024

Last Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2024

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