Professional Societies & Organizations, Civil Engineering
Derek Harzinski, Civil Engineering
“Over those 5 days (of the ASCE Student Days Conference) we had the opportunity to explore Boston and visit a large $250 million bridge rehab project. We also had the opportunity to network with a lot of different people over the course of the weekend ranging from students from all over the country to professionals from all over the country.”
Classroom experience is only part of what an undergraduate education involves. Personal and professional development occurs through extracurricular activities, and Widener supports more than a hundred student organizations that focus on specialized interests ranging from sports to the arts, to civic engagement and much more. A few of these, which are directly related to civil engineering as a profession, are described here.
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Widener University’s student chapter of ASCE is affiliated with the national ASCE organization. ASCE's mission is to develop leadership, advance technology, advocate lifelong learning, and promote the profession. Our student chapter provides students with opportunities to meet and network with professionals, obtain internships and scholarships, participate in civil engineering competitions and field trips, and just have fun!
Tau Beta Pi
Tau Beta Pi is thehonor society which recognizes engineering students of any discipline who have compiled an outstanding undergraduate academic record. It is generally considered to be the top national honor society for all engineers. Eligibility for the society is determined by grade point average attained at the end of junior or senior year.
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Widener University’s student section of SWE is affiliated with the national SWE organization. SWE’s mission is to help women achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity. SWE helps to create personal relationships, support systems, and networking between women in engineering and technology and runs programs to show females of all ages that engineers work to solve real-world problems and improve the quality of life for all. Widener’s student section of SWE runs a highly popular and award-winning camp to introduce high school girls to the many possibilities of a career in engineering.