June 11, 2015

Contact: Amy Hewes

Cal Poly Civil Engineering Student Chapter Wins International Award

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Society of Civil Engineers (SCE), the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), is the recipient of the Robert Ridgway Award, which recognizes the most outstanding chapter out of 323 student groups in 16 countries. The award was presented May 20.

This is the fourth time in seven years that Cal Poly has won the award, including three consecutive years from 2009 to 2011.

The ASCE’s committee on student activities selected Cal Poly through a rigorous review based on an annual report prepared by student officers. “This distinction is the civil engineering equivalent of the Academy Award,” said Dean Debra Larson. “It only goes to the best of the best, and it reflects our Cal Poly chapter’s extraordinary efforts, achievements and leadership.”

Faculty advisors were Garrett Hall and Eric Kasper.

Cal Poly’s 100-page annual report summarized community service and professional activities completed in 2015, including a career fair that attracted 74 civil and environmental engineering companies and 500 attendees. Activities reflected the club’s goals of expanding its interactions with industry and increasing collaborations with other engineering clubs and universities through events, projects, competitions and community outreach.

Among the chapter's competitive teams, the Cal Poly Steel Bridge team recently placed second in the NationalStudent Steel Bridge Competition, and the chapter’s concrete canoe team will represent the Pacific Southwest region in the Concrete Canoe National Competition in June.

“These achievements go to the roots of Learn by Doing,” said Ryan Smith, chapter president. “We have such a large group — and long history — of devoted student members who invest their time, interest and energies on extracurricular activities like SCE.

“This year, as in the past, the breadth of club activities and opportunities also reflects the support of faculty advisors, department faculty, the support of the college as a whole, and the interest and involvement of companies,” he said.


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Photo: The Cal Poly Society of Civil Engineers was honored with the Robert Ridgway Award, which recognizes the American Society of Civil Engineers’ most outstanding student chapter. It is the sixth time Cal Poly has been honored with the award.