What is ASCE?
The American Society of Civil Engineers is the oldest national engineering society. The mission of ASCE is to enhance the quality of life worldwide by advancing professional knowledge and improving the practice of civil engineering in service to humanity. Founded in 1852, ASCE has more than 120,000 members, including over 15,000 Student Members. ASCE sponsors specialty conferences and continuing education courses; provides the government with technical expertise on civil engineering related issues; conducts an active public awareness program; and is the largest publisher of civil engineering information in the world. Within the Society, there are over 500 technical, professional, and management committees working to advance the theory and practice of the profession.
How do student chapters fit in with the national organzation?
Just as Chapters are the local hub for National Student Members, Sections and Branches provide a local forum for meetings and activities for members who are practicing engineers. In some areas, joint meetings are held between Student Groups and Sections and Branches. For the young civil engineeer (35 years of age or younger), ASCE's Younger Member Forums provide special leadership opportunities and activities such as field trips, community service projects, EIT/PE review courses and speakers on special topics. The civil engineering profession depends on Student Chapters for producing the future leaders of the industry, and with ASCE's excellent reputation, Student Members have an edge over their competition.
(Taken from the ASCE student membership application, copyright 1998 ASCE).