Formed on October 4, 1937, the Hawaii Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers is the local Section of the national ASCE organization, which includes some 130,000 members worldwide. With over 1,000 members locally, the mission of the Hawaii Section is to develop leadership, advance technology, advocate lifelong learning, and promote the profession throughout our State. Hawaii Section activities include promoting civil engineering in local grade schools, providing affordable technical seminars, providing technical assistance to government entities, supporting the University of Hawaii Student Chapter and the Hawaii Section Younger Member Forum, fundraising for scholarships, honoring individuals and notable civil engineering projects in Hawaii, and supporting the civil engineering profession in the State Legislature.
General membership dinner meetings are held monthly, featuring technical and general-interest guest speakers. The Executive Committee is elected by its membership. It meets monthly to conduct its business. Technical committees are active in the areas of geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, environmental engineering, construction, transportation, ocean and energy, and hydraulics/hydrology and water resources. Standing committees are also appointed to address membership, history and heritage, awards and hospitality. Additional Section Appointees represent the Hawaii Section as a University of Hawaii Student Chapter Faculty Advisor, a University of Hawaii Student Chapter Practitioner Advisor, and as a representatative to the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization and chair specialized committees such as the Local Legislative Affairs Committee, Outreach Program, and Scholarship Committee.
The Hawaii Section Younger Member Forum (YMF) caters to the needs of Hawaii Section younger members (35 years and younger). The YMF helps these young engineers transition from college to the professional world and sponsors various social, service, and technical events, including the PE Exam Refresher Course. YMF officers meet monthly along with representatives from the University of Hawaii Student Chapter. The 2019 Western Regional Younger Member Conference is part of an annual leadership summit with over 400 attendees from 10 states and the ASCE Hawaii Younger Member Forum is welcomes you to Hawaii for WRYMC 2019. WRYMC provides young civil engineers with invaluable leadership training, networking, and skills to help them be successful at both engineering and in their communities. For more information visit: https://www.wrymc2019.com/
The University of Hawaii ASCE Student Chapter encourages and fosters interaction among civil engineering students and allows them to gain valuable experience outside the classroom. The highlight of the Student Chapter is participating in the yearly Pacific Southwest Regional Conference, for which they design and build a concrete canoe, a steel bridge, and other items using their engineering skills. At the conference they compete against other universities and participate in a number of other technical contests and social events. The Student Chapter also performs community service projects and organizes social events.
The latest information for the ASCE Hawaii Section can be found below.
2019 Copyright ASCE Hawaii Section
On behalf of the 2018-2019 Hawaii Section Executive Committee, I would like to thank you for your interest in ASCE Hawaii Section. We are so excited for the upcoming year! In addition to hosting the Multi Region Leadership Conference for the first time since 1999, we are releasing the first ever Hawaii State Infrastructure Report Card.
As we prepare for these incredible events, we will also be working towards our next set of goals to raise awareness and accomplish great things for our profession. Our big project will be to work on a program to find a way to create a bridge between the local companies and the mainland colleges to assist with helping our local students on the mainland find summer internships and/or post-graduate jobs.
While you are here, please browse our website where you can find information on our officers, committee chairs, monthly dinner meetings, seminars, awards and scholarships, outreach and community service, and job postings.
Please feel free to contact us at any time. Whether you would like to get more involved, have questions about the Hawaii Section, or just want to say hello when you’re in town, we are more than happy to hear from you. Thank you for visiting the ASCE Hawaii Section website and we’ll see you at our next event!
Eric Arakawa, P.E., M.ASCE, LEED AP
ASCE Hawaii Section President