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 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 Hawaii Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers is the largest voluntary engineering organization in the State of Hawaii. We are committed to providing essential value to our members and partners, advancing the civil engineering profession, and serving the public good. We invite you to browse our website for information on section meetings and workshops, engineering news, job opportunities, institute and committee activities, community outreach programs, and membership information. Our website also includes links to our Younger Member Forum and Student Chapter websites as well as those of our many partners. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about ASCE or would like to get involved. See you at our next event!
Benjamin Rasa, P.E., M.ASCE
ASCE Hawaii Section President
2016 Copyright ASCE Hawaii Section
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