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OSU ASCE participates regularly in a number of outreach and service efforts within the OSU / Corvallis community and beyond. Below are some of the many events OSU ASCE has been involved in:
OSU Engineering Expo
The chapter participates in the Engineering Expo sponsored each spring by the OSU College of Engineering, and demonstrates ASCE OSU student projects to high school students, parents and industry. Chapter members answer questions not only pertaining to ASCE, but also about the civil engineering program at OSU and why incoming students should consider majoring in engineering.
College of Engineering Club Carnival
The OSU College of Engineering organizes an annual club carnival as a fundraiser for the Linn-Benton Food Share. OSU ASCE sponsors a booth, and these have included a Corn Hole contest, large-scale Jenga game and participation by CCE School faculty in a dunk booth run by another club.
CH2M-Hill / OSU Model Bridge Contest
CH2M-Hill, in association with OSU ASCE and OSU's College of Engineering and School of Civil and Construction Engineering sponsors and conducts an annual model bridge contest. This contest requires high school students to make a basswood bridge to a specification with the intent to be as efficient as possible with the highest ratio of load carried to weight of the bridge. The 45th annual contest was held in 2014, with the winning bridge carrying over 5000 times its own weight. The contest is intended to promote interest in engineering and provides an opportunity for high school teachers to introduce the concepts of design and testing of engineering structures to their students. ASCE student chapter members volunteer their time and expertise to run the contest each year.
Coburg Charter School Activities Day
Students from OSU ASCE have gone to Coburg Charter School on their "activities day" to teach students about civil engineering concepts, including structures, hydrology and geotechnical engineering. The hands-on activity is a great way to teach students about engineering principles and the thought processes involved in design.
Bridge Building with Liberty Elementary School Students
5th grade students from Liberty Elementary School have field trips out to OSU to participate in ASCE-led bridge building activities. Basic engineering concepts are introduced and students have the opportunity to design their own bridge out of paper and test it under a given load.
Nicaragua Water Sanitation System Projects
In 2013, the Growth International Volunteer Excursions (GIVE) organization approached former OSU ASCE president Elizabeth Hess with a proposal to design a water sanitation system to be constructed in Jiquilillo, Nicaragua. The community of Jiquilillo suffered from seasonal floods annually, resulting in the contamination of their water table. OSU ASCE, with the assistance of Dr. Mark Dolan and in partnership with GIVE and the community designed a sustainable biosand water filter to counter this problem. A team of OSU ASCE students traveled to Nicaragua to implement this solution. During their trip, the travel team spent several days working with a local expert and GIVE leaders to discuss alternatives to optimize the efficiency of the system. This project involved Environmental, Geotechnical, Fluid Mechanics, and Hydraulic Engineering considerations.
In 2014, OSU ASCE sent a team of 7 students back to Nicaragua, this time to Little Corn Island. The design/build project involved a rainwater catchment system to provde supplementary clean water for an elementary/high school of 150 students and teachers. Analysis of site layout and planning, gathering of hydrologic data, foundation design, construction of a timber supporting structure for the tank, and water quality analysis were all involved. Professor Tyler Radniecki, an environmental engineering faculty member at OSU, provided valuable advice and support.
Together with AGC, OSU ASCE replaced a section of sidewalk on the OSU campus, combining the groups' strengths in a very practical effort that was needed to improve safety for pedestrians.
ASCE and AGC Habitat for Humanity Workdays
OSU ASCE partners with the AGC (Associated General Contractors of America) student chapter to volunteer at local Habitat for Humanity workdays, emphasizing teamwork, student collaboration, and basic construction and safety skills.
Gifts at Christmas-time
OSU ASCE students have participated in the Prison Fellowship Angel Tree program to provide gifts for children of prisoners and also in the LoveINC effort to provide gifts to families who who would be without at Christmas.
ASCE Clothing and Shoe Drive
The chapter has held clothing and shoe drives to donate lightly used and new items to local Corvallis charities.