Student Organizations

Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) students are active participants in WPI student chapters of national engineering organizations, taking advantage of their ample networking and career-advancement opportunities. Learn about the benefits of these organizations and how to get involved.

American Society of Civil Engineers

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) works to advance the civil engineering profession. The student chapter provides various opportunities to develop relationships with peers, faculty members, and professionals, as well as communication and leadership skills. Members of the ASCE student chapter are eligible for free membership within ASCE as student members, which includes free subscriptions to online publications, access to career planning and development resources, and reduced registration fees to ASCE-sponsored events.

Typical WPI student chapter activities include the following:

  • Annual CEE department barbecue
  • Other social activities
  • Guest speakers
  • Competing with other Northeast-based ASCE student chapters in the ASCE-sponsored Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe competition

For more information, please email Professor Leonard Albano at or visit the ASCE WPI student chapter website.

Architectural Engineering Institute

The Architectural Engineering Institute student chapter was started at WPI in 2012, and will be seeking recognition through the national AEI in 2013. AEI is part of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and is home for professionals in the building industry. The mission of AEI is “To serve the building community by promoting an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to planning, design, construction and operation of buildings and by encouraging excellence in practice, education and research of architectural engineering.” The student chapter holds guest lectures and plan field trips to learn about existing architecture; offers short couses in selected software programs; and develops relationships with industry for intership and MQP opportunities. In conjuction with AEI national, members can participate in the AEI yearly National Student Conference (hosted in 2013 by the Pennsylvania State University on April 3-5) and The Charles Pankow Foundation Annual Architectural Engineering Student Design Competition.

For more information, please email Professor Leffi Cewe-Malloy at or visit the AEI national student chapter website.

Chi Epsilon

Chi Epsilon is a National Honor Society dedicated to maintaining and promoting civil engineering as an ideal profession. The organization honors civil engineering students and professionals and maintains more than 130 active chapters at universities across the U.S., including WPI.

Chi Epsilon student membership includes the top students from the third- and fourth-year classes. Fourth-year students in the top third of their class are eligible for consideration, and a smaller group of the top third-year students are eligible. Selection of Chi Epsilon members is based on recognition of scholarship, character, practicality, and sociability. By promoting these attributes, Chi Epsilon encourages development of civil engineering leaders who will work toward the well-being of all people.

Recent WPI Chi Epsilon student chapter activities have included the following:

  • Presentations for prospective students at open houses
  • Coordinating with students to get feedback on how to enhance the CEE department
  • Planning a student-alumni networking event

For more information, please email Professor Paul Mathisen at or visit the Chi Epsilon website.

Design-Build Institute of America

Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is the only organization that defines, teaches, and promotes best practices in design-build, an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility.

The DBIA student chapter seeks to promote widespread, successful utilization of design-build in shaping the built environment. To accomplish this, the chapter is committed to fostering interdisciplinary education and communication in integrated facilities delivery at WPI. This goal is facilitated through active participation by student chapter members and local DBIA professionals and corporations; students and faculty in design- and construction-related disciplines; local professional organizations representing architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, general contracting, law, and government; and national DBIA programs and services.

Student membership benefits include the following:

  • Nationwide access to design-build professionals
  • Discounted registration rates for all national DBIA programs and events
  • The Integration Quarterly journal
  • Valuable networking for employment, research, and publication

For more information, please email Professor Guillermo Salazar at or visit the Design-Build Institute of America website.