Latest Branch News

Our latest news and highlights are listed below. If you have any exciting news about civil engineers in our community, let us know!

  • Check out our May newsletter here.
  • While we don’t hold our regular luncheon or dinner meetings during the summer, we still have activities going on! Follow us on Facebook ( or check your email for the latest updates on news and events in our branch.
  • UW-Madison steel bridge team takes 5th place overall at nationals:
  • UW-Madison water resources alumni reception on July 10-11:
  • CEE golf outing fundraiser at Pleasant View Golf Course on September 25:
  • Our next meeting will be on May 22nd with WSPE at Fitzgerald’s in Middleton. Our speaker will be Tom Beekman from the Wisconsin DOT who will be discussing frac mining in the US. Check out our event page for details and RSVP. Remember that RSVPs are due by May 20th!
  • Join the Younger Members on May 24th for a volunteer day helping with restoration efforts at the Arboretum. We’ll head to Tony Frank’s afterward for lunch. Check out the event page for information and RSVP.
  • Needing to catch up on your PDHs for the year? As an ASCE member, you can get five for FREE with on-demand webinars. Visit the ASCE website to view the list of the 60 freely available webinars for members:
  • Both UW-Platteville and UW-Madison are moving on to nationals in Concrete Canoe. Check out the Nationals website to see more information about our teams and others:
  • Opportunities to get involved! We are always looking for people to get involved with all levels of planning for the branch.  This is a great opportunity to get involved in the community, network, and boost your resume! Contact us for more information.
  • Are you on LinkedIn? Come join our new group page to network with other branch members!
  • A summary of our generous scholarship donors from 2013 can now be found on our Scholarships page. Go here to see how you can help in 2014.

President’s Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Southwest Branch of the Wisconsin Section of ASCE. Here you can find information about our monthly meetings, our officers, Board of Directors, committee chairs, outreach and community service opportunities, and more.

The Southwest Branch is one of four branches in the Section. We are your local connection to ASCE and represent members in the Southwest portion of the state, including the cities of Madison, Platteville, Janesville, Baraboo, and others. In addition, we have two very active and enthusiastic Student Chapters at University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

If you’re an ASCE member under the age of 35, we hope you take the opportunity to get involved with our Younger Member Committee as well. We schedule frequent volunteer opportunities and social meet-ups, so if you’re new to the community or have been here a while and want to meet some great new people, consider getting involved!

In order to best keep  up to date with all the happenings in the branch and the Younger Members, please make sure your email is up to date with ASCE. This is the quickest way to learn about everything that is happening at the branch level, including meeting announcements, newsletters, and volunteer opportunities. You can either update your membership information on the website at or call (800) 548-2723.

There are many ways for you to gain value from your membership in the Southwest Branch:

  • Maintain license requirements through PDHs by attending our branch meetings
  • NEW THIS YEAR is five FREE PDHs provided through ASCE national
  • Network with other civil engineers in the area
  • Learn about the new and exciting engineering projects done by local engineers
  • Tour construction sites of interesting area projects
  • Support university students through scholarship donation
  • Volunteer in the community with one of our many volunteer opportunities throughout the year
  • Mentor students through one of our student chapters or as a professional mentor for Engineers Without Borders
  • Attend or present at regional technical conferences or meetings
  • Participate in leadership opportunities by volunteering for branch board positions
  • Interact on social media with our Facebook or LinkedIn pages

I am interested in hearing what you would like to see from Branch this year. Please send your ideas and suggestions to me at the email address listed below. This is your Branch and you have a say in how it is run. Better yet, get involved!

Please feel free to contact us  with any ideas that you may have to make the Southwest Branch experience the best for your professional experience.

I’m looking forward to a great year and hope to see many of you at our monthly meetings!

Amanda Stone, P.E., M.ASCE
SW Branch President, 2013-2014
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Structures Congress 2015

Save the Date
DoubleTree Portland Hotel and
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon – USA
April 23-25, 2015

Submit your abstract and/or full session proposal today for Structures Congress 2015.
We are currently accepting proposals for complete sessions and abstracts for individual papers to be presented at Structures Congress 2015.
The Congress provides a forum to advance the art, science, and practice of structural engineering.

All proposals are due June 11, 2014

Visit the conference website for all the details

Top 5 Reasons to Attend this Congress

  • Network and make connections with leaders in your profession
  • Gain knowledge by attending outstanding technical sessions – over 110 from which to choose
  • Earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) in technical sessions
  • Interface with students and young professionals
  • Visit Portland for roses, parks, museums, outdoor adventure, great food, and so much more.

Willard Warzyn Obituary

Willard Warzyn, a long-time member and past president of the Wisconsin Section of ASCE, died on September 19, 2013 at the age of 95. Willard’s family tree in the engineering profession in Wisconsin is wide-spread and well-established. His roots in the profession began with his Civil Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and include an 8-year period with Mead & Hunt in Madison as a structural engineer. In 1955 he started Warzyn Engineering, Inc, and under his leadership established the firm as one of the most respected engineering consulting firms in Wisconsin. The firm provided a variety of civil engineering services including an emerging specialty area now known as geotechnical engineering and became recognized as a pioneer in Wisconsin in this field. The branches of his engineering family tree include a multitude of past employees who benefited from his examples of integrity, honesty, and professionalism to establish their own firms or become leaders in other firms throughout the state. His service as Section President and his support of the organization throughout his career inspired many of his colleagues to become active members of ASCE, including a number who went on to leadership positions at the Branch and Section levels.

A link to a more detailed account of his achievements, his service to his church and community, and his devotion to his family is attached. (

On behalf of the engineering community in Wisconsin, please join us in extending our condolences to his family and friends.

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