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 asce.org 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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Sponsor Students to the Global Engineering Conference in Panama City

The UW chapter of ASCE is sending five student representatives to the Global Engineering Conference in Panama City, October 5-11, 2014, hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Engineers Without Borders (EWB). In addition to attending the conference, the five students will participate in Design Global, Engineer Local, an accelerated leadership course on designing for sustainable community development.

As we all know, living off a college budget can be difficult. The students going on this trip are each paying almost $2,000 out of pocket for this opportunity. By becoming a sponsor of their group, you are not only supporting these students in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grow as globally-minded engineers, you are also opening doors for your
company to grow, as well.

Please click here for more information on sponsoring the students.

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 (https://www.facebook.com/pages/ASCE-Wisconsin-Section-Southwest-Branch/231640126882371) 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: http://www.nssbc.info/
  • UW-Madison water resources alumni reception on July 10-11: https://sites.google.com/a/wisc.edu/cee-water-reunion/
  • CEE golf outing fundraiser at Pleasant View Golf Course on September 25: https://sites.google.com/a/wisc.edu/cee-golf-outing/
  • 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: https://secure.asce.org/ASCEWebsite/Benefits/Membership/FreeOnDemandWebinars.aspx
  • 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: http://www.asce.org/concretecanoe/basic_cy.aspx?id=25769805287
  • 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.

Structures Congress 2015

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STRUCTURES CONGRESS 2015
DoubleTree Portland Hotel and
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon – USA
April 23-25, 2015

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
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 www.structurescongress.org

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.
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