We are especially proud of the activities of our student groups.
These groups provide a way for students to initiate involvement
with their profession which will last throughout their careers.
In addition, the many projects that these groups undertake provide
opportunities for interaction among students and with faculty that
don't occur in the classroom. Finally, involvement in these
organizations and their activities also provides valuable
experience in developing leadership skills, working with groups,
fund raising, and interaction with professional engineers outside
of the university.
The range of activities sponsored by the
different groups is quite broad, from attendance at local and
national technical meetings to participating in national
competitions. Links are currently provided to some pages that
have been developed by the students-more will be forthcoming.
Many students belong to more than one group. All groups are
active in support of department and college events such as open
house and most sponsor meetings throughout the academic year where
topics range from technical (e.g., a speaker who was involved with
a specific engineering project) to general interest subjects (e.g.,
applying to graduate school, resume workshop). Most groups have
working relationships with local or state-level chapters of the
MSU's Civil and Environmental Engineering students are the only
ones who have won all three national civil and environmental
engineering student competitions for the Concrete Canoe, Steel
Bridge, and Waste Management Education and Research Consortium
(WERC) within the last ten years. The MSU students consistently
place in the top five in all three competitions annually.