CEE was proud to host the 2019 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Southeast Regional Conference for 28 schools to test their skills in 17 civil and environmental engineering competitions. The theme of Rockin’ in the Smokies set the stage for the conference’s musical theme that welcomed attendees to Knoxville. UT placed 4th overall, coming first in the GeoWall, Professional Paper, and On Tour competitions and second in the Sight Reading and Concrete Canoe Product Display competitions.
In addition to hosting, the conference engaged more than 75 UT engineering students and more than 40 professional engineers to volunteer, while nearly 40 sponsors contributed $80,000 to carry out the event.
“The students were having fun applying their civil engineering and professional knowledge in engineering competitions, while expressing their school spirit, developing their leadership skills, and making new friends and memories,” said Department Head Chris Cox. “These kinds of formative experiences for young engineers contribute to building their own sense of belonging to the profession and to ASCE.”
Faculty conference organizer and CEE senior lecturer Jenny Retherford said the student organizers put in many hours over the last two years to make the conference a success.
“UT hosted a conference that sets the standard for efficiency and coordination,” she said. “Many participants complimented the venues, our campus, the competition designs, and the overall experience we created for the event.”