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In Their Own Words: Students Describe ASCE Leadership Conference

Group photo of students attending the ASCE Leadership Conference.

This year’s delegation of students attending the ASCE Multi-Region Leadership Conference. UT students are: Savannah Jobkar, first row, third from right; Kami Reid, first row, far right; Andrew Tsay, second row, far right; Reese Shoesmith, second row, third from right.

This year’s delegation of CEE students attending the ASCE Multi-Region Leadership Conference included Savannah Jobkar, Kami Reid, Andrew Tsay, and Reese Shoesmith. The team joined ASCE students from schools in Regions 1, 2, 4, and 5 in Philadelphia on January 31–February 1 and gained leadership skills at the Eastern Region Younger Member Council (ERYMC). Here are some of the student reflections on the experience:

Savannah Jobkar (Sophomore)

“Overall, the event was a super fun experience. I am so thankful to have met so many amazing people who never failed to make me laugh and who I will hopefully be friends with for life. I learned a lot about leadership and how a leader should act and carry themselves in order to better their ASCE chapter. We also learned about budgeting and fundraising. I learned a lot about ASCE as a whole, what it stands for, and the amazing networking that the organization can give you. In the future I believe the things I learned at this conference will help me advance my student chapter and help me in my professional career.”

Kami Reid (Junior)

“The trip was extremely informative! I feel as though the conference offered something for everyone. I left the conference feeling excited about both the upcoming months in ASCE and growing in my leadership role. At the conference, we had the opportunity to hear a lot of different ideas, such as successful outreach events in other student chapters, getting more members to their meetings, and the best ways other chapters fundraise for conference. Being surrounded with such like-minded people who all have the same passion was really uplifting. This experience was extremely valuable to me and I would recommend it to any civil engineering students.”

Andrew Tsay (Senior)

“As a student leader of two student organizations on campus, I have attended multiple leadership conference and retreats, and have also presented at a few seminars on leadership. ASCE’s past, present, and future presidents held a few Q and A sessions that gave me an insight on becoming an active civil engineer. They discussed ideas like government, research and development, and advancements in current technology. As an undergraduate researcher who is intrigued by possibility, these presentations of the future really interested me as the topics we research now could eventually build up to these great innovations. Eventually, we got to meet some of the presidents and took pictures with them. Overall, I found enjoyment in the impacts of the civil engineering discipline and showcases of developing projects.”