American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Student Chapter at UofL

Welcome to the award-winning, nationally recognized 
University of Louisville ASCE/SAME Student Chapter!

Welcome to the ASCE/SAME Student Chapter at the University of Louisville. ASCE/SAME student chapter is a student organization, administered and operated by the students majoring in Civil Engineering. The chapter holds officer elections each spring or fall term for officers serving the current academic year (Fall & Spring terms). The chapter provides a way to meet Civil Engineering students, learn about professional engineering events, participate in regional and national student events, learn more about the profession of Civil Engineering and the transition from engineering student to professional engineer in practice. 

Membership in the National ASCE is free for to students – and the UofL ASCE student chapter charges a small membership fee each semester only to cover meeting refreshments.

The UofL student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers & Society of American Military Engineers (ASCE/SAME) is nationally chartered and has won several recognition and competition awards throughout its history. The student chapter was established c.1955 and provides University of Louisville students with a means to network with other schools and professionals, develop leadership, serve the community, and promote our profession.

As stated by ASCE: “The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) national organization was founded in 1852 and is the oldest national engineering society in the United States. ASCE's vision is to position engineers as global leaders building a better quality of life. Comprised of Regional Councils, Younger Member Councils, Sections, Branches, Student Chapters and Clubs, and International Student Groups, the Society and its volunteers are fully engaged in making this a better world by design.”

And stated by SAME: “Founded in 1919, Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) was established to provide education and support to the engineering components of the military and uniformed services and other federal, state and local government agencies responsible for the nation’s infrastructure, and to advance the partnership between government and the architecture, engineering and construction industry in the interest of national security.”

The UofL ASCE student chapter has been recognized as the Outstanding Student Chapter Award by the Kentucky Section of ASCE several times.  
The ASCE student chapter maintains its official status through the University of Louisville Student Government Association as a Recognized Student Organization (RSO).

The chapter is associated with both the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).

Membership in ASCE is open to all engineering students currently enrolled at U of L interested in civil engineering, as well as those seeking careers in military engineering. National membership is completely free of charge ( for students – and the student chapter charges a small member fee each semester to cover meeting costs.

Fund-raising activities are organized for more significant programs such as ASCE student leadership and professional development conferences, annual ASCE Ohio Valley Student Conference regional meeting (includes national competitions for steel bridge and concrete canoe, concrete baseball bat, surveying, geotechnical, site layout design, technical paper, balsa wood bridge).

Elected chapter officers work on chapter administration and focus on maintaining and building chapter activities.  The officer and membership work includes: chapter administration and maintenance of records for national, state, and local standing, member recruitment and retention, participating in existing community service projects such as affiliation with the local ASCE professional chapter outreach in math and science education through MATHCOUNTS, and participation in the annual Ohio Valley Student Conference (OVSC) regional meeting (April), and attending the annual ASCE national student leadership development conference (January).

If you are a Civil Engineering student – I welcome you to contact me, stop by the ASCE student lounge in WS Speed Building lower level (WS004), or drop in an ASCE student chapter meeting to find out more and check the web information.

ASCE student chapter faculty advisor,
Prof. Mark French, PhD, PE