American Society of Civil Engineers

Seattle University’s ASCE student chapter is an active group that connects students to the professional world. We organize networking events, student competitions, and engineering seminars.

From left to right: Maddy, Zoe, Ellen, and Austin.

ASCE 2017-2018 Officers

Ellen Fisher      President
Austin Dennis Vice President
Zoe Vierling-Coulter Treasurer
Maddy McKenzie Concrete Canoe Captain

Recent Activities


  • Ballard Locks Technical Tour

Seattle University ASCE members joined University of Washington ASCE for a technical tour of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks hosted by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Students enjoyed getting a behind the scenes look at how the locks operate while they were temporarily dewatered for maintenance.

From left to right: Maddy McKenzie, Austin Dennis, Ryan Holt, Ellen Fisher, and Randall Dejarlais.

The tour group gathered in front of the gates in the large lock.

Students explore the filling culvert that supplies the large lock with water.


  • Concrete Canoe

The ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition aims to provide civil engineering students an opportunity to gain hands-on, practical experience, and leadership skills by working with concrete mix designs and project management.

The Seattle University Concrete Canoe Team was founded in 2015 and continues to enter a canoe each year. This year the competition will be held in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Led by Concrete Canoe Captain Maddy McKenzie, the SU team has already begun constructing their canoe for the 2018 spring competition.

Below, team members Maddy McKenzie, Ellen Fisher, Ryan Holt, and Randall Dejarlais have fun work on making the mold for the concrete canoe.