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.

Aidan Bernal ASCE    Lucas Lazaga ASCE VP 2023   Harold Nguyen ASCE 2023   Spencer Machinski ASCE Secretary 2023

Positioning from Left to Right: Aidan Bernal, Lucas Lazaga, Harold Nguyen, and Spencer Machinski 

ASCE 2022-2023 Officers


Aidan Bernal ASCE President
Lucas Lazaga ASCE Vice President 
Harold Nguyen ASCE Treasurer
Spencer Machinski  ASCE Secretary

Recent Activities


  • Engineering Dodgeball

To cap off National Engineers week, Seattle University ASCE hosted a dodgeball night inviting students and faculty of all engineering departments at Seattle U. Despite a large showing of students and several Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) faculty coming to support, the CEE department lost to the Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, 2-1.


  • LinkedIn Profile Building Night – Guest Speaker: Leezel Ramos

The professional social networking site, LinkedIn, can serve as a gateway for opportunity for students as they venture out into the professional world after graduation. Students were provided the opportunity to take headshots for their profile and were provided tips from Leezel Ramos of SU’s Career and Engagement Services.

  • SR99 Tunnel Tour

Seattle University students were afforded the opportunity to tour the new SR99 Tunnel before the tunnel’s opening in February 2019. The tour included an opportunity to examine the massive ventilation pumps for the tunnel and walk through the exit and refuge areas as well as the tunnel itself.

The tour begins near the south end of the tunnel, where four pumps are located that alternate to ventilate the entirety of the 2 mile-long tunnel.

Project engineer Susan Everett explains the technical difficulty that come with running a major highway through a tunnel.

Students pause while walking through the tunnel as Susan Everett details the engineering involved with the exit and refuge areas.

  • Guest Lecturer – Bill Bruin, PE (Simpson Gumpertz and Heger)

Bill Bruin, a Senior Principal at Simpson Gumpertz and Heger’s Oakland office, sponsored lunch for the students and explained the day-to-day work of a marine engineer. Students were exposed to the unique opportunities that marine engineering presents and were presented with words of wisdom for achieving success in the engineering field.

Students listen to a brief introduction on marine engineering while enjoying lunch sponsored by Mr. Bruin.

  • Swenson Say Faget Office Tour

SU ASCE’s professional liaison, Bianca Casem, hosted SU and University of Washington ASCE student members to observe professional office culture at a local structural engineering firm. A tour of the office was held in addition to an open networking time that allowed students to connect with experienced professionals.

Sweson Say Faget displayed at the front reception of the company’s downtown Seattle office, as students file in for a tour of the main office.

An engineer at Swenson Say Faget takes students through the company’s website, highlighting the different types of projects that the company takes on.