Two students in concrete canoe.

Student Organizations

American Concrete Institute (ACI)

The Penn State chapter of the American Concrete Institute strives to expose its members to the field of concrete engineering, including the studies of structural engineering and material science in coordination with the American Concrete Institute. In addition, they help prepare members for employment and/or advanced educational opportunities in the field of concrete engineering.

More information about the Penn State ACI can be found here.

Adviser: Aleksandra Radlinska 

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

The goal of the Penn State chapter of ASCE is to encourage active interest in the study of civil and environmental engineering, aid in professional and intellectual advancement, and establish bonds of good fellowship among its members.

More information about the Penn State chapter of ASCE can be found here.

Advisers: Aleksandra Radlinska, Thomas Skibinski

ASCE sponsors three student groups:

Engineers in Action

Engineers in Action seeks to build footbridges over impassable rivers in impoverished rural areas across the globe. Through the construction of bridges, residents in these communities are provided with better access to healthcare, education, and economic market opportunities.

More information about the Penn State chapter of Engineers in Action can be found here.

Adviser: Brian Naberenzy

Concrete Canoe Team

Each year, the Concrete Canoe Team designs and builds a full size canoe made completely from concrete and reinforcement materials and then competes in a regional competition each April. Building the canoe is a yearlong process that allows team members to use concepts learned in the classroom to create something extraordinary.

More information about Penn State's Concrete Canoe Team can be found here.

Adviser: Tom Skibinski 

Steel Bridge Team

The Steel Bridge Team is a student-run organization that offers civil engineering students a chance to participate in a practical design and build competition. A 1/10th scale steel bridge is designed to comply with the AISC rules and must be assembled quickly on site at the annual competition. Members must design and fabricate the bridge from start to finish, allowing them to apply classroom knowledge in a real-life project.

More information about the Penn State Steel Bridge Team can be found here.

Adviser: Hassan El-Chabib 

Chi Epsilon: Civil Engineering Honors Society

The Penn State chapter of the Chi Epsilon honor society for civil engineers seeks to honor academic excellence for civil engineering students that rank in the top third of their junior or senior classes. Dedicated to the purpose of maintaining and promoting the status of civil engineering as an ideal profession, Chi-Epsilon was organized to recognize the characteristics of the individual civil engineer deemed to be fundamental to the successful pursuit of an engineering career, and to aid in the development of those characteristics in the civil engineering student.

More information about the Penn State Chi Epsilon can be found here.

Adviser: Jay Regan, Martin Pietrucha 

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

The objective of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute at Penn State University is to facilitate Earthquake Engineering awareness through a multidisciplinary organization aimed at community outreach.  This is accomplished through practical demonstrations and design competitions, as well as encouraging earthquake awareness through curriculum additions throughout the University.

Adviser: Gordon Warn 

The Institute of Transportation Engineers

The purpose of the Penn State chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers is to promote the advancement of transportation and traffic engineering by fostering the close association of students with the transportation and traffic engineering profession and the National Institute; acquaint students with topics of interest in transportation and traffic engineering through the medium of addresses by competent speakers, and offer Chapter-sponsored trips to foster the development of professional spirit; to promote common interests among the students; and encourage the expansion of facilities for transportation and traffic engineering study.

More information on the Penn State student chapter of ITE can be found here

Advisers: Vikash Gayah

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

Membership in the Penn State chapter of the National Association of Home Builders entitles you to participate in the services of a professional, academic, and social organization. You will be linked with over 125,000 members from business and industry and gain access to guest speakers, educational trips, films, special cources, summer jobs, and scholarships.

More information about the Penn State NAHB can be found here.

Adviser: Ali Memari

College of Engineering Organizations

Engineering Undergraduate Council (EUC)

Engineering Undergraduate Council (EUC) is the Student Government of Penn State as College of Engineering.  We serve as a voice for the students in the College of Engineering.

More information about EUC can be found here.

Engineers Without Borders

EWB-USA supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders.

More information about EWB-USA can be found here

Adviser: Rachel Brennan

Tau Beta Pi

Tau Beta Pi is an engineering honor society, highly regarded in the field. The national organization of Tau Beta Pi was founded in 1885 at Lehigh University, and has since grown to include over two hundred collegiate chapters and nearly sixty alumni chapters. The Pennsylvania Beta chapter of Tau Beta Pi was founded at The Pennsylvania State University on May 4, 1912 as the twenty-sixth collegiate chapter.

Graduate Student Organizations

Engineering Graduate Student Council

The purpose of the Engineering Graduate Student Council is to promote and enhance graduate studies within the College of Engineering through professional development activities, and to provide a forum for communication between graduate students, faculty, and administration within the College of Engineering.

More information about the Engineering Graduate Student Council can be found here.

Penn State Graduate and Professional Student Association

The Graduate and Professional Student Association is a University-level organization that aims to represent and support the interests of the University's current and future graduate and professional student community by supporting scholarly activities and providing leadership, service, and social opportunities. 

More information about the Penn State Graduate and Professional Student Association can be found here.



The Penn State Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, established in 1881, is internationally recognized for excellence in the preparation of undergraduate and graduate engineers through the integration of education, research, and leadership.

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

212 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-1408

Phone: 814-863-3084