March 8, 2019
Writer: J.D. Packer

If you are interested in engineering, looking into the American Society of Civil Engineers should be on the top of your priority list. The ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society and can be found BYU-Idaho.

From designing to constructing, the ASCE has an expectation to be the front-runner of society’s economic and social engine. Restoring and protecting the environment is among the goals the ASCE sets.

“They deal with transportation, roadway planning, and urban development,” said Chas Humphries, the chapter president of the ASCE at BYU-Idaho. “There is environmental engineering that’s another big emphasis. That deals with water management and environmental impacts.”

Humphries said the society works on projects to hone their skills. One project is for the city of Rexburg. Members of the society are trying to determine if a traffic signal is warranted for the intersection of 4th S. and 1st W near the BYU-Idaho Center.

“The city has asked us to look at the intersection to see if it meets the requirements to put in a signal there,” Humphries said. “We are looking to see if the actual flow of traffic and pedestrians warrants putting a stop light in there or changing the intersection anyway.”

The organization wants to give students opportunities to have great experiences to put onto their resumes and to meet people who can help them network. The group has volunteer projects that offer real-life experiences, and they try to hold meetings with different companies.

Tuesday, March 12, the Idaho Transportation Department will visit the society to meet with people who might potentially be interested in the field and the company. Horrocks Engineers will also make an appearance the following Tuesday.

If you want to join the group you can go to their meetings on Thursdays at 2 p.m. in the Auxiliary Services Building.