How You Can Help

Since 1835, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has offered degrees in Civil Engineering, and since 1960, in Environmental Engineering – arguably the oldest such degrees of their kind in the English-speaking world. In 2010, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) designated the department as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in recognition of the 175th anniversary of the first Civil Engineering degree offered at RPI. 

On November 9, 1920, the ASCE supported the founding of an RPI Student Chapter, making it one of the oldest in the country. We hope you consider supporting our students as they prepare for a career in engineering, by helping establish critical funding for the RPI ASCE Student Chapter.

The ASCE Chapter supports student professional development by hosting meetings with local professionals, and participation in three national competitions: ASCE/AISC Steel Bridge, ASCE Concrete Canoe, and ASCE Geowall. Each competition has a design and a construction component, and typically engages freshman/sophomore students in construction, and juniors/seniors in design. 

In past competitions, RPI students were recognized as national champions in the Geowall competition on three occasions! In addition, ASCE celebrated now-retired Professor Tom Zimmie for serving as their faculty mentor for more than 35 years.

We have recently established a fund to support future travel to these three competitions and other activities undertaken by the ASCE Student Chapter in honor of Professor Zimmie. 

It is the role of the engineer to consider complexity in a chaotic world and provide for the safety of humanity. Civil and Environmental engineers at RPI have been learning to improve the human condition and ‘Build a Better World’ for more than 180 years. Your support will help our students continue to do this!"

Dr. Chris Letchford, Professor and Department Head, Civil and Environmental Engineering