American Society of Civil Engineering

About ASCE

What are some benefits of membership?

Opportunity to meet other civil engineering student and practicing professionals.
Monthly issues of Civil Engineering magazine and ASCE NEWS.
Eligibility for over $75,000 in scholarships and awards.
Involvement in student activities.
Information about critical issues that affect civil engineers.
Recognition by prospective employers.
Access to Job Bank USA, a national database of career information.
Salary information for entry-level and experienced jobs.
What kind of activities happen at Washington State?

Annual participation in the concrete canoe and the steel bridge competitions. Part of our charter requires us to do community service. We also have numerous social events throughout the year.

Official membership requirements and responsibilities

Applicants for Student National Membership shall be members of an ASCE student organization at their school AND be enrolled in a civil engineering, civil engineering technology or related curriculum.

Student members as all other members of ASCE will be responsible for conforming to the Constitution, Bylaws and Rules of Policy and Procedure of the Society and to its Code of Ethics.


Fundamental Principles

Engineers uphold and advance the integrity, honor and dignity of the engineering profession by:

1. Using their knowledge and skill for the enhancement of human welfare;
2. Being honest and impartial and serving with fidelity the public, their employees and clients;
3. Striving to increase the competence and prestige of the engineering profession; and
4. Supporting the professional and technical societies of their disciplines.

Fundamental Canons

1.Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public in the performance of their professional duties.
2.Engineers shall perform services only in areas of their competence.
3.Engineers shall issue public statements only in an objective and truthful manner.
4.Engineers shall act in professional matters for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees, and shall avoid conflicts of interest.
5.Engineers shall build their professional reputation on the merit of their services and shall not compete unfairly with others.
6.Engineers shall act in such a manner as to uphold and enhance the honor, integrity, and dignity of the engineering profession.
7.Engineers shall continue their professional development throughout their careers, and shall provide opportunities for the professional development of those engineers under their supervision.

A brief history of ASCE

ASCE is the oldest national professional engineering society, founded in 1852 by twelve engineers in New York City. It was originally formed as the American Society of Engineers and Architects and in 1867, becoming exclusively for civil engineers, it was appropriately renamed ASCE. In 1850, the U.S. census counted only 512 civil engineers in the U.S. and by the year 1875, 408 of those were ASCE members. Since that period the Society has grown by leaps and bounds and has become a global organization with 112,000 members, some 6,000 of whom live outside the U.S.