Prairie View A&M University’s ASCE Student Chapter Update
Student Corner | July 2021
by leaders of the ASCE Student Chapter at Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View A&M University’s (PVAMU’s) ASCE Student Chapter had to cancel many of their regular events in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the officers of the Student Chapter continued to put their effort to stay active through virtual media. The officers organized several virtual conference sessions with industry professionals, to host general body meetings, and to conduct their Executive Board (E-Board) member elections for the 2021-2022 academic year. The current Primary Faculty Advisor of the PVAMU ASCE Student Chapter is Dr. Md Jobair Bin Alam PE and the Secondary Faculty Advisor is Dr. Judy A. Perkins PE.
On March 10, 2021, the ASCE Student Chapter invited Mr. Jonathan Brower PE to speak to their membership via a video conference. Mr. Brower is President of ASCE Dallas Branch and an Associate of L.A. Fuess Partner, Inc. Structural Engineers. Jonathan shared about his career path at L.A. Fuess Partners, Inc., Structural Engineers, and the professional experiences he gained from the various exciting projects he took part in. Jonathan also spoke about his journey through the various levels of involvement with the Texas A&M University’ ASCE Student Chapter, the ASCE Dallas Branch, and the ASCE Texas Section. His explanation gave the students an excellent overview of ASCE’s organizational structure starting with the Student Chapter level and concluding with ASCE’s presence at the Global level. Lastly, he shared the ASCE Texas Section’s vision statement with the students.
Moreover, on March 24, 2021, the ASCE Student Chapter invited Mr. Sean Tenny PE, who currently serve as the Texas Area Manager for the Infrastructure Business Unit of PARSONS. Sean explained the different engineering design and construction aspect of PARSONS and enlightened the students with the excitement of being part of the civil engineering profession. Sean shared about his professional growth development which stemmed from staying involved with ASCE after college. He encouraged the students to maintain the network they have created while being a member of their student chapter. Lastly, Sean showed students the way to develop a career path in PARSONS.
During the month of April 2021, the PVAMU ASCE Student Chapter conducted a virtual general body meeting to elect their 2021-2022 E-Board members. Other meeting agenda items included fundraising, preparation for the 2021-2022 academic year, and checking on the well-being of each member. The outgoing E-Board members shared their experiences and the activities they did during their time as officers. The new PVAMU ASCE Student Chapter E-Board leadership has already started their journey and is committed to serve for the betterment of all students majoring in civil engineering at PVAMU.