SEI West Virginia University Graduate Student Chapter Freshman Visitation
The Structural Engineering Institute - Graduate Student Chapter at West Virginia University (SEI-GSC, WVU) has been active in organizing freshman visitations for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, West Virginia University. As a part of this spring semester's activities, the Chapter participated in the recent freshman visitation on February 12 and 19, 2015 which was attended by 160 students admitted for spring 2015. The visitation was conducted for providing information about civil engineering as a whole, role and function of a civil engineer, job prospects and areas of focus within CEE Department at WVU. This hour long visitation session had participation of faculty from different specialty areas within the CEE Department such as hydrology, environmental, transportation, geotechnical, and structural engineering. The opportunity to speak about the structural engineering part of the visitation was provided to SEI-GSC, WVU.
All executive members of SEI-GSC, WVU for 2015 were present in the event. Dr. P.V. Vijay, structures faculty member, gave an introduction to freshman engineering students about different kinds of structures and different materials used in civil infrastructure. After his presentation, Mr. Piyush Soti, vice-president of SEI-GSC, WVU and a Ph.D. student, presented his earlier Master's thesis work regarding the use of composites to repair and rehabilitate existing deteriorated structures. Different materials in the construction industry and their aging related issues in old structures, and the advantage of using fiber composites to restore their original strength were discussed along with real time projects displayed in the slides. SEI-GSC, WVU also set up a table to display different fiber reinforced composite specimens along with steel and concrete which helped freshman engineering students to gain a better understanding of different materials. Properties of each structural material was explained and shown physically to them. This event helped in triggering an interest among students towards civil engineering.