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West VA University Student Chapter Spring 2016 Update

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The SEI Graduate Student Chapter at West Virginia University  has been active in several activities this spring. After receiving the national SEI Graduate Student Chapter of the Year Award for 2016, the chapter members have been more motivated to get involved in several events within the campus and the Morgantown community.

Freshman Visitation
On March 7 and 14, 2016, the chapter participated in freshman visitations conducted by WVU Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Chapter officers presented their academic and research experiences to over 140 freshman students. A presentation about rehabilitation and structural health monitoring techniques for the nation's deteriorating infrastructure was followed by a demonstration to showcase different types of composite, steel and concrete specimens. The chapter's activity helped expose freshman engineering students to different construction materials and also helped trigger an interest among them towards the civil engineering profession. 

SEI Student Chapter Joins with ASCE Student Chapter to Conduct Fundraiser
On March 16, 2016, the chapter led a fundraiser event for a local Morgantown based non-profit organization Eye Foundation of America (EFA) by collaborating with the ASCE-WVU chapter. The two chapters' members set up a joint table in the Engineering Sciences Building and sold ASCE printed T-shirts and EFA printed coffee mugs and cups, and donated the profit to this charitable cause. The collaboration between the two chapters is expected to continue for future partnerships on upcoming events and outreach opportunities.

Incoming Student Open House
On April 2, 2016, the chapter set up a table in one of the campus buildings to participate in a student organization fair as part of the final school wide open house of the year. During the event, over 300 incoming students and their parents walked through the fair and interacted with various student organizations. Chapter members were able to share their research experiences and the chapter's activities with incoming students and to create a dialogue with several parents. 

Guest Lecturer Presentations
On April 4, 2016, the chapter organized a guest lecture session for senior undergraduate and graduate civil engineering students on "Successful Presentations" by Kim Carr, program director for WVU's local technical assistance center. The highly informative lecture discussed how to prepare great PowerPoint slides and deliver an effective presentation for successful career growth. In addition to the guest lecture, the chapter also organized a webinar session on "Design and Construction of Low-Rise Buildings for High Winds and Hurricanes" on April 8, 2016 which was attended by 30 undergraduate and graduate civil engineering students. The chapter has been able to conduct guest lectures and webinars by practicing engineers and structural engineering community leaders every year. These presentations have been helping WVU's undergraduate and graduate students enhance their existing knowledge base.

Learn more about the chapter on the West Virginia University website