April 2017

The UH Manoa ASCE Student Chapter took 50 students and their faculty advisor, Dr. Babcock, to participate in 17 technical and non-technical events at the ASCE Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) at UC Irvine on April 6 – April 8, 2017. The team placed 4th overall in the conference of 18 schools (1,400 students total). The Concrete Canoe team placed 6th overall, with 3rd for final product (overall canoe quality) and 3rd in race event points with 2nd in men’s sprints, 2nd in coed sprints, 2nd in men’s slalom, and 5th in women’s slalom. The steel bridge team won 1st place for stiffness and 10th place overall. Lee Schultz placed 3rd in the Technical Paper competition, the Transportation Design event team placed 4th, the Design Build Construction team placed 4th, and the Environmental event team placed 7th.  In the non-technical events, the team placed 1st in Beach Volleyball, 1st in the Mystery event, 1st in the Impromptu event, and 5th in the Scavenger Hunt.  The PSWC is the largest ASCE conference in the USA and the most competitive.

The entire team worked very hard preparing for this event and all were great competitors in Irvine CA. The UHM Conference co-Chairs were Jessica Shon and Skyler Tengan who worked tirelessly to ensure everything worked out well and everyone had a good time. The chapter was led in this past year by the following officers: President – Lauren Ho; Vice-President – Briant Pham; Treasurer – Stanley Taguchi; Recording Secretary – Danielle Terukina; and Corresponding Secretary – Taylor Onizuka.

The Student Chapter is very grateful to the 30 companies, the College of Engineering, ASCE Hawaii Section, and UH Manoa SAPFB who together made donations/grants totaling over $40,000 to help enable the team to prepare for and participate in PSWC in Irvine CA this year. The students also individually paid $600 to participate. Congratulations to all!


The department lost a dear friend and supporter, a valuable advisor and a remarkable structural engineer and pioneer in the area of precast concrete. Dr. Alfred Yee passed away peacefully on Friday afternoon, April 21, 2017.  A celebration of his life is being planned and details will be forthcoming. Dr. Yee’s legacy will be honored in perpetuity in CEE through his generous endowment for vising professors.


Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Teng who is 2017 Hi Chang Chai Teaching Award winner!