Student clubs and organizations are an integral part of our department curriculum and give our students unique, hands-on opportunities to become successful and resourceful professionals in their fields.
Concrete Canoe Team
The Cal Poly concrete canoe team gives students an opportunity to get hands-on construction experience, perform structural analysis, and utilize computer modeling programs. Every year, the team designs and fabricates a canoe made entirely out of concrete to be judged at the Regional and National competitions. Final scoring is based off the final product, design paper, paddling races, and oral presentations.
Cal Poly Steel Bridge
Cal Poly Steel Bridge is a competition team consisting of undergraduate students within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Every year team members work together to plan, design, fabricate and construct a one-tenth scale model steel bridge to compete at the Pacific Southwest Conference and the National Student Steel Bridge Competition in the Spring. This project incorporates technical knowledge with hands-on experience consistent with Cal Poly’s “Learn By Doing” motto.
GeoWall is a student-run project team tasked with designing and building a mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining system. The reinforcement system is made entirely out of Kraft paper but must retain roughly 600 lbs. of backfill. Our team attempts to use the least amount of reinforcement to support loads from the backfill and additional design parameters. As a team we work through each stage of the design process. The process includes measuring material strength data (through a variety of laboratory tests), designing and analyzing the retaining system, and building our design at National and Regional competitions.
Society of Environmental Engineers
The Society of Environmental Engineers (SENVE) provides students with social, academic, and professional resources. Club members have opportunities to network with industry speakers at every meeting and meet other students through social activities like camping and banquets. Throughout the year, SENVE hosts professional networking events, and does community service and outreach. SENVE is associated with 3 different design competition teams which students can get involved in for credit, and is also a student chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association.
Chi Epsilon is the national civil and environmental engineering honor society. We are the top performing academics in our class and membership is by invitation only. We hold quarterly banquets, volunteer events and social events for our members. We are always excited to initiate new members and hope to continue to build the leaders of our indsutry.
Engineers Without Borders, Cal Poly SLO Student Chapter
Engineers Without Borders, Cal Poly is a student-led non-profit organization that supports community-driven development programs worldwide through the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while creating multidisciplinary and leadership experiences for students. With four project teams in Fiji, Nicaragua, SLO County, and our upcoming project in Kenya, we work to address issues such as water, education, food security, sanitation, and energy by collaborating with our partnered communities. Focusing on cultivating a community of globally-minded students from all majors within our club, we harness cross-disciplinary perspectives to design holistic solutions that fit the needs of our communities.
Cal Poly Institute of Transportation Engineers
The Cal Poly ITE student chapter aims to connect students with peers and professionals, to explore the opportunities within the field of transportation engineering, and to make a lasting and meaningful impact on our community and profession. We have meetings every other Thursday where we welcome professional guest speakers. Other events include firm tours, professional development sessions/conferences and real-life Mario Kart!
The Water Works club at Cal Poly is dedicated to educating students about water resources engineering. As participants of the annual EPA Campus Water Works Challenge, Water Works specializes in stormwater management techniques and low impact development. Our goal is to offer further opportunities for students to learn about all the disciplines of water resources, get involved in their local community, and form connections with professionals in the water industry.
Society of Civil Engineers
Cal Poly’s Society of Civil Engineers (SCE) is one of many student chapters within the American Society of Civil Engineers organization. SCE is a club that focuses on promoting personal, professional, and scholastic development with academic and social events such as general meetings, career fairs, hiking, camping, and more. SCE also has two major project teams called Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge which provide members opportunities to get hands-on experience that they may not experience in their classroom environment.
Engineers for a Sustainable World
Engineers for a Sustainable World is a project-based club at Cal Poly that is a chapter of a national organization. Our goal is to support our members in their endeavors to explore, improve, or develop sustainable technologies. We wish to improve the lives of humans without diminishing the opportunity of lives to come. While we are a project-based club that provides real, hands-on experience, we also hold social events, such as hikes and potlucks.
The Cal Poly student chapter of CalGeo, formed at the beginning of the Fall 2013 quarter, is Cal Poly’s first club devoted to Geotechnical Engineering. The club was founded by a group of students involved with the GeoWall competition associated with the Cal Poly Society of Civil Engineers. The goal of Cal Poly CalGeo is to propagate and preserve the interest of Geotechnical Engineering among Cal Poly students, and to provide our members with academic and professional connections to ensure their success in the world of Geotechnical Engineering.