Civil Engineering offers a wide array of curricular and extracurricular opportunities for its cadets. From class and laboratory selection and experiences, research, special programs and internship opportunities, to professional activities and memberships, volunteer work and academic field trips, the opportunities are endless.
Frequent field trips in many civil engineering
courses provide access to real-world engineering activities. Trips are
taken to construction sites, manufacturing plants, waste water treatment
plants, sites in the local Rockbridge County area and some as far away
as Washington DC.
The Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) is one of the main programs started by the Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) in
an effort to encourage cadets to learn by conducting scholarly inquiry
under the guidance of a faculty advisor. The event showcases the
conclusions of cadets' research in all disciplines.
The results of this research are presented in the form of both
posters (informal demonstrations) and papers (more formal short
lectures) as part of a special day of events. A total of $5,000 in cash
prizes is divided evenly between science, engineering, and liberal arts.
Society of Women Engineers
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is
a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers
women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be
recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and
leaders. Founded in 1950, SWE is the driving force that establishes
engineering as a highly desirable career for women through an exciting
array of training and development programs, networking opportunities,
scholarships, outreach and advocacy activities, and much more.
The VMI Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) serves as the focal point of professional activities for our cadets.
Cadets in the Introduction to Civil Engineering course, use a
trebuchet--a 15th Century siege machine-- to toss pumpkins to
demonstrate the principles of dynamics, calculating distance and