EVENT: The UC Irvine student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers will host 18 other school chapters for the Pacific Southwest Conference. The annual event features friendly competition in steel bridge construction, concrete canoe races, water filtration system design and more. There will also be a career fair, recreational activities and a concluding banquet. Over 1,000 civil engineering students are expected to attend.

WHEN/WHERE: Thursday-Saturday, April 6-8

INFORMATION: Media planning to attend should contact Lori Brandt at 949-824-8306 or lbrandt@uci.edu. Parking is complimentary for media who RSVP in advance. For locations, see campus map.

Thursday, April 6, UCI

8 a.m.-noon in Aldrich Park: steel bridge and concrete canoe showcase
8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Engineering Gateway Plaza: environmental competition (water filtration systems)
1-5 p.m. in McDonnell Douglas Auditorium: structures on seismic shake table

Friday, April 7, Newport Dunes
8 a.m.-5 p.m.: concrete canoe swamp test, endurance races and sprint races

Saturday, April 8, UCI
7 a.m.-5 p.m. in parking lot 16H: steel bridge construction

A full schedule of activities is available here.

BACKGROUND: Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers is the oldest national engineering group in the U.S. Eighteen ASCE student conferences are held around the country every spring.