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2013-2014 Activities

April 10, 2014
Lunch and Learn Seminar
Clean Water Project – Design of Wastewater Storage Tunnels
The construction of two storage tunnels, the North Tunnel and South Tunnel, is the largest construction component of the Clean Water Project.  The South Storage Tunnel will be an estimated 28-feet in diameter and three miles long. It will be able to store up to 50 million gallons of sewage until such time as this stored sewage can be treated at the Hartford Treatment Plant. This will prevent raw sewage from overwhelming the plant and spilling, untreated, into the Connecticut River and its tributaries. The South Storage Tunnel will handle sewage from West Hartford, Newington, and Hartford.  

April 2, 2014
Civil Engineering Network Dinner
For the past few years, our ASCE Student Chapter has been focusing on expanding our student’s connection with the civil engineering profession. The Networking Dinner was started as an opportunity for students to speak with civil engineering professionals to gain a working knowledge of the profession and the types of careers they might wish to pursue after completing their education.

The 3rd Networking Reception was held on Wednesday April 2, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm with 40 professionals and 40 students attending the event.  The reception included a “progressive dinner” where seating arrangements changed for each course of the meal.  This ensured that everyone was able to meet several different people with enough time for a meaningful conversation in each setting.

February 11, 2014
Lunch and Learn Seminar
Construction Industry
Students interested in construction should come listen to representatives of the Whiting-Turner ( This is a great opportunity to learn about Whiting-Turner and potential internship and entry level job opportunities.   They have offices across the US and will be at the CETA career fair on Tuesday February 28.

January 28 – February 25, 2014
“Three Steps to Success” Career Development Program

Student Workshop – Tuesday January 28, 2014
Presentations on resume preparation, presenting oneself in a professional setting, and interviewing skills to help students prepare for the CETA Career Fair
Mock Interviews – February 3 – 14, 2014
Prepare for the CETA Career Fair and internship / entry level job opportunities by signing up for a mock interview with one of the following engineering and architecture firms.  The mock interview will provide you with immediate feedback on your interviewing skills so that you can land that perfect job.  Please register through Career Bridge (

  • Siemens
  • JCJ Architecture
  • Arcadis
  • Jacobs
  • Turner Construction
  • HRP Engineering
  • Consulting Engineering Services
CETA Career Fair – February 25, 2014
The final step in your “Three Steps to Success” is the CETA Career Fair is in Konover from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on Tuesday February 25.  Use the skills that you have learned to impress representatives from a range of engineering companies.  Don’t forget to dress in your best business attire and bring copies of your resume and business cards.  Good Luck!

January 22, 2014
Connecticut Society of Civil Engineering Meeting Co-Sponsored by the University of Hartford ASCE Student Chapter and CSCE Structure Group
The CSCE monthly dinner is great opportunity to network with practicing civil engineers and then learn about the ABC Replacement of River Street Bridge in Hyde Park, MA from Allen Wenturine who is the regional business manager for Barnhart Northeast.  This project involved the replacement of an existing Mass DOT steel girder bridge over MBTA tracks with a new concrete bridge as part of the Mass DOT Accelerated Bridge Program.  The existing bridge was demolished in place.  The new bridge was built atop shoring at an adjacent location and was moved into place over a weekend using SPMT accelerated bridge construction methods.

The event is at the 1877 Club and is $5 for students.  The evening activities are:
Social Hour:     5:30 – 6:30 pm
Dinner: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Program:          7:30 – 8:30 pm

November 22, 2013
CTfastrak Tour
CTfastrak is a new Bus Rapid Transit system that will serve travelers in central Connecticut.  It includes a 9.4-mile guideway dedicated to buses that will serve as the spine of the CTfastrak system.  Construction of the CTfastrak guideway began in May 2012 and is scheduled to open for passenger service in early 2015.  Passengers will enjoy a swift 20-minute ride on the dedicated CTfastrak line between downtown Hartford and New Britain, bypassing traffic on I-84 and local streets in this heavily-congested corridor. CTfastrak will provide frequent daily service, operating from early morning until late at night.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get an early preview on the design and construction of the busway by CT DOT.  The bus leaves campus at 9 am and will return around noon.

November 19, 2013
Lunch and Learn Seminar
Bridge Repairs and Assessments
Andrea Robitaille from Tighe and Bond will discuss bridge repairs and assessments in the Great Barrington, MA. The presentation will start at 12:15 pm in Dana 129.  As always, free pizza will be provided.

November 16, 2013
Young Professionals Nuts & Bolts Program
CREC Project at Colt Gateway in Downtown Hartford
The project team consisting of the construction manager, architects, and engineers will have a panel discussion of how they interacted effectively in a real world setting to meet a very tight schedule of getting a magnet school operational by the start of the school year.  Student participation is encouraged.  The event will be held in Millard Auditorium starting at 6:00 pm.  

October 10, 2013
Lunch and Learn Seminar
Environmental Engineering
EPA employee, Ellen Weitzler, will be discussing her various projects in the Environmental Engineering field, including the CT phosphorus removal projects.  The presentation will start at 12:15 pm in Dana 129.

October 4, 2013
Civil Engineering Day
UConn Health Center and Jackson Lab Tour
An exciting day of presentations and tours are planned for Friday October 4.  The day will start with a light breakfast at the 1877 Club followed by presentations on the UConn Health Center and Jackson Lab projects by Turner Construction, Whiting-Turner, and Centerbrook Architects.  After lunch, we will bus to the UConn Health Center and divide into 3 groups and tour the different projects at the Health Center and the construction of Jackson Labs.  This all day event will provide you an excellent opportunity to observe and learn about multiple projects that are in different phases of construction.   

September 10, 2013
ASCE Student Chapter Kickoff Meeting
The first general ASCE Chapter's meeting will be held Tuesday, September 10 at 12:15 in UT 320.  Please come and be an active participant in our ASCE Student Chapter.