Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is America’s oldest national engineering society! It represents more than 133,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide. ASCE’s vision is to position engineers as global leaders building a better quality of life by advancing professional knowledge and improving the civil engineering practice. Comprised of Regional Councils, Younger Member Councils, Sections, Branches, Student Chapters and Clubs and International Student Groups, the Society and its volunteers are fully engaged in making this a better world by design. The organization’s aspirations are better expressed in the Engineering Code of Ethics.

The Stanford ASCE chapter is advised and mentored by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Officer Applications for the 2020-2021 year are now closed.

Why join ASCE?

To aid in furthering these goals, the ASCE sponsors conferences and professional education courses, consults with the government on CE related technical issues, conducts public awareness programs, and maintains the largest CE publishing operation in the world today. In addition, there are over 500 technical and management committees working to expand the theories and improve the practice of the CE profession.

The student chapters of the ASCE provide students studying civil engineering with activities to further their practical knowledge of the field through activities such as field trips, guest speakers, and annual conferences. Through these activities, future CE professionals are given the opportunity to experience the practical application of their studies and meet practicing professional engineers.

To join the national organization: Visit http://www.asce.org/ and register as a student member.

To join the Stanford Chapter: Contact us at asce.stanford@gmail.com to be added to the ASCE mailing list.

How Does Stanford Fit In to ASCE?

The Stanford Chapter is the campus hub for all ASCE activities. The Stanford Chapter is a part of the San Francisco Section, San Jose Branch of the ASCE. The San Francisco Section of the ASCE was founded in 1905 and covers much of Northern California. The section is broken down into several braches: North Coast, Redwood Empire, San Jose, Fresno, and, ours of course, San Jose. These divisions are a part of the Mid-Pacific Region of ASCE, which sponsors the Mid-Pacific Conference each year. The whole organization is overseen by the National Offices of the ASCE in New York City.

Code of Ethics

Fundamental Principles

Engineers uphold and advance the integrity, honor and dignity of the engineering profession by:

  • using their knowledge and skill for the enhancement of human welfare and the environment;
  • being honest and impartial and serving with fidelity the public, their employers and clients;
  • striving to increase the competence and prestige of the engineering profession; and
  • supporting the professional and technical societies of their disciplines.

Fundamental Canons

  • Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public and shall strive to comply with the principles of sustainable development3 in the performance of their professional duties.
  • Engineers shall perform services only in areas of their competence.
  • Engineers shall issue public statements only in an objective and truthful manner.
  • Engineers shall act in professional matters for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees, and shall avoid conflicts of interest.
  • Engineers shall build their professional reputation on the merit of their services and shall not compete unfairly with others.
  • Engineers shall act in such a manner as to uphold and enhance the honor, integrity, and dignity of the engineering profession and shall act with zero-tolerance for bribery, fraud, and corruption.
  • Engineers shall continue their professional development throughout their careers, and shall provide opportunities for the professional development of those engineers under their supervision.

Courtesy of ASCE

How Can You Get More Information?

The easiest way to obtain more information about ASCE and its activities is to contact any of our officers (information located on Officers page). To join the Stanford ASCE Chapter, contact Stanford ASCE at asce.stanford@gmail.com to be added to the ASCE mailing list. You can also call us at (510) 642-8428. For information about local Section activities, contact the SF Section office at:

San Francisco Section
American Society of Civil Engineers
217 Second Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 546-6546

More general information can also be obtained from the national office at:

American Society of Civil Engineers
ATTN: Student Services
1801 Alexander Bell Dr.
Reston, VA 20191-4400
1-800-548-ASCE (2723)
(703) 295-6300 (International)
FAX: 703-295-6132