The technical paper competition is an annual event held at the Pacific Northwest Regional Conference. Students are given a different topic relating to civil engineering each year; the papers usually have a word limit and other format requirements. Students submit the paper for judging prior to the conference and then make a short oral presentation to the judges at the conference. Students are rated based on their papers as well as their oral presentations; the paper and presentation are generally equally weighted. Click here for the 2007 - 2008 paper competition information.
Another paper competition in which ASCE students can participate is the Daniel W. Mead Student Contest; this is a paper contest where the topic generally deals with engineering ethics. Students have length and format requirements and are eligible to win cash prizes. While this is typically a national contest, it is sometimes an event at a regional conference; this decision is made by the hosting school. Click here for information about the 2008 Daniel W. Mead Student Contest.
The University of Idaho 2008 paper presentation at Portland State was given by Bryan Young.
Below are pictures from the 2007 Pacific Northwest Regional Conference Technical Paper Contest. Christopher Horgan is presenting his paper to the judges at the University of Alaska Fairbanks; Chris placed fourth in the competition.
University of Idaho ASCE Student Chapter: Technical Paper