The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter at MIT, known as CEESA (Civil and Environmental Engineering Student Association), strives to uphold the values of excellence in academic and professional environments. Through service projects, educational programs, and social functions, CEESA aims to foster a vibrant and supportive community that enables every student to reach his or her highest potential. Contact CEESA at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information regarding the CEESA 2017 Career Fair please visit the career fair website.
The CEESA Leadership Team is:
Tiffany Wang | President
Tiffany Wang is a senior from Fresno, CA in the Course 1 Environment core. She is part of ADT (Asian Dance Team) and ATS (Association of Taiwanese Students). She enjoys animals (except bugs and mice/rats) and Baymax (from Big Hero 6).
Alexa Jaeger | Vice President
Alexa Jaeger is a junior double majoring in Course 1: environmental engineering and course 12. She is a member and president of the MIT Women’s Rugby Club. She also enjoys eating muffins, taking pictures of trees, watching BBC Earth documentaries, and playing Just Dance on the Wii.
Clio Macrakis | Community Outreach Chair
Clio is a junior in Course 1 Systems with an interest in urban planning, environmental justice, and teaching. She is involved with the Educational Studies Program, American Sign Language Club, and German House Living Community on campus in addition to Course 1. Outside of class and clubs she enjoys playing recreational sports, cooking, scuba diving, and watching Boston-based movies.
Brenda Stern | Treasurer
Brenda is a senior in Course 1 in the Structures, Architecture, and Design track. She built a model bridge last year for class and has found many uses for it now in her room, most recently as shelving for plants and tea. Brenda also enjoys flailing around both on the ice and in the dance studio (on the Next House IM Ice Hockey team and ADT respectively) as well as discussing important dorm issues on Next Exec and DormCon.
Rebecca Sugrue | Faculty Liaison
Rebecca is a senior from Gainesville, Florida and is the Faculty Liaison. She is currently in a Course 1 track that focuses on atmospheric chemistry and sustainable design and minoring in Energy Studies and Public Policy. She loves BuzzFeed, sweet tea, and composting.
Jill Dressler | Social/Spirit Chair
Jill is a junior from Westchester, New York and is interested in the resiliency of urban systems. She is a member of the MIT varsity soccer team and is also involved in Colleges Against Cancer. She loves puppies, pandas, and her favorite food is pickles.
Elaine Cunha | Secretary
Elaine is a senior from Arcata, California in the 1-ENG Environment Core. She is a member of the MIT Women’s Club Soccer team and loves good jokes. She also enjoys musicals, listening to This American Life, and binge-watching House of Cards with fellow addicts.
Bryan Lilley | ASCE Chair
Bryan is a junior from the strange land of Oklahoma. He is in the Mechanics & Materials core of Course 1, with a focus in structures. Also a member of the MIT varsity tennis team, Bryan enjoys procrastination, long walks on the beach, and writing bios about himself in the third person.
Kathy Dieppa | Public Relations Chair
Kathy is a senior from Jupiter, FL. She is a part of the Course 1 systems program, minoring in urban studies and planning, with plans to pursue transportation engineering. Outside of CEESA, she is heavily involved in Active Minds, Connect Cuba and Delta Phi Epsilon. Kathy loves being outside, taking her miniature dachshund with her everywhere, and spending time with friends and family.
Professor Jesse Kroll | CEESA Faculty Advisor
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering/Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
The Chi Epsilon Student Chapter is another active student group within the department. The students participating in this chapter are involved in:
- Providing additional academic help to students who request individual tutoring.
- Attending the bi-annual Chi Epsilon National Conclave.
- Inviting speakers on topics related to civil and environmental engineering.
- Holding an initiation banquet for new members.
Chi Epsilon is also represented at the CEE Open Houses where they provide information to students about CEE student life, the academic program, and Chi Epsilon activities.
The department supports several Institute club competitions that engage and connect with Course 1 students.
MIT’s Water Club hosts several water related events annually. As the department has several students active in this club – both in leadership roles and as members – we are proud to be one of the sponsors for the Water Innovation Prize.
MIT Energy Hackathon
In Spring 2015, three CEE graduate students came up with the concept of the Clean Earth Hack competition to take on environmental challenges from industry and academic partners. The second year of the competition brought a new host, MIT’s Energy Club, and a new name, MIT Energy Hackathon.
Based on the premise that students and postdocs must be able to clearly articulate their work, and the importance of their research in a short time frame the department runs an annual competition for videos that are two minutes or less. The competition always cumulates in a viewing party and all entries are viewable on Youtube.