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 Career Fair please visit the career fair website.
The CEESA Leadership Team is:
Rayna Higuchi | President
Rayna is a junior in the materials and mechanics track with a specific interest in structural engineering. She is originally from San Diego, and has a strong interest in affordable housing development, stemming from the housing crisis in California. She participated in CEESA exec last year as a social chair with Zoe Lallas, and is looking forward to expanding her role within the Course 1 community. Beyond CEE, she is a member of the varsity lacrosse team, the head leadership mentor for an on-campus club called LTI, and participates in the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program. In those rare moments of quietude, she enjoys painting and embroidering, cooking, or watching her favorite TV show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Sierra Rosenzweig | Vice President
Sierra is a junior in the environment track with an interest in the field of ecology. Through MISTI, she has had the opportunity to spend a summer in Townsville, Australia doing research on the Great Barrier Reef with a focus on breeding Giant Triton Snails. In addition, she had the pleasure of spending a summer visiting various locations in Italy and conducting fieldwork with Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Assistant Professor Admir Masic’s ONE-MA3 program. Outside of CEE, she is a member of the varsity softball team and a student in the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership (GEL) Program. She enjoys backcountry skiing, scuba diving, brewing beer, and backpacking in her free time.
Luke Bastian | Treasurer
Luke is a sophomore in the materials and mechanics track, planning to minor in computer science. He has always been interested in structures and was compelled to study civil engineering with the hopes of one day helping to improve the infrastructure of the Navajo reservation, where much of his family resides. Luke grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and thoroughly enjoys running and playing soccer in his free time.
Amy Vogel | Professional Network Chair
Amy is a junior in the systems track with a focus in transportation and urban planning. She is from Providence, RI, which – fun fact – is accessible by the MBTA’s Commuter Rail. Last year, through MISTI Israel, she completed a research internship at the Technion’s CEE department and worked for a Tel Aviv transportation startup. She has also UROPed in the Senseable City Lab and in the Media Lab’s City Science group. Outside of CEE, Amy is involved in the Jewish community on campus. She enjoys good coffee and public transportation.
Chelsea Watanabe | Career Events Committee Chair
Chelsea is a sophomore in the materials and mechanics track with a minor in computer science, interested in structural design. She was born in Japan yet grew up in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas and has always been passionate about building sustainable infrastructure. On campus, Chelsea is the newsletter editor for Engineers Without Borders, an outreach member for Asian Christian Fellowship, and enjoys taking photos for The Tech. In her free time, you can find her making ceramics in the student center or baking desserts in McCormick.
Zoe Lallas | Social Chair
Zoe is a junior pursuing the materials and mechanics track with a focus on sustainable structures and a minor in urban studies and planning. Originally from Chicago, she loves urban planning and public transit networks. Within the department, she has participated in the mini-UROP program, ONE-MA3, and TREX, as well as serving as last year’s social chair with current president Rayna Higuchi. This past summer, she was in Australia conducting research on the Great Barrier Reef with a focus on reducing single-use plastics and styrofoam released into the ocean. Outside of the department, Zoe sails competitively with the MIT varsity sailing team. She also enjoys biking through Boston and attempting challenging crossword puzzles.
Aron Brenner | Faculty Liaison
Aron is a sophomore in the systems engineering track interested in transportation, infrastructure, and international development. He has lived in San Antonio, Texas for most of his life, but he cultivated an interest in development and infrastructure from visiting family in China and exploring Shanghai. Outside of CEE, Aron is studying mathematics with applications to systems engineering. He enjoys listening to indie rock, learning about art history, wearing CEE accessories, and playing guitar, bass and piano.
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.