Student Groups and Societies

Students in the department of civil and environmental engineering have no shortage of opportunities to connect and collaborate outside of the classroom — to have fun, explore their passions, and make lasting connections with peers, faculty, and working engineers.

Lehigh’s student groups offer opportunities to experiment in the engineering world on local, national, and international levels. Events run the gamut from social hours and sport outings to career fairs and conventions.


ASCE Student Chapter

For more than 150 years, The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has been facilitating the advancement and success of young engineers. Lehigh’s student chapter prepares civil engineering majors for life after graduation through its heavy involvement in the professional realm. An active event calendar provides frequent occasions for students to connect with local practicing engineers, which leads to opportunities for internships, summer jobs, and post-graduate careers. Each fall, approximately 50 engineering corporations come together for a career fair devoted solely to students in civil engineering.

Bridges to Prosperity

Bridges to Prosperity

Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) is an international non-profit organization committed to preventing poverty caused by rural isolation. Its programs provide access to healthcare, education and markets by teaching communities how to build footbridges over impassable rivers. The Lehigh Student Chapter is one of the newest members of B2P’s University Program, an initiative that provides opportunities and resources for students to work on practical, real-world projects in the service of social change. Interested students of all majors are welcome to join the Lehigh B2P chapter, which will build its first footbridge in Vallecito, Panama, during summer 2014.


Chi Epsilon

Chi Epsilon, The Civil Engineering Honors Society, is dedicated to upholding and promoting the field of civil engineering as an ideal profession. The society recognizes, nurtures, and commends engineering students that show excellence in their studies. Juniors with GPAs in the upper third of their class and seniors with GPAs in the top half of their class are invited join as lifelong members. Chi Epsilon is also a pivotal source of guidance for rising sophomores. Aside from recognizing accomplished students, the society connects students with professional engineers and sparks internship and career advancements.

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

Educating students about the impact of earthquakes on society is the mission of Lehigh’s student chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). Lehigh joins forces with a national organization dedicated to engaging students in earthquake engineering, to providing context to earthquake engineering research and education, and to affording students networking opportunities with earthquake engineering professionals. Here at Lehigh, the student chapter offers opportunities for students, researchers and practitioners alike to take part in competitions, field trips, and regularly scheduled presentations on recent research and practical advances in the field.

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is an international non-profit organization with flourishing chapters at Lehigh and in the greater Lehigh Valley. It gives students an invaluable opportunity to apply their knowledge and gain hands-on experience in the field while providing necessary services to people in need.  EWB missions welcome engineers as well as students and professors of politics, international relations, foreign languages, and sociology, all of whom help facilitate communication and understanding with the local people. The goal of EWB is to become an interdisciplinary group that can offer not only engineering advancements, but meaningful social change.

Fritz Engineering Research Society

Fritz Engineering Research Society

Fritz Engineering Research Society (FERS) is a graduate student organization founded in 1935 to promote experimental research in all areas of civil engineering. Membership in FERS is life-long, and currently boasts a network of more than 1,100 active members in both industry and academia. In addition to creating an academic support network, FERS doubles as a social outlet from the rigors of research. The society regularly sponsors events such as happy hours, intramural sports, movie nights, and other outings.

Geo Institute


The Lehigh University Graduate Student Organization of Geo-Institute is a new, student-led organization also associated with ASCE. It functions to enhance geo-technical education and to provide professional development opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students. The main goal of the organization is to engage students through participation in Geo-Institute student competitions, research projects, and educational trips.



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