Graphic for the 2019 Pacific Northwest Region Student Conference of ASCE and AISC
April 1, 2019

Lacey, Wash. –  Saint Martin’s University will host the 2019 Pacific Northwest Region Student Conference of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) from April 11 – 13, 2019.

The conference will bring together student chapters from 19 colleges and universities in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Students will compete in events including the concrete canoe competition (which involves developing a concrete canoe that can float), technical paper presentations, environmental engineering challenges, surveying and the steel bridge construction challenge. Over 400 students will attend the conference, which is planned and managed by Saint Martin’s students.

“The students have been working very hard, making decisions and finalizing arrangements, and are very excited to host the Pacific Northwest Conference schools,” said Jill Walsh, Ph.D., PE, assistant professor of civil engineering. “It should be a fun-filled weekend of friendly competition, camaraderie and learning.”

“I’m proud to serve as the chair for the conference and work with such a wonderful team here at Saint Martin’s,” said Hanna Hoffman, senior engineering student and ASCE conference chair. “We’re in the final weeks of preparations and we’re getting close to the finish line. We’re all eagerly looking forward to the start of the conference on April 11.”

Victoriya Polishchuk, junior engineering student and AISC conference chair, spoke about the experience of planning for the conference. “Being a part of the preparation for the 2019 Pacific Northwest Student Conference has been nothing short of a rollercoaster,” she said. “I have been able to meet so many great individuals and work beside some of the most dedicated people. As AISC conference chair, I am excited to aid Saint Martin’s in hosting a wonderful conference.”

There are opportunities for alumni and friends of the University to volunteer for the conference and, for those who are engineering professionals, opportunities to serve as judges for the conference. You can also make a donation in support of the conference. Please see for more information.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is an engineering society devoted to advancing technologies, encouraging lifelong learning, promoting professionalism and the civil engineering profession, developing civil engineering leaders, and advocating infrastructure and environmental stewardship. Founded on November 5, 1852, ASCE is the nation's oldest engineering society. Since its start it has greatly expanded and now represents more than 146,000 members in 174 countries.

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), headquartered in Chicago, is a non-partisan, not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United States. AISC's mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural-steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, market development, and advocacy. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry providing timely and reliable information.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 26 majors and ten graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. 

For additional information:

Jill Walsh, Ph.D., PE
Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

Hanna Hoffman
ASCE Conference Chair

Victoriya Polishchuk
AISC Conference Chair

Kevin Hyde
Media Relations Manager