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:
Amber VanHemel | President
Amber is a junior in the environment track with an interest in international projects and the application of CEE at a global scale. Through MISTI she has had the opportunity to spend a summer in Madrid, Spain doing hydrological research as well as teach STEM in Sicily, Italy as part of the Global Teaching Labs (GTL) program. Outside of CEE, she is a member of the varsity softball team, a counselor for MIT’s Camp Kesem, an active member of the Laboratory for Chocolate Science and a student in the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership (GEL) Program. She enjoys hiking, scuba diving, and adventuring around Boston.
Meghan Reisenauer| Vice President
Meghan is a junior in the environmental engineering track, interested in the connections between environment and the social sciences. She is from Idaho, and has long been passionate about sustainability; besides CEESA, she is a member of the executive board of the Undergraduate Association Committee on Sustainability and leads one of its subcommittees. Meghan is also a counselor for the pre-orientation Freshman Leadership Program. Off-campus, she likes to explore nature through backpacking, hiking, and skiing.
Christine Langston | Treasurer
Christine is a junior studying systems engineering, interested in the intersection of technology and the urban environment. Having grown up in the San Francisco Bay Area, she witnessed the influx of population and economic prosperity to Silicon Valley and how that can influence transportation systems, affordable housing and water resources; this shaped her interest in CEE. On campus, Christine is a member of the Student Advisory Group for the Dean of Engineering and on the executive board of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. She enjoys exercising outdoors, speaking Spanish with whoever will listen, and baking family recipes.
Anagh Tiwary | Professional Network Chair
Anagh is a junior in the systems engineering track, interested in transportation and infrastructure. He has grown up in both New York and Boston, but is a true Bostonian at heart. Besides CEESA, Anagh is also double majoring in finance at the Sloan School of Management at MIT. On campus Anagh is an active investor, executive board member of the Sloan Business Club, and helps run MIT’s yearly Model UN conference. In his free time, Anagh can be caught watching a Celtics game, or occasionally playing the saxophone.
Peter Duff | Career Events Committee Chair
Peter is a sophomore in the Environmental Engineering track. He was born and raised in the mosquito swamps north of Boston, and has been passionate about the environment for his entire life. He is also a counselor with MIT’s Camp Kesem, a member of East Campus’s i3 video team, and a member of PLEASURE@MIT. In his free time, he enjoys photography, climbing trees, and spending time with his chameleon, Klaus.
Rayna Higuchi and Zoe Lallas | Social Chairs
Rayna and Zoe are both sophomores in the materials and mechanics track. Zoe is from Chicago and has always loved structures. She is a president for MIT’s Laboratory of Chocolate Science, and is a member of the varsity sailing team and is often on the water. She likes biking, cooking, and roller coasters. Rayna is from San Diego, often referred to by many as the absolute best city in the whole world. She plays field hockey and lacrosse here at MIT, and is a member of several clubs. Her favorite hobby is making and then immediately eating chocolate chip cookies.
Florence Lo | Faculty Liaison
Flo is a junior in the material and mechanics track. Born and raised in New York City, she’s a pirate who loves to dance and therefore an ADT member. She always has music in her ear so feel free to tap her on the shoulder and say hi. On the weekends, she enjoys listening/dancing to kpop and watching kdramas.
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.