Every spring, Berkeley's Civil & Environmental Engineering student teams compete at the ASCE Mid-Pacific Regional Conference (MidPac). Over 150 teams from regional universities come together for a weekend of learning and friendly competition.
MidPac is the culmination of a year's worth of students planning, designing, fabricating, trial and error, agony and ecstasy.
It's a year of putting a whole lot of classroom knowledge into practice.
In 2020 it is Berkeley's turn to host MidPac. We at Cal ASCE student chapter are excited at the prospect of putting on a premier competition but we are challenged by the higher cost of running the competition in the Bay Area. Rentals, logistics, hotels, competition supplies, safety inspections, parking, signage, catering, the awards banquet—you name it—and it costs more in the Bay Area.
Without outside funding, some costs will be passed on to student attendees in the form of higher registration fees. Higher fees limit the number of students who can participate.
We want the invaluable MidPac experience to be accessible to as many students as possible!
We ask you, our friends, to help defray the cost of hosting the conference so that everyone can have the opportunity to compete and learn. We greatly appreciate your support!
Why we love MidPac!
"The past two years that I have been at MidPac were the most invaluable and memorable experiences in my college career. MidPac helped me improve my public speaking skills and learn how to write appeals. I met students on other teams and from other schools, and bonded with my own teammates as we cheered on our paddlers," says Hagen Tam, Canoe Project Manager.
Our MidPac teams
Every year Cal Concrete Canoe designs, constructs, and analyzes a 20-foot-long concrete canoe that is competitive on the water, supports 4 paddlers, and floats even after being completely submerged!
Each year Enviro designs and builds a water filtration system using household and sustainable materials that can provide potable water in just 20 minutes!
For Midpac 2019, the team has started construction on their final filter design and hope to repeat last year's success with a win!
We design, present, construct, and test to failure a Mechanically Stabilized Earthwall using strips of paper. We are judged and scored based on our presentation poster and the efficiency and quality of our reinforcement design.
We design methods of intersection design, pavement design and traffic engineering in order to solve a practical transportation engineering problem.
Our problem this year is to install a shared bus-bike lane along Santa Clara Street in downtown San Jose. The project's underlying theme is to implement Vision Zero principles along the corridor, in which we aim to implement design features along Santa Clara Street to eliminate all traffic-related injuries and deaths.
Team members apply surveying and drafting techniques to solve a practical transportation engineering problem.
SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION CHALLENGE: DOG HOUSE
This is our first year competing in this challenge! The Sustainable Solutions’ problem this year requires the design and construction of a sustainable doghouse to shelter a dog during the aftermath of a natural disaster.
We look forward to creating a practical structure that contributes positively to the environment and community.
Sustainable Solution team members design a sustainable doghouse.
DANIEL W. MEAD PRIZE
This is a paper-writing competition at MidPac. A CEE undergraduate will prepare and give a paper on the year's specified topic within the broader theme of professional ethics.
In 2018 Samantha Cristol took first in the Mead Competition with her response to "How does the personal and professional use of social media relate to the ASCE Code of Ethics?"