School has just started, but it’s not too early for the University of the Philippines Association of Civil Engineering Students (UP ACES) to make some noise. This September, UP ACES will celebrate its 61st anniversary with its 10th installment of the renowned National Civil Engineering Summit (NCES), a two-week event that will gather over 5,000 participants from all over the country.
True to UP ACES’ tradition of organizing prestigious events, NCES kicks off on September 2 with Jumpstart –a thanksgiving mass and exhibit launch event, followed by a thanksgiving lunch for the entire College of Engineering.
Come September 5, high school students get to participate in InCEthink: Bridge Building Competition, as well as High School Career Talk (HSCT) and CE Laboratory Tour at the NISMED Auditorium and Melchor Hall, respectively. InCEthink will feature over 40 teams, each team competing to create the best and sturdiest bridge while applying their engineering knowledge, creativity, and teamwork. HSCT, on the other hand, aims to introduce the civil engineering field to high school students as early as now, through a series of talks from professional civil engineers. The ideas they will learn will then be reinforced in the CE Lab Tour, which will take the students on an interactive tour around the various facilities and equipment of the UP Institute of Civil Engineering.
On September 10 to 11, around 4,200 civil engineering students will listen to renowned speakers in the National Civil Engineering Symposium at the University Theater. This year, the Symposium will have the theme Cutting Edge: Streamlining Civil Engineering in an Advancing Nation. It will have four major talks relevant to the field of civil engineering and will be supplemented by one inspirational talk. Simultaneous with the Symposium are the CE Laboratory Tour, PROFILES, and the CE Job Fair. Designed to provide a more intimate environment for the exchange of ideas, PROFILES is the newest addition to NCES’ roster of events. It features successful UP ACES alumni engineers in a seminar that will give civil engineering students a better glimpse of real-life civil engineering and provide them with practical tips and advice. Meanwhile, the CE Job Fair allows participants to submit résumés to their prospective companies.
Lastly, on September 12, the greatest minds will clash for the National Civil Engineering Quiz Championship at the GT Toyota Auditorium. The Quiz, comprising of 120 teams, boasts a grand prize of PHP60,000, making it a highly contested affair. The Quiz will also be concurrent with the National Civil Engineering Company Talk – an opportunity for participants to listen to companies and have a sneak peek of the corporate environment.
A complete package for civil engineering students, UP ACES once again looks forward to giving service to the country through the National Civil Engineering Summit.