The ASCE Anchorage Branch meetings are typically held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Moose Lodge (4211 Arctic Boulevard), doors opening at 11:30 and meeting commences at noon. Check the calendar or visit our events page at for meeting details, RSVP, and other ASCE events.

About ASCE

The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society. 

The Society advances civil engineering technical specialties through nine dynamic Institutes and leads with its many professional- and public-focused programs.

  • Member strength: all career stages + students; all sectors & disciplines

  • Local strength: 75 Sections, 158 Branches, and 130 Younger Member Groups

  • Technical strength: 9 specialty Institutes



Civil engineers are global leaders building a better quality of life.

Our Mission

Provide essential value to our members and partners, advance civil engineering, and serve the public good. In carrying out our mission, ASCE:

  • Advances technology

  • Encourages lifelong learning

  • Promotes professionalism and the profession

  • Develops civil engineer leaders

  • Advocates infrastructure and environmental stewardship

OUR Scholarships

The Anchorage Branch is a supporter of and donor to two Scholarship Funds for Civil Engineering Students at University of Alaska campuses throughout the state. If you want to support one of these funds (described below), you can do so (1) online, (2) by wire transfer, or (3) by check and mail.

  1. Navigate to, select “other”, and type the name of your preferred fund.

  2. Contact the University of Alaska Foundation by dialing 907.450.8030 or emailing for wire transfer information.

  3. Name your preferred fund and mail your check (payable to “University of Alaska Foundation”) to “University of Alaska Foundation, 2025 Yukon Drive, PO Box 755080, Fairbanks, AK 99775” or to “University of Alaska Foundation, 1815 Bragaw Street, Suite 203, Anchorage, AK 99508”.

Tax ID # 23-7394620

Amos Joe Alter ASCE Alaska Section Scholarship fund

The Amos Joe Alter ASCE Alaska Section Scholarship provides scholarships to students majoring in Civil Engineering at any campus of the University of Alaska, in memory of Joe Alter.


  • Majoring in civil engineering

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

  • Enrolled full-time

  • An undergraduate student

Preference will be given to ASCE Student Chapter members or to students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Dale Nelson Civil Engineering Memorial Scholarship fund

The Dale Nelson Civil Engineering Memorial Scholarship will provide scholarships to civil engineering students at any campus of the University of Alaska, in memory of Dale Nelson.

Fundraising for the endowment of this fund is ongoing, the first scholarships will be awarded for the 2020-2021 school year.


  • Majoring in civil engineering; a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

  • Enrolled full-time

  • Alaska resident

  • Essay

Preference will be given to ASCE Student Chapter members.

Art without engineering is dreaming. Engineering without art is calculating.
— Stephen Roberts

ASCE History

On November 5, 1852, a dozen eminent civil engineers gathered at the Croton Aqueduct in New York City in the office of Chief Engineer Alfred W. Craven to establish the American Society of Civil Engineers and Architects. In 1868, a few years after architects had formed a professional society of their own, ASCE adopted its current name. For the first 144 years of its existence, ASCE maintained its headquarters in New York City, relocating six times to progressively larger facilities. In 1996, ASCE moved to its current global headquarters in Reston, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.

ASCE Alaska History

The Alaska Section of ASCE was chartered in 1951 along with the Branches in Juneau and Fairbanks. The Anchorage Branch was chartered in 1952 and is the largest branch in Alaska with just over 500 of the Section’s 800 members.

The Anchorage Branch hosted one Historic Landmark dedication when the George Parks Highway was dedicated as a landmark in 1978. The monument is located in the Wasilla Lake Park.


Annual Reports

The ASCE Annual Report provides a look at the highlights of the Society’s efforts for the year.

All photography provided by Jared Chambers