Harrington - Leading Duke's ASCE Chapter

Josclyn HarringtonStudent Highlight: Josclyn Harrington
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.

Josclyn Harrington got involved with the Duke chapter of the American Society for Civil Engineering (ASCE) in her sophomore year. Now a senior and ASCE president, she will lead the student club in its annual concrete canoe race and steel bridge competition at the Carolinas Conference. The annual conference gives students fun opportunities to test out both their technical and communications skills.

Last year, Duke’s canoe, dubbed the “Hazzards of Duke,” was one of only three not to break or need repairs during the day of races, Harrington said. She expects the lessons learned in years past will lead to design improvements and, hopefully, an even better finish this year.

ASCE also participates as the only student team in CANstruction, at the Marbles Children’s Museum in downtown Raleigh. In the competition, engineering and architectural groups design and build a structure entirely from canned foods and according to a designated theme. The “sculptures” are then displayed throughout the museum for several months and the cans are later donated to local food banks. For the most recent competition’s “Toys and Games” theme, ASCE built a large-scale chessboard and four chess pieces arranged in the checkmate position.

Harrington is also the president of the engineering honor society Chi Epsilon and a member of the Society of Women Engineers. In her junior year, she spent a semester abroad in Paris where she studied French, lived with a host family and had the opportunity to travel to Prague, Madrid, Brussels and Rome.

“ASCE brings the department as a whole together to tackle problems. We have the chance to apply what we’ve learned in class through hands-on building,” said Harrington.

Harrington was selected as the 2007-2008 recipient of the Chi Epsilon's Cumberland District Scholarship and will receive $1500.  She was cited for outstanding academic work, along with significant, enthusiastic, and excellent involvement in extracurricular activities, and
particularly in Chi Epsilon.