The American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter at the University of Southern California is a student-run organization that enriches the lives of civil and environmental engineering students through social events, community service, industry interaction, and engineering competitions. USC ASCE serves as the link between the university and ASCE & the professional experience.
USC ASCE was founded in 1924 and is the nation’s third oldest student chapter. Our local chapter has bi-weekly meetings and social events that foster member interaction with other civil engineering students. Corporate guest speakers provide members with valuable professional advice, as well as opportunities to meet with experts from the civil engineering industry.
During the annual Pacific South West Conference (PSWC), students compete in a variety of events, such as the concrete canoe, steel bridge, and environmental competitions, which expose students to practical applications of the theory learned in the classroom. Additionally, PSWC encourages a healthy competition against 17 other universities.
These lifelike applications of civil engineering are furthered with our field trips to project sites and recognized landmarks. Our local chapter also stimulates interest of the next generation of engineers in its commitment to community outreach programs, which exposes elementary students to the excitement of the civil engineering world.
We post lots of USC ASCE updates on our blog; head over there for insight on how some of our work takes shape.
As part of our continued commitment to improve our presence within the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles community, the USC ASCE Executive Board developed a 5-year strategic plan that took effect in the Fall of 2009 and will conclude in the Spring of 2014. Read the USC ASCE 5-Year Strategic Plan here.