January, 2016

Hi ,

Hope you're surviving the first week of class! Now that it's second semester, we are in full preparation for the PSWC competition coming up in just a couple months. Thank you to all who registered, we are excited to have you! But it's not too late if you haven't yet!

As our student registration deadline, January 25, 2015, is fast approaching, this newsletter contains everything you need to know about getting involved. Now's the time to join us for an amazing semester and a memorable conference, no experience necessary!

If you have questions about anything in this newsletter, please email us at Rules for the competition are also posted on the PSWC 2016 websiteWe’re looking forward to a great conference and to defending our 3rd place overall finish from last year!

All the best,

Marissa Knutson & Alex Tanner
Sponsorship/PSWC Co-Chairs


PSWC 2015 Registration Information

Conference info:

Dates: March 30 - April 3, 2016 (Wednesday - Sunday)
Location: Long Beach, CA 
(hosted by California State University Long Beach)
Cost: $120

Final Registration & Payment Deadline: Monday, January 25, 2015

Registration is now open for USC ASCE members to attend PSWC 2016! The Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) brings together over 1000 civil and environmental engineering students for a plethora of competitions, ranging from concrete canoe and steel bridge to surveying, environmental design, sports, and more. USC ASCE members can register for the conference and find all registration details here.

You MUST become a member of USC ASCE and ASCE nationals before registering for PSWC. Once you fill out the registration form, you can submit payments to our mailbox in KAP 213 during regular business hours or Venmo @Marissa-Knutson (will be "liked" for payment confirmation). 


PSWC Info Sessions

We're holding more PSWC Info Sessions next week. If you haven't registered yet, come to find out about all of our conference teams and opportunities! Attending an info session is mandatory. If you attended one last semester, you do not need to attend again. Shoot  us an email if you have a scheduling conflict and we will be happy to work something out with you!

• Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 7pm, room TBA

• Friday, January 22, 2016, 5pm, room TBA


Concrete Canoe

All of our design teams are still welcoming members! The concrete canoe team will be meeting this Friday January 15, 2016 in KAP basement to work on finishing up the practice canoe. More meeting times will be scheduled as the captains communicate with the team.

Contact team captains Erin & Karina at:


Steel Bridge

Hope you've all had a great break, and we hope you're even more excited to start the semester off with steel! We'll need all the help we can get in the coming months to finish our bridge, so if you're brand new or been around the block awhile, come down and help us out!

This week's meeting will be Thursday 5-7 pm in KAP basement.

Contact team captains Jessica & Kai at:


Environmental Design

The environmental design team prompt has finally been released! The team will work this semester to design and produce a water treatment system for PSWC. As the prompt has only just been released, now is a great time to start getting involved! 

Contact environmental captains Luyue & Justine at:



Geotech needs you! Our team is looking for members interested in discovering more about geotechnical engineering by researching foundation and soil and designing a retaining wall and constructing it at the competition. We are also looking for a team captain no experience necessary! This is a great opportunity to hold a leadership role at the conference. 

Contact with any questions!


Secondary Design Teams


Surveying Team

The Surveying competition at PSWC is about measuring large distances and elevations as accurately as possible. The three main tasks of the competition challenge us to use surveying tools and basic trigonometry to obtain the distance between inaccessible given points. In addition to making the most accurate distance calculation, we must also race against the other schools to find the answer first. This is a great way to get involved in the conference even if you don’t have a ton of time during the week, so come help USC ASCE win and learn a skill that could help you in your future career!

We’ll have surveying practice on Friday afternoons from 4p-5:30p starting January 29th (location TBA).

Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience in surveying, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about using the equipment and techniques!

If you are interested, please email Saina and Lucy at:


In preparation for PSWC, the Transportation team will practice and implement highway design principles to create a practical and efficient design for the I-405 to I-710 freeway interchange area. For anyone with interest in transportation this is a great opportunity to get experience working on a project with a team. We are also looking for a team captain! If interested in being on the team or captaining, contact Alex ( or Marissa (

Concrete Bowling

The concrete bowling team works to design and produce a concrete bowling ball. Members bowl with the ball against other schools at the competition and it's a lot of fun! 

Contact team captain Noah at


Join our teams!

We're looking for members for all of our academic, fun, and sports competitions. You can find a whole list of them on the registration form. Let us know on the registration form if you're interested!

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