Newsletter for November 21st, 2016

Hi ,

Tshirts were distributed the last meeting - read more below to find out how to pick yours up!

Find out how you can register and solidify your spot in PSWC next semester (see below).

Make sure to come out to the social events within the CEE department - the CEE Holiday Party, CEE Ski Trip, and Study Day!

Design meetings will continue as normal - please keep up to date with any updates/emails from your fellow captains!

The membership form is available here!  Please remember to fill out the membership form in order to become an official member! Dues are $30. Please read the form for information on how to submit your payment:

Elizabeth Gu


PSWC Registration Information

Hey guys! So the 1st deadline for PSWC payments is coming up in two weeks--Friday, December 9th. For anyone interested in PSWC, we really recommend paying by this first deadline if you can--it's easier to just get it out of the way early :) And for anyone still on the fence, we promise its always a really fun time and you won't be disappointed! 

In case you forgot or for those that missed our first info session during the General Meeting last Wednesday, here are the cost brackets and their deadlines:

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And our accepted payment methods are...
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Lastly, please fill out this registration form along with your payment. Your registration isn't complete until you submit BOTH the your payment and fill out the registration form.



T-shirt Pick Up

Thank you to all who attended the second general meeting it was great to see everyone! If you were unable to attend and still need to pick up your ASCE T-Shirt (registered and dues-paying members) we will be arranging a time for t-shirt pickup after Thanksgiving break so stay tuned!


CEE Holiday Party

Save the date! The 2016 Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering holiday party will be held on Friday, December 9th from 6:00PM to 9:30PM at Town & Gown. This is a great event to get to know your professors and classmates on a more personal level, and you will be treated to a great dinner! CEE majors only.

RSVP here:


Study Day

Study Day Tuesday December 6th! Come get you study and your snack on before finals with ASCE. We will likely have a room in KAP for 6 hours or so. Official times/location will be announced next week! Get some rest over Thanksgiving and get ready for the final push!


CEE Ski Trip

Sign up for the Ski Trip! It's that lovely time of year again to sign up for your day of freezing in the beautiful crisp white snow. The annual ski trip to Big Bear Mountain will be an all day event, as usual, with buses leaving KAP at 6:00am and returning to campus around 7pm. Possible dates are January 21st or February 25th! Pricing ranges from $27-47 for CEE students depending on package options. Please fill out the interest form to the best of your abilities so that we can choose a date and get lift tickets ordered in advance!


PSWC Technical Paper Competition

Each year, as part of the Pacific South West Conference, there is a competition for technical paper. If you are interested in writing a technical paper and possibly win monetary prizes, please see the details below:

2017 Topic: "Is it ethical for university engineering faculty to teach technical subject matter to engineering students without obtaining professional licensure?"
Some states require this (such as Idaho) while some states do not. How does that affect the success of a university program? Should all 50 states be consistent with this? Should there be additional routes to obtain professional licensure, such as through research and a doctorate degree?

I. The Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students may be awarded annually on the basis of a paper on professional ethics. Each year the specific topic of the contest for the forthcoming year shall be selected by the Committee on Student Members for the Student Award.
II. Members of Student Organizations of the Society who are in good standing at the time their papers are submitted are eligible for the contest, unless they have previously received the national award for which they are competing.
III. Papers for the national contests shall (a) be limited to one paper from each Student Organization; (b) not exceed 2,000 words in length; (c) be written by only one person; and (d) not have previously been published in other than school or Society publications.
IV. The Committee on Student Members shall review each submission and recommend the top five student papers as Society finalists, of which one may be selected as the national winner for approval by the Executive Committee.
V. All finalists shall receive an appropriate certificate recognizing their achievements. If there is a national winner, they shall receive a wall plaque rather than a certificate.

Please fill out this form if you are interested, and we will contact you with more details about the competition:


Hi Canoers!

This week, we're going to be finalizing the aesthetics for the canoe and begin working on the mold! Because of Thanksgiving Break, our only meeting will be this Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:30 PM in KAP Basement.

Don't forget that Practice Pour Day is December 3rd! It is mandatory if you want to go to PSWC in the spring.

Email us at if you have any questions or concerns. See you soon!



Environmental Design Team Meeting: Let's discuss the prompt!

Date: Nov 28, 2016 (First Monday back from Thanksgiving!)
Time: 5-6 pm
Place: KAP 209

Have a great break, and see you all when we get back!



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Additional Opportunities

Study Abroad - GREEN PROGRAM

Want to push the limits of your physical, mental and emotional self? Care about sustainable renewable energy, water resource management or the regeneration of urban life? Ever thought of traveling to Iceland, Peru or Philadelphia?

Then The GREEN Program (TGP) may be just what you are looking for!

Welcome to a revolutionary educational experience, one that combines in-class learning with site visits and outdoor adventures that evoke transformation in its participants.

I was contacted by my Undergraduate Advisor about this program and thought I might be a “good fit”. I was interested in sustainable renewable energy at the time and Iceland’s program seemed the perfect fit for me. I wanted to study abroad, but with most programs that last a whole semester or even a year, it wasn’t possible to squeeze it into the engineering curriculum. When I found out the program lasts only 8-10 days, I was doubtful of the efficacy of the program, and yet intrigued. It seemed too good to be true.

It wasn’t. Those 8 days spent in Iceland completely transformed my views on sustainability, clean energy, all the while exploring the many natural wonders of the Icelandic countryside – including the Aurora Borealis and the black sand beaches! In the end, I emerged a stronger, more independent, more committed member of a global network of individuals who all care about one goal – to create a world in which sustainable development shapes our future.

So I ask you to trust in my experience. I ask you to ask me more about my experience. And I ask you to apply for The GREEN Program! What do you have to lose?

Below you will find a link to The GREEN Program’s website and a link for the application. Please check them out!

Explore the world. Explore your mind.



Job Opportunity: PSOMAS

Please visit the website for job description and send your letter and resume with the interested position. The position mainly focuses on civil design in roadway transportation while working for many cities. The position encompasses design, calculations, drafting, and administration support to the team and may include: traffic, roadway, storm water, site plan preparation for public agency projects.

Company Website: Psomas

Position: Civil Engineer Designer

Intern Position


Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge for Futuristic Transportation Systems

HEROX is reaching out to the problem solver community to conceptualize a futuristic transportation system for the third and the final phase of the Infrastructure Vision 2050 challenge.

The Build phase is seeking transportation solutions which will carry people from wherever they are to wherever they want to go, and do so in a way that far exceeds the efficiency and safety of today's transportation models. It should be able to serve the United States population in the year 2050 and beyond.

Prize Details: The total prize purse for the build phase is $ 100,000 USD. In addition to monetary prizes, winners shall receive tremendous exposure for their work.

Application Instructions: Last date for submission is December 15, 2016. No entry fee is required. Innovators may originate from any country.

Guidelines/ Registration Link: You may visit the Infrastructure Vision 2050 challenge page for complete challenge guidelines and to register as an innovator.

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