The beach volleyball tournament at PSWC 2013

USC ASCE Newsletter for January 9th, 2014

Hi ,

We hope you've had a good break. It's time to get excited about the spring semester, and the ASCE Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC)!

Most of our focus in the spring semester centers around PSWC, the big conference of 18 universities and over 1000 Civil and Environmental Engineers that takes place in April. Our Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge, Environmental, and Geotech teams are preparing for competition and now's the time to get involved!

We'll be holding four mandatory PSWC info sessions: Thursday, 1/16 at 12:30pm and 1pm, and Tuesday, 1/21 at 1pm and 5pm, all in KAP 209If you plan on or are interested in attending PSWC, you MUST attend one of the meetings.  If you cannot make it, please email us at ASAP.

All of our design teams are also holding their first meetings of the semester soon; most notably, Concrete Canoe is holding an all-team meeting this Sunday, 1/12, at 3pm in the KAP lobby. See more design team meeting times and details about our new websites and ASCE Scholarship opportunities below.

We're looking forward to an exciting semester, and hope to see you at our meetings soon!

Nick Halsey
Membership Chair, USC ASCE

Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) 2014 Mandatory Info Sessions

Dates & times: Thursday, 1/16 at 12:30pm and 1pm, and Tuesday, 1/21 at 1pm and 5pm
Location: KAP 209

We're holding brief info sessions/general meetings about our big conference where all of our design teams compete: PSWC. We expect to take around 40-50 people depending on interest.

You MUST attend one of the meetings if you plan on or are interested in attending PSWC.  If you cannot make it to any of these times, please email us at  ASAP.

Conference info

Dates: April 2 - 6, 2014 (Wednesday evening after classes - Sunday morning)
Location: San Diego, CA
(hosted by SDSU)
Cost: $90*
, including conference registration, hotel, travel

* Cost is discounted to $75 for all USC ASCE members who paid their $30 membership dues last semester. Conference forms and fees will be published and collected beginning at the info sessions.

2013 Canoe Pour Day

Concrete Canoe Pour Day

Date: TBA
Location: KAP Basement Canoe Area (above sub-basement by the big door)

Important Notice regarding Pour Day: We have previously announced Concrete Canoe Pour Day as January 25th and asked you to save the date. Please be aware that there is a strong likelihood that this date will change to either February 1st or February 8th. Stay tuned for further updates in the coming weeks. We apologize if this has significantly affected anyone's schedule.

Concrete Canoe pour day is coming up quickly! Attendance is required for all canoe team members and strongly encouraged for all other design team members, so don't schedule anything for that day!

This is a great way to get to know the rest of ASCE and for new members to get involved. We'll have food and fun!


ASCE Ski Trip

We're in the early stages of planning a USC ASCE Ski Trip in February! This event will be open to all USC ASCE members and don't worry if you don't ski, we'll be doing tons of other fun stuff.

Please fill out this form if you're interested so that we can start planning!

Concrete Canoe Updates

Important: There will be a Concrete Canoe All-team Meeting this Sunday, January 12th, at 3PM. We'll gather in the KAP lobby, then move to a classroom on the first floor. This meeting is for all team members, as well as anyone hoping to get involved with concrete canoe this semester.

This semester we're having regular weekly general meetings to work on building the canoe and all associated components. The Aesthetics and Paddling teams will also be holding additional weekly meetings.

General Meeting Times (meet in KAP Basement Canoe Area):

Tuesdays 1-3pm (first meeting 1/14)

Thursdays 3-5pm (first meeting 1/16)

Fridays 3-5pm (first meeting 1/17)

Aesthetics – Fridays 2-3pm, meet in KAP Lobby (first meeting 1/17)

Paddling – Sundays 9:30am-1:30pm, meet outside KAP, RSVP to (first meeting 1/19)

Environmental Team Updates new

Our environmental design team is getting ready to kick off their work, now that the competition rules have been published. The first meetings will be Monday 1/27 at 2pm and Wednesday 1/29 at 5pm in the KAP Lobby.

From our blog: Environmental Design Team Update

This year our challenge is to design a cost-effective and sustainable process to remove phosphorous from liquid waste streams.  We will spend our time researching and designing phosphorous removal strategies.  For PSWC we need to build a treatment process and bring that and all other essential materials to the competition.  We will also have to write a paper that will ...

Continue reading online →

Steel Bridge Updates

Steel Bridge is getting ready for a great semester. We'll be announcing our schedule soon, so stay tuned for updates!

Steel Bridge Email:

Website Redesign

Website Redesign

We've launched a visual redesign of our website, addressing several concerns about our site's usability that came up in our Fall 2013 survey.

Previously, we used a custom child theme of the Twenty Thirteen WordPress theme. Now,  we're using Twenty Fourteen, with the Fourteen Colors plugin.

The new design features images more prominently and ...

Read more on our website...

Concrete Canoe Showcase

Concrete Canoe Showcase

The Concrete Canoe Team has just launched a new showcase website for our Concrete Canoe! The site features a concise summary of each year's canoe going back to 2011, including key pictures, the design paper, PSWC results, and more.

Now that 2014 is almost upon us we need your help ...

Read more our website...

Other Opportunities

ASCE Scholarships new

More Information:
Due: Friday January 31, 2014

ASCE Scholarships are out for LA Section and MLAB!! The scholarship applications are due 1/31/14, so winter break is a great time to spend time working on them.  The applications are all pretty straightforward (1-2 page essays double-spaced). For the past couple years, many of the scholarship recipients were USC Students.

Scholarship applications can be found here.

There are also ASCE Society Scholarships available which are due on 2/10/14. Applications are available here.

2014 City of San Francisco Summer Student Intern Program

For more info:
Due: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 5PM 
Questions may be emailed to

The City and County of San Francisco is seeking student interns for various architecture/engineering disciplines, to provide support to in-house Engineering • Architecture • Landscape Architecture • Planning • Surveying • GIS • ITT staff. The City Departments that employ interns are the Airport Commission (SFO), Department of Building Inspection (DBI), MTA Municipal Railway (Muni), MTA Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT), Port of San Francisco (Port), Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Department of Public Works (DPW), and Recreation and Park Department (RPD). Interns will gain on-the-job experience under the guidance of experienced professional engineers, architects, planners and surveyors. Interns will participate in various activities in the respective City Departments.

We sent an email on Tuesday, 1/7, with an extensive list of Civil and Environmental Engineering Jobs and Internships, be sure to check out all of those opportunities as well!

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