USC ASCE Newsletter for January 21st, 2014

Hi ,

PSWC Registration forms are now available here. If you couldn't attend any of our info sessions, don't worry! Just email for a summary of what we covered. You can also check out our presentation slides here. Registration forms and payments are due by Wednesday, 1/29.

Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge have their regular meetings Thursday, Friday, and Sunday this week. The Environmental team has moved its first meeting to tomorrow, Wednesday, 1/22, at 5pm in the KAP lobby, and Geotech is holding a series of meetings this weekSee detailed design team meeting times below.

Don't forget to register for PSWC, it's going to be awesome!

Nick Halsey
Membership Chair, USC ASCE

Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) 2014 Registration Due 1/29

Registration forms are now available for the big conference where all of our design teams compete: PSWC. We expect to take around 40-50 people depending on interest.

Forms and fees are due by Wednesday 1/29. You can turn in your payments to a design team captain at any of their meetings, or to Naren Sahai, who will be in the KAP lobby from 11 am to 12:20pm and 2 to 5:30pm on 1/29/14 to accept payments. You can also submit them to our mailbox in KAP 213.

Please fill out a USC ASCE membership form and also pay your $30 dues by 1/29 if you didn't already do so last semester.

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.

Concrete Canoe Updates

This semester we're having three weekly general meetings. After pour day, these will mostly involve construction work on the canoe (sanding, staining, aesthetics construction, etc.), but until then, we will be doing a variety of things to get us ready for pour day. The Aesthetics and Paddling teams will also be holding additional weekly meetings.

General Meeting Times (meet in KAP Lobby):

Tuesdays 1-3pm

Thursdays 3-5pm

Fridays 3-5pm

Aesthetics – Fridays 2-3pm, meet in KAP Lobby

Structures – TBD

Paddling – Sundays 9:30am-1:30pm, meet outside KAP, RSVP to

If you want to paddle at the competition, you cannot miss more than three practices this semester (out of roughly nine). We still have room for more paddlers and it's not (quite) too late to join! Paddling practice is awesome. You should come.

Steel Bridge Updates

Steel Bridge is meeting twice weekly throughout the semester, starting this week:

Tuesdays 6:30pm (first meeting 1/20)

Thursdays 5pm (first meeting 1/22)

To join our mailing list or ask any questions, email

Environmental Team Updates

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 Wednesday 1/22 at 5pm and Monday 1/27 at 2pm in the KAP Lobby.

If you are interested in joining the Environmental Design Team, please email to join our mailing list.

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 →

Geotech Updates NEW

We'll be having five introductory Geotechnical meetings in the next week (all in the KAP Lobby):

Wednesday (1/22) @ 4:30pm

Thursday (1/23) @ 2:30pm

Friday (1/24) @ 3pm

Monday (1/27) @ 1pm

Tuesday (1/28) @ 4pm

In this meeting, we'll go over general rules of the Geotechnical Design competition, and decide on when to have actual meetings.

I am also looking for a co-captain, so if you are interested, do attend one of the meetings listed.

If you're interested cannot make any of the meetings, email

USC ASCE EBoard Opportunity

Are you interested in being a USC ASCE EBoard officer next year? We're opening the opportunity for a few people to shadow current officers this semester to help us organize events and gain experience in what we do. The goal is for potential future board members to see what different roles are available in order to facilitate the decision to run for a position, in addition to gaining valuable leadership experience in an unofficial capacity.*Please note that shadowing an officer will have no impact on your ability to run or be elected for an officer position.* Please email or talk to a current EBoard member for more information.

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 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!

Career & Scholarship Opportunities

Viterbi Career Fair

Looking for an internship or a full-time position? Register for the Viterbi Career Fair scheduled for 2/5/14 (10am-3pm).

RSVP is REQUIRED to check-in on the day of the event. To RSVP you must also submit your resume. RSVP on Viterbi connectSC- Click on Events>>Career Fair>>Submit Resume

More Info

KPFF Interviews Sign-up

Two senior Civil Engineers from the Los Angeles office of KPFF Consulting Engineers will be on campus on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in KAP 209 to interview interested civil engineering students and to share information about working at KPFF. This will be an excellent opportunity to discuss future opportunities at KPFF for motivated and energetic entry-level civil engineers and interns.

Company Information:

KPFF Consulting Engineers provides structural and civil engineering services to architects, government agencies, developers, and contractors for projects with a wide range of functions. Established in 1960, KPFF has offices in Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, Portland, Eugene, Sacramento, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Pasadena, Irvine, San Diego, Phoenix, Denver, St. Louis, and New York.

KPFF's civil engineering staff accomplishes projects for site development, parks, and recreation facilities and the improvements to existing city streets, urban arterials, and highways. Scope of services may include site planning, environmental analysis, storm drainage studies, wetlands enhancement, permit coordination, and design of site grading, drainage, storm detention, utilities, access roads, parking facilities, and public street improvements.

For more information about the company and the opportunities available, interested students should visit the KPFF website at

KPFF Consulting Engineers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works

Civil Engineering Assistant (OC) - C-3424-L - The filing date begins on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST). (ONLINE FILING ONLY)


Please see the related attachment in Emily's Weekly Announcements email for more information.

ASCE Scholarships

More Information:

Due: Friday January 31, 2014

ASCE Scholarships are out for LA Section and MLAB! 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!

Subscribe to Our Calendars! You won't believe how useful they are! Really, you should check them out.

Each of our design teams has its own Google Calendar, in addition to the general USC ASCE one. You can add these calendars to your own Google, Outlook, iCal, or most other calendar services.



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