2014 Concrete Canoe Pour Day

USC ASCE Newsletter for February 18, 2014

Hi ,

Thanks to everyone who came to concrete canoe pour day this weekend! We didn't run into any major setbacks and completed the pour within ten hours, including bulkheads.

We're holding a Speaker Meeting with reps from John A. Martin & Associates (structural engineering firm) this Thursday, 2/20, from 5:15 – 6:20 pm in KAP 158. Free Chick fil-A!

There are also mandatory meetings for PSWC attendees this week, with an option of attending either Wednesday at 9:30pm or Thursday at 6:30pm in KAP 209.

All of our design teams have meetings this week too; we're working hard with the bridge nearing completion and the canoe curing after pour dayAll meeting times are listed below.

Nick Halsey
Membership Chair, USC ASCE

PSWC 2014 Planning Underway

PSWC 2014 Update

We will be having MANDATORY PSWC Meetings this week! You must attend one out of the two times. We will be releasing the hotel rooming list, individual conference schedules, and class excuse letter as well as having you sign your medical forms and liability waivers

Meeting Times:
Wed, 2/19 9:30 - 10:00 pm
Thurs, 2/20 6:30-7:00 pm

Both meetings will be in KAP 209 unless otherwise posted. Please email uscasce@usc.edu ASAP if you cannot make either time.

Speaker Meeting: John A. Martin & Associates

FREE CHICK FIL-A!! We are having representatives from John A. Martin & Associates present about the San Diego Airport Terminal 2 Expansion. They will highlight the structural design from the foundation to the interior finishes on a large design-build project. Meeting will be this Thursday, 2/20, at 5:15pm in KAP 158, right before the PSWC meeting! This is a great opportunity to:

1) Get free food!
2) Network with industry professionals and USC alum
3) Learn about structural engineering, project delivery methods (Design-Build), and real world projects!
4) Inquire about structural engineering internships

15th Annual LA YMF Student Night and Job Fair 

Date: March 7, 2014
Time: 2 - 9pm
RSVP: sign up here, and email uscasce@usc.edu if you want to go together

LA YMF's 15th Annual Student Night and Job Fair will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, in Downtown Los Angeles. This event gathers over 200 students from the 11 universities in the ASCE LA Section: Cal Baptist, Cal Poly SLO, Cal Poly Pomona, CSUF, CSULA, CSULB, CSUN, LMU, UCI, UCLA, and USC. This annual event recognizes outstanding students from these local 11 universities with scholarships and awards, provides students with an opportunity to find employment, and facilitates interactions among employers, young professionals, and students from the 11 universities.

More details available on the LA YMF website →

Pour Day 2014

Pour Day 2014

Our 2014 Pour Day for Concrete Canoe went well, with three layers of concrete and two layers of carbon fiber grid reinforcement going into our homemade mold in about ten hours of work. Roughly fifteen members helped out including a few dedicated non-canoe-team helpers. We finished off the bulkheads, so the only remaining concrete placement will be for the edges ...

Check out the pictures from pour day →

Concrete Canoe Updates

Thanks for everyone who came out to pour day. We still have a LOT of work to do, so please come to as many meetings as you can!

General Meeting Times (meet in KAP Lobby):

Tuesdays 1-3pm

Thursdays 3-5pm

Fridays 3-5pm

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

Paddling – Sundays 9:30am-1:30pm, meet outside KAP, RSVP to canoe@uscasce.com

Environmental Team Updates

We're holding our next meeting this Thursday, 2/20 at 8pm in the KAP Basement.

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

Steel Bridge Schedule

Steel Bridge is meeting twice weekly in the KAP Basement:

Tuesdays 6:30pm

Thursdays 5pm

Friday 12-2pm (led by Vincent)

We'll also be holding additional meetings to finish the bridge by March 1st, look for emails with details. To join our mailing list or ask any questions, email steelbridge@uscasce.com.

Geotech Updates

If you're interested in Geotech, please email geotech@uscasce.com to join our mailing list.

Additional Opportunities

Inland Empire Utilities Agency is looking for an Assistant Engineer (Limited Term)

Under general supervision and direction, performs a variety of routine and semi-routine, semi-professional and professional level engineering related task work in the research, design and construction of capital improvement and construction projects, maintenance projects, and record-keeping for a variety of Agency activities; and performs related duties as assigned.

The Assistant Engineer classification is the entry-level class in the professional engineering series. Initially under direct supervision and project management guidance, incumbents learn to apply the theories, principles and practices of the engineering profession to specific design, process improvement, or construction management assignments pertaining to the Agency’s wastewater/water treatment, pre-treatment, reclaimed water, co-generation, biosolids facilities and systems. Responsibilities and assignments performed by incumbents of this class are very structured and are very narrow in scope; tasks and decisions are performed within established guidelines or under the direct supervision of senior staff.

More information here


The Structural Engineers Foundation (SEF) is currently accepting applications for the upcoming academic year for undergraduate and graduate students studying structural engineering. Applicants will be evaluated based upon scholarship, leadership, and academic involvement . Up to four scholarships will be awarded, each in the amount of $2,000. One of the four scholarships, the Max Zar scholarship, will be awarded to students enrolled in a school in Illinois. We also have a scholarship directed for students of Hispanic descent.

We are distributing the scholarship announcements via email only and we are also sending the application announcements only to a select group of universities. Please make sure your outstanding engineering students are aware of this program. A letter describing the scholarship can be accessed by clicking here.

The application form can be accessed here.

The scholarship application deadline is April 30, 2014. Winners will be notified by June 1.

The SEF was established in late 1993 in recognition of the 75th birthday of the Structural Engineering Act of Illinois. It was set up to provide financial support for the educational and charitable activities of the structural engineering profession, including items like scholarships, honoraria for lecturers and research grants. The Foundation is funded by individual engineers, engineering firms and other businesses and organizations associated with engineering and construction. SEF is recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service and contributions are tax-deductible within the limits prescribed by tax laws.

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