Unwrapping the first canoe from its mold; look how shiny it is!

USC ASCE Newsletter for February 25, 2014

Hi ,

Due to structural and aesthetics problems with our concrete canoe, we have decided to re-pour it. Please join us for as long as you're able this Friday starting at 2pm (going until we're done, likely around 10pm) in the KAP Basement for Pour Day II! No experience needed, and it's a great opportunity to bond with other students while playing with concrete.

All of our design teams have meetings this week; we're working hard with the bridge team aiming for construction completion by this Saturday and the environmental team continuing work during pour day this FridayAll meeting times are listed below.

PSWC attendees: please take note of the emails that are going out this week about logistics and various smaller event planning notices.

Nick Halsey
Membership Chair, USC ASCE

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 →

Concrete Canoe Updates

 We're busy prepping for Pour Day, round II. The first canoe is out of the mold and looks good, despite our concerns; we're planning on using it for practice after PSWC. We're also working on our stands and finishing up the design paper.

General Meeting Times (meet in KAP Lobby):

Tuesdays 1-3pm

Thursdays 3-5pm

Fridays 3-5pm (during pour day this week, meet in basement)

Aesthetics – Fridays 2-3pm, meet in KAP Lobby (no meeting this week - pour day 2)

Paddling – We're only holding a couple more practices, and the paddling team for PSWC has now been finalized. If you're interested, we'll be looking for more paddlers again in the fall!

Environmental Team Updates

Environmental Design Team will be having a meeting this Friday during Pour Day. Come down to the KAP Basement beginning at 2 PM and help canoe. During this time, we will be researching and testing materials. Those going to PSWC are urged to attend.

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 currently has three weekly meeting times, in the KAP Basement:

Tuesdays 6:30pm

Thursdays 5pm

Friday 12-2pm

To join our mailing list or ask any questions, email steelbridge@uscasce.com.

Additional Opportunities

USC ITE Speaker Meeting

USC ITE is proud to have Jolene Hayes, a Freight & Logistics Consultant at Parsons Brinkerhoff, as our first guest speaker. On Wednesday, 2/26 at 6 pm in KAP 209 she will be speaking about her experiences as a transportation engineering in both the private and public sector. Here is just some of her many accomplishments, so to here the full story come to the meeting!

Ms. Jolene Hayes specializes in local/regional/statewide long-range transportation planning, community/stakeholder collaboration, environmental analysis, policy, transportation funding, and project implementation.  Ms. Hayes previously served as Transportation Development Manager at the Port of Long Beach.  During her four-year tenure, she managed the preparation of several major traffic impact studies and played a key role on the $1 billion Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project procurement of the design-builder.

SoCalGas Job Opportunity

Please see website for full job description

Requisition Number: 14-17664
Job Title: Associate Engineer - Various Locations
Area of Interest: Engineering
Job Description:
This posting is for current and future Associate Engineer or Region Associate Engineer positions in a variety of locations.

Locations may include (but are not limited to) Downtown Los Angeles, Pico Rivera, Chatsworth, Compton, Anaheim, and Redlands.

Prepares or assists in the preparation of engineering designs, specifications, standards, studies and cost estimates in support of projects and tasks managed by others. Applies technical knowledge and skills toward the resolution of problems and the development of sound technical recommendations. Tasks may include, evaluation of new and existing products or systems, need for designs or specifications, and development of test apparatus or procedures.
External Qualifications:
B.S. in Engineering or other technical discipline required; Minimum of a 3.0 Cumulative GPA.

City: CA Various

Posting End Date: 03/15/2014

Event: LA MLAB- LADWP Groundwater Replenishment Technical Presentation

Date: Wednesday, 3/12/14
Time 6:00-8:00pm
Cost: $5 for students
Where: Taix French Restaurant, 1911 W. Sunset BLVD. Los Angeles CA. 90026
RSVP by: 3/9/14 at www.ascemlab.org

Join LA MLAB in a technical presentation hosted by the ASCE Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch (MLAB) in conjunction with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Mr. Peter Liu, Manager of the Water Recycling Planning Group, will be giving a presentation on LADWP's Groundwater Replenishment Program.

Click here to view the event flyer. Please RSVP and submit your payment by Sunday, March 9, 2014 at www.ascemlab.org. For more questions or information, contact Darwin Vargas atdarwin.a.vargas@gmail.com

For more LA YMF Events, please visit: http://mlab-ymf.org/events/la-ymf-events

United Water Scholarship

See: https://gdfsuez.taleo.net/careersection/10600/jobdetail.ftl?job=1366581

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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