USC ASCE Newsletter for April 15, 2014

Hi ,

As we begin to wrap up a great year, it's time to start preparing for next year. Nominations for the 2014-2015 USC ASCE Executive Board are open until Saturday, 4/19. Read the officer descriptions, then nominate yourself or someone else if you see a good fit. Elections will take place electronically next week.

Our Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe teams are holding meetings this week, to get ready for nationals and start preparing for next year, respectively. We're also holding a few more general events this semester, stay tuned for details!

Finally, check out the official USC ASCE pictures from PSWC 2014 on our blog!

Nick Halsey
Membership Chair, USC ASCE

Concrete Canoe Updates

Our Canoe Aesthetics team is holding a meeting this Friday, 4/18, in the KAP Lobby, to review our results from PSWC and to begin discussing potential themes for next year's canoe

Our goal is to select several potential canoe themes for development over the summer, then hold a big vote for themes at the beginning of next year. If you have canoe theme ideas, please come pitch them at our meeting! Or if any of the following sound cool, come share your ideas: oSCar, Lickity Split, NaSCanoe, USC Campus Architecture (needs a name), Yaaas, SCquirrel, The Phenomenological Trojan (natural/material-focused)!

Steel Bridge Updates

The bridge team is currently working on making minor improvements to the bridge, in preparation for their national competition in May. Please come to our weekly meetings to help out!

Tuesdays, 6:30pm, KAP Basement

Thursdays, 5:00pm, KAP Basement

Order of the Engineer

Order of the Engineer Ceremony Luncheon 4/26/14

USC ASCE invites you to participate in the Order of the Engineer Ring Ceremony. Region 9 ASCE Governor Jay Higgins will be conducting the ceremony. The ceremony will be followed by lunch.

Location: USC Campus EEB 248
Date: Saturday, 4/26/14 @ 11:00 am
Register by: 4/17/14 @ 12:00 pm at the following link:
There are limited spots to participate in this ceremony.

Any engineer is eligible for induction if he or she:
(1) graduated from an EAC of ABET program or
(2) holds a license as a Professional Engineer in the United States or
(3) is enrolled in EAC of ABET degree programs and is within one academic year of graduation (meaning all senior engineering students are eligible!)

The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the United States to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer. The first Ring Ceremony was held on June 4, 1970 at Cleveland State University. Others like it have since spread across the United States at which graduate and registered engineers are invited to accept the Obligation of the Engineer and to wear a stainless steel ring.

The Ring Ceremonies are conducted by Links (local sections) of the Order. Over 3,000 engineers have participated in ASCE led Ring Ceremonies since Spring 2003. More information on the Order of the Engineer can be found at FAQs can also be found at the following:

Participants at the USC ASCE Ring Ceremony will take the Obligation of the Engineer and receive a stainless steel ring. The cost will be $15. Please fill out the registration form below for the Ring Ceremony. A ring sizer chart can be downloaded ( to assist in determining your ring size of the pinky finger of your working hand.

For additional information on the Ceremony please contact:

PSWC 2014 Pictures: Day 1

Click on a picture to see all pictures from that event, or view them all here.

Additional Opportunities

CWEA LABS April 2014 Dinner & Presentation: Bay Delta Conservation Plan

When: April 24, 2014, Mixer (6pm), Dinner (7pm), Presentation (7:30pm)
Where: Taix French Restaurant (1911 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026)
RSVP by 4/21/14 to Miluska Propersi (

Join LABS at its next Dinner & Training event in Echo Park and learn about the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).

The rivers of the Sierra Nevada merge at the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta before heading toward San Francisco Bay.  The Delta is a critical part of the state’s water supply from Silicon Valley to San Diego. About 30% of Southern California’s water supply moves across the Delta.

But the Delta is in trouble. Its ecosystem is in decline and water supply deliveries are restricted. Since 2007, state and federal leaders have been working toward a comprehensive solution, the BDCP, which would modernize the Delta’s major water systems and provide wide-scale ecosystem restoration, improved water supply reliability and protection of the economy.

For more info see the flyer at

URS Corporation is a leading provider of engineering, construction, and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world. The Water Resources Department in Oakland is hiring an intern for the summer. Our team is unique – industry focused instead of segregated by discipline. The department consists of geotechnical, structural, pipeline, civil, and environmental engineers who work closely to plan, design, and execute the largest water projects in California.

The job page on the website says graduate student, but we would also consider someone going into their senior year of undergrad. If anyone has questions about URS and what we do, contact Karl Tingwald at

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