USC ASCE Newsletter for April 22, 2014

Hi ,

We're holding an End-of-Semester General & Guest Speaker Meeting next Thursday, 5/1 at 5pm in KAP 158. Join us to celebrate our results at PSWC, to announce our new EBoard, and to welcome our guest speaker: George Huang, president of ASCE MLAB YMF.

Speaking of EBoard, the 2014-2015 USC ASCE Executive Board Elections are now open. Read the candidates' statements, then vote here by 11:59pm this Saturday, 4/26, and come to next week's meeting to hear the results!

The ASCE Los Angeles Section Younger Member Forums are sponsoring one student to attend the ASCE Global Engineering Conference, which will take place in Panama this October. Details below. Our Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge teams are also holding meetings this week.

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

Nick Halsey
Membership Chair, USC ASCE

End-of-Semester General & Guest Speaker Meeting

Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Time: 5pm
Location: KAP 158
RSVP here by 4/30

Join us as we wrap up a successful year with our final general meeting. We'll celebrate our PSWC 2014 Results with an event-by-event breakdown of our victories, announce our new 2014-2015 Executive Board, and welcome guest speaker George Huang, President of the ASCE Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch Younger Member Forum (MLAB YMF). RSVP so we can order enough food for everyone!

ASCE Global Engineering Conference 2014: LA YMF Sponsorship

The Los Angeles Section Younger Member Forums (YMF) of ASCE (Los Angeles, Orange County, San Joaquin, San Bernardino/Riverside, and Santa Barbara/Ventura) have agreed to sponsor one college student to attend the 2014 ASCE Global Conference in Panama City, Panama, on October 7-11, 2014. The recipient will receive up to $1500 in reimbursement for the cost of registration, flight, and room (all receipts required). Attending ASCE’s Annual Civil Engineering Conference grants you the opportunity to receive points for your Student Chapter Annual Report, not to mention the opportunity to rub elbows with the world’s best and brightest engineers!

Please visit for more details on the conference. Listed below are the general requirements for applicants. The applicant must be:

  • Enrolled in an accredited university (need proof of enrollment for Fall 2014)
  • Majoring in Civil Engineering or a related field
  • An active member of an ASCE Student Chapter (USC ASCE!)

Applications are due by Saturday, May 31, 2014 and will be judged for originality, content, structure, and grammar.

Concrete Canoe All-Team Meeting

We will be having a meeting this Friday, 4/25, at 3pm in the KAP Lobby. If you were involved with canoe in any way this past year, OR if you want to be involved next year, OR if you are someone with any opinion on anything we did this year, we need you there. We'll basically be having a big discussion of how we did this year and where we can make major improvements, and I would like to make sure that everybody can have their input. This will likely be our last meeting of the year, so we would really like it if you all could make it.

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

PSWC 2014 Pictures: Day 2 & 3

Click on a picture to see all pictures from that event, or view them all here. Also, if you still need to pay for your PSWC shirts please do so ASAP!

Additional Opportunities

Student Engineer II/III, City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation

Application Deadline: April 28th

Entry-level student engineer position open to sophomore and junior students only. Candidates may assist Environmental Engineers with tasks associated with the Clean Water, Watershed Protection and Solid Resources Programs.

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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