USC ASCE Newsletter for September 21, 2014

Hi ,

The Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe design teams are starting on their respective projects for the spring 2015 PSWC Conference. Feel free to come out to their meetings if you have not yet had the chance.  New members are always welcome!  No experience needed!

Membership Forms are available here!  Dues are $30.  You can submit the membership dues to our mailbox in KAP 213, to one of our officers, or at an upcoming meeting.

To help everyone keep track of all of our opportunities we've created a set of USC ASCE calendars that you can subscribe to, check them out!


Kenya Collins & Jason Loui
Co-Membership Chairs,


Steel Bridge Meeting Times

1)  Date: Monday, Sept. 22
     Time: 5:30 PM

2)  Date: Friday, Sept. 26
     Time: 12:00 PM

Location: KAP Lobby

Thank you to everyone who came out to our info sessions last week.  If you missed them, don't worry!  New members are always welcome!


Concrete Canoe Updates

Canoe Sub-Team Meetings this week...

Structures: Monday, Sept. 22 @ 6:00 PM in KAP 166

Aesthetics: Thursday, Sept. 25 @ 5:00 PM, meet in KAP Lobby (Special meeting time for this week)

Mix Design: Friday, Sept. 26 @ 2:00 PM meet in KAP Lobby

Construction: Friday, Sept. 26 @ 3:00 PM meet in KAP Lobby

Paddling: Sunday, Sept. 28 @ 9:30 AM, meet outside KAP (Canoe Captains will send an email later this week you can RSVP to)

Canoe Sub-Teams

The canoe team works in sub-teams for the fall semester to help make our work as efficient as possible and to facilitate everyone focusing on their areas of interest. No experience is required to join any of the teams, and most members join multiple!

Usual Meeting Time: Tuesdays @ 6:00 PM, THH 121

The aesthetics team is in charge of picking a theme for the canoe display. This includes the canoe’s graphic design, colors, display board and canoe stands. Members also create paper graphics, shirts, and everything else design-oriented. The aesthetics team is perfect for building science majors and anyone else interested in art or design!

Usual Meeting Time: Mondays @ 6:00 PM, KAP 166

The structures team is responsible for developing the shape of the canoe’s hull and performing structural analysis. The goal is to determine the minimum concrete strength and the weak points in the canoe. The structures team is a great opportunity for Civil Engineering (Structural) majors and anyone interested in Structural Engineering.

Usual Meeting Time: Fridays @ 3:00 PM, meet in KAP Lobby

The construction team is in charge of developing and testing canoe construction methods to ensure the highest possible workmanship and build quality.

Mix Design:
Usual Meeting Time:  Fridays @ 2:00 PM, meet in KAP Lobby

The mix design team creates a concrete mix design (ratio of all of the different materials) that is as light, strong, and workable as possible. Each week we conduct compression-strength-test on last year's mix design, make adjustments, and create another batch of concrete with the new mix.

Usual Meeting Time:  Sundays @ 9:30 AM, outside KAP

Every Sunday, we carpool to Newport Bay Aquatic Center where we practice paddling real canoes in preparation for the racing component of our concrete canoe competition. We’ll stop at In-n-Out Burger on the way back and return to campus by around 1:30 PM.



Additional Opportunities


Port of Los Angeles

Civil Engineering Student Internship

ConnectSC ID 59068


Students will assist Engineers/Architects in the preparation of plans and specifications for projects involving grading, paving, storm drain systems, sewer systems, roadways, buildings, wharves, transportation studies, marine facilities, and other miscellaneous engineering duties. Other duties will include making copies, scanning documents, processing shop drawings and record drawings, preparing plans for permits, and coordinating with other agencies.

This is a year-round position. During the semester/quarter, students must work between 16-20 hours per standard work week. During the school breaks, students are expected to work 40 hours per week.


San Pedro, California


Please send a résumé by Wednesday, October 8, 2014 to the attention of Mrs. Christine Honeybone, Engineering Division via email to, via fax to (310) 521-0332, or via mail to the above address.

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