USC ASCE Newsletter for October 5, 2014

Hi ,

Thank you to everyone who came out to Sports Day and the CEE tailgate!  We hope you had fun and got to meet new people!

USC ASCE has many events planned for October! Look forward to our 2nd General Body Meeting on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30pm in KAP 158!

As a reminder, the Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe design teams are starting on their respective projects for the spring 2015 PSWC Conference. 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

1)  Date: Monday, Oct. 6
     Time: 5:30 PM

2)  Date: Friday, Oct. 10
     Time: 12:00 PM

Location: KAP Lobby

Steel Bridge has created a DropBox account to make information available to all members. Download the official rules, view pictures of previous bridges, and review the presentation from the first meeting.

As always, new members are always welcome!


Concrete Canoe

Canoe Sub-Team Meetings this week...

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

Aesthetics: Tuesday, Oct. 7 @ 5:00 PM in THH 121

Mix Design: Friday, Oct. 10 @ 2:00 PM meet in KAP Lobby

Construction: Friday, Oct. 10 @ 3:00 PM meet in KAP Lobby

Paddling: Sunday, Oct. 12 @ 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.


Announcing USC ASCE's First Sponsor for PSWC 2014-15: Patrick Lumber Company

We're pleased to announce our first sponsor for the 2014-15 academic year: Patrick Lumber Company. Patrick Lumber is a lumber distributor, exporter, and re-manufacturer specializing in Vertical Grain Doug Fir, Western Red Cedar, Southern Yellow Pine, Hemlock, and more since 1915. As a Cardinal and Gold Sponsor, they will provide valuable funding to support our Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge projects and our USC team at the 2015 ASCE Pacific Southwest Conference.

Know a company that may be interested in becoming a sponsor? Send them to our sponsorship page.


ASCE Intramural Basketball Team

Congrats to the ASCE Intramural Basketball team on their first win last Sunday, September 28th at their first game of the season. The final score was 55-34 and Tyler was named MVP by the team captain, Kevin.


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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