USC ASCE Newsletter for October 19, 2014

Hi ,

Our 2nd General Body Meeting is this week on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30pm in KAP 145

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!  To stay updated on all the latest USC ASCE events feel free to join our Facebook page.


Kenya Collins & Jason Loui
Co-Membership Chairs,


2nd General Body Meeting

Date: Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 pm
KAP 145

We will discuss ASCE's upcoming events for the semester, give updates on design teams, and hear from guest speaker, Jason Oakley.

Jason Oakley is a P.E. and has been working as an Anchor Systems Engineer for Simpson StrongTie for over 12 years. Simpson StrongTie manufactures lumber connections.

USC ASCE Reps at the 2014 ASCE Global Engineering Conference

2014 ASCE Global Engineering Conference Panama in Pictures

Five USC representatives traveled to Panama City, Panama last week for the 2014 ASCE Global Engineering Conference. In addition to attending various technical sessions and networking with professionals, we visited several significant architectural and engineering sites, including the Panama Canal.

See all the pictures on our blog!


LADWP Water Main Break Presentation

Taix French Restaurant
October 29, 2014 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Come join LA YMF and MLAB for a technical presentation about the Sunset Boulevard trunk line break. On July 29, 2014, a water trunk line broke under Sunset Boulevard in the Westwood area, which caused the loss of 20 million gallons of water, the closure of Sunset Boulevard, and flooding throughout the neighborhood area including the UCLA campus.

Our guest speaker, Mr. Joe Castruita, LADWP Director of Water Distribution, will present on the details of the Sunset Boulevard trunk line break and discuss the endeavor to repair it safely and promptly.

Dinner is included as part of the registration. Student registration is $10.

Click here to view the event page.

There are a few spots available to carpool with current USC ASCE members. Contact Vice President, Tedman Tran at


Steel Bridge

1)  Date: Monday, Oct. 20
     Time: 5:30 PM

2)  Date: Friday, Oct. 24
     Time: 12:00 PM

Location: KAP Lobby

Steel Bridge Design Meetings: Sundays at 4:00 pm in KAP 209.

Team Captains are hoping to have the design of the bridge completed by the end of the month. 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

The votes are in! The canoe team has voted on Jurassic Park! 

Canoe Sub-Team Meetings this week...

Structures: Monday, Oct. 20 @ 6:00 PM in KAP 166

Aesthetics: Tuesday, Oct. 21 @ 5:00 PM in KAP Lobby

Mix Design: Friday, Oct. 24 @ 2:00 PM meet in KAP Lobby

Construction: Friday, Oct. 24 @ 3:00 PM meet in KAP Lobby

Paddling: Sunday, Oct. 26 @ 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!


ASCE Intramural Basketball Team

We've got a winning record: 2-1! The ASCE Intramural Basketball team is still going strong. If you are interested in joining, contact Kevin Gibson at

Fight On!


Additional Announcements & Opportunities  

USC Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Meeting

Date: Tuesday, October 21
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Location: KAP 167

We are excited to host guest speaker Taylor Henderson for our meeting on Tuesday, October 21, from 6:00-7:00pm in KAP 167. Mr. Henderson works for HNTB, and will be speaking about his current project, the 6th Street Viaduct Replacement Project. This is a monumental $400 million bridge replacement project that will redefine the Los Angeles cityscape. As always, food and refreshments will be provided.

USC CMAA 20th Symposium: Rebuilding the World Trade Center

USC CMAA 20th Symposium: Rebuilding the World Trade Center will be held on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Town & Gown. 
To sign up for this event fill out the following google doc.

Arup Immersion Event

Arup is hosting an Immersion Event in November. The event is invite only and features a series of presentations discussing our global projects and company culture. To be considered for an interview and to participate in the immersion experience, please email your resume to by October 25th with the subject line "Los Angeles Immersion Experience." A GPA of 3.0 is required to attend this event.

WateReuse Association Student Poster Competition

The WateReuse Association's California chapter will be holding its annual conference in downtown Los Angeles on March 15-17, 2015.  They will be holding a student poster competition with cash prizes for winners, and the group has offered to cover poster printing costs for those accepted.  

The deadline to apply is November 7, 2014. I encourage anyone interested to apply -- their interests are very broad, so don't hesitate to submit abstracts that aren't conventional water reuse issues.

For details and instructions, follow the links below:

In addition to the potential for winning money, the WateReuse Association conference will be  a great place to learn about current water issues in California and to network with professionals in the water community. 

Please contact Sharona Sokolow, ( if you have any questions.

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