USC ASCE Newsletter for October 26, 2014

Hi ,

Thank you very much to Simpson Strong-Tie for speaking to us at our 2nd General Body Meeting last Wednesday, and for becoming our first Traveler Sponsor for 2014-15!

*Important* 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,


USC ASCE Technical Writing Competition

Topic: Should the Engineer of Record (who has sealed a set of plans) be held responsible, to any degree, for injury or death to builders or bystanders that occurs during the construction of his/her design?

Info Session This Week

• Friday, October 31, KAP 145, 1pm (after the Chi Epsilon BBQ)


• PSWC 2015 Registration Fee waived!

• Represent USC ASCE in Tech Paper at PSWC 2015

• Represent USC ASCE in the national ASCE Daniel W. Mead Student Contest


• Friday, November 21

• Abstract (250 words max.)

• Oral Presentation (2 min. max.)


ASCE Music Video Competition Meeting

Date: Sunday, November 2
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Meet in KAP Lobby

ASCE National is having a music video competition for Student Chapters across the nation.  First 100 entries will receive a $100 bonus just for entering. Grand prize is $5000! Join us to create some awesome music videos about civil engineering!


Geotechnical/Geowall Info Sessions

1) Date: Monday November 3
    Time: 7-8 PM

2) Date: Wednesday, November 5
    Time: 6:30-7:30 PM  

Location: KAP Lobby

The Geotech team is offering two info sessions next week (both in KAP). These brief meeting will inform students of how they can get involved with Geotech this school year. Email for more info.


Steel Bridge

1)  Date: Monday, Oct. 27
     Time: 5:30 PM

2)  Date: Friday, Oct. 31
     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! 

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! Canoe Sub-Team Meetings this week:

Structures: Monday, Oct. 27 @ 6:00 PM in KAP 166

Aesthetics: Tuesday, Oct. 28 @ 5:00 PM in KAP Lobby

Mix Design: Friday, Oct. 31 @ 2:00 PM meet in KAP Lobby

Construction: Friday, Oct. 31 @ 3:00 PM meet in KAP Lobby

Paddling: Sunday, Nov. 2 @ 9:30 AM, meet outside KAP (Canoe Captains will send an email later this week you can RSVP to)


ASCE Intramural Basketball Team

We made it to playoffs! The ASCE Intramural Basketball team is still going strong. If you are interested in joining, contact Kevin Gibson at

Fight On!


Additional Announcements & Opportunities  

Scholarship Opportunities

The ASCE Los Angeles Section, Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch (MLAB) and Younger Member Forum (LA YMF) are proud to introduce this year's scholarships and awards for ASCE student members and university chapters.  There are many scholarships available to help offset your ever increasing college tuition.



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.  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

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.

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. 

Global Brigades Opportunities 

Looking for a once in a lifetime experience during college? Motivated to apply your engineering knowledge to positively impact global communities? Apply to either Engineering or Environmental Brigades at Global Brigades Joint Application Form by November 7, 2014!

Environmental Brigades in Panama
Volunteers empower rural communities to reverse degradation and preserve their environment. Volunteers have the opportunity to work with families on reforestation, sustainable agriculture, or waste management, depending on the time of year.

Learn more:

Engineering Brigades in Honduras

Volunteers work with local engineers and technicians to design water systems for rural communities. Volunteers assist in assessing water challenges, determining local water sources, and planning the designs for a feasible safe water solution.

Learn more:

Fall 2014 Los Angeles Global Leadership Organization Conference

Dates: Friday-Sunday, November 14-16, 2014
Location: University of Southern California (USC)

Global Leadership Organization (GLO) is a nonprofit organization that enhances the world by providing passionate individuals with tangible skills to become leaders in all facets of the global society. GLO inspires people to become “Social Transformative Leaders,” train them, and empower them to be change agents. GLO believes that with right attitude and skills, people can drive tangible results, enact positive change in our world, and leave legacies that transcend our individual lives.

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