USC ASCE Newsletter for November 2, 2014

Hi ,

First and foremost: Secure your membership in USC ASCE! 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,


Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) 2015 Info Sessions

Dates & times: Wednesday, 11/12 at 6:30pmand Friday, 11/14 at 4pm
Location: TBA

We're holding info sessions/general meetings about the big conference where all of our design teams compete: PSWC. We're planning to bring about 50 people to compete for our deisgn teams, and in sports tournaments and other competitions. Come out to learn about the conference, registration cost and timeline, and getting involved with the various competition teams!

Conference info

Dates: April 8 - 12, 2015 (Wednesday - Sunday)
Location: Tucson, AZ 
(hosted by the University of Arizona)
Early Registration Deadline: Friday, December 5, 2014

Final Registration Deadline: Monday, January 26, 2015

Cost: TBA*
, come to the info sessions for details!

Cost is discounted for all USC ASCE members who submit membership forms and pay their $30 membership dues by the end of the fall semester. Conference forms and fees will be published and collected beginning at the info sessions.


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?


• 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.)

Contact Nick Halsey at to get involved!


ASCE Music Video Competition

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! Email to get involved.


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, Nov. 3
     Time: 5:30 PM

2)  Date: Friday, Nov. 7
     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, Nov. 3 @ 6:00 PM in KAP 166

Aesthetics: Tuesday, Nov. 4 @ 5:00 PM in KAP Lobby

Mix Design: Friday, Nov. 7 @ 2:00 PM meet in KAP Lobby

Construction: Friday, Nov. 7 @ 3:00 PM meet in KAP Lobby

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


ASCE Intramural Basketball Team

Congrats to our the ASCE Intramural Basketball team for making it to the quarter-finals in playoffs! Big shout out to our team captain, Kevin Gibson, and all of the members who competed in the intramural team this year.

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.



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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