USC ASCE Newsletter for November 9, 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. The deadline to submit dues is Friday, December 5th!

We are also having PSWC info sessions this week on Wednesday, November 12th @ 6:30 PM in SGM 226  and Friday, November 14 @ 4:00 PM in KAP 164.  Attendance at one of these meetings is highly encouraged if you want to attend PSWC in the spring.  

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

Wednesday, November 12th at 6:30pm in SGM 226

Friday, November 14th at 4:00 pm at KAP 164

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!

If you are interested in attending PSWC, but are unable to attend either meeting, please email ASAP!

Conference info

Dates: April 8 - 12, 2015 (Wednesday - Sunday)
Location: Tucson, AZ 
(hosted by the University of Arizona)
Early Registration Deadline: Monday, November 17th, 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 Friday, December 5th.. 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


The qualification round of the competition is based on the submission of a formal abstract, due by Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at 11:59pm. Learn more and enter the competition here.

Email if you have any questions!



 Thank you to everyone who showed up to the info meetings! This week there will be no meeting but be on the look out for an email about our meetings for next week! If you are still interested in joining please email us!



Steel Bridge

1)  Date: Monday, Nov. 10
     Time: 5:00 PM

2)  Date: Friday, Nov. 14
     Time: 12:00 PM

Location: KAP Lobby

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

Steel Bridge is finishing up the design of the bridge! 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. 10 @ 6:00 PM in KAP 166

Aesthetics: Tuesday, Nov. 11 @ 5:00 PM in KAP Lobby

Mix Design: Friday, Nov. 14 @ 2:00 PM meet in KAP Lobby

Construction: Friday, Nov. 14 @ 3:00 PM meet in KAP Lobby

Paddling: Sunday, Nov. 16  @ 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!


PSWC Sponsorship Announcements

Hall & Foreman: A Division of David Evans and Associates, Inc.

We’re pleased to announce our first “Tommy” sponsor for 2014-15:Hall & Foreman, a division of David Evans and Associates, Inc. Hall & Foreman provides engineering, surveying, and land planning solutions for clients throughout Southern California. As a sponsor, they will fund our design teams, allowing them to continue their steady growth in recent years at the PSWC 2015 competition in April.

Atkinson Construction

We are pleased to announce that Atkinson Construction has become a “Tommy” sponsor with their donation of $500. This is the second straight year that Atkinson has sponsored USC ASCE; their sponsorship last year helped Steel Bridge achieve a third place finish at PSWC. You can learn more about Atkinson at their website


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.



California Water Resources Control Board Internship Opportunity

Salary: $2,042.00 - $3,148.00
Location: Los Angeles
Tenure: Temporary month(s) 
Application Due Date: Friday, November 14

Job Description:
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Engineering Geologist and the lead of a Water Resource Control Engineer and consistent with good customer service practices and the goals of the State and Regional Board’s Strategic Plan, the incumbent is expected to be courteous and provide timely responses to internal/external customers, follow through on commitments, and to solicit and consider internal/external customer input when completing work assignments. The incumbent is expected to assist Regional Board staff with the review of: 1) analytical soil and groundwater data, 2) work plans, remedial action plans, and corrective action plans as they pertain to the characterization and cleanup of releases from underground storage tank systems, 3) assist in the management of various analytical soil and groundwater databases, 4) assist in conducting of compliance inspections, and 5) assist in the development of low risk case closure recommendations. Consistent with the Regional Boards File Review Policy and in cooperation with Administrative staff, assist in coordinating file reviews and public record requests with engineering consulting firms, legal professionals, and the general public by retrieving files from onsite storage areas and an offsite warehouse. Moving and lifting boxes is required. Driving a state vehicle is also required to retrieve files from an offsite warehouse. The incumbent is expected to assist Regional Board staff with mail-outs, case file management, and perform other assigned duties not described above, but within the range of knowledge and abilities expected of an Engineering Student Assistant.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Employment in this class is restricted to students who are admitted for enrollment in a college program preparing for upper division status in engineering, architectural, or landscape architectural curriculum leading to a bachelors or advanced degree. Employment in the class is based on continued enrollment in a college program.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a Standard Examination/Employment Application (STD. 678) and a resume detailing employment experience and education to Dolores Renick. Emailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted. Official transcripts will be required upon hire. Applications will be screened and only the most qualified will be interviewed. Please write RPA 14-140-036 on your application.

For additional information click here.  


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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