USC ASCE Newsletter for November 23, 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.  Please turn in dues by Friday, December 5th.

Furthermore, in February, we will send a few members of USC ASCE to Seattle for the Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders (WSCL).  Please fill out this form if you are interested.

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.

Fight on & BEAT THE IRISH!

Kenya Collins & Jason Loui
Co-Membership Chairs,


USC ASCE PSWC 2015 Registration Information


Conference info:

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

Final Registration Deadline: Monday, January 26, 2015

Registration is now open for USC ASCE members to attend PSWC 2015! The Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) brings together over 1000 civil and environmental engineering students for a plethora of competitions, ranging from concrete canoe and steel bridge to dog house, environmental design, sports, and more. USC ASCE members can register for the conference and find all details here.

If you missed the PSWC Info Sessions we held last week, you can view our presentation slides here. Here’s a quick summary of the conference timeline and registration costs:

• November 17th – membership payment due for reduced PSWC cost

• December 5th – priority registration deadline

• January 12-24th – info sessions

• January 19 – April 7th – design & competition team meetings/practices

• January 26th – final registration deadline

• March 1st – team documents due

• March 13th – competition teams finalized, individual schedules released

• April 8-12th – PSWC 2015

Priority Registration – $160

• Friday, December 5, 2014

• Two-payment option available

Final – $180

• Monday, January 26, 2015

• All payments due in full

You MUST become a member of USC ASCE and ASCE nationalsbefore registering for PSWC! $10 off if you pay your USC ASCE membership dues by Monday 11/17/14. Once you fill out the registration form, you can submit payments to our box in KAP 213 OR give to an E-Board member.

We’re looking forward to an awesome conference and to defendingour 3rd place overall finish from last year! Email if you have any questions.


Restoring the Sparkle to a Los Angeles Jewel: Echo Park Lake
Guest Speaker: James H. Clark, Senior VP, Black & Veatch

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Time: 5:00PM
Location: SGM 226

In 2002, the City of Los Angeles Proposition “O” Bond established funding for $500M in storm water quality improvements. The goals of the program were: protect rivers, lakes, beaches, and the ocean; conserve and protect drinking water and other waters sources; reduce flooding and use neighborhood parks to decrease polluted runoff; and capture, clean up, and reuse storm water. Echo Park Lake (Lake), a Los Angeles icon, was identified in the 2006 California 303 (d) list as being impaired by algae, ammonia, copper, eutrophic (low oxygen) conditions, lead, odor, PCBs, pH, and trash. The Lake was originally designed as a reservoir for drinking water in the 1860’s, but has been used for many decades primarily as a flood control detention basin to manage peak flows during storm events in the City’s storm drain system, while providing recreational benefits and wildlife habitat. Echo Park Lake also plays host to community events, such as the Lotus Festival at Echo Park. Urban runoff has been diverted around the lake within the MS4 and into the Los Angeles River for the past 50 years or more. The Echo Park Lake Storm water BMP Project (Project) was a $45 million effort consistent with Proposition “O” to modify lake operations to improve the quality of urban runoff and meet TMDL requirements in the Lake and the Los Angeles River. Restoration of the lake was essential to meet water quality standards as well as the needs of the surrounding community. Since its completion in 2013, the project has won numerous regional and national awards, including the ASCE Region 9 Parks and Recreation Project of the Year; the AAEES Grand Award for Environmental Sustainability; and is one of the five finalists for the 2015 ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award. This presentation will describe the planning, design, and construction for this world class project with multiple project stakeholders.



 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. 24
     Time: 5:00 PM

Location: KAP

Note: There are no more Sunday design meetings!

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

Concrete Canoe is only meeting on Monday and Tuesday this week.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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. 17 @ 6:00 PM in KAP 166

Aesthetics: Tuesday, Nov. 18 @ 5:00 PM in KAP Lobby


Additional Announcements & Opportunities  

Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders (WSCL)

The Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders (WSCL) is a training session for new student officers from ASCE and AEI Student Chapters and ASCE International Student Groups. The WSCL is sponsored by the Committee on Student Members (CSM) - the national committee that oversees all ASCE Student Organization activities.

To fill out the USC ASCE WSCL interest form, click here.

Scholarship Opportunities


ASCE Society-Level Scholarships

Click here for more information about ASCE Society-Level scholarship opportunities.

ASCE Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch Scholarships

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.



Internship Opportunity

Intern Engineer - Transportation/Aviation - HNTB 

The Los Angeles, CA (LAX) office has a great opportunity for a civil engineering student.  This position is a Summer 2015 internship in our Aviation Group.  Under close supervision, the intern will assist assigned departments and/or projects by performing routine engineering-related tasks.  This is a full-time position requiring 40 hours per week.

Click here for more information on the HNTB internship.

Air Quality Consulting Intern - ENVIRON

ENVIRON is seeking an air quality intern to join the firm’s Los Angeles or Irvine, California office in the summer of 2015. The intern will be working in a challenging and variable environment with a focus on air quality consulting.

Click here for more information on the ENVIRON internship.

Student Professional Worker (Airport Development Group) - Los Angeles World Airports

The intern assigned to the Airport Development Group will assist a Senior Airport Engineer or Engineering Associate in various duties related to Engineering and Project Management. Individual may perform general clerical and administrative duties. Additionally, depending on interests and experience, technical work may be assigned related to the fields of Engineering and Architecture. Student Professional Worker may assist with inspections at job sites and may have the opportunity to frequently visit sites both on and off the airfield.

Apply on Viterbi Career Gateway by December 12th.

City of Vernon Internship Position

The City of Vernon is currently looking for an unpaid intern to assist the Public Works Engineering Division.  The Engineering Division’s functions are geared towards the design, construction, and maintenance of municipal properties and infrastructure, and its goal is to provide sound engineering services that ensures public safety and maximizes the taxpayer’s investment.  

Click here for more information and here for the application.  

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