USC ASCE Newsletter for March 30, 2015

Hi ,

PSWC is only a week away! Design teams will be holding additional meetings throughout the week so be on the lookout for emails from your captains.  

Sports day is this Friday from 4-6 PM!  Show up at Cromwell Field (the one with track) for soccer and frisbee and bears oh my!  This is highly encouraged for anyone playing any of the sports at PSWC (which is basically everyone).  Immediately after sports day, there will be a MANDATORY PSWC Meeting in KAP 156.

Lastly, sign up for the Order of the Engineer ceremony if you are a senior! Information can be found below.


Kenya Collins & Jason Loui
Co-Membership Chairs,



1)  Friday, 4/3, 6 PM, KAP 156

2)  Monday, 4/6, 10 PM, KAP 156

Everyone attending PSWC is required to attend one of the meetings.  There are two meeting times to choose from.  If you are absolutely unable to attend either meeting time please let us know as soon as possible and we will find time to meet with you.


Order of the Engineer Ceremony Sign-Up

Click HERE to RSVP!



Date: Wednesday, April 1
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: KAP TA Room

Date: Friday, April 3
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: KAP Lobby



Dates: Tuesday, March 31
            Wednesday, April 1
Time: 9:00 PM
Location: KAP Basement


Steel Bridge

1) Date: Friday, April 3
    Time: 12:00 PM

2) Date: Saturday, April 4
    Time: 11:00 AM

Location: KAP Basement

Steel Bridge is almost done fabricating the pieces of the bridge!  We still have a lot of work to do so everyone is welcome to attend!


Concrete Canoe

Date: Wednesday, April 1
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM & 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: KAP Basement

Date: Friday, April 3
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: KAP Basement


Secondary Design Teams

Check for emails from your design team captains about meeting times!


PSWC Sponsorship Announcement

Kennedy/Jenks Consultants 

We are pleased to announce that Kennedy/Jenks Consultants has become a “Tommy” sponsor of USC ASCE for 2014-15 with their donation of $500. Kennedy/Jenks Consultants provides engineering and scientific solutions for water, environmental, energy, and innovative projects to government agencies and private utilities, industry and business, federal programs, and transportation clients. Their sponsorship will provide the remaining funding necessary to support our design teams as we quickly approach our annual competition, PSWC.


Additional Announcements & Opportunities


CE/ENE Spotlight on April 2nd! (7 - 8 PM)

Come learn more about Civil and Environmental Engineering at the CE/ENE Spotlight on Thursday, April 2nd. A panel of alumni will be in RTH 211 from 7:00-8:00 pm to answer any questions you have about the majors, research, and career options. Plus, there will be FREE Pizza!  RSVP here.

Apply for an Alumni Mentor!  Deadline Friday, April 10th!

Through the Viterbi-Student Alumni Mentoring Program (VSAMP), you can potentially obtain information on majors and career related experiences, expand your knowledge of various career options, gain job search tips, and prepare for a smooth transition into your career.  Click HERE to apply.


LA Younger Member Forum (YMF) Events


Seismic Evaluation Methods and Retrofit of Existing Buildings Presentation

Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: ARUP DTLA Office, 14th Floor (811 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1460, Los Angeles, CA 90017)

Join LA YMF for the next "Focus on Infrastructure" series presentation. Our upcoming infrastructure topic will focus on existing structural buildings with a presentation by Mr. Patrick Noll, P.E. from Arup. The presentation will cover the Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings (ASCE 31-03 Tier 1 Evaluation) with reference to ASCE 41-13 and Rapid Visual Screening (RVS) assessment methodologies. The presentation will discuss the associated data management, screening of deficiencies, and performance evaluations considered to determine buildings with potential seismic risk based on seismic hazard, exposure, and structural vulnerability.

Click HERE to Register!

Please contact Thuy Nguyen ( for more information.

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