USC ASCE Newsletter for January 10, 2016

Hi ,

If you're just getting involved or haven't registered yet for PSWC, it's not too late! We will be hosting additional PSWC info sessions next week and sending out an email with all of the details later this week. In the meantime, we hope to see you at our design team meetings.

Join ASCE's Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch for the January installment of their Technical Presentation Series, hosted by USC ASCE on January 20th. Presenter: Dr. Jeffrey R Keaton, PE PG ENV SP, Principal, AMEC Foster Wheeler. The event is FREE for students.

Design teams are starting their meetings this week. please fill out the WhenIsGood forms to let your captains know about your availability.

The membership form is available here!  Dues are $30. You can submit the membership dues to our mailbox in KAP 213, to our treasurer Jason Loui, your design team captains or at an upcoming meeting.


Saina Vosoghi & Branden Currey
Co-Membership Chairs,


ASCE MLAB: Sustainability + Resilience = Civil Engineering Renaissance

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
Location: TBA
Cost: Free for students!

Join ASCE's Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch for the January installment of their Technical Presentation Series, hosted by USC ASCE. Presenter: Dr. Jeffrey R Keaton, PE PG ENV SP, Principal, AMEC Foster Wheeler.

Sustainability became a Strategic Initiative for ASCE in 2009 as it worked to establish the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure and its EnvisionTM Sustainability Rating System. ASCE views civil engineers as "entrusted by society to create a sustainable world and enhance the global quality of life" and insists that they "strive to comply with the principles of sustainable development". ASCE's Committee on Sustainability produced a Call to Action in 2015 observing that 1) civil engineers provide essential infrastructure, 2) the infrastructure is inadequate, 3) future resources and operating conditions are uncertain, and 4) current approaches, practices, and standards do not address the full range of societal needs; and concluding that 5) civil engineering practice must be transformed and 6) it is ASCE’s duty to lead this change. Sustainability as applied to civil infrastructure includes addressing stakeholder interests, considering system life cycles, avoiding depletion of resources, making sound economic decisions, and planning for resiliency.


Steel Bridge Meeting

Monday: 4-6 PM
Thursday: 5-7 PM

Hope you've all had a great break, and we hope you're even more excited to start the semester off with steel! We'll need all the help we can get in the coming months to finish our bridge, so if you're brand new or been around the block awhile, come down and help us out!
And if you can, fill out this whenisgood so we can better schedule our meetings:


Concrete Canoe

The first week back will be quite busy as we want to have the practice canoe ready to be used the following weekend. Therefore we will be meeting more often than usual in order to work on it (patching/sanding). Next week's meetings will go as follows: 

Tuesday5-9 PM 

We will be demolding the canoe, so even if you can't stay long, please come at 5 to help us remove it!

Friday: 2-5 PM

We're not going to be meeting in sub-teams as much this semester (aesthetics and structures may still meet), so please fill out this  whenisgood  by Sunday so we can schedule meetings and work times when you all can make it! These meeting times will start after the first week of classes.



hello guys, hope you all had a great winter break! This semester, we will be meeting weekly to work on the design. Please refer to the email later this week about the design prompt and meeting schedule. Hope to see you all soon!


Additional Opportunities

ASCE Scholarships

Los Angeles area ASCE groups are offering $24,000 in scholarships this year, and multiple students from USC receive scholarships most years. Awards will be announced at the annual YMF Student Night and Job Fair in March. The various scholarship applications were sent via email on 12/23/15 and are also available at the website:

The awards range from $1000-$5000, the application is really straightforward (at most, a short essay or recorded video interview thing is required). If you for some reason require more persuasion, they traditionally have a shortage of applicants, and last year, only five people applied for two of their $2500 scholarships. That's a 40% raw chance. That's absurd.

ASCE scholarship applications are due by the end of FRIDAY, January 15, 2016. Applications will also be accepted through January 29, 2016 (final deadline), but will be deducted points during scoring of the application. Note that most applications require a signature from our faculty advisor, Professor Brandow (, so plan ahead.


LADWP Student Engineer Program - Summer 2016 Internships​

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is currently accepting applications for its Summer 2016 Student Engineer Program (SEP).

The goal of the SEP is to provide college engineering students with an exceptional hob training opportunity, including career mentoring, theoretical and technical instruction, and complete project-related, infrastructure work tasks. Student Engineers will be paired with LADWP engineers and work in technical teams within the Water, Power, and Joint systems of the organization.

The LADWP internship application is due on January 22, 2016, with successful applicant notifications in late February and work assignments to commence at the conclusion of the academic year.  More information can be found on their website

This is a paid opportunity with one of the largest civil engineering employers in Southern California - we highly recommend applying!


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