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Structural Focus Guest Speaker Visits ASCE

As part of ASCE’s Professional Speaker Series, last week Samuel Mengelkoch from Structural Focus came out to ASCE and gave us a presentation on his experience in the structural engineering field and about some projects he has worked on in his career.


He gave out good advice for those interested in the field of structural engineering and showed that it can be more than just designing steel trusses. Namely, he showed us a renovation project his company is working on somewhere in downtown Los Angeles, where they are taking an old fabric manufacturing factory built in the early 20th century and renovating it into a shopping destination with a vast commercial space.  He described the challenges of earthquake-proofing a building that had been built before earthquake standards, and had not been designed for lateral loads. He really showed how the role of the structural engineer plays out both in shaping the design of the structure, as well as during construction where he worked directly with construction teams.

With so many disciplines of civil and environmental engineering these days, it was really great to hear about one that can really hold up to the competition.

Thank you Samuel!


Registration is now open for USC ASCE members to attend PSWC 2016! 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 environmental design, sports, and more. USC ASCE members can register for the conference and find all details here.

Here’s a quick summary of the conference timeline and registration costs:

  • December 4th – Priority Registration Deadline (For the reduced payment of $90)
  • January 29th – final registration deadline
  • January 30th – Concrete canoe pour day (Attendance is mandatory)
  • Martch 31st – April 2nd – PSWC 2016

Priority Registration – $90

  • Friday, December 4, 2015
  • Three-payment option available
    • Check (made out to USC ASCE)
    • Cash (Dropped off in our mailbox in KAP 213)
    • Venmo:
      • @Marissa-Knutson
      • Title: “ASCE PSWC 2016 Dues”

Final – $120

  • Friday, January 29, 2016
  • All payments due in full

You MUST become a member of USC ASCE and ASCE nationals before registering for PSWC!  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 defending our 3rd place overall finish from last year! Email if you have any questions.