On March 7, 2014, members of USC ASCE attended the ASCE 15th Annual Student Night & Job Fair organized by the Los Angeles Younger Member Forum (LA YMF). This event was held at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Downtown LA. The event started off with a job fair from 2 to 5 pm with representatives from 15 agencies and private firms. Students were able to talk to the company representatives to network and learn more about internships and full time positions. Following the job fair, students mingled and continued to network at the Kyoto Gardens at the hotel.
During dinner, we gained much insight regarding ASCE and the profession. Speakers included Nazanin Hajaty (organizer of the event), George Huang (LA YMF President), Darwin Vargas (MLAB Branch President), Yazdan Emani (LA Section President), Jay Higgins (Region 9 Governor), and Don Sepulveda (guest speaker). Following this, scholarships and awards were presented to the winners. Listed below are the USC Students who won scholarships and the scholarships that they won.
Daniel Huang: Leo and Pat Hirschfeldt Scholarship & Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch Scholarship
Tyler Pullen: Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch Scholarship
Elise Takebayashi: Los Angeles YMF Graduate Scholarship
Congratulations to those who won these scholarships. Tyler Pullen also won one of the raffle prizes! Thank you for all those who applied for these scholarships!
After the scholarships were announced, Nazanin Hajaty, Sean Ryan, and George Huang gave some closing remarks. The event concluded with a group photo with all attendees, to be posted on the LA YMF website soon. Below is a picture of some of the USC students who attended the event.
These events are great opportunities to meet both professionals and other students. It is a great way to network and we highly recommend more students to apply for the scholarships and attend this event next year.
Thanks again for all those who attended the event and those who applied for the scholarships!
On February 20th Trojan alumni Ryan Anderson presented on the San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 Expansion. As a structural engineer for John A. Martin Associates, Mr. Anderson explained some of the challenges he faced with this 1.4 million square foot project.
His firm was responsible for the structural design of the terminal, so he shared with us some of the considerations they had with the design. For example, the existing structure is not within current structural building codes, so his firm designed the expansion in such a way that major renovations of the existing building were not necessary. The airport was in full operation the entire time, and the aesthetics of the expansion needed to match the existing building.
Overall, the project was a design-build success due to the extensive coordination between the structural engineers, architects, and construction managers. ASCE students enjoyed Chick-fil-A and refreshments during this presentation.
Don’t forget to sign up for the ASCE YMF Student Night & Job Fair. It is going to be next Friday, 3/7/14! Last day to sign up is THIS FRIDAY 2/28/14 ($25)
THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO NETWORK AND MEET PROFESSIONALS. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
If you are not free the whole time from 2-5 to make it to the job fair, it is okay. Tell us if you are planning to go so we know who will be joining us there. We would like to have a large group of students there representing USC.
For more info and to sign up, go here: http://mlab-ymf.org/events/student-night-job-fair
2:00 – 5:00pm Job Fair
5:00 – 6:00pm Break/ Networking
6:00 – 9:00pm Dinner/Awards/ Scholarship presentation
After pour day, we decided to re-pour this year’s canoe with a better reinforcement product, as the reinforcement led to the canoe being much thicker than we had designed. But we’re saving this first canoe for practice! Here it is, fresh out of the mold:
Our 2014 practice canoe, fresh out of the mold, with the construction team.
Yes, it’s so smooth, it’s shiny!
Four USC ASCE members attended ASCE’s 2014 Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders – Regions 8 & 9 (WSCL) this past weekend in Phoenix, AZ. WSCL is designed to give current and future chapter officers training, while facilitating networking opportunities with other students and professionals, allowing good ideas to be shared between schools.
The main conference room where most sessions were held.
Conference sessions covered topics from presenting each university’s successes and challenges to discussing how to better connect students from different universities to an overview of the new format for next year’s annual report.
Networking Reception at the end of the first day.
Networking was also a critical component of WSCL. Making connections with other students and with Civil and Environmental Engineering Professionals from ASCE Younger Member Groups and ASCE Section and Branch leaders is important for a variety of reasons. Ideas within and outside of ASCE can be shared, friendships can be formed, and potential career opportunities can be created.
USC ASCE Members with ASCE President-Elect Robert Stevens
In addition to the student-focused sessions, several events were held with the younger members and section and branch leaders, whose conferences occurred simultaneously. Highlights included several networking events (including meals!), a speech by ASCE President-Elect Robert Stevens, and a Q & A session with ASCE’s President, past President, and President-Elect.
Overall, WSCL was a great experience where we made new connections and formed new and exciting ideas for USC ASCE. If you’re at all interested in a leadership role at USC ASCE, get excited for WSCL 2015 in Seattle, WA!
Our USC ASCE team for PSWC 2014 has been finalized. We’ll be bringing 43 of our members to San Diego State University from April 2-6 to compete against 17 other universities in concrete canoe, steel bridge, environmental, geotechnical, surveying, technical paper, concrete bowling, scavenger hunt, sports teams, and several other events.
We’re finalizing details of our travel plans now, while also organizing the smaller competition teams. Once we have all of individual schedules and teams filled out, team captains will coordinate meetings/practices to prepare for victory!
Our design teams can always use more help to design and build the concrete canoe, steel bridge, water treatment system, and geowall. Even if you aren’t attending PSWC this year, you can make a big impact on our teams and help propel them to win!
Check out our calendars for updates on all of our meeting times and info for getting involved!
Date of Event: Saturday, 2/15/14
Time of Event: 8:00-5:00pm (We will be meeting at TBD at KAP to carpool)
Address: 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA91330
RSVP by 2/7/14 : http://goo.gl/mA57Ii
Join USC ASCE on Saturday, February 15, 2014 to volunteer at the Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition, hosted by ASCE LA YMF at the Cal State Northridge (CSUN) campus!
High school students will be going to CSUN for a design competition to test and present their popsicle stick bridges. They need volunteers for everything from running scores across campus, to providing directions, to monitoring events.
This is a great way to meet other ASCE students from other schools while looking at the student’s popsicle stick bridge designs!
We plan to go as a group, so please fill out this form so that we can organize rides http://goo.gl/mA57Ii by Friday, February 7, 2014.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
For more information regarding the event, please visit: http://mlab-ymf.org/events/popsicle-stick-bridge-competition
USC ASCE’s Annual Report for the 2013 calendar year is now available. Required for all student chapters of ASCE, the annual report offers an opportunity to evaluate our accomplishments, goals, and improvements over the past year, and to reflect on opportunities for improvement in the coming year.
Check out our 2013 annual report here →