Panama Canal: 3rd set of locks construction

2014 ASCE Global Engineering Conference Panama in Pictures

Five USC representatives traveled to Panama City, Panama last week for the 2014 ASCE Global Engineering Conference. In addition to attending various technical sessions and networking with professionals, we visited several significant architectural and engineering sites, including the Panama Canal. For more information about the conference, read my post here.

CE Tailgate

Join us for the Fall 2014 CEE Student Orgs Tailgate!

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Please join us for the Fall 2014 CEE Student Orgs Tailgate! Meet members from USC’s American Society of Civil Engineers,  Construction Management Association of America, Institution of Transportation Engineers, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honors Society. Food and drink will be provided.

Date: October 4th, 2014
Time: 11:30am-4:30pm
Location: Email to be sent day of with confirmation

Please contact our social chairs at social@uscasce.com with any questions. See you there!

Announcing Our First Sponsor for 2014-15: Patrick Lumber Company

We’re pleased to announce our first sponsor for the 2014-15 academic year: Patrick Lumber Company. Patrick Lumber is a lumber distributor, exporter, and re-manufacturer specializing in Vertical Grain Doug Fir, Western Red Cedar, Southern Yellow Pine, Hemlock, and more since 1915. As a Cardinal and Gold Sponsor, they will provide valuable funding to support our Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge projects and our USC team at the 2015 ASCE Pacific Southwest Conference.

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Interested in becoming a sponsor? Learn more at our sponsorship page.

 

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First General Meeting Recap

Thank you for attending USC ASCE’s first general meeting! Our executive board enjoyed getting to know everyone and sharing information about our organization.

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If you couldn’t attend our first general meeting, you can still get involved with USC ASCE! Please visit our membership page at http://uscasce.com/membership/ and complete the linked form. Dues for the 2014-2015 semester are $30. Our next general meeting isn’t until mid-October, but you can still contact our design teams to learn more about getting involved. You can contact the Concrete Canoe team at canoe@uscasce.com and the Streel Bridge team at steelbridge@uscasce.com

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Our paper, pencil, and tape bridge-building competition was quite competitive. Our older members had a great time sharing their knowledge of structures while guiding freshmen to build the most successful bridge. This semester we really hope to establish a strong sense of community between all students in the civil engineering major at USC.

 

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Sign Up for Concrete Canoe 2014-2015!

Concrete canoe team members race their canoe at PSWC 2014.
Co-ed sprints.

Hey everyone,

My name is Erin, and Ethan and I are super excited to be concrete canoe captains this year! Along with our project manager, Tyler, we can’t wait to meet our members and start building an amazing canoe!

The canoe team is a great way to get involved in ASCE, hang out with some awesome people, and do some fun, hands-on engineering. Through concrete canoe, I was able to meet and become better friends with a lot my fellow civil engineers. We spent a lot of time together, and bonded over two pour days, canoe sanding, paddling practices, and late night finishing right before leaving for San Diego. All of this culminated in one of the most rewarding moments–USC ASCE winning third place overall at PSWC!

If you’re interested in joining the concrete canoe team, we’ll be having our first meeting this Friday, September 12 at 2PM. We’ll be gathering in the KAP lobby and finding a room from there. If you can’t make it out on Friday and want to be added to the mailing list or have any questions, feel free to shoot us an email at canoe@uscasce.com. We’ll be happy to talk to anyone and keep everyone posted on our upcoming sub-team meetings and paddling practices.

Looking forward to a great year!

2014-15 USC ASCE Executive Board

President: Winston van Keulen

Vice President: Tedman Tran

Treasurer: Vincent Nguyen

Secretary: Sylvia Tran

Sponsorship/PSWC Chairs: Lucy Egbe & Nick Halsey

Membership Chairs: Jason Loui & Kenya Collins

Social Chairs: Kelly Lynch & Tyler Pullen

Archivist: Joshua Hung

Webmaster: Noah Cherner

Concrete Canoe Captains: Ethan Davidson & Erin Yamashita

Steel Bridge Captains: Daniel Huang & Ben Richardson

Environmental Design Team Captains: Kevin Gibson & Alice Wang

 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gregg Brandow

Practitioner Advisors: Julian Garcia and Ed Reynolds

USC ASCE Order of the Engineer Ceremony Luncheon 4/26/14

Order of the Engineer

USC American Society of Civil Engineers invites you to participate in the Order of the Engineer Ring Ceremony. Region 9 ASCE Governor Jay Higgins will be conducting the ceremony. The ceremony will be followed by lunch.

Location: USC Campus EEB 248
Date: Saturday, 4/26/14 @ 11:00 am
Register by: 4/17/14 @ 12:00 pm at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GlYsCYXkllEQw6GyvXC-TShz0a4-pMCbMQOwiKbHYGI/viewform

There are limited spots to participate in this ceremony.

Eligibility
Any engineer is eligible for induction if he or she:
(1) graduated from an EAC of ABET program or
(2) holds a license as a Professional Engineer in the United States or
(3) is enrolled in EAC of ABET degree programs and is within one academic year of graduation (meaning all senior engineering students are eligible!)

The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the United States to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer. The first Ring Ceremony was held on June 4, 1970 at Cleveland State University. Others like it have since spread across the United States at which graduate and registered engineers are invited to accept the Obligation of the Engineer and to wear a stainless steel ring.

The Ring Ceremonies are conducted by Links (local sections) of the Order. Over 3,000 engineers have participated in ASCE led Ring Ceremonies since Spring 2003. More information on the Order of the Engineer can be found at www.order-of-the-engineer.org. FAQs can also be found at the following: http://uscasce.com/?p=2274

Participants at the USC ASCE Ring Ceremony will take the Obligation of the Engineer and receive a stainless steel ring. The cost will be $15. Please fill out the registration form below for the Ring Ceremony. A ring sizer chart can be downloaded (http://uscasce.com/?p=2273) to assist in determining your ring size of the pinky finger of your working hand.

For additional information on the Ceremony please contact:
Rosa Lau, USC ASCE VP
uscasce@usc.edu

USC Students at Order of Engineer Ceremony

PSWC 2014 Co-ed Canoe Race

PSWC 2014 Co-ed Canoe Race Heat

Here’s a video of our co-ed sprint heat from the canoe races at PSWC 2014, courtesy of captain Jake’s parents. This was the first heat we’ve won in years! Our team took advantage of DiSCovery II’s straight speed and their extensive preparation on their way to qualify for the small final. The coed race consists of two down-and-back laps for a total distance of 400 meters.

USC ASCE Pacific Southwest Conference 2014 team picture.

PSWC 2014 Results

I’ll start off by putting this into perspective and context. Historically, USC ASCE typically places top-three in one or two events at PSWC. Our 18-school conference, combined with perennial powerhouses in the concrete canoe competition, make our conference one of the most competitive of the 15 in the country.

Last year, our only victory, albeit significant, was our first-place environmental win. This year, going into the awards banquet we didn’t expect much, but were proud of our collective effort.

We started out the awards banquet with a 1st place victory in the Scavenger Hunt competition. Despite having a team less than half the size of many other schools, our focus and determination led us to win one of the most fun events, finding cool spots and landmarks around SDSU’s campus and throughout San Diego.

Our 1st-place-winning Scavenger Hunt Team
Our 1st-place-winning Scavenger Hunt Team

 

Steel Bridge Team: 3rd place in Lightness and Construction Speed
Steel Bridge Team: 3rd place in Lightness and Construction Speed

Steel Bridge won 3rd place in construction speed, completing the construction of their bridge in roughly 18 minutes. They also won 3rd in bridge lightness. Our team ended up placing 3rd overall, earning an invitation to the AISC/ASCE National Steel Bridge Competition in Akron, OH!

Steel Bridge Team: 3rd Place Overall
Steel Bridge Team: 3rd Place Overall

Last year, our Concrete Canoe team had their first canoe to successfully survive every race in three years, but placed 14th overall. Despite deductions in the oral presentation and final product categories due to technicalities, the Concrete Canoe team placed 6th overall and won 3rd in design paper!

Concrete Canoe Team: 3rd Place in Design Paper (team photo interrupted by 3rd place overall celebration)
Concrete Canoe Team: 3rd Place in Design Paper (team photo interrupted by 3rd place overall celebration)

Our paddling team also did well, placing 7th overall. Highlights included our women’s slalom team placing sixth, our 4-person co-ed team winning their heat, and our men’s sprint team winning the small final by less than a second to place 6th, after missing the big final qualification by only a second.

Considering where we were just a year ago, and the fact that most of this year’s USC ASCE PSWC team were first-time attendees, all of these results are spectacular. But as we were celebrating our successes, we won an award that we never expected: 3rd place overall for the entire conference!

USC ASCE: PSWC 2014 3rd Place Overall Celebration
USC ASCE: PSWC 2014 3rd Place Overall Celebration

The overall conference rank is determined by summing all of the weighted points earned for each event, including canoe and bridge, the smaller design teams, and the sports tournaments. To win, a school must be well-rounded, participate in every event, and fight to win individual games, even if they don’t win entire sports tournaments. USC ASCE has not placed this high in the overall conference rank since 1994. Our 3rd place finish would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our entire team.

Here’s the event placement breakdown that led to our 3rd-place overall finish:

  • Concrete Canoe – 6th
  • Steel Bridge – 3rd
  • Technical Paper – 5th
  • Geotechnical / Geowall  – Participated
  • Environmental – 5th
  • Surveying – 7th
  • Impromptu & Mystery – Participated
  • Family Feud Quiz – T5th
  • Basketball – T5th
  • Volleyball – Participated
  • Ultimate Frisbee – T5th
  • Tug of War – Participated
  • Kan Jam (2 teams) – T5th, Participated
  • Scavenger Hunt – 1st
  • Concrete Bowling – Participated

PSWC 2014 Complete Results

PSWC 2014 Event Point Distribution

USC ASCE: PSWC 2014 3rd Place Overall Celebration
USC ASCE: PSWC 2014 3rd Place Overall Celebration

This year, we proved that just because we have a smaller department, fewer resources, and less manpower than other schools doesn’t mean that we can’t be successful. Let’s celebrate our victories, analyze our weaknesses, and come back next year ready to take 1st!

American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter at the University of Southern California

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