Numerous student members attended the annual department CEE Holiday Party on December 9th. From professors and deans to undergraduates and graduates, a warming festive experience concluded the Fall Semester on a positive note. Additional pictures can be found here!
As the Fall Semester drew to a close, so did the first half of preparing for concrete canoe. Members, new and old, spent the day learning how to measure, mix, and place in preparation for the real deal later in January. It is always good to put new ideas to the test before committing to the full project so crucial tests can be performed and adjustments can be made. All the contributions made on Practice Pour Day defined how the actual run will progress on January 28.
Thank you for coming out to our second general meeting of the semester! This meeting covered design team progress to information about PSWC, and picking up of t-shirts. It’s never too late to join a design team. Read more below to learn about the major topics covered in this meeting.
This is the conference we prepare all year for! Concrete canoe, steel bridge, environmental, geotech, and more teams compete for the top spot to be considered the #1 student ASCE organization around. This is where we showcase the year’s work and get away from campus for a few days. This year, it is at UC Irvine.
From mystery events and boat races to concrete frisbee and bridge building, there are plenty of events to go around. Sound fun? Well you can start here and meet the first deadline by December 9th! For more information, check out the website or contact our PSWC chairs firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Hope to see you there!
We’ll be hosting an ASCE study day on Tuesday, December 6th! We will snag a room in KAP and get our work done together with snacks in our own secluded space away from the pressures of the library.
There’s a CEE holiday party on Friday, December 9th starting at 6:30pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your classmates and even your professors outside of the classroom setting. RSVP here!
Anyone ever seen something some people call snow? Well there’s a chance to see it up close and personal with the upcoming CEE Ski Trip! This annual excursion happens in the first part of the semester. Fill out this form for further information.
Remember, it is never too late to join a design team! Contact them here:
Every year, ASCE organizes a National Convention in which civil engineering students and professionals from all over the country come together and attend civil engineering related events and workshops. This year, the National Convention took place in Portland, Oregon from September 28th to October 1st.
USC ASCE sent three student members to the National Convention to learn more about what ASCE is doing on the national level and to gain insight on some current civil engineering topics. President Saina Vosoghi, vice president Marissa Knutson, and secretary Elizabeth Gu flew to Portland to attend the convention and experience the beautiful city!
Some of the insightful workshops that USC ASCE members were able to attend were on subjects such as past iconic construction endeavors, the influence of various civil engineering innovations, and how to improve the professional status of civil engineers. Two of the sessions, “Building the Grand Coulee Dam”, and “Behind the Scenes: Design and Construction of the World’s Longest Floating Bridge”, went through a step-by-step process of how these grand structures were designed and constructed. In addition, “Transforming Transportation – Automated and Connected Vehicles”, discussed the ethical dilemmas regarding the advanced technological pursuits of automated vehicles. Two workshops that discussed the role of civil engineering professionals both in industry and in the world included “Collaboration of Construction Engineers and Structural Engineers” and “Humanitarian Opportunities in Civil Engineering.”
An emphasis was placed on the importance of good communication between design and construction that begins with a solid relationship between construction and structural engineers. Also, the humanitarian opportunities that are available for civil engineers were discussed and displayed the importance of giving back using the engineering skills that civil engineers have in their possession. Beyond the workshops, USC ASCE members were given the opportunity to speak with esteemed civil engineering professionals and to preview MacGillivray Freeman’s “DREAM BIG” movie, set to release in February 2017.
The convention was not just about business, however. Saina, Marissa, and Elizabeth also got the opportunity to experience some of Portland’s most treasured attractions! They rode the Portland Aerial Tram and got to escape the LA drought and go hiking in some beautiful green forests. Powell’s Book Store was also an impressive sight to see, the world’s largest independent bookstore! They couldn’t stay away from the great food and visited Voodoo Doughnuts and the Portland Saturday Market. They took advantage of Portland’s great public transportation and rode the train to Washington Park, the deepest transit station in North America at 260 ft. below ground. At Washington Park, they explored the arboretum as well as the Vietnam War Memorial. They truly enjoyed getting to visit the city and were taken away with the beautiful buildings and impressive bridges. The ASCE National Convention was a great experience and we can’t wait for next year’s in New Orleans, Louisiana!
This past Sunday, September 25th, nine members trekked out to Malibu to hike the Los Liones trail. We had four graduate students and two freshman attend; we are so proud of our member retention and how diverse our club is! It was an especially hot day in LA, but also an especially clear one–so much so that we could see Downtown LA from the top of the trail! We had a great time, and now even more excited for our spring hike when it’s a little cooler out.
On the evening of September 22, members of LA YMF (Los Angeles Younger Member Forum) and USC ASCE came together for a resume review and mock interview workshop.
There was an opportunity to question a panel of LA YMF members about their field as well as a segment for feedback and suggestions on how to curate a proper resume. Later, mock interviews were held in two separate rooms to further prepare students for the types of questions potentially asked in future interviews. Overall, this event provided great preparation for the upcoming Viterbi Career Fair in early October.
On Thursday, September 15th, we held a mixer for our 2016-2017 Mentorship Program, a.k.a. Big and Little Buddies! We had seven freshman and new members attend with our returning members. We enjoyed getting to know each other as we ate ice cream, played human bingo, and did a speed-dating exercise. Members were asked to answer questions ranging from “Why Civil?” to “If you could get on a plane tomorrow and go anywhere in the world where would you go?” Overall, the event was a huge success, and we were able to pair each little buddy with the big buddy of their choosing!
Thank you for attending our first general meeting of the semester! Our E-board enjoyed sharing information about the organization and the wonderful events planned for the year.
If you were unable to attend, it is not too late to get involved! Follow the links below to obtain more information on how to become a member. We look forward to a wonderful, fun filled year in USC ASCE. Can’t wait to see you there!
You can contact our design teams here:
Concrete Canoe – firstname.lastname@example.org
Steel Bridge – email@example.com
Environmental – firstname.lastname@example.org
Geotech – email@example.com
President: Saina Vosoghi
Vice President: Marissa Knutson
Secretary: Elizabeth Gu
Treasurer: Jason Loui
Sponsorship/Conference Co-Chairs: Alex Tanner & Marjo Jarrin
Media Chair: Akivan Rooks
Social & Mentorship Chair: Linnea Engstrom
External Relations Chair: Branden Currey
Concrete Canoe Project Manager: Karina Schulz
Concrete Canoe Asst. Project Managers: Emmy Park & Cole Pernitsky
Steel Bridge Project Manager: Jamaica Go
Steel Bridge Asst. Project Manager: Jennifer Villacis
Environmental Design Project Manager: Justine Lee
Geotechnical Design Project Manager: Branden Currey
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gregg Brandow
Practitioner Advisors: Julian Garcia and Ed Reynolds
For our final general meeting of the year, we recapped our third-place three-peat at PSWC 2016, announced the 2016-17 Executive Board, and presented the annual USC ASCE Awards. We finished with an opportunity for everyone to sign the seniors’ hard hats, a USC CEE department tradition. It was a great end to the year with food, fun, and friendship!
That's a wrap! Awards have been given, 2016-2017 positions initiated, and seniors sent off! Can't wait for the fall! pic.twitter.com/Xdx1gA8ETT
— USC ASCE (@uscasce) April 29, 2016
— USC ASCE (@uscasce) April 29, 2016