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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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 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.
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!
This semester we hosted Phil, the ASCE Foundation’s Philanthropist Hedgehog. We took him with us whenever we went somewhere exciting, some of the highlights were USC Trojans Football Games and various Civil and Environmental Engineering field trips. Since we took Phil everywhere, this post also includes a nice summary of USC ASCE events and events our members were involved this semester. We’re looking forward to the spring semester, when we’ll be getting into full gear in preparation for the Pacific Southwest Conference!
Phil on Gameday & at Trojan Football Games
Phil on Field Trips
Phil with Building Science Students and the Concrete Canoe Aesthetics Team:
Phil Around LA
Phil Studying and Visiting the Science Center
We held our second general meeting of the semester and hosted the ASCE Younger Members Forum Student Roundup, with several other universities in attendance.
All of our photos from the 2013 ASCE National Conference in Charolatte, North Carolina. More details here.
USC ASCE is a student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Even though it seems like we do a lot, there’s so much more going on! We’ve briefly discussed the way ASCE operates outside of the college level, but here’s a comprehensive summary:
Despite its name, ASCE is a global organization, with over 140,000 members! ASCE is broken up by geography and age group, and there are 8 different Institutes that host technical committees in different areas of emphasis within the civil engineering profession. Because ASCE is such a large organization, membership provides valuable networking opportunities and support from others in the civil/environmental engineering profession. Conferences, meetings, and competitions happen at different levels across the society. The USC chapter sends students to events ranging from the college level all the way up to the national level.
Regions, Sections, and Branches
Geographically, there are 10 regions of ASCE worldwide. Regions 1-9 are in the United States, and Region 10 includes the rest of the world. At USC, we are in Region 9, which is the entire state of California! Region 9 is the only region that consists of only one state!
Each region is broken down into sections. Region 9 is divided into 4 sections – Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego Sections. USC is located in the Los Angeles Section, which is celebrating its 100th year anniversary this year, 2013! LA Section is also the 2nd largest section in ASCE with about 8,000 members! (The largest is Texas Section, which is the entire state of Texas!)
In the Los Angeles Section, there are 7 branches. This is where it gets a little confusing, because we belong to the Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch (MLAB). At this Branch level, ASCE splits up according to age group. ASCE members that are age 35 and younger belong to the MLAB Younger Members Forum (MLAB YMF). Not every branch has a younger members group, but our MLAB younger members are pretty active, so if you stay in the LA area, you can definitely continue to be active in ASCE after graduation from USC! There are also 5 student chapters withing MLAB — CSULA, CSUN, LMU, UCLA, and USC. We’ll be doing a few events with MLAB YMF, such as resume workshops or community service, because they are so enthusiastic and provide great role models for us college students.
As you probably know, colleges have ASCE competitions on a regional level. Our competition is called the Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC). This Pacific Southwest region does not fall within any of the above-mentioned regional breakdowns of ASCE. There are 18 colleges that participate in PSWC, hailing from Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii. The winners of the Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge competitions go on to compete in the national competitions.
ASCE Membership and its Benefits
To make the most out of ASCE, in addition to becoming a member of the USC ASCE chapter, sign up to become a national ASCE member! National membership is FREE while you are a student and for the following 6 months, and from there, the dues increase slowly as you advance from Student Membership to Associate Membership. Once you earn your Professional Engineer License, you can advance your Associate Membership to full Membership. If you leave a big enough mark on the civil engineering field, you could get advanced to Fellow Membership. This is a prestigious honor held by less than 4% of members in ASCE.
To recap, as USC students, we belong to:
Region 9 (California), Los Angeles Section, and Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch
If you are planning to work in a different part of the country (or world), consider looking up the ASCE Region, Section, and/or Branch (if applicable) where you plan to work and connecting with them. Mentioning ASCE membership to professionals in your area may open up some doors for you towards a future internship or career!
For more information about ASCE, visit http://www.asce.org.
Date: Thursday, 11/14/13
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: THH 114
Deadline to submit resume to firstname.lastname@example.org : 10/31/13
On Thursday, 11/14/13 at 6:00 pm in THH 114, USC ASCE will be hosting a résumé workshop with the ASCE Los Angeles Section Younger Members Forum (ASCE members post-college to under 35).
If you would like to have your résumé reviewed and to reserve a spot for the workshop, please email your résumé as a pdf to email@example.com by Halloween (10/31/13).
During the workshop, Civil/Environmental Engineers will offer insights and résumé tips as well as review your submitted résumés individually and/or in groups. This will also be a unique and valuable opportunity to network with industry professionals in the LA area!
(If you send your résumé early, more professionals will be able to look at it and you’ll get more feedback!)