Category Archives: Events

Mock Interviews with ASCE LA YMF

With the career fair a couple of weeks behind us and our resumes submitted to recruiters, the next step to getting that dream job or internship is the interview. Three guests from the Los Angeles Younger Members Forum (LA YMF) dropped by on Thursday night to give us some tips!

We began the night with a presentation by LA YMF President Phil Davies discussing some general hints for acing the interview, and then received a list of commonly asked interview questions that will definitely come in handy during our interview preparations. Our guest interviewers then split up into three separate rooms, and every USC ASCE member got a chance to have a one-on-one mock interview.
Overall, the event was extremely helpful; we will definitely be using everything we learned in our upcoming interviews! We would like to extend a huge thank you to the LA YMF members that took time out of their busy schedules to come out and help us!

Sports Day!

Since a big part of PSWC (Pacific Southwest Conference) is all the different sports competitions, it is important we train so we can beat the other schools! Especially after our first place finish in Ultimate Frisbee last year, we are hoping to win even more sports this year.  Every month we have a sports day, which is where we all meet up and practice sports together. It is a fun way to hangout and get some exercise!

For this month’s sports day we focused on volleyball, since we are hopeful it will make a reappearance at PSWC this year! We learned that the key to volleyball is communication and that it is very important to call the ball and say “MINE!” Our volleyball team now looks ready to go!

Social: Hiking to the Wisdom Tree!

Although most people assume Los Angeles isn’t a super outdoorsy place, there are plenty of great hikes to go on around the Los Angeles area! About two weeks ago, USC ASCE went hiking on the Tree of Life trail, which is pleasant hike offering beautiful views of the Los Angeles area, the Hollywood Sign, and of course the Wisdom Tree! It was great to get outside, explore some nature, and get a good workout in. The hike was steep, so our legs were definitely feeling it.

Pre hike – the reason we don’t look tired and sweaty!

After the hike, we stopped for lunch at Roscoe’s which is a famous restaurant in Los Angeles that serves chicken and waffles. You might think that’s an interesting combination, but it is quite delicious!

Pigging out at Roscoe's
Pigging out at Roscoe’s

Overall, it was great to spend the day together and explore some cool places around Los Angeles. We can’t wait for more exciting socials in the future.

Check out photos from the hike below!


Big Buddy Kickoff!

Last week, the 2015-2016 Big Buddy program was officially launched with a kickoff mixer! While snacking on pizza and ice cream, all the little buddies and big buddies introduced themselves and started talking. The main highlight of the night was a round of “speed dating”, where every little and big got to talk to each other!

At the end of the night, little buddies and big buddies were matched up! Although all the buddy pairings will certainly hang out on their own, we are looking forward to planning more fun events where all the buddies can hang out together!

New CEE Undergraduate Student Orientation

This past weekend marked the first “New Student CEE Orientation”, hosted by ASCE in conjunction with other CEE student organizations and the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The goal was to give incoming freshmen and transfer students an idea of the opportunities that civil engineering provides both as a student and after graduation. As an organization, we have found that students become more involved in their sophomore and junior years once they begin to take more CEE-oriented classes. We encourage freshmen to participate in any civil or environmental organizations right from the start as it provides students with more exposure to CEE as an industry as well as a network of other like-minded individuals.

To our delight, the event proved to be a success! There was an attendance of approximately 15 new students, which was quite a good turn out considering the small size of the department. The event kicked off with an introduction to the department by the department chair, Dr. Lucio Soibelman. He gave a warm welcome to all of the new students and an interesting overview of the faculty and their research.

Alumni panel shares their experiences with new students.
Alumni panel shares their experiences with new students.

Next up was an alumni panel comprised of four current professionals who all studied at USC as undergraduates and some as graduate students as well. There were a good variety of the various disciplines of CEE represented on the panel, with structural design, building enclosure systems, construction, and water services included. The alumni had much insight to share with the participants – both new students and upperclassmen facilitators! They described their experiences as undergraduate students, their involvements, and life working as an industry professional. Notably, every panelist strongly recommended getting involved in student organizations as early as possible, and every panelist eventually pursued a Master’s degree. It was especially valuable hearing about what they specifically do within their disciplines.

New students and upperclassmen eat lunch and get to know each other in E-Quad.
New students and upperclassmen eat lunch and get to know each other in E-Quad.

The alumni panel was followed by a much appreciated lunch break, during which all of the students, both old and new, mingled while eating a delicious lunch cooked by our very own Doc! After lunch, some of the ASCE upperclassmen gave brief presentations about their respective emphases including overviews of Building Science, Environmental, and Structural. The event concluded with pitches from all of the CEE organizations including ASCE, Chi Epsilon, ITE, EERI, and CMAA.

EERI explains their competition and encourages students to join.
EERI explains their competition and encourages students to join.

We really enjoyed putting on such a successful event, and we have lots of ideas for hosting something similar together for next year!

Join us for the Fall 2014 CEE Student Orgs Tailgate!

Team huddle selfie.

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 with any questions. See you there!

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:

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 FAQs can also be found at the following:

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 ( to assist in determining your ring size of the pinky finger of your working hand.

For additional information on the Ceremony please contact:

USC Students at Order of Engineer Ceremony

ASCE LA YMF Student Night & Job Fair Recap

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.

ASCE LA YMF Student Night

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

DSC04604 ASCE LA YMF Student Night

Tyler Pullen: Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch Scholarship

ASCE LA YMF Student Night

Elise Takebayashi: Los Angeles YMF Graduate Scholarship

ASCE LA YMF Student Night

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.

ASCE LA YMF Student Night

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!

ASCE LA YMF Student Night & Job Fair

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)


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:
2:00 – 5:00pm Job Fair
5:00 – 6:00pm Break/ Networking
6:00 – 9:00pm Dinner/Awards/ Scholarship presentation