This past Thursday, USC ASCE hosted a general meeting with a special guest: Alan Hanson from Simpson Strong Tie! Alan gave us a brief history and background of the company, and also discussed various scholarship opportunities for juniors and seniors. We’re looking forward to the upcoming tour of Simpson Strong Tie!
After the presentation, we held officer elections for four executive board positions for next year: president, vice president, treasurer, and one of the sponsorship/conference co-chairs. The members in attendance were able to hear a bit from each candidate, and voting commenced. It was really great to hear everyone’s plans for next year, and so far, it looks like we’re going to have a really awesome executive board!
The meeting then closed out with an exciting game of Jeopardy! Members were split into three teams: the cows, ducks, and dogs (with buzzer sounds of moos, quacks, and woofs, respectively), and answered questions about USC, ASCE, Simpson Strong Tie, Engineering, and Construction. The game was extremely close, but the cows ended up winning it all with a risky wager in Final Jeopardy. All in all, it was a really informative and fun meeting, that hopefully gave everyone a little bit of a break as we gear up for PSWC!
On Tuesday, February 16th, USC ASCE held our third general meeting for the 2015-2016 academic school year. We welcomed special guest speaker Chris Norton from Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, who shared his experiences working on a variety of projects across the country – including the upcoming USC Village across the street from campus. Chris is a familiar face around USC, being an alumnus who is still involved with the Trojan Marching Band. We hope to see him around soon!
While enjoying delicious Thai food catered by T.G. Express, everyone was able to hear trip reports from WSCL in Alaska as well as updates from all the design captains. With PSWC inching closer and closer, it is great to see all the hard work paying off in visible progress. At the end of the meeting, we previewed our upcoming promotional video for our new YouTube channel! Those who stayed afterwards were able to play a game of massive Jenga, taking structural engineering to new heights.
As part of ASCE’s Professional Speaker Series, last week Samuel Mengelkoch from Structural Focus came out to ASCE and gave us a presentation on his experience in the structural engineering field and about some projects he has worked on in his career.
He gave out good advice for those interested in the field of structural engineering and showed that it can be more than just designing steel trusses. Namely, he showed us a renovation project his company is working on somewhere in downtown Los Angeles, where they are taking an old fabric manufacturing factory built in the early 20th century and renovating it into a shopping destination with a vast commercial space. He described the challenges of earthquake-proofing a building that had been built before earthquake standards, and had not been designed for lateral loads. He really showed how the role of the structural engineer plays out both in shaping the design of the structure, as well as during construction where he worked directly with construction teams.
With so many disciplines of civil and environmental engineering these days, it was really great to hear about one that can really hold up to the competition.
This past Thursday, September 22nd marked USC ASCE’s second general meeting for the school year. Food was catered by Chick-Fil-A, featuring yummy chicken strips, chicken salad, and fruit salad for everyone to enjoy. The meeting highlighted several of our recent past events, including a plan reading workshop, internship panel, job walk, resume workshop, and meeting with ASCE Region 9 Director Jay Higgins. The eight representatives who attended the ASCE 2015 Convention in New York City were also able to share their experiences with other members.
Details for the 2016 Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) were revealed to the general membership. Design team captains gave updates on their progress, and the PSWC coordinators introduced the official list of secondary competitions. The general USC ASCE t-shirts for 2015-2016, which will be worn at PSWC 2016, was debuted to the membership. The front of the shirt features the new USC ASCE logo, while the back of the shirt features a cityscape graphic with the motto “bridging the gap between engineering and friendship.”
Yesterday members from YMF (The Younger Members Forum) and MLAB (Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch) stopped by for a Resume Workshop! Since they are working professionals in the Los Angeles area, they are full of great advice and feedback to get our resumes ready for the USC Viterbi Career Fair this upcoming week!
Our members were asked to send in their resume a week before so that the members from YMF and MLAB could look them over beforehand. That way at the workshop we received great feedback right away, and a copy of our resume with comments on it to take home.
Thanks to YMF and MLAB for their help in making this event so successful!
Last night USC ASCE hosted an internship panel! Panelists had a wide variety of internships in construction, structural, and environmental. Questions that were covered included the application process, typical interview questions, how to talk to recruiters, and what your resume should look like! It was very helpful and informative, especially for freshmen who have never been a career fair.
Then, we headed over to Blaze Pizza to raise some money for our club. Of course the pizza was delicious, and it was a great way to hang out and get to know each other better!
On September 3rd, we hosted our first general meeting for the new 2015-2016 school year in Kaprielian Hall. Along with socializing and delicious Thai food catered by TG Express, our executive board presented USC ASCE to the old and new students who were interested in our endeavors this year. We welcomed potential new members with open arms, showcasing our accomplishments while not hesitating to show off our fun personalities around fellow civil engineering classmates. It was a successful and informative first meeting, and we hope to see more old and new faces at future events!
For new students and prospective members, welcome; for returning members, welcome back! We’re excited to announce that our first general meeting for 2015-16 has been set:
Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015
Location: KAP 146
This first meeting will be an opportunity to learn about our plans for the semester and the year, from a new professional event series and a new community service team to PSWC 2016 and our four major design teams. For new prospective members, this is an opportunity to meet other members and learn more about our organization. We have tons of exciting things planned for this year and we’d love to have your help.
As always, we’ll have free food (type TBA), along with fun and friendship. We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!
Thank you for attending USC ASCE’s first general meeting! Our executive board enjoyed getting to know everyone and sharing information about our organization.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and the Streel Bridge team at email@example.com
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.
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.