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Fall 2016 Second General Meeting

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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.

PSWC

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.

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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 adtanner@usc.edu and mjarrinl@usc.edu. Hope to see you there!

Other Events

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.

Additional Info

Membership info can be found here, and do not forget to keep up to date with calendar here.

Remember, it is never too late to join a design team! Contact them here:

Concrete Canoe – canoe@uscasce.com

Steel Bridge – steelbridge@uscasce.com

Environmental – environmental@uscasce.com

Geotech – geotech@uscasce.com

 

Fall 2016 First General Meeting Recap

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!

Membership info can be found here, and do not forget to keep up to date with calendar here.

You can contact our design teams here:

Concrete Canoe – canoe@uscasce.com

Steel Bridge – steelbridge@uscasce.com

Environmental – environmental@uscasce.com

Geotech – geotech@uscasce.com

2015-16 End of Year Meeting

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!

2015-2016 Fourth General Meeting Recap

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!

 

2015-2016 Third General Meeting Recap

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.

Structural Focus Guest Speaker Visits ASCE

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.

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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.

Thank you Samuel!

2015-2016 Second General Meeting Recap

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.”

For anyone who was not able to attend or would like to revisit the presentation, please click the following link:
USC ASCE 2nd General Meeting 2015-16

 

 

Career Series: Resume Workshop

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!

Internship Panel / Blaze Fundraiser!

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!

2015-2016 First General Meeting Recap

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!

Please click the link below to view the presentation showcased at our first general meeting:
USC ASCE 1st General Meeting 2015-16