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Welcome Back! First General Meeting 2017-2018

Summertime is over and school is back in session. No that doesn’t mean no more beach days and hangouts. Instead, it is time to see all your friends and classmates you’ve missed for that two month span! USC ASCE held its first general meeting of the semester last Thursday to welcome back returning members and introduce potential members to what the organization offers.

Missed it? Well you’re in look! You can find more information below:

Concrete Canoe – Yes, it is exactly what is sounds like! Members work together to cast a canoe entirely out of concrete, and they then get to subject it to various tests during competition. Want more info? Contact canoe@uscasce.com

Steel Bridge – If you ever wanted to learn how to use big power tools like chop saws, drill presses, and welders, this is the team for you! The team builds a bridge from scratch spanning over twenty feet in length, then various engineering related tests are applied to the structure. Find out more at steelbridge@uscasce.com

Environmental – The Environmental Team solves real world problems that pertain to the comfort of our everyday lives. For example, water filtration. What if that luxury was suddenly taken away during a disaster? What would you to get clean water? If this interests you, Environmental is for you! Check them out at environmental@uscasce.com

GeoTech-  Every civil structure ever is built on the ground. What is the ground made of? That’s right, soil.  GeoTech explores the possibilities by pushing it to its limits. By designing and constructing a retaining wall, members compete to see how much force and how much earth it can hold back before rupture. Cool right? geotech@uscasce.com

PSWC- The biggest event of the year, the Pacific Southwest Conference, is an annual event that showcases the work of the organization for all to see. Over 17 schools come together at a single location to compete for the best spots. We couldn’t recommend enough for you to join us! For a preview take a look at this site.

Intramural Sports – You’d be surprised how competitive engineers get when it comes to sports, and as a result, it is quite an integral part of PSWC. At USCASCE, we build the span between engineering and friendship. Everyone is always welcome, and fun is always a guarantee! Our main focus is basketball, but if we get enough interest in other sports, we will create other teams without hesitation. If this sounds interesting to you, search IM Leagues and sign in with your USC credentials. Then search for ASCE Ballers.

Membership – Want to be a member? Sign up here.

Additional Info – If you have any other questions about the organization or design teams we offer, email us at uscasce@uscasce.com

Fight On!

 

2016-2017 End of Year Meeting

Ah the end of the semester. Is it really already over? Indeed, and for the final meeting, many goodbyes were said. The upcoming year’s E-board was announced alongside many awards for outstanding members. Finally, as the result of some friendly competition between the UCLA and USC Student Chapters, members from USC ASCE were tasked to perform the UCLA 8-Clap. See you next semester!

 

First Spring General Meeting 2017

Welcome back!

Our first spring general meeting was held on Wednesday to greet everyone from the winter break and distribute information for the upcoming semester. There were design team overviews and a final briefing of the events of PSWC 2017. Spring semester is the time where activity ramps up and project progression is in full swing.

If you want to keep up with the latest things happening with us follow USC ASCE on social media!

If you missed out and want to get involved, feel free to contact us at the links below!

p.s. check out the new geofilter

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 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