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 email@example.com and the Streel Bridge team at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Thanks to everyone who joined us at our first meeting!
We had a great turnout, with 65+ students in attendance. I know several people wanted to attend but couldn’t, so you can use this post to catch up on what you missed. There are some useful links for those who were there too.
After the main portion of the meeting, where we explained what ASCE and USC ASCE are, as well as talking about all of the different things we do, we had a brief activity for those who could stay. The assignment: create the tallest possible tower out of six sheets of (re-used!) paper and nothing else (no tape, glue, paperclips, etc.). Oh, and they had to be wind-resistant too. We had some pretty creative results!
Someone requested that we post our presentation slides, so here they are (minus our special fonts) if you want to review what we went over or in case you missed the meeting!
Remember the slideshow of images we had playing before and after our presentation? It’s actually just a page on our website that make a slideshow of all of the pictures we’ve uploaded here. Check it out!
Don’t forget about our upcoming events: PSWC Info Sessions Thursday 9/12 from 5:30-6 or 6-6:30 or Friday 9/13 from 12-12:30 (all three cover the same information and focus on our design teams) and our First Guest Speaker Meeting Monday 9/16 from 6:30-8. Make sure you join our mailing list for updates!
Welcome back to school! Our first general meeting for 2013-2014 will be held on Thursday, September 5th, from 5:00-6:30 pm. Please join us to learn more about USC ASCE, fill out your membership form, and find out what we have planned for this year!