The Pacific South West Conference (PSWC) is ASCE’s annual student chapter competition that puts civil engineering skills to the test. The competition involves a wide range of events including, but not limited to, concrete canoe, steel bridge, environmental design, geotechnical design, surveying, quiz bowl, technical paper, concrete bowling, and several sports tournaments. The competition features three full days of events with an awards banquet on the last day. Over 1000 Civil & Environmental Engineering students compete each year, representing 18 universities in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii.
Our design teams spend most of the year preparing for their competitions at PSWC. The 18 competing universities pose a high level of competition, but our teams have improved steadily in recent years. At PSWC 2014, our Scavenger Hunt team won 1st place, and our Steel Bridge team won 3rd place overall, earning a national qualification.
Thanks to our entire team’s efforts, competing in every single event and placing well in most, USC won 3rd place overall at PSWC 2014, our best ranking since 1994. Check out our complete PSWC 2014 results here. We’re looking forward to doing even better next year at PSWC 2015.
For more information about PSWC, check out our PSWC blog, which includes photos from every event at PSWC 2014.