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PSWC 2017: Results

This year, the Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) was hosted by UC Irvine. USC ASCE participated in nearly every design competition offered. For full results, click here.

Don’t be too worried! This year, the organization ran into many unforeseen complications which significantly hindered the progress of many design teams.

Hey, USC ASCE, be proud of what you do. Take pride in what you work for. You did all this on your own, and you can personally take the credit for all the experience you gained this semester!

For an overview of USC ASCE, look below.

Overall: 9th

  • Concrete Frisbee: 3rd
  • Environmental: 4th
  • Concrete Canoe: 7th
  • Construction: 5th
  • Surveying: 5th
  • Transportation: 6th

  • Steel Bridge: DQ
  • Geowall: participated
  • Tech Paper: participated
  • Soccer: participated
  • Scavenger Hunt: participated
  • Kan Jam: participated
  • Tug Of War: participated
  • Volleyball: participated
  • Timber Towers: participated
  • Mystery Event: participated
  • Impromptu: participated

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pour Day 2017

Pour Day! Where both canoes and friendships are meticulously crafted and the inevitable opportunity to separate fibers is ever present. This year, USC ASCE set forth their vision to create this year’s canoe. Inspired by the beauty of nature as well as what the struggles overcome, the team chose Ascent as this year’s theme. 

 

From dry mixing those elusive glass bubbles to placing concrete mix batch #18, there were plenty of tasks to go around. As usual, the always on-point canoe playlist was blaring throughout the corridors of KAP basement. For some, it was their final pour day, for others, a new fascination with concrete canoes emerged.

Feel free to take a look at the sights and sounds of Pour Day 2017!

Very instructional.

 

 

WSCL 2017

Views of downtown Los Angeles from the hotel

This year, the Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders (WSCL) was held right here in Los Angeles. At only a couple miles away, the USC ASCE student chapter took the conference head-on.

Attendees pose in front of downtown skyscrapers

Students were able to attend various seminars ranging from how to get results from a meeting to finding an internship. Furthermore, attendees were also given multiple opportunities to network with Younger Members, Regional Directors and other students as well. From focus sessions geared toward specific chapter problems to messages from the current president elect, Kristina Swallow, and future president elect nominees, there were few chances to catch a break.

In addition to the main events that the conference offered, there were additional opportunities to take advantage of such as the Dream Big Premiere and the LA YMF dinner on top of city hall.

Overall, this conference was a wonderful experience for networking with members from all around the country, and it was also an amazing event to gain knowledge on how to run your student chapter more efficiently.

ASCE National Convention Conference 2016

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Every year, ASCE organizes a National Convention in which civil engineering students and professionals from all over the country come together and attend civil engineering related events and workshops. This year, the National Convention took place in Portland, Oregon from September 28th to October 1st.

USC ASCE sent three student members to the National Convention to learn more about what ASCE is doing on the national level and to gain insight on some current civil engineering topics. President Saina Vosoghi, vice president Marissa Knutson, and secretary Elizabeth Gu flew to Portland to attend the convention and experience the beautiful city!

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Vice President, Marissa Knutson (left), Secretary, Elizabeth Gu (middle), President, Saina Vosoghi (right)

Some of the insightful workshops that USC ASCE members were able to attend were on subjects such as past iconic construction endeavors, the influence of various civil engineering innovations, and how to improve the professional status of civil engineers. Two of the sessions, “Building the Grand Coulee Dam”, and “Behind the Scenes: Design and Construction of the World’s Longest Floating Bridge”, went through a step-by-step process of how these grand structures were designed and constructed. In addition, “Transforming Transportation – Automated and Connected Vehicles”, discussed the ethical dilemmas regarding the advanced technological pursuits of automated vehicles. Two workshops that discussed the role of civil engineering professionals both in industry and in the world included “Collaboration of Construction Engineers and Structural Engineers” and “Humanitarian Opportunities in Civil Engineering.”

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An emphasis was placed on the importance of good communication between design and construction that begins with a solid relationship between construction and structural engineers. Also, the humanitarian opportunities that are available for civil engineers were discussed and displayed the importance of giving back using the engineering skills that civil engineers have in their possession. Beyond the workshops, USC ASCE members were given the opportunity to speak with esteemed civil engineering professionals and to preview MacGillivray Freeman’s “DREAM BIG” movie, set to release in February 2017.

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The convention was not just about business, however. Saina, Marissa, and Elizabeth also got the opportunity to experience some of Portland’s most treasured attractions! They rode the Portland Aerial Tram and got to escape the LA drought and go hiking in some beautiful green forests. Powell’s Book Store was also an impressive sight to see, the world’s largest independent bookstore! They couldn’t stay away from the great food and visited Voodoo Doughnuts and the Portland Saturday Market. They took advantage of Portland’s great public transportation and rode the train to Washington Park, the deepest transit station in North America at 260 ft. below ground. At Washington Park, they explored the arboretum as well as the Vietnam War Memorial. They truly enjoyed getting to visit the city and were taken away with the beautiful buildings and impressive bridges. The ASCE National Convention was a great experience and we can’t wait for next year’s in New Orleans, Louisiana!

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

Jay Higgins Visits USC ASCE

Last week, ASCE’s very own regional director came to speak to members of USC ASCE. Jay Higgins enlightened the group in the origins of ASCE, its current status as an organization, as well as future strategies and moves ASCE is making. ASCE, founded in New York City in 1850, currently has over 8,000 members in the LA area alone. ASCE’s vision and strategies for the future revolve around infrastructure, raising the bar of education, and sustainability. He believes the focus on these goals is extremely important leading up to the near future.

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In regards to infrastructure, Higgins proposed movements toward a legislative committee that could focus on interactions between administration and members, allowing problems and opinions to be discuss throughout the entire organization. Raising the bar in education was another main point Higgins wanted ASCE to focus on. He mentioned the idea of making it required for engineers to receive their masters before being allowed to take the PE Exam. He referenced Law and Medical school for other professions, saying there should be a similar structure of education for Civil Engineers. He also focused on the idea of promoting leadership within civil engineering, as well as writing and management skills. In regards to sustainability, Higgins wanted to focus on three points: Environmental, Economics, and Social well being. Sustainability has a growing place in Civil Engineering, and while Civil Engineers should hold safety, health, and public welfare of the highest importance, they should also focus on sustainability within their professional endeavours.

In a more national and even global scale of infrastructure, Higgins stressed the importance of spending now in order to save later. People end up spending money to fix things affected by faulty infrastructure anyway, so why not just fix the infrastructure? Higgins proposes the need for government funding, as well as support from a variety of professions within civil engineering. He mentions that our priority should be on infrastructure and investing more money into it upfront in order to save money in the long run. Movements are, however, being made to prioritize our infrastructure, including grading systems, increased leadership in infrastructure renewal, promoting sustainability and resilience, and developing plans to maintain and enhance America’s infrastructure.

Higgins then mentioned new workings within ASCE, including the arise of new leaders within the alliance workshop, promoting CE for developing countries, providing engineering services for underserved communities in U.S., as well as new leaders with ASCE, such as Kathy Caldwell. He is also excited about a new film coming out, promoting Engineering and its developments.

In his concluding statements Higgins describes how he moved from water hazardous waste to construction management and ended up in construction claims consulting. He encourages students who haven’t yet found their spot within civil engineer to keep moving around until you find what sparks your passion.