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2015 Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders

Six USC ASCE members represented our chapter this past weekend at the ASCE Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders (WSCL) in Seattle, WA. WSCL brings together students from Regions 8 and 9 of ASCE, representing 36 universities in the western United States. WSCL is part of the multi-regional leadership conference that brings together student chapters, younger member groups, and branch and section leadership.

WSCL 2015 (Seattle)On Friday we attended several student sessions designed to share knowledge, ideas, and best practices between chapters. A networking lunch offered the opportunity to meet more students as well as professional engineers, before a keynote presentation by ASCE President-elect Mark Woodson. In the afternoon we did break-out sessions to focus on particular topics such as fundraising, membership, and issues specific to smaller chapters.

We also participated in regional break-out sessions, where we met with leaders at all levels from our geographical region (Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch in the LA Section in Region 9). Our primary focus was to strengthen inter-chapter interactions and our coordination with the Los Angeles Younger Member Forum. To that end, we’re hosting a beach day next weekend with UCLA and CSULB.

In the evening we joined students from a couple of other student chapters (UCLA and CSULB) for dinner in Bellevue, before heading to downtown Seattle for the scavenger hunt organized by the Seattle Younger Member Forum. Newly-formed friendships continued strengthening deep into the night.

11001838_792785960807099_2477080442182864052_nSaturday started with a networking breakfast accompanied by an extremely insightful presentation about generational issues that are likely to be encountered in current workplace environments. Students were also given an opportunity to do a Q & A session with the top ASCE leadership – the president, president-elect, and executive director. Another networking lunch, a leadership presentation, and several other sessions rounded out the day.

Once the conference was officially over, we still had about 24 hours to explore Seattle. Highlights include Pike Place Market, the Original Starbucks, socializing with students from other ASCE chapters, reconnecting with old friends at the University of Washington and exploring their campus, and seeing the Space Needle.

Overall, WSCL 2015 was an amazing experience. We met countless peers and professionals, explored new ideas for expanding our chapter’s goals and capabilities, and explored an awesome, quickly-growing city. I strongly recommend attending a future WSCL – keep an eye out for details about next year’s conference in Anchorage, Alaska (February 22-23, 2016) and the 2017 conference in Los Angeles.

2014 ASCE Global Engineering Conference Panama in Pictures

Five USC representatives traveled to Panama City, Panama last week for the 2014 ASCE Global Engineering Conference. In addition to attending various technical sessions and networking with professionals, we visited several significant architectural and engineering sites, including the Panama Canal and the job site of the Panama Canal expansion project.

USC ASCE Order of the Engineer Ceremony Luncheon 4/26/14

Order of the Engineer

USC American Society of Civil Engineers invites you to participate in the Order of the Engineer Ring Ceremony. Region 9 ASCE Governor Jay Higgins will be conducting the ceremony. The ceremony will be followed by lunch.

Location: USC Campus EEB 248
Date: Saturday, 4/26/14 @ 11:00 am
Register by: 4/17/14 @ 12:00 pm at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GlYsCYXkllEQw6GyvXC-TShz0a4-pMCbMQOwiKbHYGI/viewform

There are limited spots to participate in this ceremony.

Eligibility
Any engineer is eligible for induction if he or she:
(1) graduated from an EAC of ABET program or
(2) holds a license as a Professional Engineer in the United States or
(3) is enrolled in EAC of ABET degree programs and is within one academic year of graduation (meaning all senior engineering students are eligible!)

The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the United States to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer. The first Ring Ceremony was held on June 4, 1970 at Cleveland State University. Others like it have since spread across the United States at which graduate and registered engineers are invited to accept the Obligation of the Engineer and to wear a stainless steel ring.

The Ring Ceremonies are conducted by Links (local sections) of the Order. Over 3,000 engineers have participated in ASCE led Ring Ceremonies since Spring 2003. More information on the Order of the Engineer can be found at www.order-of-the-engineer.org. FAQs can also be found at the following: http://uscasce.com/?p=2274

Participants at the USC ASCE Ring Ceremony will take the Obligation of the Engineer and receive a stainless steel ring. The cost will be $15. Please fill out the registration form below for the Ring Ceremony. A ring sizer chart can be downloaded (http://uscasce.com/?p=2273) to assist in determining your ring size of the pinky finger of your working hand.

For additional information on the Ceremony please contact:
Rosa Lau, USC ASCE VP
uscasce@usc.edu

USC Students at Order of Engineer Ceremony

ASCE LA YMF Student Night & Job Fair Recap

On March 7, 2014, members of USC ASCE attended the ASCE 15th Annual Student Night & Job Fair organized by the Los Angeles Younger Member Forum (LA YMF).    This event was held at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Downtown LA.  The event started off with a job fair from 2 to 5 pm with representatives from 15 agencies and private firms.  Students were able to talk to the company representatives to network and learn more about internships and full time positions.  Following the job fair, students mingled and continued to network at the Kyoto Gardens at the hotel.

ASCE LA YMF Student Night

During dinner, we gained much insight regarding ASCE and the profession.  Speakers included Nazanin Hajaty (organizer of the event), George Huang (LA YMF President), Darwin Vargas (MLAB Branch President), Yazdan Emani (LA Section President), Jay Higgins (Region 9 Governor), and Don Sepulveda (guest speaker). Following this, scholarships and awards were presented to the winners.  Listed below are the USC Students who won scholarships and the scholarships that they won.

Daniel Huang: Leo and Pat Hirschfeldt Scholarship  & Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch Scholarship

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Tyler Pullen: Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch Scholarship

ASCE LA YMF Student Night

Elise Takebayashi: Los Angeles YMF Graduate Scholarship

ASCE LA YMF Student Night

Congratulations to those who won these scholarships.  Tyler Pullen also won one of the raffle prizes!  Thank you for all those who applied for these scholarships!

After the scholarships were announced, Nazanin Hajaty, Sean Ryan, and George Huang gave some closing remarks.  The event concluded with a group photo with all attendees, to be posted on the LA YMF website soon.  Below is a picture of some of the USC students who attended the event.

ASCE LA YMF Student Night

These events are great opportunities to meet both professionals and other students.  It is a great way to network and we highly recommend more students to apply for the scholarships and attend this event next year.

Thanks again for all those who attended the event and those who applied for the scholarships!

ASCE MLAB Annual Officer Installation & Awards Dinner Recap

Last Friday, October 18, 2013, 4 of our E-Board members attended the ASCE Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch (MLAB) Annual Officer Installation & Awards Dinner at the LA City Hall. At the event, incoming officers for the Branch, YMF, and student chapter (including 4 USC ASCE officers) were installed by Region 9 Governor Jay Higgins.  At the dinner, they also awarded various projects and individuals that “demonstrated excellence in professional achievements this past year.”  We were able to meet and chat with different professionals as well as learn about the projects that were honored.

USC ASCE Members and ASCE Region 9 Governor Jay Higgins

MLAB, MLAB YMF, and LA Section events are great opportunities to meet professionals and other students, and to learn more about civil and environmental engineering in practice.  We will continue to advertise their events and hope that you will join us at the next event.  Be sure to attend the MLAB YMF Student Round-Up, scheduled for 6:30pm on 11/7/13 in KAP 146 to learn more about ASCE after college and what resources are available to us.  We have also scheduled a resume workshop at THH 114 at 6:00pm.  MLAB YMF members will be here to give us helpful tips on what to include and not include in our resume.

For more information regarding these events, please check out our newsletter or send us an email.  Looking forward to seeing you at these upcoming events!