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Resume Review/Mock Interview Workshop 2016

On the evening of September 22, members of LA YMF (Los Angeles Younger Member Forum) and USC ASCE came together for a resume review and mock interview workshop.

Resume Review/Mock Interview Workshop 2016
Each member received individual attention for personalized resume suggestions.

There was an opportunity to question a panel of LA YMF members about their field as well as a segment for feedback and suggestions on how to curate a proper resume. Later, mock interviews were held in two separate rooms to further prepare students for the types of questions potentially asked in future interviews. Overall, this event provided great preparation for the upcoming Viterbi Career Fair in early October.


2016 LA YMF Student Night & Job Fair

Several USC ASCE members attended the annual Student Night and Job Fair hosted by the ASCE Los Angeles Younger Member Forum. The evening began with a job fair, where students networked with representatives from 17 companies looking to hire for internships and full-time positions. It was a great opportunity to network with professionals as well as students from other universities. With numerous USC alumni in attendance, there were many opportunities to take advantage of the power of the Trojan Family.

After networking, we had dinner with a choice of chicken or salmon, both of which were delicious. Representatives from LA YMF, the Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch, and LA Section spoke, followed by the keynote speaker, who highlighted how his personal experiences with earthquakes influenced his professional development as a structural engineer.

After the dinner, the ASCE scholarships were awarded. USC students took home the MLAB LeVal Lund Memorial Graduate Scholarship, LA YMF Graduate Scholarship, and LA Section Leo and Pat Hirschfeldt Scholarship.

USC ASCE Membership Chair Saina Vosoghi with her YMF Graduate Scholarship Award.
USC ASCE Membership Chair Saina Vosoghi with her YMF Graduate Scholarship Award.

With 13% of our members in attendance, more than any of the other 10 schools in the Los Angeles Section of ASCE, we also won a sponsorship to help with our costs for PSWC!

USC ASCE President and VP with the YMF PSWC Sponsorship award.
USC ASCE President and VP with the YMF PSWC Sponsorship award.

Overall the student night and job fair was a great experience and we strongly recommend that everyone attend again next year.

USC ASCE Membership Chair Saina Vosoghi with her YMF Graduate Scholarship Award.
USC ASCE Membership Chair Saina Vosoghi with her YMF Graduate Scholarship Award.
USC ASCE President Nick Halsey with ASCE MLAB President Genaro Mejia.
USC ASCE President Nick Halsey with ASCE MLAB President Genaro Mejia.
USC ASCE President Nick Halsey with ASCE MLAB University Outreach Chair Brian Ochoa.
USC ASCE President Nick Halsey with ASCE MLAB University Outreach Chair Brian Ochoa.
Group photo with all of the students and professionals at the student night and job fair.
Group photo with all of the students and professionals at the student night and job fair.

All photos are courtesy of Paul Choy, LA YMF Historian.


PSWC in November? That’s right! This past Sunday November 15, a group of USC ASCE members packed up a U-Haul with past concrete bowling balls, life vests, paddles, and our trusty 2014 canoe, Discovery II. Then it was off to Mother’s Beach in Long Beach for Mini PSWC to meet up with UCLA, CSULB, and Cal Poly Pomona for some friendly competition and canoe paddling practice.

Our paddlers got some great practice working on speed and turns in our concrete canoe out on the water. We got to try out different team combinations and see how well everyone paddled together. It was a great opportunity to see how weekly Sunday paddling practices have been paying off! Despite the wind and choppy waters, our teams looked great out there!

Our co-ed practice team gets ready for a race!
Our co-ed practice team gets ready for a race!

Besides paddling, members from all schools got together for some ultimate frisbee games, concrete bowling, volleyball practice, and even started up an egg toss competition!

Members from the Los Angeles Younger Member’s forum (LAYMF) came out to the event to check it out, show support, and provided an impromptu competition. Teams of four were required to create the tallest structure they could out of a box of straws and a roll of scotch tape that could support an egg at the top. Despite some leaning structures, the end results were pretty impressive!

2nd place team in the impromptu competition put on by LAYMF!
2nd place team in the impromptu competition put on by LAYMF!
The team worked hard to make their structure stand in the strong winds!
The team worked hard to make their structure stand in the strong winds!

Mini PSWC was a great time to get to know members from other schools as well as to get a feel for what PSWC will be like come spring. Although it was the first Mini PSWC that has ever been organized it will definitely not be the last! After getting a taste  of competition and team spirit we are beyond excited for PSWC 2016!

Mock Interviews with ASCE LA YMF

With the career fair a couple of weeks behind us and our resumes submitted to recruiters, the next step to getting that dream job or internship is the interview. Three guests from the Los Angeles Younger Members Forum (LA YMF) dropped by on Thursday night to give us some tips!

We began the night with a presentation by LA YMF President Phil Davies discussing some general hints for acing the interview, and then received a list of commonly asked interview questions that will definitely come in handy during our interview preparations. Our guest interviewers then split up into three separate rooms, and every USC ASCE member got a chance to have a one-on-one mock interview.
Overall, the event was extremely helpful; we will definitely be using everything we learned in our upcoming interviews! We would like to extend a huge thank you to the LA YMF members that took time out of their busy schedules to come out and help us!

Career Series: Resume Workshop

Yesterday members from YMF (The Younger Members Forum) and MLAB (Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch) stopped by for a Resume Workshop! Since they are working professionals in the Los Angeles area, they are full of great advice and feedback to get our resumes ready for the USC Viterbi Career Fair this upcoming week!

Our members were asked to send in their resume a week before so that the members from YMF and MLAB could look them over beforehand. That way at the workshop we received great feedback right away, and a copy of our resume with comments on it to take home.

Thanks to YMF and MLAB for their help in making this event so successful!

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.

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.

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:

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

DSC04604 ASCE LA YMF Student Night

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!

Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition, Volunteer at CSUN 2/15/14

Date of Event: Saturday, 2/15/14
Time of Event: 8:00-5:00pm (We will be meeting at TBD at KAP to carpool)
Address: 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA91330
RSVP by 2/7/14 : http://goo.gl/mA57Ii


Join USC ASCE on Saturday, February 15, 2014 to volunteer at the Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition, hosted by ASCE LA YMF at the Cal State Northridge (CSUN) campus!

High school students will be going to CSUN for a design competition to test and present their popsicle stick bridges. They need volunteers for everything from running scores across campus, to providing directions, to monitoring events.

This is a great way to meet other ASCE students from other schools while looking at the student’s popsicle stick bridge designs!

We plan to go as a group, so please fill out this form so that we can organize rides http://goo.gl/mA57Ii by Friday, February 7, 2014.

If you have any questions, please email uscasce@usc.edu.

Thank you!

For more information regarding the event, please visit: http://mlab-ymf.org/events/popsicle-stick-bridge-competition

2nd General Meeting & LA YMF Student Roundup

We held our second general meeting of the semester and hosted the ASCE Younger Members Forum Student Roundup, with several other universities in attendance.