On September 3rd, we hosted our first general meeting for the new 2015-2016 school year in Kaprielian Hall. Along with socializing and delicious Thai food catered by TG Express, our executive board presented USC ASCE to the old and new students who were interested in our endeavors this year. We welcomed potential new members with open arms, showcasing our accomplishments while not hesitating to show off our fun personalities around fellow civil engineering classmates. It was a successful and informative first meeting, and we hope to see more old and new faces at future events!
USC ASCE is a student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Even though it seems like we do a lot, there’s so much more going on! We’ve briefly discussed the way ASCE operates outside of the college level, but here’s a comprehensive summary:
Despite its name, ASCE is a global organization, with over 140,000 members! ASCE is broken up by geography and age group, and there are 8 different Institutes that host technical committees in different areas of emphasis within the civil engineering profession. Because ASCE is such a large organization, membership provides valuable networking opportunities and support from others in the civil/environmental engineering profession. Conferences, meetings, and competitions happen at different levels across the society. The USC chapter sends students to events ranging from the college level all the way up to the national level.
Regions, Sections, and Branches
Geographically, there are 10 regions of ASCE worldwide. Regions 1-9 are in the United States, and Region 10 includes the rest of the world. At USC, we are in Region 9, which is the entire state of California! Region 9 is the only region that consists of only one state!
Each region is broken down into sections. Region 9 is divided into 4 sections – Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego Sections. USC is located in the Los Angeles Section, which is celebrating its 100th year anniversary this year, 2013! LA Section is also the 2nd largest section in ASCE with about 8,000 members! (The largest is Texas Section, which is the entire state of Texas!)
In the Los Angeles Section, there are 7 branches. This is where it gets a little confusing, because we belong to the Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch (MLAB). At this Branch level, ASCE splits up according to age group. ASCE members that are age 35 and younger belong to the MLAB Younger Members Forum (MLAB YMF). Not every branch has a younger members group, but our MLAB younger members are pretty active, so if you stay in the LA area, you can definitely continue to be active in ASCE after graduation from USC! There are also 5 student chapters withing MLAB — CSULA, CSUN, LMU, UCLA, and USC. We’ll be doing a few events with MLAB YMF, such as resume workshops or community service, because they are so enthusiastic and provide great role models for us college students.
As you probably know, colleges have ASCE competitions on a regional level. Our competition is called the Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC). This Pacific Southwest region does not fall within any of the above-mentioned regional breakdowns of ASCE. There are 18 colleges that participate in PSWC, hailing from Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii. The winners of the Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge competitions go on to compete in the national competitions.
We’ll be at the Viterbi New Student Luau tomorrow (Thursday, August 22nd, 2013) to greet all of the incoming civil and environmental engineers and tell you more about ASCE. Be sure to stop by our table and say hi!
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!
With just a little less than 4 weeks before classes start, we are starting to think about school again! We would like to welcome our incoming freshmen and transfer students to the Sonny Astani Department of Civil/Environmental Engineering with our Big Buddy Program! Program details are available on our Big Buddies page. In brief, the program matches incoming students with upperclassmen to provide new students with a mentor-like resource that they can utilize as much as desired.