Even though our surveying team was completely new this year, our 2014 Surveying team placed 7th in their competition!
This year’s PSWC quiz event challenged students with an individual scan-tron-style quiz on engineering topics in the qualification round. After tying for second (out of 18 schools) in the qualifications, we advanced to the more energetic Family Feud tournament for the final rounds. We named “Occupations That Begin With the Letter ‘A,’” but had trouble thinking of “Things You Do With Two Hands.”
Mystery event is an event where we send several of our members to the competition where they proceed to compete in several challenges that were not previously announced. This year’s team had a blast, fully embracing the spirit of the competition.
Our environmental team successfully completed their water treatment challenge to remove nitrate and phosphorus from a water sample, earning 5th place in a field of 15 schools.
Our Basketball team won their first-round game in the PSWC 2014 basketbll tournament, earning us top-eight points for the overall PSWC rankings.
PSWC 2014 Started off with a beautiful day of Concrete Canoes and Steel Bridges on display!
All of our design teams are busy with last-minute preparations for PSWC 2014. We’re off to San Diego tonight, excited to compete!
We’ve been busy putting the finishing touches on our concrete canoe and its auxiliary components over the past few weeks. Our cut-away section is a seven-foot-long space shuttle, complete with red steel stands (not pictured):
Our two stands include a massive asteroid (made out of concrete, of course), and a special robotic guest:
We’re building some other cool stuff, including a canoe, of course, but you’ll have to wait until PSWC to see everything else. For now check out the construction pics:
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.
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
Tyler Pullen: Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch Scholarship
Elise Takebayashi: Los Angeles YMF Graduate Scholarship
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.
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!
Our 2014 Pour Day for Concrete Canoe went well, with three layers of concrete and two layers of carbon fiber grid reinforcement going into our homemade mold in about ten hours of work. Roughly fifteen members helped out including a few dedicated non-canoe-team helpers. We finished off the bulkheads, so the only remaining concrete placement will be for the edges and any patches.