Orange County Branch Newsletter

March 2015

Student Chapter

 Get Ready for PSWC 2015!

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ASCE welcomes you to a new year filled with fun projects, networking and thrilling competition! Our biggest event of the year is the ASCE Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) which will be hosted this year by the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.

With the competition less than three months away and preparation for this 2015 PSWC since last summer, ASCE is getting ready to assemble all projects, teams and scholarly presentations for the event in April. Winning several awards this past year has encouraged our chapter to continue to bring home more through our projects and teamwork during the conference.

During the fall semester and over the winter break, our teams have had amazing progress to take their incredible designs and constructed projects to PSWC. Our chapter has also been preparing its members for other opportunities this year’s PSWC has to offer. The conference incorporates a career fair and technical presentations for the students to network and expand their skills in the engineering profession. The fun continues with sporting and other creative events.

In the spirit of competition and a chance to represent civil engineering amongst CSULB peers, we strive to bring our family together, have our teams set and give it all we have this year. Join ASCE on the journey to the 2015 PSWC!

Concrete Canoe team working during Cast Day. Photo Courtesy of Tammy Takigawa

Steel Bridge team working on fabricating bridge members. Photo Courtesy of Jocelyn Diaz

E.I.T. Certified

 As we welcomed our ASCE members from the winter break, many endured the discipline and determination to take their F.E. Exam. ASCE would like to congratulate Larry Ngo, Tammy Takigawa and Jess Gascon on passing their F.E. Exams!


 Left to right: Larry Ngo E.I.T., Tammy Takigawa E.I.T., and Jess Gascon E.I.T.

Special Recognition

ASCE would like to share Victor Aguirre’s recognition by the ASCE-OC Branch as the Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Student Award. As a Co-President for the CSULB Chapter, Aguirre has grown beyond the tradition of amazing past leaders of ASCE to extraordinary lengths in academics, professional methodology and dedication to exploring new heights in civil engineering. Congratulations Victor Aguirre!

 Victor Aguirre, ASCE CSULB Co-President 2014-2015 Photo Courtesy of Jocelyn Diaz


On January 30th, ASCE partnered with MAES (Latinos in Science and Engineering) to host a bonfire at Bolsa Chica State Beach. Students and alumni gathered Friday afternoon into the evening. We enjoyed some barbeque and s'mores on the fire, teaching and playing Kan-Jam and sang tunes on the guitar. Meeting and networking between both organizations was a success!

CSULB ASCE and MAES members around the bonfire pit at Bolsa Chica State Beach  Photo Courtesy of George Gutierrez

CSULB CE Alumni & Student Golf Game

After starting our first week for the new spring semester, ASCE students enjoyed a great game of golf with several CSULB CE Alumni and professionals. The game was held at the Recreation Park Golf Course 9 followed with a delicious brunch with a tremendous group of students, alumni and friends! ASCE would like to thank Sabrina Rivera from L.A. YMF for this exciting opportunity for fun networking. There’s nothing like getting to know our CE alumni and sharing memories and ideas for the year to come.

Photo of ASCE students, alumni and friends at the Recreation Park Golf Course 9; Photo Courtesy of Danny Mejia

CSULB-UCLA Hiking Trip

ASCE members from the UCLA chapter joined CSULB for a wonderful Saturday morning at Topanga State Park for a hiking adventure. Only about a 1-2 hour hike in the mountains, but it was a perfect time for meeting students and creating teamwork to get each other through the hike. The hike began with a cool ice-breaker to meet the fellow students from UCLA. Then the group hiked to Eagle Rock and headed back down the hills for lunchtime. This was a first time collaboration between the chapters and it certainly won’t be the last.

 ASCE members from the CSULB and UCLA Chapters at Topanga State Park.