A rendering of the back side of our house!

Team Triangle!

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As I’ve mentioned, I have been working on my group project for my Building Science class (check out here and here)! After a long two months, my group finally got to present our project last week! Our midterm project was to entirely design a beach house in Malibu both architecturally and structurally. We nicknamed ourselves team triangle, because we had …

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USC ASCE on the exclusive tour of the Panama Canal!

My Trip to Panama!

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Hi everyone! I just back from my big trip to Panama this Sunday, and it hasn’t even really sunk in that I was just there. I had so much fun going to another country, and it was definitely a nice break from the consistent routine of school. So why I did I go to Panama? As I have mentioned in …

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ARCH 305a

Combining Architecture and Structural Engineering!

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This week we are focusing on our favorite classes, and by far my favorite class is ARCH 305a: Building Science II. I started to talk about it a few weeks ago in my blog here, but since then my group has made a lot process on our midterm project. The goal of the project is to design a triangular shaped …

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Engineering Law

CE 473: Engineering in Real Life

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When I tell people about civil engineering, I usually end up discussing the most obvious things, such as the design of infrastructure.  But this semester, I’ve been lucky enough to expand my view of how civil engineering applies to my life in CE 473: Engineering Law, Finance, and Ethics.  The class is taught not by an engineering professor, but by a lawyer, …

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Junior Year Fall Semester Preview

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Hey everyone! It’s hard to believe that I’m already into the second half of my undergraduate career here at USC, but I also couldn’t be more excited! This first week was a whirlwind of activity, and it’s looking like the rest of the semester is going to be equally busy and fun! Junior year means the start of some smaller, …

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Some friends and I in Madrid

Being a Woman in Engineering

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With graduation rapidly approaching I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on my experience at USC, particularly as a woman in engineering. To be honest, I haven’t noticed a difference in my experience compared to my guy friends in engineering or USC in general. While my classes aren’t 50% girls, the ratio is high enough that I don’t even notice …

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Our team having some fun at dinner!

ASC National Competition

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Hey there!This past week I competed in the Associated Schools of Construction National Competition in Sparks, Nevada! It was a long week full of hard work but I had a great time and learned so much! This competition is part of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) SPARKS student organization group on campus. There were eight teams that competed …

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My Major: Civil Engineering

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When I tell people that I am studying civil engineering the typical response I get is “Oh so you want to build bridges and buildings?” I usually smile and nod in confirmation. However there is so much more that civil engineers do. Before coming to USC I really had no idea about all of the different tracks just within civil …

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Building Science - The Atrium farmers market

Civil Engineering In My Own Words

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Civil engineers are responsible for designing and building the infrastructure we use in our daily lives. This includes roads, bridges, buildings, airports, other transportation networks, and water and power systems among other things. In my four years as a civil engineering student at USC I’ve learned about the properties of various building materials and then used those materials to design …

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Winter Break + Spring Semester Update!

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Hey guys! Not only has winter break already ended but also the first week of school is over! 2013 was a great year but I am thinking that 2014 is going to be even better – it’s off to a great start so far!

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Beach Day

Winter Break & My Last Semester in Civil Engineering at USC

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It’s hard to believe this is my last semester of undergrad at USC! I had a great break at home in San Diego, which was even more exciting because the Chargers made the NFL playoffs. It was great to be able to attend several Chargers games with my family throughout December. I spent the rest of my break with family …

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My Favorite Class: CE-210 Engineering Microbiology

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Sooo we’ve all got to play around with microscopes back in middle school, but what fun was looking at a strand of hair over and over again?? I realize how dorky this sounds but I never realized how amazing the microscopic world really is until starting this class back in August. Our class meets twice a week for about an …

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bending the beam with 2" deflection

CE 334L, Mechanical Behavior of Materials: My Favorite CE Class This Semester at USC

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Every Thursday afternoon, I make the trek over to Kaprielian Hall – home to the Sonny Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Department – and head down to the basement classroom to take a seat in my favorite class of the semester: Mechanical Behavior of Materials, CE 334L lab. The lecture itself is earlier on in the week with Professor Masri, …

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The Endeavor for my birthday!

Senior Year is Here!

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Hi everyone! I can’t believe  I’ve made it to my senior year at USC. This year looks like it’ll be the best one yet. So far, I’ve been Viterbi flag bearer for Convocation, turned 21 (yay!), helped plan SWE events, and helped recruit the newest member class for my sorority, Gamma Phi Beta! Yesterday was our first USC football home game, …

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Second from the left is the Lucius Spar, the other three structures are known as hulls.

Kiewit Offshore Services Internship

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This is where I am interning this summer: Pretty awesome right!? This is Kiewit Offshore Services in Ingleside, Texas – located right on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico – a company that builds offshore oil and gas platforms. These platforms are gigantic; the one on the far right will be the largest offshore platform in the world! I …

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Sustainable LEED design is all around us!

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This semester, as a part of my environmental emphasis within Chemical Engineering, I am taking a course in Sustainable Design and Construction. The course essentially prepares students to take the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification exam by the end of the semester. Many people in the class are taking it primarily for this purpose as some of them are …

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Class picture at Simpson

Building Science Field Trip to Simpson Strong-Tie

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A couple weeks ago my building science class took a field trip to the Simpson Strong-Tie factory in Riverside, CA. Every semester my building science class takes a field trip either to a house, site, or factory to learn more about architecture and civil engineering. We’ve taken trips to LACMA for an exhibit on California houses, and to the Lorenzo, …

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Tailgating with my parents!

USC in a Word: Opportunity

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If I had to describe USC and my experience here as a student in one word, I would say “opportunity.” This was the main thing that attracted me to USC, and one thing that I have found to be true in my three years here. As a senior in high school I knew I wanted to go to school on …

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Junior Year Spring

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I can’t believe I only have 3 semesters of undergrad left at USC! This semester I’m taking five civil engineering classes, and for the first time ever I don’t have Friday classes! I’m taking Geotechnical Engineering, Reinforced Concrete Design, Theory of Structures II, Building Science II, and the class I’m most excited for, Sustainable Design and Construction where I’ll be …

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