Some friends and I in Madrid

Being a Woman in Engineering

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 it in my classes. I’ve had such an incredible experience at USC, from my classes to doing research to studying abroad, and participating in student orgs, club sports, and greek life.

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Our team having some fun at dinner!

ASC National Competition

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 from USC totally over 50 students! Each team competed in a different competition such as Preconstruction, Heavy Civil, Commercial, LEED and many more.  At the competition there was over 1200 participants from all over the US ranging from students to faculty and  even industry members – it was pretty awesome! Although the object of the competition is hard to explain, the best I can relate it to is a case study for civil engineers.

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My Major: Civil Engineering

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 engineering such as water resources, structural, environmental – just to name a few. It is one of the more diverse majors within Viterbi.

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Building Science - The Atrium farmers market

Civil Engineering In My Own Words

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 buildings and run experiments on their applications.

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Beach Day

Winter Break & My Last Semester in Civil Engineering at USC

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 and catching up with my high school friends. Now I’m rested and ready for an awesome second semester senior year, and it’s great to be back at USC!

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My Favorite Class: CE-210 Engineering Microbiology

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 hour and a half, but we get to use compound microscopes for two hours in lab each Wednesday. I have discovered a whole new world under a 100x magnifying lens. So far we’ve had the chance to study live prokaryotic organisms, different strains of algae, and even types of bacteria used as biological indicators. It’s awesome actually being able to identify the different organelles and watch the organisms interact with eachother.

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bending the beam with 2" deflection

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

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, leaving our three hours on Thursdays to be dedicated solely to the lab portion of the class.

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The Endeavor for my birthday!

Senior Year is Here!

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, and I had a blast tailgating with my friends and watching the game. It was a great break from the rest of my weekend, which included many study group meetings. This semester I am taking four undergraduate Civil Engineering classes and my first grad class! My fall schedule is really nice because I don’t have classes on Wednesdays or Fridays! Continue reading

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