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2018-19 Board and Cabinet

10 Timber Strong Design

02 President's Welcome

11 Volleyball

03 PSWC 2018

12 ASCE Fundraising

05 Concrete Canoe

13 Spring Retreat

07 Steel Bridge

14 Mentorship Games

09 Environmental Competition

15 ASCE & XE Banquet


2018-19 Board & Cabinet Executive Board President    External Vice President     Internal Vice President     Treasurer     Secretary    

  Raul Rodriguez     Lance Angeles     Fernando Montes     Aaron Esparza-Almaraz     Crystel Maalouf

Cabinet Professional Outreach        Justin Liu     Bryan Orozco     Kimberly Ting Internal Activities Coordinator         Alexander Co     Jordan Lu Social Chair         Erik Najera Fundraising Chair         Farhan Saleh External Activities         Janelle Gonzalez Intramurals Coordinator         Poom Nethnapat Historian         Gerardo Padilla Social Media Manager         Rico Wang Webmaster/Newsletter         Haley Witzeman Conference Co-Chairs         Preston Kamada     Amanda Soedomo     Alondra Villegas 1

Dear Faculty, Sponsors, Alumni, and Students,

I am honored to welcome everyone back for the start of another great quarter and present to you the Spring 2018 Newsletter as presented by our outgoing and incoming newsletter chairs, Adriana Castro and Haley Witzeman. I began my journey with ASCE three years ago when I first joined the club as a freshman. Unbeknownst to me was the huge impact ASCE would have in my personal development as a leader. I would like to thank the past Executive board members: Priscilla Kwan, Karina Gonzalez, Julia Milano, and Darlyn Hernandez for all the hard work they put into improving ASCE as a club this past year. I would also like to thank our Faculty Advisor, Professor Joel Lanning who has offered us much guidance and help. We greatly appreciate his efforts and personal involvement in helping improve the club. With a new year comes a new beginning and I am excited to work with the new ASCE executive board to bring about yet another successful year. My goals for the upcoming year are to improve our community service efforts, increase lower classmen participation, and maintain the networking, mentorship, and social events that were a huge success in the past. I have experienced the benefits of these events and will strive to improve upon them to ensure our members have the tools necessary to succeed as professional engineers. Sincerely, Raul Rodriguez | President ASCE at UCI | 2018-2019

Incoming President's Welcome 2


WC 2018


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The 2018 Pacific Southwest Conference was held at Arizona State University, co-hosted by ASU and NAU. Schools from along the pacific southwest competed in various events including concrete canoe, steel bridge, volleyball, surveying, and more. Throughout the year, UCI's team captains prepared for competition by designing, writing reports, and aligning their team. Teams practiced and readied themselves to bring the heat. Check out below to see us in action!

ENGINEERING EVENTS including: surveying sustainability







1st - Impromptu 2nd - Jeopardy 2nd - Volleyball





During the Concrete Canoe event this year, there were a lot interesting themes such as Moana and Super Mario. Our school’s theme was based off of the Avengers and subsequently entitled Fury to represent the majority of captains being returning members of Concrete Canoe. Besides the various themes that were displayed, some schools opted for innovative mix and structural designs for their canoes, including adding new, unordinary materials or pre-tensioning the canoe’s reinforcement. Then, all of the various structural and mix aspects that were discussed and presented on the first day were put to the test on the second day, or as it is better-known as, race day. Canoes navigated through buoys and raced to the finish line as schools cheered on their rowers with excitement. Although our canoe did


not perform as well as we had hoped, we excitedly cheered on our team until they reached the finish line. Overall, it was an exciting and rewarding day as it represented the culmination of the team’s efforts throughout the year. After the races, the team was even able to throw our Project Manager, Rosario, into the lake as tradition called for. Finally, the canoe was loaded into the U-Haul, and just like that, a year of Concrete Canoe, or as captains endearingly say, “CC,” was over. Overall, this year of CC was a definite improvement from last year, and we expect an even-better performance next year as new captains have already started eagerly preparing for what is to come! Monica Lee, Structural Captain

STEEL BRIDGE This past April, the ASCE UCI’s steel bridge

Watching the erection of the bridge brought

team proudly competed in ASCE’s Pacific

the audience a sense of astonishment as the

Southwest Conference, held at the University

technical and mathematical aspects of civil

of Arizona. After months of design,

engineering finally became a physical

fabrication and labor, the UCI steel bridge

structure. Regardless of the results, the

team headed to Arizona feeling a multitude

completed and final construction of the bridge

of emotions, but mostly excitement. Upon

during the competition served as a pinnacle of

arrival at the University of Arizona, the steel

the team’s hard work, effort and undying

bridge team wasted no time and

dedication to the project. Ultimately,

immediately practiced bridge construction

participating in this project and competing

to prepare for the competition. The build

was a very satisfying and rewarding experience

team and the captains continually and

because it helped the student members

tirelessly practiced, from dusk to dawn, with

experience the tangible side of engineering

a clear goal of representing UCI and

and it served as a quintessential supplement

providing their peers a memorable

to the engineering lectures taught within

experience. As a spectator, watching the

classroom walls.

build team construct the bridge on competition day was a spectacle.

Darren Marasigan


The American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) hosts the Steel Bridge Competition annually. Students participate and compete in an intercollegiate event to design, fabricate, and construct steel bridge approximately 20 feet long to sustain a maximum vertical load of 2,500 pounds. UCI is one of the eighteen universities that participate in the regional Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) for a shot at qualifying for the national competition. Each year the team is challenged to design and fabricate a bridge that adheres to strict rules that change annually. The goal is to create a structure that is stiff, efficient to construct, and quick to build. Initially, the team experienced many issues throughout the fabrication process such as not having access to drill presses, a welder and a location to weld. With the help of faculty, the team was able to obtain the resources to proceed with the project. The build team practiced long nights even when it looked impossible to successfully construct the bridge on time. With team effort and motivation, the build team were able to work through and construct the bridge under the 45minute limit mark. Unfortunately, the bridge failed due to lateral sway just shy of the total load, at 2,400 pounds, and was therefore not ranked in any category. The new leaders will carry on the torch to represent UCI this upcoming school year and compete at PSWC, which will be hosted by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Luis Martinez



The Environmental Competition Team had the pleasure of competing in the 2018 Pacific Southwest Conference in Tempe, Arizona this past spring. The goal of the competition is to design a water filter to filter out specific contaminants, and be cost-effective and sustainable. This project is a really good exposure to the “real world�, and gave the team the chance to do research on different treatment solutions, collaborate with faculty and graduate students, and build small-scale models of our filter. This project is a really great opportunity to gain some hands-on experience with water treatment solutions and is a wonderful compliment to the

curriculum. The day of the competition was really exciting, where the build-team constructed the filtration system, and poured and filtered the polluted water on site. This process and project really brought the team together to think of an innovative and cost-efficient system. Being on this team the past couple of years has been such a positive and educational experience, and I really enjoyed getting to learn and collaborate with such a hard-working team. Overall, I am very proud of our team this past year, and look forward to an exciting year ahead!


TIMBER STRONG DESIGN BUILD ADRIANA CASTRO Being the co-captain for the Timber competition was an exceptional experience. From creating the report to putting the structure together, everything was a learning experience. This was my first PSWC, so I didn't entirely know what to expect. Nonetheless, we worked as a team to follow the guidelines and prefabricated our structure for competition. Once we arrived in Arizona, it took us around fifteen minutes to put our structure together. Upon completion, the deflection of the 4-ft cantilever ridge beam was tested. This deflection was compared to the predicted deflection we included in our report. Once everything was said and done, we were surprised to found out we received third in the competition, A lot was learned from the timber strong design build competition and I am incredibly proud of our team and what we accomplished.



The volleyball event experienced at PSWC this year in Arizona was an event full of high spirits, vigor, and several scraped knees. Although the sand was scorching hot and some volleyballs were overthrown into the lake, our team kept the momentum and energy going throughout the day. With this stamina, we played against other schools and won each game one by one. Before even knowing it, we made it into Semi-Finals, and soon after into Finals. As one of the team players in this event, I really enjoyed playing with the team and supporting each and every person, whether it was in or outside of the court. Even if mistakes were made, we shook it


off and continued playing with the strong support we had for one another. We would not have been able to reach it this far into the competition without the contribution each member gave into each game. What I enjoyed most however was UCI’s strong sense of team spirit and high energy, cheering the loudest and strongest for our team on the sides. This energy radiated throughout the court and made the volleyball games definitely more exciting to participate in. Through teamwork and the plentiful, positive vibes, UCI was able to place second overall in volleyball. CLARISSA TENG


Aaron Esparza-Almaraz I was the fundraising chair for ASCE during the 2017-2018 school year. Overall, the position is very rewarding in terms of what you can bring to the club. Fundraising helps the club financially which in part helps with funding for our general meetings and student events. However, there are more rewarding and social parts of the fundraising. Since the majority of the food vending fundraisers

are held along ring road, we usually meet new people that may be interested in our club when they come up to buy Boba or Banh mi. In addition to that, the majority of people that show up constantly are members of the club and usually hang around the booth for a while, which creates a small gathering on campus for ASCE members which is a win-win.


Spring Retreat

Spring retreat was both a fun and relaxing time to destress from the school year, the Pacific Southwest Conference, and even catch up with old friends as well. The location of the retreat was an interesting choice since it overlooked a valley and really made us feel connected with the surrounding area. The house itself, being set up on a hilltop, was a quiet and peaceful place for us to get away from school and just be ourselves. I personally spent part of the retreat catching up with friends that I didn't really spend much time with the past year and playing a few games like frisbee, soccer, and cards. This retreat was different from past retreats in that everyone just did what they felt without adhering to a specific schedule. It was nice because the majority of people who attended the retreat were seniors who were ready to graduate and juniors who finished off a majority of their toughest year. The last night was the only night where the planned activity that broke up different classes to compete in various team building activities like guiding a blindfolded person through a maze. Overall, I felt content and at ease with how spring retreat went. I would say the main highlights included both the bonding and catching up time among the classes as well as just the downtime to play some games, laugh, and chat about anything. Vishal Mandalia 13


The mentorship games were located in the Cornell Commons Park. Many of the mentors and mentees came with food for a potluck and toys such as frisbees and soccer balls so that everyone could have an excellent time. Since I didn't start out with a mentor at the beginning of the year, I didn't think I was going to be able to participate in the mentorship games. However, with some persuasion from friends, I came out to watch the games unfold. To my surprise, there were many mentors who asked me to join their "team" so that I could participate. The mentorship games compromised of physical and mental challenges, like playing catch with an egg or personal questions about each member of the team. We would play these games to earn points and take breaks to eat. These points were added to each mentor's previous points which they had been accumulating throughout the year. Mentors were awarded points for spending time with mentees and at the end of the year, the mentorship group with the most points is awarded a prize. I enjoyed the mentorship games because it was fun, competitive, and very open to allowing people like me to participate who were not originally active in the program. Dennis Nguyen







Putting on the end of the year banquet was as hectic as it was fun. From searching for the banquet venue to the last chair tucked away at the end of the night, each moment was memorable. The venue we ended up choosing had a lot of character, so decorating the room came naturally. For this year’s programming, we decided to emphasize the interaction aspect rather than heavily focusing on presentations alone. We wanted the CEE classes to truly enjoy their experience at banquet so to make sure they attend again next year. We also wanted to make sure it was a memorable night for the seniors, so we fit a dance at the end of the night. The dance was by far my favorite part of the banquet, because we had an awesome DJ (DJ Sergio) and seeing everyone on the dance floor busting their best moves made me realize how tight our CEE community is. Being part of planning and putting on this banquet was one of greatest experiences this year and I can’t wait to attend the next one. Judy Beik




Spring 2018 Newsletter: ASCE at UCI  
Spring 2018 Newsletter: ASCE at UCI