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ASCE UC Irvine: Spam Musubi Fundraiser, GWRS Tour, Career Fair, and More

The UCI Student Chapter hosts multiple meetings and events!

General Meeting # 2: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) Guest Speakers

ASCE UCI hosted our 2nd general meeting of the quarter, where we were fortunate to hear from guest speakers representing Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH). Our members had the unique experience of learning about SGH’s projects relating to Structures and Building Technologies. Learning about the different projects and SGH’s company culture was enlightening.

We want to give a special shoutout to Zachariah Bettner and Dong Joon Kim for taking the time to come out and talk about their work experiences at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger! We would also like to thank Simpson Gumpertz & Heger for sponsoring our general meeting with food!

Spam Musubi Fundraiser

ASCE UCI cabinet and board spent the afternoon of February 28th grilling up some tasty, fresh spam musubi for other students to buy. Not only was making the musubi a great bonding experience for the cabinet and board, but it was also a great success! Many people lined up to buy a musubi, and we sold out quickly! Funds raised support PSWS costs.

ASCE UCI students Ryan Nguyen, Cedric Perez, and Ryan Tran grilling and making spam musubis.


About The Author:

Michelle is a second year environmental engineering major at UC Irvine and on the ASCE UCI Professional Outreach Committee for the ‘23-’24 term. Michelle enjoys visiting national parks and sewing. Michelle plans to get a PhD and is currently in a research lab at UCI. Michelle can be contacted at



Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) and ASCE UCI hosted a Fountain Valley tour of OCWD’s Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS)! Being the most extensive advanced water treatment system for indirect potable reuse, Students took a 2-hour tour of the facilities, walking through the steps of microfiltration, reverse osmosis, and ultraviolet light with hydrogen peroxide to purify groundwater to drinking water standards.

The tour group at the GWRS had a drink of purified water.


About The Author:

Matthew is a fourth-year Civil Engineering student at the University of California, Irvine and is part of the External Activities Coordination team in the ASCE UCI student chapter. He plans to go to graduate school specializing in water quality and treatment. Matthew is currently working in Dr. Jiang’s lab for pathogen detection in wastewater, and can be contacted at


ASCE UCI Civil and Environmental Career and Internship Fair

ASCE UCI hosted its annual CEE Winter Career and Internship Fair on January 30th, 2024. All civil engineering disciplines and the private and public sectors were represented at the fair, allowing all students to build their professional careers. ASCE UCI would like to thank all the company representatives for coming out and speaking with the students, our sponsors for the event, and the students who attended the fair. The event was a great success, and we hope to have an even better fair next year!

The company representatives who attended the fair after the event concluded.


About The Author:

Brian Tran is a second year Environmental Engineering student at University of California, Irvine and is part of the Professional Outreach cabinet at UCI’s student chapter for the 2023-2024 term. Brian enjoys exploring the outdoors, playing videogames with his friends, and running. Brian can be contacted at


General Meeting # 3 - Walter P Moore General Meeting

ASCE UCI hosted its third general meeting of the winter quarter on February 7, 2024. We had the opportunity to listen to a guest speaker from Walter P. Moore, and our members had the unique opportunity to learn more about the structural aspect of the civil engineering industry.

ASCE UCI would like to thank Margaux Burkholder for speaking about the kind of projects they do and their experience at Walter P. Moore. We are very grateful for your company’s sponsorship of the food and all your contributions to student success!


About The Author:

Jerry is a fourth-year Civil Engineering student at the University of California, Irvine and he is part of the Professional Outreach team in the ASCE UCI student chapter and the Project Manager for the Timber-Strong Design Build Competition. Jerry is currently interning at raSmith working in the Site Design division. Jerry can be contacted at



To begin preparing for PSWS 2024 in Hawaii this year, ASCE UCI’s Symposium co-chairs hosted the annual BBQ. Participants were able to choose their rooms and car assignments, as well as get to know each other more. With the assistance of the Internal Team, burgers, hotdogs, and various drinks and snacks were available for participants to eat. The BBQ was hosted on Friday, February 10th. Many of the participants at the BBQ were involved in many projects sponsored by ASCE UCI, such as Concrete Canoe, Timber Design, and Steel Bridge.

As the BBQ ended, it was worthwhile to see all of the collaboration between various ASCE UCI officers, project managers, and students to make PSWS a big success.

Andrew Au and Bryan Aratea Enjoying the BBQ

Food served by the Internal Team and PSWS Co-Chairs


About The Author:

Sean is a third-year Civil Engineering Major at the University of California, Irvine. As a member of ASCE UCI and the External Activity Coordinator, he enjoys meeting new people. When Sean is not doing anything for ASCE he is a Project Engineer for UCI Steel Bridge and will be designing as well as fabricating for the upcoming competition in the Spring. Sean can be contacted at

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