By Ana Brenda Ibarra
Cal Poly Pomona’s American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter placed first overall in the 2012 Pacific South West Conference that took place Thursday through Saturday.
This year’s conference was hosted at CPP, an honor that comes around every 18 years for each participating university.
The annual three-day regional conference brought together 18 ASCE student chapters from all over Southern California, Southern Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii, gathering schools such as UCLA, USC, UCSD and Arizona State University.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and University of Nevada, Las Vegas took second and third place, respectively.
Each school divided its members into teams to tackle different competitions. Some of the events included the Geotechnical Challenge, Environmental Design competition, Land Surveying competition, a scavenger hunt and a basketball tournament. Each event was worth a certain amount of points that were totaled up for the overall score.
Three of the main events included the steel bridge presentation, which tests the knowledge of students in the structural engineering field, the individual technical presentation and the concrete canoe competition.
The concrete canoe event was one of the most awaited after CPP’s team placed fourth last June in the 24th annual National Concrete Canoe Competition in Indiana.
The aesthetics and presentations part of the concrete canoe competition took place on Thursday. Friday’s canoe events which included men’s and women’s endurance, co-ed endurance and men’s and women’s sprints took place on Friday at Bonnelli Park in San Dimas.
CPP’s canoe “Andromeda” took second place overall.
“Concrete Canoe [team] prepares literally the whole year,” said fifth-year Civil Engineering student and CPP ASCE Conference Co-Chair Victor Yanez. “As soon as they finish nationals, they get right to work.”
Yanez, whose responsibility, alongside co-chair Teresa Pham, was to coordinate all the teams and make sure each team had the best people to run each event, said he could not be happier with the results.
“Overall I have to say I am proud of every single person who participated in the events and every single person who contributed to our first place championship in the PSWC,” said Yanez.
PSWC Event Chair and third-year civil engineering student Allison Edgerley said CPP’s first place was very much deserved.
“As a whole chapter we worked really hard,” said Edgerly. “The planning committee was organized about a year ago and was headed by Conference Coordinator Chandni Patel, who worked insanely hard.”
Edgerley, who was in charge of the CPP Surveying and Environmental team and placed first in both, also believed CPP faced great competitors.
“Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has always been our biggest competition and our Cal Poly rivalry is pretty legendary, so it was pretty exciting to beat them,” said Edgerley.
Besides the competition, Edgerley recognized that PSWC is one of the best learning experiences for civil engineering students.
“It’s a great way to learn the technical aspects of civil engineering outside of school and planning this year was an interesting challenge,” said Edgerley.
Next year’s PSWC will be co-hosted by USC and Loyola Marymount.
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Campus hosts regional engineering conference
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