Besides the career fair, we have been preparing for Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC), which will be in Long Beach, California from March 31st to April 2nd. Six of our nine projects will compete: Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge, GeoWall, Environmental Design, Surveying, and Concrete Bowling. Together, we will be competing against around 18 universities in our region. The project leaders and their respective teams have been working fiercely this quarter to bring their designs to life by fabricating, testing, and refining the multiple components of their competitions.
In addition to the projects, several components of PSWC add to the overall competition score such as sporting events, a technical paper, and engineering games such as an impromptu event and Jeopardy. The technical paper and presentation competition, the Daniel Mead Paper, will consist of the ethical topic of evaluating design codes, standards, and practices on a local and global scale. Additionally, a community service project at this year's PSWC is a coin drive with proceeds going to Share our Strength's No Kid Hungry organization.
Our early sign-up deadline for PSWC just passed and we already have 91 students in attendance. This is our largest attendance in years, and we are all super excited for this mega-event!
The Seismic Design Team has been working tirelessly to refine its design and to practice its fabrication skills throughout the fall and early winter quarter. Currently, the team is in the process of finishing its second prototype so that testing results may provide calibration for the analytical model before creating the competition structure. After achieving first place nationally and second place internationally at last year's competition, this year's team hopes to reclaim its title as the international champion!
While projects will remain our main focus for this quarter, there will always be ongoing social activities, professional development events, and field trips! Our Mock Interviews event will be on February 10th, and we have invited alumni and professionals from LA YMF to conduct mock interviews for students who want to prepare for actual interviews. We will also host an alumni BBQ event in the following week and a few more info sessions after that. All of this will be further discussed at Monday's General Meeting, so we hope to see you all there!