Pacific Southwest Symposium

Last month, over 70 Cal Poly students traveled to San Diego, California to attend the Pacific Southwest Symposium.

Isabell Chavez, captain of the Timber-Strong Tie Design-Build team, shared her experienced attending the four-day symposium at UCSD, “the Pacific Southwest Symposium (formerly the Pacific Southwest Conference PSWC) is the largest and most rewarding event of the year for our student club with about 100 Cal Poly students participating. In this four-day symposium, students gather from a dozen universities across Southern California. Student-led teams apply their technical knowledge in 18 separate competitions such as design-build, environmental design, concrete canoe, and steel bridge. Thanks to all our members and the support from our families, alumni, faculty, and companies across the country, we placed in the top three over the last 33 years at PSWC. Symposiums within our region also give us the opportunity to meet with other like-minded and motivated ASCE students.” 

Isabell’s favorite experience of the conference was the Timber-Strong Tie Design-Build Competition. She also shared her excitement to finally compete in-person after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “Our team had spent the last two and half months putting together a bid package for a small two-story wooden structure, and we were excited to build the structure at the symposium. On the third day, we had 90-minutes to construct our structure and almost finished it (we had two roof panels left to do). We ended up in 4th place, but it was satisfying to see the culmination of all our work. The greatest takeaway was the stark difference between a design on paper and constructing it. I learned what it's like to take a project from design all the way through construction.”

Other notable student leaders include Josue Garcia, Aiden McCoy, Michael Wang, and Macey Ferron-Jones! Congratulations  to everyone involved for your success at the Pacific Southwest Symposium!

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