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ASCE OC YMF Mentorship Program Kick-Off Event

By Marlo Maynigo, E.I.T. The 2017-2018 ASCE OC Mentorship Program kicked off in excellent fashion on October 12, 2017.  Fourteen protégés were paired with fourteen mentors that spanned many different disciplines under civil engineering, such as structural, transportation, environmental, and water resources. 

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ASCE OC YMF Mentorship Program Speed Interview Event

By Paul Gabot The goal of the Mentorship Program is to pair an experienced civil engineer with a young civil engineer. The Mentor would be able to share their wisdom and experience from their career with their Protégé and the Protégé would be able to ask questions and seek guidance from their Mentor. 

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Secretary's Column - Big Shoes to Fill

By Clint Isa, PE Knowledge transfer is the essence of sustaining and advancing the engineering profession.  As a profession, earlier generations of civil engineers are entering the twilights of their careers, careers that began on one side of the technological revolution and are ending on the other.  They carry with them not just a wealth of advanced technical knowledge, but a way of thinking about problems that likely differs from those of us whose careers have been largely supported by sophisticated computer programs.  I think that, oftentimes, younger engineers (myself included) are eager to solve complex problems with complex solutions because the technology affords us the ability to do so.  What gets lost, and what earlier generations of engineers have, is the perspective of how to provide simple, yet elegant, solutions to complicated problems.

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ASCE OC YMF - Understanding the Legal Aspects of Civil Engineering November

By Chuck Karunathilake and Melissa Hilsabeck OC YMF was proud to host the panel ‘Understanding the Legal Aspects of Civil Engineering’ on Tuesday, September 26th. This informative event brought 5 speakers and 35+ attendees together to bring awareness to the legal side of civil engineering. The speakers included Evan Grant (AECOM), Creighton Sebra (Clark Hill PLC), Todd Graham (KPFF), Azzam Saad (OC 405 Partners), and Stavros Chrysovergis (SPC Geotechnical).

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President's Message - Balance is the Key to Long-Term Happiness and Success

By Jeff Braun, P.E. Balance is the key to long-term happiness and success. The balance that immediately comes to most adults minds is the work-life balance. While this is important, it is not the balance I’m addressing in this message.  We all recognize the drive and hunger in our most successful role models and peers. They appear to never be satisfied with their current state, always looking for opportunities to learn more skills, become more efficient, and design and construct amazing projects to improve our built environment. We may hold these successful and motivated engineers in high regard for advancing our profession, but we must also take time to recognize our own achievements.

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