Eric Walker

Status:
Awarded
Awarded:
Outstanding Civil Engineer in Community Service
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Outstanding Civil Engineer in Community Service
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Awards:

Eric presented at the 2010 International Engineering and Construction Conference on June 28th in Cairo, Egypt on the topic of engineering ethics. His paper was titled “Engineering Integrity: Ethics for the Engineer of 2025” and was published in conference proceedings ISBN-10 No 0615370098. He received a Best Student Paper Award for his submission and presentation.

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Candidate Information

Name:
Eric Walker
ASCE Member?:
Yes
Company:

Stantec
38 Technology Drive
Suite 100
Irvine CA 92618-5312

Supervisor:
Education:

University of California Irvine - BS Civil Engineering (2011)

Experience:

Eric has been integral to the success of numerous projects at Stantec for Southern California Edison Client. Many of the strides Eric made in utilizing Civil 3D for these projects are now being taught to other members of his team and department to increase productivity and quality for the entire department. Eric has also been heavily involved with residential development projects and is on the verge of accepting greater responsibilities on several large upcoming residential developments.

Comments:

Mentorship Activities:

Eric personally worked with each of the 3 Student Chapters boards (UCI, CSUL:B, CSUF) and individual student chapter leaders to mentor and oversee their growth. He took responsibility to help them with their budgets, review resumes, and advise with career planning. After their graduation, many students continue to ask Eric for advice career paths in the Civil Engineering Profession. He even worked with several graduating seniors to help them get full time or part time positions at local companies and agencies. Eric also worked with local community and private colleges to help students understand what careers in Civil Engineering are available. The key areas Eric helped with students this past year have been budget preparation and accounting, facilitating Interaction between students and professionals, and supporting the efforts of the Student Chapters through awards and networking. Eric worked extensively with representatives from the OC Branch to help define the roles and responsibilities of the Practitioner Advisors and in doing so has helped to re-galvanize people’s interest in the position and provide clear guidelines for how the students can work together with the Practitioner Advisors.

Student Activity Participation:

Eric is passionate about helping Student Chapters and actively participating in their events. Eric has been involved in attending various organized events ranging from Fundraisers at local restaurants to Engineering Career Fairs to attending the Pacific Southwest Conference. Eric also coordinated several large social events such as the Beach Day and Park Day that gathered both students and YMF members. Several career development events were also planned and described in the section below titled “Providing Exposure to the Civil Engineering Profession”.

Eric also increased the participation of Students at YMF and branch events. Since Eric became the University Outreach Chair the involvements by students outside of their chapters is higher than ever. Students are regularly a significant portion of attendees to YMF technical, social, and K-12 or Community Outreach events.  The YMF chairs responsible for planning learned that a vital component to every successful event was reaching out to Eric to get the students involved. Typical attendance from students at our events are anywhere between 5 and 15 depending on the activity. Due in part to Eric’s actions we have seen representatives from each of the Student Chapters attend, all of our YMF Board Meetings, many of our social mixers, various technical tours, K-12 outreach events, Corazon community service events, the Branch hiking trip, and numerous others.

Student Activity Sponsorship:

Eric, in collaboration with the YMF Board, worked to allow YMF’s Outreach Budget to cover the cost of food and supplies for student chapter meetings at which YMF Members were presenting. Eric was also instrumental in the continuation of the Outstanding Student Chapter Award which recognizes the achievements of the Student Chapters, provides a monetary award to fund Student Chapter Events, and encourages the Student Chapters to accurately complete their annual reports. Eric also created the Event Recap excel sheets in order to help the student chapters keep track of all the information that would be required for the annual reports in a clear and concise format.  Eric helped create the rubric based on the Annual Report Guidelines that is used for grading the submissions and also organized award submission reviews with YMF board members. Aside from the Outstanding Student Chapter Award, Eric has worked very closely with students to pinpoint and address various needs and methods of improvement. Eric is a main contact for students looking for additional resources on supplemental technical topics.

Providing Exposure to the Civil Engineering Profession:

Eric and his committee organized workshops for the various Universities in Orange County to help students learn practical skills and supplemental topics not covered in the engineering curriculum. Eric teamed up with industry surveyors to visit the local campuses and teach about Surveying and the interconnectedness between the disciplines. Eric’s committee also recognized the importance of educating students about Plan Sets, as many schools do not include them in their programs. Eric facilitated meetings between Engineers and students to learn what Plan Sets are, how to read them, and how to create them.

Eric is also a passionate and accomplished Public Speaker. Being comfortable in public forms of communication, Eric presented various workshops at the Universities about the ins and outs of communication and taught valuable skills to the students. All of these activities that Eric has been involved in have greatly prepared the students involved with ASCE for careers in Civil Engineering. Of these many activities, Eric has also organized workshops for resume building; an important component of highlighting their experiences for potential employers. Eric scheduled weekend Resume Workshops where as many as 20 working professionals reviewed resumes and gave guidance and recommendations. These workshops also included presentations and mock interviews. Eric has also helped coordinate presentations with the student chapters to bring in professional engineers to speak on topics ranging from personal experiences in the Engineering field to tips and tricks. Eric’s work with not only the local Universities, but also Community and Private Colleges is helping students, interested in Civil Engineering as well as related fields of Surveying, Drafting, and Geomatics, better understand how these professions are related and grasp what the various paths can lead to. Attending various k-12 outreach events such as career fairs and classroom visits allow Eric to help students in all levels understand more about the importance of the scientific method and careers in STEM. All of these different endeavors show just how much Eric is dedicated to making sure the public is aware of just what Civil Engineering is all about and how important Civil Engineering is to society.

Work to Maintain Student ASCE Membership after Graduation:

Each year just before graduation Eric, along with other YMF members, participate in presentations at each of the Universities to encourage students to stay active and involved with YMF and ASCE beyond college. In addition to the formal presentations Eric has done a great job of getting University student out to YMF events to network and establish relationships that will help foster continued involvement after the students graduate. End of the school year events such as the Beach Day also serve as great recruiting tools. Perhaps the best recruiting tool of all has been the establishment and expansion of the Student Chapter Liaison Positions. Each year, new recent graduates are selected to serve as a link between YMF and the Chapter they just graduated from. The Student Chapter Liaisons have helped increase the number of activities and student involvement overall while keeping the workload on any one YMF member down so members do not feel overwhelmed. The program has meshed extremely well with the work of the Practitioner Advisors as it allows them to focus on the administrative aspects of the chapter and working directly with the University Faculty to steer curriculum while the Liaisons work with the students on filling in the gaps in the educational system. This program has not only created solid foundations and recruited outstanding new ASCE YMF members but also helps those members gain valuable experience.

Scholarship Program:

Eric has played an important role in marketing the many scholarships and sponsorships available to the student chapters. He has served a main contact for professionals and organizations, offering scholarships, and has ensured vital information gets distributed to the students in a timely manner. Eric worked with many technical groups, and the OC Branch as well as other organizations like ACI to ensure students had the best access for funding. Many scholarships saw an increase in applicants due to his efforts, including directly reaching out to student leadership on reasons to apply.

Other:

This past year, Eric has really taken the Student Activities Chair position to the next level. All of the YMF events can expect to have some student involvement and many of the students who have graduated have stayed involved in some capacity (some have executive board and Student Chapter Liaison positions today). His passion for the position has seen the growth not only in the students themselves, but in each of their respective chapters. Accountability for financials, activities, awards, scholarships and more are all at a level higher than the previous years. He has built a reputation for helping the student; serving as a mentor, coordinator, and friend helping the next generation of leaders grow and develop within ASCE.

Contribution to the Profession:

ASCE UCI – President 2010-2011
ASCE OC – University Outreach Chair 2011-2014
ASCE OC YMF – K-12 Outreach Co-Chair 2014 – Present
ASCE OC YMF – PSBC Co-Chair 2014 – Present

Civic:

Eric has been active in a variety of community outreach events and has helped out with everything from fundraising and food packaging at the Second Harvest Food bank to helping cultivate plants at the OC Great Park to donate to underprivileged families throughout Orange County. He has also supported and walked/cycled in various fundraisers for Cystic Fibrosis, Breast Cancer, and others.

Suggested Award Summary:

Eric personally worked with each of the Student Chapters boards and individual student chapter leaders to mentor and oversee their growth.  He has been involved in attending various organized events ranging from Fundraisers at local restaurants to Engineering Career Fairs to attending the Pacific Southwest Conference.
He increased the participation of Students at YMF and branch events. After becoming the University Outreach Chair, the involvements by students outside of their chapters is higher than ever. Students are regularly a significant portion of attendees to YMF technical, social, and K-12 or Community Outreach events.
Eric and his committee organized workshops for the various Universities in Orange County to help students learn practical skills and supplemental topics not covered in the engineering curriculum. Eric teamed up with industry surveyors to visit the local campuses and teach about Surveying and the interconnectedness between the disciplines. Eric’s committee also recognized the importance of educating students about Plan Sets, as many schools do not include them in their programs. Eric facilitated meetings between Engineers and students to learn what Plan Sets are, how to read them, and how to create them.
Each year just before graduation Eric, along with other YMF members, participate in presentations at each of the Universities to encourage students to stay active and involved with YMF and ASCE beyond college. In addition to the formal presentations Eric has done a great job of getting University student out to YMF events to network and establish relationships that will help foster continued involvement after the students graduate. End of the school year events such as the Beach Day also serve as great recruiting tools. Perhaps the best recruiting tool of all has been the establishment and expansion of the Student Chapter Liaison Positions. Each year, new recent graduates are selected to serve as a link between YMF and the Chapter they just graduated from.
This past year, Eric has really taken the Student Activities Chair position to the next level. All of the YMF events can expect to have some student involvement and many of the students who have graduated have stayed involved in some capacity (some have executive board and Student Chapter Liaison positions today). His passion for the position has seen the growth not only in the students themselves, but in each of their respective chapters. Accountability for financials, activities, awards, scholarships and more are all at a level higher than the previous years. He has built a reputation for helping the student; serving as a mentor, coordinator, and friend helping the next generation of leaders grow and develop within ASCE.

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