Yazdan (Yaz) T. Emrani, P.E.,

Status:
Awarded
Awarded:
Civil Engineer of the Year
Nominated Categories
Civil Engineer of the Year
Other Categories
Awards:

In 2013, Mr. Emrani was honored by the Orange County Engineering Council (OCEC) with an Outstanding Engineering Service Award. This award recognized him for his many significant contributions to the profession and service to the engineering community.

In 2006-2007, Mr. Emrani was named the Co-Chair for developing a first ever California Infrastructure Report Card, by ASCE Region 9 Board of Governors, for which he received APWA Southern California Chapter’s President’s Award that year.

ASCE Region 9 also recognized his contributions and leadership and awarded Mr. Emrani the “Outstanding Section/Branch Officer Award”.

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Candidate Information

Name:
Yazdan (Yaz) T. Emrani, P.E.,
ASCE Member?:
Yes
Company:

Hall & Foreman, a division of David Evans and Associates, Inc.
17782 17th Street
Ste 200
Tustin, CA 92780

Supervisor:
Education:

Mr. Emrani holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from University of Maryland at College Park.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in California, Texas, Virginia, Maryland, and Louisiana.

Experience:

Mr. Emrani’s 27-year engineering career includes extensive experience in planning, design, and construction management of infrastructure improvements around the country. In addition to his technical work, he is dedicated to furthering the cause of infrastructure awareness, funding, and renewal, and serves as a volunteer for several professional organizations.

Mr. Emrani served as the Director of Public Works for Monterey County for three years. In that capacity He led the efforts to implement many Capital Improvement Projects throughout the County. Some of the more significant projects he led included building a brand new County Medical Center, completing the renovation of the Monterey County’s 100,000 square feet Superior Court which had been bogged down for several years and mired in controversy and cost overruns, and renovating the Agricultural Commissioner’s headquarters.  Mr. Emrani also led the efforts to build a brand new bridge and do a seismic upgrade of another of the County’s bridges. However, one of his most memorable accomplishments is also a story of “Environmental Justice” and is firmly rooted in his belief that every single resident of our great country deserves safe and reliable infrastructure. The San Jerardo story involved design and construction of a complete water purification and delivery system to San Jerardo, a poor community in unincorporated Monterey County. This community was being impacted by unsafe and contaminated drinking water delivered through a local water company. This problem was so bad that residents developed rashes and some contracted debilitating diseases such as cancer as the result of utilizing this contaminated water system. The County at first took over delivery of clean water to the community and then applied for different grant funding to design and build a comprehensive water system for the San Jerardo Community. This project had a lot of challenges and complications that were overcome by sheer focus and single minded dedication of the Public Works team led by Mr. Emrani that clean water is not a privilege but a right for everyone living in the County.  The design and construction projects were done on time and on budget and established a safe and reliable water system for all residents of the San Jerardo community. This project received APWA Monterey Bay Chapter’s 2011 Project of the Year award.

As an entrepreneur, he co-founded and built a successful consulting engineering practice in Orange County focusing on integrating high-tech tools such as GIS and asset management into water resources and public works projects, such as water resources master planning and design and pavement management systems, thereby delivering innovative and cost-effective solutions to clients.

Comments:

Endorsement by John C. Hogan, P.E., Past ASCE Orange County Branch Engineer of the Year
“Yazdan Emrani, P.E., has distinguished himself as a prominent Civil Engineer in Orange County.  His devotion to the profession, and the causes that are important to the profession, is commendable and noteworthy.  He has guided the preparation of Infrastructure Report Cards for the Branch, Section and Region.  He has taken on ASCE leadership roles at the Branch, Section, and Region.  He is also well respected as an expert in his field of infrastructure master planning and GIS applications for infrastructure management.  He has overseen numerous such projects that have benefitted the cities and special districts in Orange County and beyond.  I am pleased to nominate Yazdan Emrani, P.E. for the Orange County Branch Engineer of the Year for 2014.”

Contribution to the Profession:

He served as 2013-2014 President for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Los Angeles Section. In his role as President, he led the Section’s leadership team as they developed and implemented programs and services that benefit the professional development of the members.  Mr. Emrani’s goals for the year were: Advocacy for Infrastructure Investment and Renewal at the local and state legislature levels and Establishing Mentoring and Leadership Development programs for ASCE LA Section members while increasing membership.

At ASCE Orange County Branch, he helped launch the first ever comprehensive infrastructure report card for Orange County in 2002 and served as its Chair. He was also the Co-Chair of the 2005 update of the Orange County Infrastructure Report Card. In 2006-2007, he was elected the ASCE Orange County Branch’s President.

In 2011, he was tapped to resume his duties as the Co-Chair to lead an update of the 2006 California Infrastructure Report Card (CAIRC). This effort resulted in the 2012 CAIRC which was unveiled in February 2012. Mr. Emrani is Chair of ASCE Region 9’s Infrastructure Policy Committee. Currently, he is leading the 2016 effort for updating of the Orange County Infrastructure Report Card.

Mr. Emrani mentors the next generation of civil engineers as a member of University of California Irvine’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Affiliates (UCI CEE Affiliates). He served two terms as the President of UCI CEE Affiliates and has also served on the UCI Dean of Engineering’s Technical Advisory Group. Additionally, Mr. Emrani has taught a senior level class for civil engineering students at UCI and he has been an adjunct professor at UC Irvine Extension.

Mr. Emrani is an accomplished author, having published many technical papers on various engineering topics. He was also a contributing author to WEF’s Manual of Practice No. 26, published as the book; “GIS Implementation for Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities”. Most recently he was a contributing author to the recently published book by ASCE Los Angeles Section, titled ”100 Years of Civil Engineering Excellence, 1913-2013”

Civic:

Mr. Emrani is involved in his local community, having volunteered with his local PTA as well as being an AYSO soccer referee. In his spare time, Mr. Emrani enjoys spending time with his family as well as biking, and playing tennis. Mr. Emrani and his wife, Bahar, along with their two children are long-time residents of Aliso Viejo.

Suggested Award Summary:

Yazdan (Yaz) T. Emrani, P.E., is Sr. Vice President / Principal at Hall & Foreman, a division of David Evans and Associates, Inc. where he is responsible for expanding the firm’s public works, GIS, and infrastructure management services.

Mr. Emrani’s 27-year engineering career includes planning, design, and construction management of infrastructure improvements around the country. In addition to his technical work, he is dedicated to furthering the cause of infrastructure awareness, funding, and renewal, and serves as a volunteer for several professional organizations.

He served as 2013-2014 President for the ASCE Los Angeles Section. In that role, he led the Section’s leadership team as they developed and implemented programs and services that benefit the professional development of the members. 

At ASCE Orange County Branch, he helped launch the first ever comprehensive infrastructure report card for Orange County in 2002 and served as its Chair. He was the Co-Chair of the 2005 update of the Orange County Infrastructure Report Card. In 2006-2007, he was elected the ASCE Orange County Branch’s President.  During that time, Mr. Emrani was named the Co-Chair for developing a first ever California Infrastructure Report Card (CAIRC), by ASCE Region 9 Board of Governors, for which he received APWA Southern California Chapter’s President’s Award.  ASCE Region 9 also recognized his contributions by awarding him the “Outstanding Section/Branch Officer Award”. In 2011, he was tapped to resume his duties as the Co-Chair to lead the 2006 CAIRC update. This effort resulted in the 2012 CAIRC unveiled in February 2012. Mr. Emrani is Chair of ASCE Region 9’s Infrastructure Policy Committee and currently, he is leading the 2016 effort for updating of the Orange County Infrastructure Report Card.

Mr. Emrani has also been active with other professional organizations such as Water Environment Federation and its local chapter, California Water Environment Association.

He mentors the next generation of civil engineers as a member of University of California Irvine’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Affiliates, has taught a senior level class for civil engineering students at UCI, and has been an adjunct professor at UC Irvine Extension.

Mr. Emrani holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from University of Maryland at College Park.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in California, Texas, Virginia, Maryland, and Louisiana.

Mr. Emrani is involved in his local community, having volunteered with his local PTA as well as being an AYSO soccer referee. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family as well as biking, and playing tennis. Mr. Emrani and his wife, Bahar, along with their two children are long-time residents of Aliso Viejo.

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