Isamar Escobar, A.M.ASCE

Status:
Awarded
Awarded:
Outstanding Civil Engineer in Community Service
Nominated Categories
Outstanding Civil Engineer in Community Service
Other Categories
Awards:

ASCE OC YMF 2016 President’s Award

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Candidate Information

Name:
Isamar Escobar, A.M.ASCE
ASCE Member?:
Yes
Company:

Michael Baker International, 14725 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92618

Supervisor:
Education:

University of California, Irvine, Bachelor of Science

Experience:

Ms. Isamar Escobar is a Civil Associate in surface water with Michael Baker. Since joining Michael Baker International, Isamar has been involved with a variety of projects including, but not limited to storm drain master plans, storm drain design, FEMA processing, sediment transport modeling, environmental documentation, and 2-dimensional floodplain studies.

Her work experience includes:

City of South San Francisco Storm Drain Master Plan – South San Francisco, CA
Isamar played an active role in the development of a comprehensive storm drain master plan for the entire city of South San Francisco. She developed a hydrology methodology specific to the city, created a 1-dimensional link-node model, and performed analysis of the existing storm drain infrastructure. Isamar worked with the city to develop a prioritization system and capitol improvement plan to upgrade deficient systems.

SR60/Theodore - Moreno Valley, CA
Isamar analyzed the hydraulic capacity of four roadway culverts in a major interchange improvement project. She developed a coupled 1-dimensional subsurface and 2-dimensional surface hydraulic model including animation of the above ground flooding, and created a 3-dimensaionl real time view of potential impacts.
PA39 Phase II – Irvine, CA
Isamar was responsible for performing detailed scour analysis for an embankment along San Diego Creek. She perfomed hydraulic and flooding analysis of the channel and surrounding area. She analyzed the pier scour potential of a proposed bridge and provided recommended footing depths. Through her scour analysis, Isamar helped determine the type and amount of embankment protection required to protect the proposed development.

Her ASCE experience includes:

ASCE OC YMF K-12 Outreach Committee Member – 2014-2015
Isamar was an active member of the K-12 Outreach Committee. She helped organize the Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition, a high school outreach event in which over 30 high schools in the greater Los Angeles region participated in.
ASCE OC YMF University Liaison – 2015-2016
As University Liaison for University of California, Irvine (UCI), Isamar maintained a connection between university students and younger members. She attended UCI’s ASCE student chapter’s events and kept them informed of ASCE YMF events.

ASCE OC YMF K-12 Outreach Committee Chair – 2015-2016
Isamar led the ASCE OC YMF’s K-12 Outreach Committee. This included organizing classroom visits, meeting with Orange County teachers, and participating in numerous career fairs.

Comments:

Isamar epitomizes the ideal ASCE member. She is a dedicated member and always willing to help. She has led ASCE OC YMF’s K-12 Outreach Committee, which involves coordination and participation in school visits, career fairs, and others. Her passion for civil engineering is apparent through her commitment to K-12 outreach and promotion of the STEM field. As the K-12 Committee Chair, Isamar also encouraged other members to participate in events and grew the committee.

Contribution to the Profession:

As a younger member, Isamar Escobar is actively involved with many groups within ASCE. She has served as a liaison to the University of California, Irvine, where she encouraged and helped promote student engagement. Isamar has coordinated various school visits and presentations for elementary, middle and high schools throughout Orange County. She’s currently the ASCE YMF K-12 Committee Chair and continues to promote STEM-related fields to K-12 students. Isamar is also heavily involved in ASCE’s Government Relations Committee. She has attended two Legislative Fly-Ins in Washington D.C., where she has advocated for infrastructure funding. She currently serves as ASCE Region 9 Key Contact Representative and works to coordinate with all ASCE leaders in California to promote member engagement in legislation.

Isamar’s involvement extends beyond just ASCE. She is also involved with Engineers without Borders and served as El Salvador’s Project Co-Lead. Her contributions are also seen at Michael Baker, where she serves as Co-Lead to the Good Works and Wellness Works Committee.

Civic:

Isamar has a great passion for giving back to the community, whether it be via volunteering, education, or organizing specific events. She has worked with non-profit organizations, private and public schools. Not only does she inspire students to consider the field of engineering, but she also helpes educate teachers about what engineers do.

Isamar has worked with various teachers in the Anaheim School District and has visited numerous classrooms to present on civil engineering. She has been instrumental in growing the relationship between Orange County teachers and ASCE. Through this relationship ASCE’s K-12 Committe was invited to teach a session at Stepping Ups Summer STEM Academy. Isamar prepared a lesson plan and activity, and educated a group of 20 high school students on water in California. At this year’s past Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition (a high school outreach program), Isamar coordinated all the volunteers throughout the day. She was instrumental in a successful event.

As EWB’s Co-Lead for Project El Salvador, she coordinated the travel for herself and four other members to El Salvador. She aided in the design of a water distribution system, water quality testing, and served as translator and Health Safety Officer.

By expanding her network and developing relationships with various organizations, Isamar continues to grow ASCE’s impact on the community.

Suggested Award Summary:

Isamar Escobar is a Civil Associate in Michael Baker International’s surface water group. Since graduation from University of California, Irvine, Isamar has been active in ASCE OC Younger Member Forum (YMF), most notably as chair of the K-12 Outreach Committee. In this role, Isamar has hosted numerous visits to Orange County schools to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects. Isamar prepared a lesson plan for a session at Stepping Ups Summer STEM Academy and educated a group of 20 high school students on water in California. At this year’s past Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition, Isamar coordinated volunteers throughout the event to oversee the over 200 high school participants. Her leadership and clear communication was instrumental in the event’s success.

Isamar’s involvement extends beyond just ASCE. She is also involved with Engineers without Borders and served as El Salvador’s Project Co-Lead. She coordinated the travel for herself and four other members to El Salvador. She aided in the design of a water distribution system, water quality testing, and served as translator and Health Safety Officer.

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