Andrew Easterling, EIT

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

• 2011 Dean’s Scholar (SJSU)
• Mark Thomas Scholarship (ASCE San Jose Branch)
• 2012 Dean’s Scholar (SJSU)
• 2012 John Lenard Civil Engineering Scholarship (ASCE National)
• 2012 Institute of Transportation Science Fellowship (UCI ITS Department)

Additional Files
Collection of Toys for Tots Gifts
Andrew at the Ronald McDonald House event
Andrew at the Canstruction Volunteer Event
Additional Information

Candidate Information

Name:
Andrew Easterling, EIT
ASCE Member?:
Yes
Company:

URS Corporation
2020 East First Street, Suite 400, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Supervisor:
Education:

2011 Bachelor of Science, San Jose State University
2013 Master of Science, University of California, Irvine

Experience:

Mr. Easterling is passionate about Community Service. In FY 2012-2013, he served as the Community Service Chair for the Orange County (OC) Younger Member Forum. Over the course of the year, Mr. Easterling organized 12 Community Service Events, averaging nearly one event a month. Those events include: Candy for Troops (Operation Gratitude) Drive; Toys for Tots Drive; Isaiah House Shelter; Armory Emergency Shelter; Ronald McDonald House; Doheny State Beach Cleanup; Cinco De Mayo 5K Run (Benefiting PCRF); Building Homes with Corazon; Summer of Mud 5K Run (Benefiting Susan G. Komen); Backpacks for Success Drive; California Coastal Cleanup and OC Canstruction.

In addition to his involvement with outreach within the community, Mr. Easterling was also active in volunteering with our K-12 and University Outreach efforts. Mr. Easterling organized and prepared a workshop for UCI students on how to read and interpret Caltrans Project Plans, the event was so successful; they (UCI, CSUF, CSULB) requested the YMF hold similar workshops on a regular basis. In his K-12 effort, he was a part of the PSBC planning committee which helped plan the 19th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition and has even presented at Santa Ana Valley HS, providing a presentation on Civil Engineering.

1) Candy for Troops (Operation Gratitude): Operation Gratitude is a non-profit which sends packages of snacks, entertainment items and letters of appreciation to deployed troops. On Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 OC YMF raised 8 lbs. of candy, several toothbrushes and oral hygiene products to donate. Andrew was responsible for organizing and marketing the event as well as sending all donations collected to Operation Gratitude.

2) Toys for Tots Drive: The Marine Toys for Tots Drive, specifically, for the “Code Talkers” program, was held at several OC YMF events in November and early December. The event was very successful for OC YMF as we raised enough toys to fill and overflow the donation box provided by the organization. The donated toys were delivered to underprivileged children within the communities of the Navajo Nation and other North American Tribes. Andrew was responsible for organizing the event with the Marines, collecting and delivering all the toys collected to the non-profit organization.

3) Isaiah House Shelter: On December 8th, 2012 OC YMF gathered several volunteers at the Isaiah House of the Orange County Catholic Worker. The house provides a safe haven for women and children and gives them an opportunity to catch a good night’s sleep, a warm shower and a location to store some belongings. Andrew Easterling and Deborah Alvarado planned and organized the event.

4) Armory Emergency Shelter: On February 15th, 2013 a group of OC YMF members volunteered with Mercy House in Santa Ana, CA. The Orange County Cold Weather Emergency Armory Shelter program provides up to 400 beds per night for the homeless at the National Guard Armories in Fullerton and Santa Ana. The homeless receive a nutritious meal, warm shower, and safe place to sleep. Andrew Easterling and Deborah Alvarado were responsible for planning and organizing the event for our members.
   
5) Ronald McDonald House: On Sunday, March 24th, 2013 members from OC YMF volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House of Orange County to cook a meal for the “Feasts from the Heart” program, which provides a comforting “home away from home” for families with seriously ill children. Our volunteers prepared a dinner (Thai Cuisine) for families to enjoy while in between hospital visits. The event was planned and organized by Andrew Easterling and Gidti Ludesirishoti. The group was so pleased with the volunteer effort by our group, they wrote Andrew a recommendation letter.

“I want to recommend Andrew Easterling, on behalf of the Orange County Ronald McDonald House, for the recent contribution to our beautiful home by way of a beautifully prepared dinner for all of our house guests.
At our Ronald McDonald House, many families travel far from home and spend several weeks or months to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children – a long time to be away or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having mom and dad close by for love and support. A Ronald McDonald House is that “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost.
Our Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. We believe that when a child is hospitalized the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed.
In order to offer the best possible care, comfort, and support for these families with critically ill children, we try to provide “more than a house” and many additional services for our families.  Some of those include daily meals, baking groups, haircuts, massages, and more.  We are very grateful for the beautiful meal of Authentic Thai Dishes prepared by Community Service Co-Chair, Andrew Easterling and his team on March 24th, 2013 for our House guests.
We are so grateful for this team’s service and support.”

6) Doheny State Beach Cleanup: On Saturday, April 13th, 2013 (Earth Day), OC YMF members gathered at Doheny State Beach for a beach clean-up event. The group combed the beach for trash in an effort to be active during Earth Day 2013. The event was organized by Andrew Easterling.

7) Cinco De Mayo 5K Run (Benefiting PCRF): On Sunday, May 5th, 2013 ASCE OC YMF participated in the 15th Annual Reaching for Cure 5K Run/Walk. The event was organized and Andrew Easterling.

8) Building Homes with Corazon: This was one of our largest and most successful events. On Saturday, May 11th, 2013 ASCE OC YMF participated in a home build in Tecate, Mexico through Corazon Communities. A non-profit organization which organizes ‘one-day’ house builds since 1979. ASCE OC YMF teamed with San Juan Capistrano Rotary Club, UCI Rotary Club and Corazon where a total of 40 volunteers drove personal vehicles into Mexico to build a complete home from 8 AM to 4PM. The event was so well regarded and attended that OC YMF at the request of Corazon planned another Corazon Home Build on November 23rd, 2013. The event was planned and organized by Andrew Easterling and Andy Verdin.

9) Summer of Mud 5K Run (Benefiting Susan G. Komen): On Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 ASCE OC YMF participated in the Irvine Lake Mud Run 4th Annual Summer of Mud 5K. The event was organized by Andrew Easterling.

10) Backpacks for Success Drive: On Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 in conjunction with our monthly board meeting, ASCE OC YMF organized a back to school drive for “Backpacks for Success” a program aimed to help low-income students receive a new backpack filled with school supplies such as pencils, rulers, glue sticks, paper, erasers, etc. Our group raised enough supplies for two backpacks, these backpacks were donated to low-income students (K-12) within the Orange County area. Andrew was responsible for organizing and marketing the event as well as putting the backpacks together and sending them to the organization.

11) OC Canstruction!: On Friday, August 30th ASCE OC YMF volunteered to help the Orange County Food Bank with their annual OC Canstruction! The event gathered teams from Orange County to design build and construct creative artworks using donated cans. Our volunteers, donated their time in the evening/morning from 9:30 PM to 6:00 AM to assist in the supervision and staffing of the event over the duration of the evening. The event was organized and planned by Andrew Easterling and Roxanne Follis.

12) California Coastal Cleanup: On Saturday, September 21st, 2013 ASCE OC YMF teamed with OC Branch and California Water Environment Association (CWEA) for the annual statewide cleanup. Volunteers gathered to clean a portion of the Bolsa Chica State Beach. Andrew was responsible for coordinating the joint effort between the organizations on behalf of ASCE OC YMF.

Comments:

In addition to his work in ASCE Community Service, Andrew also took the time to participate in other outreach activities for University and High School students. 
Plans Reading Workshop: On Thursday, February 21st, ASCE OC YMF planned and participated in a Plans Reading Workshop with students from the University of California, Irvine. The workshop was geared toward introducing students to basic concepts regarding how to read Caltrans Plans and Exhibits. Andrew Easterling participated in this event as one of the lead presenters.

Santa Ana Valley High School Engineering Presentation: In October 2012, Andrew Easterling and Josue Vaglienty presented to two groups of high school students (Sophomores and Juniors) at Santa Ana Valley High School. The presentation was geared towards giving the students a basic understanding of the Civil Engineering profession.

Contribution to the Profession:

• 2010-2011 ASCE SJSU Student Chapter Alumni Representative
• 2010-2011 SJSU Student Chapter Steel Bridge Captain
• 2011-2012 ASCE SJSU Student Chapter President
• 2012-2013 ASCE OC YMF Community Service Chair
• 2013-2014 ASCE OC YMF Treasurer
• 2012-2014 ASCE OC YMF ITE Liaison

Civic:

In addition to his involvement within OC-YMF, Andrew has dedicated countless hours volunteering his time within the community. Many of the events that the group had planned over the last year were a result of the passion and dedication of Mr. Easterling. Additionally, not only did he plan these events, he also participated in a majority of these events. Outside of ASCE, Mr. Easterling has volunteered at events for the Adoption Guild of Orange County, working to assist the group with their fundraising kick-off parties.  He has also participated in canned food drives with co-workers at URS Corporation for the Eli Home, an organization focused on aiding children and mothers who are victims of abuse and neglect.  Andrew is also an active runner and frequently participates in events benefiting various non-profits including; Wounded Warrior Project, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, Talk About Curing Autism, and Susan G Kolmen, Orange County.

Suggested Award Summary:

Andrew Easterling joined the OC-YMF group at the beginning of the 2012-2013 FY and has continually blown us away with his commitment to ASCE, the profession, and service to the community. Without Andrew’s dedication to Community service we would not have come close to the 12 events hosted this year. In a single year Andrew helped planned more Community Service events than YMF hosted in the last 2 years combined. His commitment to Community Service and our Profession is outstanding. The majority of his involvement Community Service, and other committees, were focused on outreach outside of our profession. In addition he also frequently participated in discussions for overall improvement of our group and industry.

Furthermore, when the OC-YMF group needed a Treasurer for FY 2013-2014, when no one else volunteered and stepped up, Andrew ensured that the position would not remain unfilled. Since becoming treasurer he has not only fulfilled his duties, he has also sought ways to improve upon it and attempted to make changes to make his work more efficient and ease the burden for future Treasurers.

He is an excellent candidate for this award as I know no other individual within OC that deserves this honor more. His efforts with our Community Outreach efforts, have helped ASCE OC-YMF and its members become more active and realize the satisfaction of giving back to the community.

CEC

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