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YMF - A Fantastic 2015-2016 Mentorship Program
The 2015 – 2016 ASCE OC Mentorship Program has officially come to a close. Throughout the year mentors and protégés attended one-on-one and group settings to share work and personal experiences to improve their professional development. » Read More

ASCE OC New Members November 2016
Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming the newest members to ASCE OC! We look forward to getting to know you and hope to see you at an upcoming meeting. » Read More

Holding Paramount the Safety, Health and Welfare of the Public
By: Elizabeth Ruedas “Climate change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future but, at the same time, addressing the climate challenge presents a golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.” - Ban Ki-Moon Before the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio's new climate change film, brings awareness to the vast number of issues caused by climate change, as well as to the solutions that are still an option. The documentary, by Fisher Stevens, not only highlights global efforts that are being pursued to mitigate the impacts of climate change, but also builds a grassroots movement to ensure that we become actively engaged at the local level as well.  » Read More

Investing in America's Infrastructure, Starting at Home in OC
By: Josue Vaglienty, P.E. After an incredibly long and tumultuous road leading up to the Presidential Election on Nov 8th, the country is finally moving forward. The two presidential candidates could not have been any more different in nature. However, there was one topic that both candidates agreed on: Investing in America’s infrastructure. Both candidates’ campaigns focused on the need to upgrade infrastructure nationwide. Although each side proposed a different approach to paying for it, the topic of infrastructure was being discussed on a national platform where its importance could be heard. » Read More

YMF - Speaker Series 2016
By: Gyan Sinha, Chirath Karunathilake, & Izzad Loh The ASCE OC YMF 2016 Speaker Series “The Big Picture: Engineering your Career” was a series of presentations by four prominent and well-respected leaders in the civil engineering field. This year’s series provided a different perspective to engineering in comparison to last year’s event “Engineering: Behind the Scenes”. This year’s series was originated with a sole purpose to provide a holistic view to engineering and to discuss pivotal topics that help professionals understand the best way to shape their careers in order to reach their professional goals. » Read More

YMF - PE Application Seminar
By: Roxanne Follis OC YMF hosted an application seminar for the California Professional Engineer (P.E.) exam. Susan Christ from Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists (BPELSG) gave a presentation on the application process for the California P.E. exam. » Read More

YMF - Paintball Event
By Ryan Hankes OC YMF hosted an event that has not been conducted in years, a day of paintballing!  There was a large enough group to have a our own private ref and courses closed off to just us. » Read More

YMF - Friends and Family Picnic
By: Remi Candaele Grateful of the many accomplishments of our forum over the years, a family recognition BBQ was held at the Huntington Beach Central Park to just thank our talented YMF members for their contributions. » Read More

Younger Member Forum Members Participate in Corazon Home Build
By: Roxanne Follis On Saturday, August 27, a group of about 20 YMF members and CSUF and UCI students went to Chula Vista, CA and met with other Corazon volunteers. Corazon is a non-profit organization that develops communities in Mexico by building homes and encouraging support within the community.  » Read More

ASCE OC New Members October 2016
Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming the newest members to ASCE OC! We look forward to getting to know you and hope to see you at an upcoming meeting. » Read More

Following Gary's Legacy
By: Josue Vaglienty, P.E. About 10 years ago I attended my first ASCE YMF meeting in a conference room at Diaz-Yourman & Associates in Santa Ana. There were about a dozen other younger engineers in attendance who seemed energetic and vibrant to be planning all sorts of events – social mixers, seminars, community service events, and technical tours to name a few. There was one individual in particular who took the time to explain the whole purpose of YMF to me – all of it! I asked a lot of questions, but the end result was inevitable – I wanted in! This individual was the YMF President and he welcomed me to become part of the group. His name was Gary Gilbert. I recall that conversation vividly and will never forget it. I will also never forget Gary and all of the valuable mentorship and wisdom he provided me and many others within ASCE. » Read More

YMF - The Incredible Journey of Orange County YMF
Yet another amazing milestone in the history of the Orange County Younger Member Forum (OC YMF)…  Earlier this month, our group was recognized by Society and the ASCE Executive Director Thomas Smith as the Outstanding 2016 Young Member Group (Large Group). » Read More

YMF - Second Harvest Food Bank
On June 23, 2016 a group of YMF members went to volunteer at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, CA. Joining forces with other local companies and non-profit groups, volunteers at the food bank sorted hundreds of oranges that would be distributed to hungry families all across the region. » Read More

YMF - 2016 Ragnar Relay
For the second year, the Orange County ASCE and Orange County ASCE YMF formed a team for the Southern California Ragnar Relay Race. This year’s long distance overnight relay race consisted of approximately 200 miles of road and trail running beginning in Huntington Beach and ending on Coronado Island in San Diego.  » Read More

YMF - Mercy House Community Service
This was a great community service opportunity for those who wanted to get their hands dirty...literally. ASCE YMF OC volunteered to construct a garden at one of Mercy House’s resident home located in Anaheim, CA on June 12, 2016. » Read More

ASCE OC New Members September 2016
Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming the newest members to ASCE OC! We look forward to getting to know you and hope to see you at an upcoming meeting. » Read More

YMF - Mentorship Program Now Accepting Applications
Applications for the 2016-2017 Mentorship Program are now being accepted! If you, or anyone you know, are interested in becoming a mentor or would like to gain a mentor, please consider applying! » Read More

2016 Young Member Group Award - the Incredible Journey of OC YMF
By Remi Candaele, PE Yet another amazing milestone in the history of the Orange County Younger Member Forum (OC YMF)…  Earlier this month, our group was recognized by Society and the ASCE Executive Director Thomas Smith as the 2016 Young Member Group (Large Group).  » Read More

2016 Annual ASCE OC Golf Tournament – We hit the 100 mark!
By: Josue Vaglienty, P.E. One hundred players (a milestone first for ASCE OC) attended the 2016 Annual ASCE OC Golf Tournament held this past June 10th at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, CA.  ASCE OC-Branch, ASCE OC-Younger Member Forum (YMF), and ASCE Student Chapters (UC Irvine and CSU Fullerton) each provided volunteers to register and welcome the players from local civil engineering firms, public agencies, and product/service vendors. » Read More

Region 9 Transportation Committee Gains Four Perspectives on the Statewide Transportation Picture
By: Lee Provost, PE and David Schwegel, PE On Thursday June 30, 2016, eight members of the Region 9 Transportation Committee participated in a Legislative Day near the state Capitol in Sacramento.  These perspectives included the Transportation California (nonprofit), the California High Speed Rail Authority, the Legislative Analysts Office, and the Assembly Transportation Committee. » Read More

ASCE OC New Members June/July 2016
Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming the newest members to ASCE OC! We look forward to getting to know you and hope to see you at an upcoming meeting. » Read More

YMF - YMF and Sustainability Committee Joint Hike
By: Roxanne Follis The day after a May rainstorm turned out to be a beautiful and sunny day in Orange County, which made perfect hiking conditions. OC YMF and the Sustainability Committee hosted a joint hike at Santiago Oaks Regional Park on Saturday, May 7th. » Read More

Anaheim Convention Center Expansion Technical Tour
On a warm Friday afternoon, a group of local Orange County professionals and students gathered at Turner Construction's trailer at the Anaheim Convention Center. » Read More

YMF - Mentorship Program Mid-Year Check-in
By: Melissa Hilsabeck The Mentorship Program completed its Mid-Year Check-in event on April 21st at HDR. Mentors and Protégés were able to share their experiences with other pairs as well as provide feedback on the program and events. » Read More

YMF - College Kit Donations
By: Izzy Loh This spring the ASCE OC YMF promoted, supported, and fundraised for OCCHC/SteppingUP’s College Awareness Program (a local non-profit). College is an amazing experience that both OCCHC and the YMF believes everyone should have access to. » Read More

YMF Mentorship Bowling Social
The ASCE OC Mentorship Program hosted an informal bowling event on March 3rd at Bowlmor in Tustin. » Read More

ASCE OC New Members May/April 2016
Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming the newest members to ASCE OC! We look forward to getting to know you and hope to see you at an upcoming meeting. » Read More

ASCE OC Branch University Scholarship Opportunities
ASCE OC Branch is offering scholarship opportunities for you to consider!  Take the time to complete the application(s) available for the various scholarships as they apply to you. » Read More

ASCE Legislative Fly-In
By: Isamar Escobar On March 15-16, ASCE’s annual Legislative Fly-In took place in Washington D.C. and included a pre-conference Younger Member Program, a legislative briefing facilitated by ASCE Government Affairs, and constituent visits with state legislators. The two-day event consisted of 200 ASCE representatives from 49 states, including ASCE leadership, general members, and younger members - with several attending from the ASCE OC Branch! » Read More

ASCE OC New Members March 2016
Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming the newest members to ASCE OC! We look forward to getting to know you and hope to see you at an upcoming meeting. » Read More

YMF - Grant Writing Workshop
On January 15th, a few ASCE members attended a Grant Writing Workshop hosted by Assembly Member Matthew Harper. The event was held at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center and included a presentation by California Consulting LLC, the largest grant-writing firm in California. » Read More

YMF - Western Regional Younger Member Council (WRYMC) 2016
“Being my first conference, I knew I would learn a lot about ASCE’s western region but I never expected to establish so many new friendships as I did over the weekend.” - Michael Pierce (OC YMF Mentorship Chair) If you asked any younger member who attended a “WRYMC” (Pronounced like “Righ Mac”) if they would do it again they might give you a similar response. “This was my second time attending the WRYMC and had a blast! I think the best and most valuable part of attending is always the networking and being able to meet the other YMF groups as well as the leadership within ASCE.” - Amanda Heise (OC YMF Internal Activities Co-Chair) » Read More

Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition
Just how much can a bridge support, if made of only Popsicle Sticks and Elmer's glue? More than one might think, and that is just one of the many facets to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition (PSBC). » Read More

2016 Annual Sponsorships Update
The ASCE OC Branch Annual Sponsorship drive has drawn to a close this year. We thank our 2016 Annual Sponsors for their generous committment to the ASCE OC Branch and the ASCE OC membership. » Read More

ASCE OC New Members February 2016
Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming the newest members to ASCE OC! We look forward to getting to know you and hope to see you at an upcoming meeting. » Read More

ASCE Life Membership: A Legacy for the Next Generation
On March 5, ASCE Los Angeles Section hosted its annual Life Member Brunch in Monterey Park.  Life Membership is quite an honor in ASCE. It represents a lifetime commitment to ASCE and the civil engineering profession by remaining a member for the full length of a professional career. By Steven L. King, P.E. » Read More

January General Meeting
The first ASCE OC YMF General Meeting of 2016 was held at The Counter in Irvine on January 26, 2016. ASCE YMF involvement must have been part of some New Year’s resolutions since we had a great turn out of people! » Read More

The Pacific Southwest Conference 2016 is Looking for Your Help!
Pacific Southwest Conference or PSWC 2016 will be held at the California State University, Long Beach from March 31 to April 2. Over 1200 students are expected to attend! Please consider volunteering for one of the many events that could use your help. » Read More

Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition
By: Isamar Escobar The Popsicle Stick Bridge competition is an annual event hosted by ASCE’s Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Riverside Younger Member groups. We need help from structural folks to review the rules for next year and come up with some great ideas! Also needed are members to help run the event!  The event is designed for high school students in these areas to develop engineering skills through critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and creativity. We hope you'll volunteer...and/or attend! » Read More

ASCE OC New Members January 2016
Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming the newest members to ASCE OC! We look forward to getting to know you and hope to see you at an upcoming meeting. » Read More

THE BIG GAME
By Steven King, P.E. As February rolls in again, there’s no doubt we’re all getting ready for the big game. 2016 is different though, the game is hosted in a structure that has received numerous accolades from architectural and engineering communities in California. The building was designated LEED Platinum and has received awards from the American Institute of Architects, American Institute of Steel, American Public Works Association, US Green Building Council, ENR and ASCE, just to name a few. » Read More

YMF - Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl
By: Ryan Hankes It was a cold winter night in Southern California, at least as cold as it is going to get here.  So what better way to celebrate the holiday season than an ugly sweater bar crawl. » Read More

YMF - Families Helping Families Become an Elf
By: Gibson Phan ASCE Orange County YMF and CH2M Hill Jump teamed up to help bring holiday joy to families in the local community this season by volunteering as elves and reindeers. Partnering through the Families Helping Families program on December 13th , 2015, YMF and Jump adopted a family and helped out at the programs North Pole. » Read More

YMF - Families Helping Families Adopt-A-Family
By: Izzy Loh This holiday season ASCE OC YMF and CH2M Hill’s Jump partnered together to adopt a family. Every year the Child Abuse Prevention Center (CAPC) puts together “Families Helping Families,” where the community can make the holidays a carefree and happy time for those escaping poor/dangerous conditions. » Read More

ASCE and CH2M Hill Joint Yoga Experience
By: Karmel Ongawan and Samantha Nguyen With the holidays just around the corner, it can one of the most stressful times of the year. Holiday shopping, travel planning, managing food and alcohol consumptions, and maintaining exercise routines can all be overwhelming and challenging on top of end-of-year deadlines. » Read More

ASCE OC YMF November General Meeting at Buffalo Wild Wings
By: Ryan Hankes November's general meeting for OC YMF was held at Buffalo Wild Wings in Irvine.  It was a fun filled event where about 12 members and 3 non-members showed up. » Read More

Orange County Department of Education is seeking volunteers for the Academic Decathlon!
The Orange County Department of Education is seeking volunteers for the Academic Decathlon competition event on January 30, 2016.  Each year they seek to engage educators, business professionals, local university students, and community leaders in interactive volunteer experiences that serve our youth directly. » Read More

Join Us for the Annual ASCE OC Branch Awards Gala - February 18, 2016
By: Elizabeth Ruedas, EIT, ENV SP Save the date for the annual ASCE OC Branch Awards Gala, this year occurring on February 18, 2016 at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach!  We hope you'll join us for an evening of recognition for the projects and engineers that are shaping Orange County. » Read More

ASCE OC New Members December 2015
Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming the newest members to ASCE OC! We look forward to getting to know you and hope to see you at an upcoming meeting. » Read More

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
By: Joe Gonzalez, P.E. ASCE Orange County held its December lunch event at the Center Club in Costa Mesa.  We had three presentations on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Drones for private and public works projects, including the California High-Speed Rail.  Our presenters included staff from JL Patterson & Associates, Michael Baker International, and U.S. CAD. The topics presented were related to comparison of a UAV and Drone, applications, operations, and regulations. » Read More

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