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New Members November 2018
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

California Coastal Clean-Up
On September 15th, 2018, the ASCE OC Branch and YMF joined together to participate in the 34th California Coastal Cleanup Day in Huntington Beach, California. » Read More

Fountain Valley High School Career Fair
On Wednesday, October 24th ASCE OC-YMF was invited to attend the Fountain Valley High School career fair. Members from OC YMF had the opportunity to present, educate and inspire students about the profession of civil engineering. They explained the process of obtaining a civil engineering degree, as well as the importance of involvement with ASCE at the college and post college level. Most importantly, they encouraged them to pursue higher education regardless of profession. » Read More

2018-19 Mentorship Program Kicks Off Fast!
The 2018-19 ASCE OC Branch Mentorship Program has gotten off to a fast start! Literally! » Read More

Celebrating in new, exciting and innovative ways!
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new” - Socrates The last month has been filled with new, exciting and innovative ways of celebrating our industry, members, history and potential as civil engineers! Here are some highlights that I hope will inspire you as much as they have me.  » Read More

New Members August 2018
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

Networking Social July 2018
We enjoyed a warm summer evening with good drinks and in great company!  » Read More

Padres Game + Mid-Coast Trolley Tech Tour
Many of us have ridden a light rail train at least once in our lifetime. Whether for leisure, commuting or curiosity, trains can be a very convenient mode of transportation. However, rarely do we wonder about the process required to design and build a light rail. » Read More

End-of-Year Banquet
On August 9 the 2017-2018 Mentorship Program held its End-of-Year Banquet at Chapter One: the modern local in Santa Ana, CA. Mentors and Protégés were able to meet once more over great food and drinks. The Banquet was highlighted with a panel discussion. » Read More

2018 Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition
OC K-12 had a great time volunteering and supporting LA YMF with 2018 Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition (PSBC).  » Read More

New Fiscal Year!
Only a few days into our new roles, and already we have tons to share!! Check out the latest news regarding the ASCE Presidents and Governors Forum (PGF), ASCE California Surface Transportation Report Card Release, ASCE Los Angeles Section Annual Meeting, Installation of Officers & Awards Luncheon, ASCE Committee on Younger Members, ASCE International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure,... » Read More

Graying the Lines
It is amazing how quickly this year has gone.  I want to sincerely thank all of you, especially those who supported our committees and institutes by planning, executing, and enjoying the amazing events we had this year.  You made serving as Branch President as smooth as I could have ever imagined.  You also made it very rewarding. » Read More

ASCE OC New Members August 2018
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

Mammoth Ski Trip
A successful trip to the mountain does not start when you roll into Mammoth Village, Big Bear or any other resort. » Read More

Ronald McDonald House - Breakfast Meal Service
Members from ASCE OC Branch and YMF hosted a breakfast meal service on June 16th at the Ronald McDonald House located in the City of Orange. » Read More

Illumination Foundation Meal Service Event
On April 27th, 2018, the ASCE OC Branch and YMF joined together with the Illumination Foundation to provide a meal service to those at the Recuperative Care Center in Midway City, CA. » Read More

Speaker Series: The Complete Engineer - Unlocking Your Potential
The theme of the 2018 Series was “The Complete Engineer: Unlock Your Potential”. These interactive sessions aimed to provide young professionals insight on the valuable and desirable non-technical skills which can help them “unlock their potential” in the workplace. » Read More

Call for Mentors for 2018-2019 Program
Are you an experienced professional with 10 or more years of experience looking to pass on your knowledge to the next generation of leaders? ASCE Orange County hosts an annual Mentorship Program for the encouragement and development of its members and our future leaders. The program will pair young professionals (protégés) with an experienced civil engineer (mentor) in the local OC Branch. » Read More

"Doing Politics" is Good for Your Career
I’ve said it, and I’ve heard many of my peers - “I don’t do politics”.  I was younger then, and I had different priorities.  I’m not saying they were the right priorities, but as a younger adult, I didn’t see the benefit of researching each candidate for every office listed on an upcoming ballot, never mind every bill and proposition. » Read More

ASCE OC New Members June 2018
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

Softball Game OC YMF vs LA YMF
By Luis Manzo On April 28, 2018, Los Angeles and Orange County YMFs met at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton, California at 4 pm for a friendly competitive softball game. » Read More

Corazon House Build
By Triet Dang On Saturday, May 5th, a group of OC Branch and YMF members met in Chula Vista, CA to join with the Corazon organization for the House Building Volunteer event in Tijuana, Mexico. » Read More

How to Start Your Own Business
By Josue Candelario, E.I.T. What type of company would you like to have? Does your company’s name shine bright in Downtown Los Angeles or is your firm based in a small city working on local projects? What type of entity will you register as and where will your office be located? There are a few things to ask yourself before treading down the path of starting your own company. » Read More

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same
By Jeff Braun, P.E. I know this is an over-used saying, and it makes me sounds like everyone’s grandfather, but I am sincerely impressed with, and thankful for, the Orange County Branch’s culture and organizational systems that make leading such a great organization very rewarding … and probably easier than some may think.  » Read More

ASCE OC New Members March 2018
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

Saint Patrick's Irish Pub Social
By Chirath "Chuck" Karunathilake OC YMF celebrated the day before St Patrick's day at Muldoons Irish Pub in Newport Beach with networking, Irish food, live music, and drinks.  » Read More

OC Second Harvest Food Bank
By Ashlyn Alexander ASCE OC YMF partnered with the OC Second Harvest Food Bank for a holiday foods and funds drive for the month of December.  » Read More

Perry Elementary STEM Night
By Jenny Mital, P.E. On March 15, K-12 committee members Crystal Mena and Jenny Mital volunteered at Perry Elementary School Science and Engineering Night in Huntington Beach. The annual science night consisted of booths with science and engineering activities ranging from biomedical to engineering, and was attended by over 100 students and parents. » Read More

OC YMF - University Outreach Resume and Mock Interview Workshop
By Gabreelle Gonzalez, E.I.T. In February, ASCE OC University Outreach held Resume/Interview Panels for the Local Universities on each respective campus. February 21st was CSUF’s panel, which had 4 professionals presenting and 9 students attending. CSULB’s panel was on February 23rd, with 3 professionals presenting and 8 students attending. UCI’s panel was on February 28th, with 3 professionals presenting and 39 students attending. On March 3rd, ASCE OC hosted a Mock Interview Workshop at Fuscoe Engineering; allowing the students to put into practice the information they received at their respective panels. » Read More

OC Rescue Mission Volunteer Service
By Ashlyn Alexander On February 24th, 2018, ASCE OC YMF volunteered at the Orange County Rescue Mission in Tustin, California. Orange County Rescue Mission caters to men, women and children of all different backgrounds and walks of life and assist them to get back on their feet with love and Christian values. The mission provides breakfast, lunch and dinner and has different shifts for volunteers. The group helped with the kitchen services that prepares dinner from 2:00 pm -4:30 pm. » Read More

Soft Doesn't Mean Easy
By Jeff Braun, P.E. Engineering involves math and science, right? Long enough ago that I don’t want to say how long ago it was, I was a high school student who enjoyed my physics and math classes more than the history and literature readings. I loved tinkering with mechanical toys and seeing how they worked, checking out bridges and buildings to see what kept them from falling down. I loved my drafting class, where I was able to create plans for a house I may want someday. » Read More

ASCE OC New Members March 2018
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

Annual Wine Trip
By Chirath "Chuck" Karunathilake OC YMF had the pleasure to host their annual Temecula Wine Trip on December 2, 2017. Like last year, this year’s trip was a full house, a fun filled event where participants enjoyed FOUR unique Wineries. Everybody had the pleasure of socializing with YMF members, friends and family who attended at these award-winning wineries in the Temecula Valley, offering their delicious, locally made wines at affordable prices. » Read More

Do You Believe in Luck?
By Jeff Braun, P.E. I had the opportunity to participate as part of industry panels for two of our Branch’s student chapters over the past couple of weeks, where we discussed how students can best position themselves for internships and career opportunities.  We discussed job search resources, developing a personal brand, networking, resume hints, and interviewing skills.  I was very impressed with the honesty students showed when sharing concerns and fears, and their motivation to invest the time and effort to best position themselves for their career.   The conversations between the attendees and panel members were inspiring, and led me to think back to my job search experiences.  I recall one of the interviews involved writing a short one-page response to a comment/question of my choosing from a list of options.  One of the questions jumped out to me right away: “Do you believe in Luck?” » Read More

ASCE OC New Members January / February 2018
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 - WRYMC Las Vegas 2018
By: Cameron Lancaster, E.I.T. What is WRYMC? The Western Regional Younger Member Council (WRYMC) is the portion of the annual Multi-Region Leadership Conference (MRLC) for younger members and Younger Member Groups within ASCE's Western Region (Regions 8 and 9). » Read More

GWRS & Anaheim Recharge Basins Technical Tour
By Josue Candelario One of the biggest questions for Orange County today is how will we meet our water demand tomorrow? The Orange County Water District (OCWD) is the public agency tasked with tackling this problem and has looked at OC’s existing groundwater basins as part of the solution. This public agency is the leading water authority for the OC Groundwater Basin, the Santa Ana River, and the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS). Find out more about the tour of the GWRS facility, the Anaheim Recharge Basins, and why the Santa Ana River has snakelike berms in the middle of it.  » Read More

The State of Sustainability 2017, Orange County
Welcome to American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE-OC) Sustainability Committee’s State of Sustainability 2017 Report - a comprehensive picture of how sustainability is being approached by a wide range of organizations and agencies in Orange County.   This was a tremendous effort on behalf of the Sustainability Committee!  Continue reading to find the Executive Summary and link to the entire report. » Read More

Professional Development is NOT Optional
By Jeff Braun, P.E. As Civil Engineers, we are members of a profession, not a “job” or a “trade”.  As such, we are held to a higher standard by society and our peers.  As with other professions, such as doctors, teachers, and architects, engineers are expected to maintain their level of expertise and keep up with the latest state of the practice through continued learning and professional development. It is too easy to get lost in the weeds of the daily grind, focusing on publishing the next deliverable. Before you know it, you’re ten years down the road and you aren’t aware of the latest research, software, or modeling methods; putting you at a significant disadvantage to others in the industry. » Read More

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