History and Heritage

The ASCE Orange County Branch's History and Heritage Committee has since about 1982 been actively seeking and reviewing important Civil Engineering projects that have been constructed in Orange County, California, and that are considered worthy of being nominated as Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks.  Of these projects, twelve have been nominated and have subsequently been awarded Historic Civil Engineering Landmark status.  All of these projects have been honored with the placement of a bronze plaque signifying their status as a Local, State or National ASCE Historic Civil Engineering Landmark; a few of these projects have received multiple recognition plaques due to the size of the project or due to the project having multiple historic points of interest.  Click on a photo above to learn more about the ASCE Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks in Orange County

For a Google Map showing the geographic coordinates of the Branch's Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks, click on the following link:

Biographies of ASCE Orange County Branch Past Presidents and Other Prominent Members:

The History and Heritage Committee has, over the years, made an effort to prepare biographies of its Past Presidents and other prominent members, and when possible, Oral History interviews have been recorded and transcribed into permanent reference documents.  The following is the beginning of an effort to place these biographies on this web page for general reading and reference:

Herbert George Osborne (1915 - 1999):

A Biography of H. G. Osborne, P.E. was prepared by  Carl R. Nelson, P.E. in early 2011.  That nine page document follows HERE:

The transcript of an Oral History of George Osborne, recorded by Ms. Lisa Vandorpe on October 18 and November 15, 1996, will be up-loaded to this site in the near future.  It is 63 pages in length.

An article written for the September 2012 O. C. Branch Newsletter also highlighted George Osborne's biography and that article can be read HERE.

ASCE National History and Heritage Newsletters

From time to time, editions of the ASCE National History and Heritage Newsletter will be posted on this web page.  These newsletters contain brief, but interesting articles on National Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks and other Civil Engeering topics of National interest.  The following are links to some of these newsletters:

November 2012, Volume VI, No. 6: Click Here

To learn more about this committee, please read the attached polcies and procedures in the committee files section of this page.  If you are interested in participating in this committee, please contact [email protected]

See Related News below for more details about recent History & Heritage Committee activities.


Tom Broz
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Secretary's Column - One of My American Civil Engineer Heroes

In my introductory Secretary’s Column last month, I mentioned that one of my passions is American history.  Most recently, my historical interests have been directed towards the Civil War. So, it came as no surprise to my family last year when I started planning a trip back east to Virginia and Pennsylvania, with our entire itinerary centered around visiting historic Civil War sites. Visiting each of these historic locations was like a pilgrimage, where I saw the history that I had been studying come to life before my eyes.  But our trip to Gettysburg was particularly inspiring to me, for it was during this trip that I learned about a little known, but great Union leader who played an instrumental role in winning this historic battle by implementing his civil engineering know-how to successfully defend his position.  

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Local Leaders Conference Held in Puerto Rico

By: Aileen Santos-Redman, P.E. The ASCE Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Local Leaders Conference took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico on October 14 & 15. The event consisted of the working seminar on the morning of the first day, during which the Board of Directors shared SEI updates and the various committee heads informed us on the latest efforts of their respective groups, before we separated to attend two of four breakout sessions to have an in-depth discussion and share ideas on K-12 Outreach, New Membership, Use of Technology, and Holding an Event.

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Student Night

By: Tom Broz, P.E., S.E. At the November 17, 2016 OC Branch History and Heritage/ Student Night dinner held at the Lyon Air Museum, the three local ASCE Student Chapters from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and the University of California, Irvine (UCI) made “State of the Chapter” presentations.

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Celebrating Generational Differences

"Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we've ever known." - Ronald Reagan Traditionalist, Baby Boomer, Generation X, Millennial, and Generation Z ASCE OC Members make it a priority to come together to celebrate the valuable skills, traits, and knowledge that we each bring to the profession. In just the past couple of months, for example, we hosted the ASCE OC 2016 History and Heritage / Student Night, officially kicked off the ASCE OC 2016-2017 Mentorship Program, bonded over wine at the ASCE OC Annual Wine Trip, and started planning ASCE Dream Big outreach events.

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Why the Lyon Air Museum

By: Tom Broz, P.E., S.E. At the November 17, 2017 OC Branch History and Heritage/ Student Night dinner held at the Lyon Air Museum.  Tom Broz, P.E., S.E. - OC Branch History and Heritage Committee Chair, presented why the dinner was held there.  Tom explained that ASCE has Policy Statement 463 – History and Heritage which states ASCE’s support for programs that promote the knowledge of the history and heritage of civil engineering as an integral component of education and professional practice. Keep reading to see how the Lyon Air Museum has played a key role in preserving the engineering legacy of Orange County.

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2016 Orange County Life Member Inductees

A brunch was held in honor of those members who have advanced to Life Member status in the society and in recognition of their career achievements on March 5, 2015. We are featuring the bios and recognizing the Orange County inductees this month.

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