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.
By: Jenny Mital
ASCE members volunteered at SteppingUp's Career Day for middle school students.
"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.
ASCE Orange County Branch's (ASCE OC's) K-12 Outreach Committee is working on growing our relationship with the Orange County Science & Engineering Fair (OCSEF) to assist with improving the engineering element of the Science and Engineering Fair. ASCE OC and OCSEF have a shared objective, which is to educate junior high and high school students about the engineering profession. Recently, engineering concepts have been added to the curriculum of Orange County schools and teachers are looking for professionals to provide guidance on what topics should be included in the teaching of engineering principals. One area that ASCE has already discussed with several teachers is to have a project where the student doesn't just develop a thesis and have an end result, but instead come up with a concept and perform several iterations to refine the concept. The subtle differences between how science is taught and engineering is explained to students could have a significant impact on the students understanding the concepts.
By: Scott Simpson
On May 6th 2016 I attended Samueli Academy High School as a volunteer to interview students for a minimum 45-hour summer internship program with MARRS Services on behalf of ASCE and ACEC youth outreach programs. The candidates are interested in engineering as a future career. There were several companies there participating.
By: Binod Tiwari, Ph.D., P.E.
College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Fullerton and the American Society of Civil Engineers, Orange County Branch organized the Second Annual OC Spaghetti Bridge Competition on May 7, 2016 at CSU Fullerton. Three teams, from CSU Fullerton, Saddleback College and Santa Ana College brought their bridges to the competition. Twenty four students and three faculty members were involved in the competition. A spaghetti Bridge, designed and constructed by the students from Saddleback College that weighed 282 grams held 13 kg of the sustained load, won the first place.