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Ziad Mazboudi, PE

Ziad Mazboudi, PE, Past President of the Orange County Branch, has accomplished the honor of being selected as Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE), a subsidiary of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). More »

Return “Ret” Moore

Return "Ret" Moore was the seventh president of the Orange County Branch from 1958 to 1959. Ret Moore was born in Los Angeles in 1923, but grew up in Long Beach. He was valedictorian of David Starr Jordan High School in 1941.  For the next 2 years he would attend Long Beach City College, earning an AA degree in chemical engineering.   A little prior to this he had enlisted in the Naval Reserve V12 program and after graduation was called to active duty. In July, 1943 Ret started the accelerated program at Caltech as an Apprentice Seaman, with a change of majors to Civil Engineering.  More »

Time For A New Beginning

It's time to go. The end of my year as serving as your president is upon us and I am pleased at the changes I have seen in .our branch this year.  Our luncn attendance is up remarkably. We even changed venues without too much hoopla-- from the hip Dave and Busters to the classy Sutton Place Hotel.  I am proud of all of you for being part of this change and participating in Branch activities more fully. More »

Letter to the Editor July 1987

The latest initiative to appear on the political scene is the Citizen's Sensible Growth and Traffic Control Initiative, also known as the Qual1ty of Life Initiative. This initiative, which will probably appear on the June.l988 ballot, is an attempt to solve the County's traffic problems by llmiting growth. If passed, the initiative would bar most development or redevelopment in areas of the county where traffic at rush hour fa1led to move .at free-flow speeds of 30 to 35 mph, or where police, sheriff, fire and paramedic unlts fail to answer emergency calls within five minutes 85 percent of the time..The basic premise is that growth control and traffic, control go hand in hand. Since no one is willing to pay for and build infrastructure at the same pace of growth, advocates of this initiative propose that the best Solution is to slow growth to whatever pace we find comfortable. More »

"You get what you pay for."

"You get what you pay for." Gabriel Biel 1425-1495 These words, spoken before Columbus ever set foot upon the American shore, continue to ring true. How, you may ask, does this apply to engineering? Simply stated, everything that is accomplished in the engineering marketplace has a cost associated with it. Compensation for engineering services should be based on the same principles applied to all other services available in society's marketplace. Unfortunately, many engineers have set up a professional road-block to this principle, by coming to expect greater service than they are willing to pay for. More »

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