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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. 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. 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. 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. 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! 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. 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. 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. 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. More »

A Mentor Can Make All the Difference

By Steven King, P.E. I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge one of my mentors. He's a long time member of ASCE, a Past-President of the Orange County Transportation Technical Group and he's been recognized by the engineering community for his many contributions. At the end of June, ... 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. 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) 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. More »

International Conference on Transportation & Development

Join ASCE June 26 - 29, in Houston, Texas, for the premier event of transportation and development professionals at Omni Houston Galleria Hotel; flagship conference of the Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). 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. More »

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