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Notification for 2017

The ASCE Orange County Branch invites you and your organization to nominate projects and individuals that you believe should be recognized for their professional engineering achievements. More »

ASCE OC New Members December 2017

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. More »

PE Booth, Happy Hour and Social Event December 2017

By Chirath "Chuck" Karunathilake Orange County YMF group had the opportunity to join San Bernardino Riverside YMF at the Joint YMF PE Booth & Happy Hour Event on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Fairplex in Pomona. This joint effort is a bi-annual event created to support the young professionals taking the General CE PE exam.  More »

Mentorship Program Informal Event

By Paul Gabot The 2017-2018 Mentorship Program held its first informal event on November 9th, 2017 at Union Market in Tustin, CA.Mentors and Protégés were able to socialize with one another over beverages and snacks in a relaxed and easy-going environment. The casual atmosphere of the market allowed Mentors and Protégés to freely converse with their respective counterparts as well as other participants in the Mentorship Program. More »

History and Heritage Night / Student Scholarship Night December 2017

By Jeff Braun, P.E. Civil Engineers from throughout Orange County, and beyond, recognized the contributions of our experienced engineers and the dedication of the upcoming generation at the ASCE Orange County History & Heritage and Student Scholarship Night on November 16, 2017.  Attendees arrived to the red carpet at the Marconi Auto Museum, mingling amongst classic race cars and high-end vehicles. We had a beautiful evening to reconnect with friends, meet new ones, and have a lot of fun. 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.  More »

How much do we know about what’s going on around us?

By Jeff Braun, P.E. I catch myself focusing on the task-at-hand so intently that I often blow right past the finer points of the experiences I’m lucky enough to be enjoying.  Whether I’m at work, or out having a good time, I often fail to slow down and learn more about the team I’m working with and the amazing experiences, skills, and talents they offer. ... Even in my role as Branch President I am amazed at what our fellow members are doing in their roles as engineers within their firms or agencies, as dedicated volunteers for ASCE committees or institutes, or through their support of charitable organizations.   More »

Halloween Bar Crawl 2017

By Nestor Godinez, P.E. The ASCE Orange County Younger Member Forum hosts General Meetings every month as a casual opportunity for attendees to get to know each other and network. For October OC YMF hosted the popular Halloween costume bar crawl in Downtown Fullerton on Friday, October 20th.  More »

Mentorship Program Kick-Off Event

By Marlo Maynigo, E.I.T. The 2017-2018 ASCE OC Mentorship Program kicked off in excellent fashion on October 12, 2017.  Fourteen protégés were paired with fourteen mentors that spanned many different disciplines under civil engineering, such as structural, transportation, environmental, and water resources.  More »

Mentorship Program Speed Interview Event

By Paul Gabot The goal of the Mentorship Program is to pair an experienced civil engineer with a young civil engineer. The Mentor would be able to share their wisdom and experience from their career with their Protégé and the Protégé would be able to ask questions and seek guidance from their Mentor.  More »

ASCE OC New Members November 2017

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. More »

Big Shoes to Fill

By Clint Isa, PE Knowledge transfer is the essence of sustaining and advancing the engineering profession.  As a profession, earlier generations of civil engineers are entering the twilights of their careers, careers that began on one side of the technological revolution and are ending on the other.  They carry with them not just a wealth of advanced technical knowledge, but a way of thinking about problems that likely differs from those of us whose careers have been largely supported by sophisticated computer programs.  I think that, oftentimes, younger engineers (myself included) are eager to solve complex problems with complex solutions because the technology affords us the ability to do so.  What gets lost, and what earlier generations of engineers have, is the perspective of how to provide simple, yet elegant, solutions to complicated problems. More »

Ronald McDonald House

By Andrew Lam Every year, ASCE OC YMF volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House, where we would prepare and serve food to the families who reside there. In a brief summary about the organization, Ronald McDonald House in Southern California provides cost-free lodging support to children and families whose members are currently in care at the nearby hospital. Quite often, groups of volunteers sign up to prepare and serve food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. More »

ASCE OC New Members October 2017

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. More »

Secretary's Column - Presidents & Governors Forum

By Elizabeth Ruedas, PE   ASCE Presidents & Governors Forum September 2017 "LEADERSHIP is the art, science, and craft of influencing other people to accomplish a task and to improve the organization. " More »

PSWC Alumni Mixer

After a fun weekend of judging the ASCE Student Chapters Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) at UCI, all of us at ASCE enjoyed a fun time of socializing and kicking back after a long day in the sun.  More »

Speaker Series

By: Guillaume Iradukunda The 2017 Speaker Series "Civil Engineering Innovations for an Interconnected World” was a month-long event, where four prominent and well-respected members in the civil engineering field gave interactive presentations. The Series took a look at innovative technologies in the Civil Engineering Industry and how they are applied both locally and internationally.   More »

Head, Heart, and Guts Leadership - How to Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Your Team

By Josue Candelario, Programs Co-Chair Have you ever been involved in a project where you found it difficult to work with your teammate? Or perhaps the interpersonal communication was not as efficient as you wanted it to be? Well, we all have experienced these at one point - and it occurs even in the professional work force. To help shed some light on this topic, ASCE Orange County YMF and Orange County Society of Women Engineers hosted a soft skills workshop earlier this year on April 11, 2017. The workshop was facilitated by Pattie Grimm, a certified training professional and an empowerment expert. More »

ASCE OC New Members August 2017

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. More »

Secretary's Column - ASCE YMLS

By Elizabeth Ruedas & YMLS Attendees On August 4-6, 2017, the ASCE Committee on Younger Members hosted the annual Younger Member Leadership Symposium (YMLS) at ASCE Headquarters in Reston, Virginia. The conference brought together 49 Younger Members from across the country to network, discuss pressing issues facing the civil engineering profession, and develop a variety of soft skills necessary for effective leadership. More »

Mid-Year Check-In Event

By Paul Gabot The Mentorship Program held its Mid-Year Check-in event on April 26, 2017, at SPEC Services in Fountain Valley, CA. Mentors and Protégés engaged in small roundtable discussions followed by a panel discussion. More »

Volunteer at OC Food Bank

By Andrew Lam Volunteering at the Orange County Food Bank event was no short of excitement, heartwarming, and feeling privileged for the chance to aid the community. It all started on a warm Saturday morning, where not only ASCE representatives but other organizations, came to give their time for the event. More »

ASCE OC New Members June 2017

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. More »

Line Dancing Event

By Rachelle Habchi Members of the ASCE OC YMF branch all went out together for a group bonding night of line dancing at the In Cahoots in Fullerton. The theme of the night was Got Country Fridays and we all were able to put our cowboy boots to get use!  More »

ASCE OC New Members March/April 2017

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. More »

The Platinum Rule

By Elizabeth Ruedas, EIT THE PLATINUM RULE "Treat others the way they want to be treated." Although an effective way to get small children to behave, "treat others the way you want to be treated" sets us up to be ineffective communicators in the long run. We know that communication, or the lack thereof, is at the center of all good and bad relationships, whether it be at work or in our personal life. Similarly, we all like to receive information differently and perform best when those needs are met. Therefore, tailoring our message to meet the needs of others will not only help us become effective communicators, but strengthen relationships, improve performance, and minimize conflict.  More »

Mock Interview Workshop

By Gabreelle Gonzalez, E.I.T.  On March 11th the annual OC Mock Interview Workshop was hosted at Fuscoe Engineering.  Local University students (UCI, CSUF, & CSULB) were given the opportunity to strengthen their networking and interviewing skills with the help of industry professionals. The workshop was preceded by a series of Resume/Interview panels at each University, allowing students to prepare for their upcoming interviews.  More »

ASCE OC New Members February 2017

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. More »

America's Infrastructure

“Our nation and economy can no longer afford to wait to restore and rebuild our nation’s infrastructure." - Norma Jean Mattei, ASCE President By Elizabeth Ruedas, EIT America's infrastructure was a major topic of discussion prior to the recent election and has been brought to the forefront once again after the March 9th release of ASCE's 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. Similarly, it was the major issue discussed in Washington, D.C. during the ASCE Legislative Fly-In earlier this month. Let us vow to keep the discussion going, as our nation, economy and future depend on it! More »

ASCE OC New Members January 2017

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. More »

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. More »

Celebrating Engineering

By Elizabeth Ruedas, EIT It is officially awards season, and not just for the entertainment industry, but for the engineering industry too! Engineers have a lot to celebrate and we have done just that the entire month! Locally, for example, we did so at our ASCE OC Branch Awards Dinner. Worldwide, we celebrated Engineers Week and released the Dream Big Film as well. February has been an action-packed month that has been filled with events that not only celebrate engineering projects and individuals, but also share how engineers help make a difference with the rest of the world. More »

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. More »

ASCE OC New Members November/December 2016

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. More »

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. More »

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