Orange County Branch Newsletter

February 2015


Congratulations to the 2015 ASCE OC Award Winners!

Each year the Orange County Branch recognizes outstanding projects and individuals from the civil engineering industry at our February Awards dinner.  This year our awards dinner will be held on Wednesday February 18, 2015 at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. For event details and to register, please visit: , or call 714.258.8306.  If you have any questions, please contact me at 949.278.7748 or email [email protected].

The selection committee for the awards is comprised of a number of ASCE OC Past Presidents and the current President.  This year,  the committee members were:

Gary Gilbert, PE, GE, ENV SP       President 2014-2015
Penny Lew, PE                               President 2013-2014
Tapas Dutta, PE (Chair)                 President 2012-2013
Joshua Nelson, PE                         President 2011-2012
Kathereen Shinkai, PE                   President 2009-2010
John Hogan, PE                             President 2005-2006
Randall Berry, PE                           President 2002-2003
George Jurica, PE                          President 1997-1998

I want to take this opportunity to thank every member of the committee in putting in the time to go through over 100 pages of nomination material and participate in a lively debate to finalize the eventual winners.

This year’s winners are listed below.

Project award winners:

Project of the Year:    Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC)
Airports & Ports Project of the Year:    Skimming the Waters of Newport Harbor
Architectural Engineering Project of the Year:    Newport Beach Civic Center.
Bikeways & Trails Project of the Year:    Coyote Creek Class I Bikeway
Bridge Project of the Year:    Sand Canyon Avenue Grade Separation
Community Improvement Project of the Year:    Balboa Boulevard Beautification
Construction Project of the Year:    Newport Force Main
Environmental Engineering Project of the Year:    Lower Santa Ana River Reach 9 Phase 2B
Flood Management Project of the Year:    Burris Pump Station Phase I
Geotechnical Project of the Year:    20 Story Office Tower & 8 Story Parking Structure @650/670 Newport Center Drive
Historical Renovation Project of the Year: Emergency Roof Stabilization, Tustin Hangar I.
Land Development Project of the Year:    Park Place
Parks & Recreation Project of the Year:    Lake Forest Sports Park
Roadway & Highway Project of the Year:    Tustin Ranch Road Extension
Small Project of the Year:    Irvine Regional Park Maintenance Building Replacement
Structural Engineering Project of the Year:    Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC)
Sustainable Engineering Project of the Year:    Newport Beach Civic Center
Transportation Project of the Year:    SR 57 Improvements
Urban Development Project of the Year:    Sunset Ridge Park
Wastewater Conveyance Project of the Year:    Santa Ana River Interceptor Relocation
Water Project of the Year:    Corona Del Mar Water Transmission Main

Individual award winners:

Civil Engineer of the Year:      Yazdan T. Emrani, PE
Outstanding Civil Engineer in the Public Sector:      Natalie A. Meeks, PE
Public Sector Engineer of Merit:     Victoria Pilko, PMP
Outstanding Civil Engineer in Private Sector:   Byron G. Tobey, Jr., PE, QSD, LEED AP
Young Engineer of the Year:      Gidti Ludesirishoti, ENV SP
Young Engineer of Merit:      Tasha M. Kamegai-Karadi
Outstanding ASCE Faculty Advisor:      Pratanu Ghosh, PhD
Excellence in Promotion of Infrastructure:      Phil Jones, PE
Lifetime Achievement in Civil Engineering:      Steve Marvin, PE
Outstanding Engineer in Community Service:      Eric Walker
Outstanding Civil Engineer in Legislative Activities:      Kenneth H. Rosenfield, PE
Outstanding ASCE Life Member:      George A. Jurica, PE.
Outstanding Civil Engineering Student:     Victor Aguirre
President's Award:     Joshua Nelson, PE

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