Orange County Branch Newsletter

June 2021

ASCE OC University Outreach

Meet the Mentors: Construction Management Panel

By Janelle Gonzalez, EIT | University Outreach Co-Chair



On May 6, 2021, ASCE OC YMF’s University Outreach hosted a Construction Management panel for the second installment of its “Meet the Mentors” series. The “Meet the Mentors” series consists of discipline specific panels to give students who participated in University Outreach’s Mentorship program a chance to broaden their perspective with additional mentors and allowing students who did not participate in the program to learn from our awesome mentors.

Following the success of the Land Development panel on April 8th, Matt Quintanilla, Jazzy Principe, Maryam Takla, and Mario Martinez were selected for the Construction Management Panel. For the first half of the event, Matt Quintanilla provided a behind the scenes perspective of his role as a lead construction manager for various maintenance/rehabilitation projects at the Hyperion Treatment Plant. The students learned about the importance of safety, scheduling, and communication at the plant. To solidify the students’ understanding, Matt tested them with a follow up Kahoot while Mario explained the correct answers. The second half of the event was a panel moderated by Janelle Gonzalez. She fielded the students’ questions to our panelists who provided valuable insight on their career paths, lessons learned, internship advice, and the importance of being open to different disciplines. The event was met with great feedback from our UCI, CSULB, CSUF students, and our younger members and we are excited to pick the series back up in the Fall!


About the Author

Janelle Gonzalez is a transportation Design Engineer at Mark Thomas. She enjoys bridging the gap between students and professionals as the ASCE OC YMF University Outreach Co-Chair. Janelle can be contacted on LinkedIn.


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