Orange County Branch Newsletter
2015 Orange County Life Member Inductees
You are Cordially Invited to the Life Member Brunch
March 7, 2015
In Honor of those members who have advanced to Life Member status in the society and in recognition of their career achievements.
ASCE Society President-Elect, Mark W. Woodson, P.E., L.S., D.WRE, F.ASCE
Reception: 11 am | Brunch: 11:30 am | Program: 12:30 - 2 pm
Monterey Hill Steakhouse | 3700 W. Ramona Boulevard | Monterey Park
Gregory W. Axten, P.E., M.ASCE Member Since 1973
Gregory Axten was born in Los Angeles, California and currently resides in Tustin, California. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1972. His fields of specialty include geotechnical, civil, structural and materials engineering.
Mr. Axten is currently employed at American Geotechnical and has worked at Walsh-Forkert Engineering, Pacific Solis Engineering, SE Medall & Associates, and Irvine Consulting Group. His most significant career achievement was being recognized nationally and internationally for the ability to diagnose and treat difficult Earth-Structure problems. His other significant career achievements include:
- Foundation Engineer for the largest deep space antenna proposed by NASA
- Forensic engineering assessment of 4 major bridge failures in Oregon
- Numerous major landslide assessments and repairs
- Lead work on slope creep including desiccation shrinkage and repairs
- Thousands of expansive soil investigations
- Leader in the application of geogrid technology to reinforce slopes and construct M.S.E. wall systems
- Leader in evaluating cracks and deformation in post-tension construction
- Leader in assessing soil risks, failure mechanisms and treatment options
- 25 year member of County of Los Angeles board of appeals for matters of soil engineering and geology
- The Post Tension Institute, slab on grade structural and geotechnical subcommittees
Mr. Axten considers his most gratifying position as being a husband and father and then President and Principal Engineer for American Geotechnical. He is married to Svetlana and they have two children, Christian and Antone.
George Randall Boelsems, M.ASCE Member Since 1973
Randy Boelsems was born in Santa Monica, California and currently resides in Huntington Beach. He attended Stanford, Claremont Men’s College and the University of the Pacific.
Mr. Boelsems has worked for Raymond International and Santa Fe International. Currently he is self-employed which is his most gratifying position as a serial Entrepreneur. His most gratifying career achievement was offshore exploration of the North Sea.
Mr. Boelsems is married to K.C and they have two children, Emily and Gracie. He considers his wonderful family to be his most significant lifetime achievement.
Thomas A. Broz, P.E., S.E., F.ASCE Member Since 1972
Thomas A. Broz was born in Chicago, Illinois and currently resides in Orange, California. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1972, and his MSCE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1973. His fields of specialty include Structural Engineering, Project Management and Construction Management.
Mr. Broz is currently employed at VA Consulting as the Vice President of Program and Construction Management Services. His past employers include Bechtel Corporation, Moffat & Nichol Engineers, DMJM (now AECOM), ABS Consulting and Willdan Engineering. His most gratifying positions was working on public projects and the renovation of bridges and buildings the last 14 years. His most significant career achievement was being the recipient of the Civil Engineering Alumni Association of the Young Alumnus Achievement Award (1984) and the Distinguished Alumnus Award (2014) from the University of Illinois.
- ASCE LA and Zone IV Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement (1980)
- ASCE LA Energy Technical Group Outstanding Young Engineer in Energy Award (1984)
- Western Council of Construction Consumers Associate Member of the Year Award (2005 & 2009); Distinguished Service Award (2011)
- ASCE OC Branch Civil Engineer of the Year Award (2011)
- Orange County Engineering Council Distinguished Engineering Merit Award (2012)
His other significant professional office/positions held and organizations include:
- ASCE LA Energy Technical Group Chairman (1977 & 1981), Secretary (1978), Treasurer (1979) and Vice-Chairman (1980)
- ASCE National Energy Division Executive Committee (1982-1992)
- University of Notre Dame Civil Engineering Department Alumni Advisory Group (1985-2000)
- Chairman Western Council of Construction Consumers Distinguished Project Awards Committee (2002-2014)
- ASCE OC Branch Practitioner Advisor – CSU Fullerton ASCE Student Chapter (2012-2014)
Being married to his wife, Colleen of 42 years and having a miracle child, Timothy after 22 years of marriage was his most significant lifetime achievement.
Ronald T. Eguchi, M.ASCE Member Since 1975.
Ronald T. Eguchi was born in Los Angeles, California and currently resides in La Palma. He received his B.S. in Engineering and M.S. in Systems and Earthquake Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles. His field specialties include: Earthquake Engineering; Lifeline Earthquake Engineering; Remote Sensing & Disaster Management. Mr. Eguchi has worked for J.H. Wiggins Company, Agbabian Associates, Engineering Mechanics, Dames & Moore, EQE International and is currently President and CEO, ImageCat, Inc. which he considers his most gratifying position. Starting his own company was his most significant career achievement.
Other significant achievements include:
- 1992 - Chair of National Panel established by FEMA and NIST
- 1997 - ASCE/TCLEE C. Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award
- 2006 - ATC Award of Excellence (ATC-61 Project)
- 2008 - EERI Distinguished Lecturer Award
- 2008 - Keynote Speaker: 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering
- 2013 - Keynote Speaker: 10th International Conference on Urban Earthquake Engineering (Tokyo, Japan); 12th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering (Seattle)
- 2014 - Keynote Speaker: 14th Japan Earthquake Engineering Symposium
- Responded to various recent natural disasters: 2010 Haiti earthquake; 2011 Tohoku earthquake; 2011 Christ Church earthquake; 2012 Hurricane Sandy
Significant Professional Offices/Positions Held and Organization:
- Chairman of ASCE/TCLEE Executive Committee, Committee on Seismic Risk and Award Committee (1990-1991)
- Associate Editor of ASCE Hazards Review Journal (1998-2003)
- Chairman of ASCE/SEI Committee on Advanced Technologies
- Chairman of Remote Sensing Subcommittee of EERI (2002-2005)
- Editorial Board of EERI Spectra Journal (1984-1993)
- Chair of ASTM Subcommittee on Seismic Fragility Formulations for Water Transmission (2002-2003)
- Chairman of FEMA/NIST Steering Committee to Develop a Plan for Assembling Seismic Design Standards for Lifelines (1991-1992)
Mr. Eguchi’s most significant lifetime achievement is starting a family with his wife Joyce. They have three children, Marc, Marcia and Michael and two lovely grandchildren.
Steven N. Foellmi, P.E., M. ASCE Member Since 1973
Steven N. Foellmi was born in Sparta, Wisconsin and current resides in Lake Forest. He received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and his MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri. His field specialties include: intake, pump station, water conveyance, and water treatment facilities. Mr. Foellmi has been with Black & Veatch Corporation since 1972 where he is currently Vice President and Project Director, which provides an opportunity to build and expand technical knowledge, help clients implement their visions, and contribute to the leadership direction of the company. He considers this position his most gratifying. His most significant career achievement to be: peer recognition and acknowledgment as a go-to professional to manage major Black & Veatch projects throughout California and North America, including Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, and Canada.
Other significant career achievements:
- Project Manager: Nacimiento Water Project (Winner of 2011 Outstanding Private Sector Civil Engineering Project Awards from ASCE San Luis Obispo County and Los Angeles Sections and one of five finalist projects to be recognized at the ASCE OPAL for 2012 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement
- Project Manager: Major assignments for The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on programs including rehabilitation of failing prestressed concrete cylinder pipe; drought relief projects, and the Bay/Delta Initiative
- US Patent holder for 317 mgd ozone injection system
- More than 35 water treatment plants ranging in capacity from 2.5 to 315 mgd
- Pump stations ranging to 444 cfs
- More than 300 miles of large-diameter conveyance pipelines
Mr. Foellmi was honored with ASCE Los Angeles Section 2013 Outstanding Civil Engineer in Private Sector.
Mr. Foellmi is married to Jean and they have three children: Aaron, Angie and Adam. His most significant lifetime achievement is becoming a grandfather to four with two more on the way.
Patrick R. Fuscoe, P.E., L.S., M.ASCE Member Since 1974
Patrick R. Fuscoe was born in Newcastle, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Newport Coast, California. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California. His field specialty is Land Development. Mr. Fuscoe worked for R.A. Meurer Engineers, Van Dell and Associates, and Fuscoe-Williams Lindgren-Short, Inc. His most gratifying position is his current position as the CEO, leading bright, activated professionals at Fuscoe Engineering, Inc.
He considers his most significant career achievement to be design and construction of Woodbridge, Irvine, a two thousand acre planned community with lakes at the age of twenty seven. Other significant career achievements include:
- Starting and succeeding with a business practice
- Winner of Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year
- President of the Young Presidents Organization
- Designed the first “bioswale” in California (1994)
- Exciting project work throughout Southern California including Cars Land at Disneyland, CALTRANS LA Heights and Dana Point Harbor revitalization.
Mr. Fuscoe has been an active member of ASCE, ACEC, ULI and the BIA.
Mr. Fuscoe considers his most significant lifetime achievement is having a healthy, happy family intact for over thirty five years. He is married to Bonnie and they have two children, Patrick and Sally.
Harvey R. Gobas, P.E., M.ASCE Member Since 1974
Harvey R. Gobas was born in Los Angeles, California and currently resides in Long Beach. He received his BS in Civil Engineering and MS Environmental Engineering from University of Southern California. His field specialty is Water Resources including wastewater and stormwater.
Mr. Gobas worked for the Los Angeles County Flood Control District, Boyle Engineering Corporation, Brown and Caldwell and is currently with Psomas. He considers his most significant career achievement to be thirty five years as District Engineer of the East Orange County Water District. His most gratifying position was to serve as the Chair of the ASCE Los Angeles County Infrastructure Report Card Committee, 2002 and 2005.
Other significant career achievements include management of several milestone projects and programs including:
- PM of the IRWD Zone 1 Reservoir (largest steel tank in CA)
- Long Beach Water Department Recycled Water Extension Project
- City of LA Sunset Force Main/Pump Station Project
- Santa Monica SMURRF Project
- Stormwater Program Manager for City of Santa Monica
- Interim City Engineer for the City of Adelanto and Adelanto WWTP Expansion Program Manager
- Unofficial Marketing Guru for Psomas
Mr. Gobas has continually given of his time and energy serving as President ASCE OC Branch, 1986-1987; President ASCE LA Section, 2002; ASCE Region 9 Governor, 2006-2009; Member three National ASCE Committees, 1996-2006; President APWA SoCal Chapter, 2006; Member Board of Directors CELSOC (now ACEC) LA Chapter, 1991-1993.
Mr. Gobas’ most significant lifetime achievement is being married Rhonda for 33 Years and raising two wonderful children, Melissa and Carina, while traveling the world (55+ countries, all 50 states US states and all 10 Canadian Provinces).
Dr. Siamak Jafroudi, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE Member Since 1980
Siamak Jafroudi, PhD, GE, D.GE, F. ASFE was born in Tehran and currently lives in Aliso Viejo, California. He received an MS from Tehran University and UC Davis, and a PhD from UC Davis. His field of specialty is Geotechnical Engineering.
We wish to thank him for his service in the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant.
Dr. Jafroudi has been employed at Woodward Clyde Consultants, The Earth Technology Corporation and is currently the President of Petra Geosciences, Inc., which he considers his most gratifying position. His most significant career achievement was having been chosen to become the Consultant of Choice for many projects involving complex subsurface conditions where the initial efforts were somewhat failed and required fresh thinking and innovating approaches for making the project work.
His other significant career achievements include:
- UC Irvine Certification in Hazardous Material Management
- UC Irvine Certificate in Management Practice for Engineering and Technical Professional
- UC Davis Certificate in Design and Analysis for Earthquakes, Lecturer in USC and UCLA
Dr. Jafroudi considers his most significant lifetime achievement being the trusted consultant for both buyer and seller on a $150,000,000 land transaction.
He has served as ASCE President/Chairman of Los Angeles Section, Geotechnical-Technical Group and President of CalGeo (California Geotechnical Engineers Association).
Dr. Jafroudi is married to Megan and they have three children, Andrew, Matthew and Michael.
2015 Robert W. Bein, Annual Lifetime Achievement Award
William E. Lawson, PE, F.ASCE was born in Whittier, California and currently resides in Laguna Beach. He earned his BSCE degree at USC. His specialty fields include: Geotechnical and Structural, Hydraulic and Hydrologic Analyses and Flood Control and Drainage Design.
We wish to thank William for his service in the US Marine Corps Reserves.
He worked for: Southern California Edison Co., Boyle Engineering Corp., Bechtel Power Corp., Jack G. Raub Co. & Mission Viejo Co., Nolte & Associates, Civil Design Consultants, Inc., ASL Consulting Engineers, The Keith Companies and Tettemer & Associates, and retired from Stantec in 2008 after a total of 46 years of working in the field of Civil Engineering.
He considers his most gratifying position and career achievement to be Drainage Design Manager for three sections (approximately 10 miles of roadway) of the Foothill - Eastern Transportation Corridor Toll Road (SR 241) and the successful completion of the design - build project ahead of schedule.
Other significant career achievements include:
- Civil Engineering Design Group Leader for site grading at San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station
- Assistant Group Leader for the design of site utilities, cooling tower basins, piping and makeup water reservoir for turbine cooling at Palo Verde NGS in Arizona.
- Prepared inundation studies for hypothetical dam-break scenarios as required by the CA State Dept. of Emergency Services for Lake Mission Viejo Dam and Upper Oso Dam on Oso Creek.
- Was Project Manager or Project Engineer on most of the Master Plan Storm Drain Facilities for the Planned Community of Aliso Viejo.
- Team leader for the development of Master Plans of Drainage for East Anaheim, CA, City of Newport Beach, CA, Lemon Grove, CA, Calabasas Highlands, CA, and Highlands Ranch, CO.
William has given many hours in service.
- Principal reviewer of the OC Flood Control Infrastructure section ASCE 2010 OC Infrastructure Report Card.
- Lead 2011 Infrastructure Subcommittee on the Laguna Canyon Flood Mitigation Task Force.
- Recognized as the ASCE OC Branch Outstanding Engineer of Merit – 2003.
- ASCE LA Section Outstanding Engineer of the Year for the Private Sector – 2004.
- ASCE OC Branch President's Award - 2012.
- Presented to ASCE National Meeting on - 'The Design and Modeling of Offshore Circulating Water System Facilities for San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
- Secretary & Chairman of the ASCE OC Branch Hydraulics & Hydrology Technical Group (HHTG).
- Chairman of the OC Branch History & Heritage Committee.
- Chairman of the ASCE LA Section History & Heritage Committee.
- Member of the ASCE Region 9 History & Heritage Committee from 2014 to the present.
- Event photographer for the OC Branch and LA Section, including the Life Member Forum.
He considers his most significant lifetime achievement as being married to his wife, Patricia for 53 years and raising three fine children, David, Lisa and Norman. They have four wonderful grandchildren.
Albert J. Moro, P.E., M.ASCE Member Since 1975
Albert J. Moro was born in New York and currently resides in Rossmoor. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a MBA from California State University, Los Angeles.
Mr. Moro is retired from the Port of Long Beach, where he had his most gratifying position and significant career achievement as Executive Director.
Mr. Moro is married to Heather and they have two children, Colleen and Kristin and three wonderful grandchildren.