President's Message - Panama Vacation: A Civil Engineer’s Dream

By Ziad Mazboudi, PE

There is nothing like a vacation to get you away from your day to…

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Secretary's Column - Did You See the Flash Go Off? - Red Light Cameras

By Penny Lew, PE

You’re cruising along, running a little late to work in the morning or driving…

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Scholarship – Annual Achievement Award

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Christine Truong is this year’s ASCE Annual Achievement Award recipient. As a student at…

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In This Issue

President's Message - Panama Vacation: A Civil Engineer’s Dream

By Ziad Mazboudi, PE

There is nothing like a vacation to get you away from your day to day stress and routine and to energize you so you can return and feel rested but energized.  As I plan my annual vacations, I always research the location where we are going for interesting civil engineering projects or structures to visit.  My latest vacation was to one of the most amazing civil engineering projects in the world, the Panama Canal.  As a matter of fact, ASCE designated the Panama Canal as one of the Seven Wonders of the World and an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

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Secretary's Column - Did You See the Flash Go Off? - Red Light Cameras

By Penny Lew, PE

You’re cruising along, running a little late to work in the morning or driving in an unfamiliar area minding your own business, perhaps lost in your thoughts as you reflect on the events of the day.  All of sudden, you accelerate through an intersection as the light turns RED and you  realize that there’s a red light camera installed on the other side of the intersection.  Was that a flash? You begin to perspire, feeling unsure of what just happened.  Next, you find yourself debating whether the camera flash actually went off or not.

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Scholarship – Annual Achievement Award

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Christine Truong is this year’s ASCE Annual Achievement Award recipient. As a student at California State University of Long Beach, Christine Truong began her involvement with the ASCE student chapter in her first year as a civil engineering student.  Since then she has demonstrated a strong sense of leadership by participating in the concrete canoe row team in the 2009-2010 school year and as secretary of her ASCE student chapter in the 2010-2011 school year.  Not only has she been active within her own ASCE student chapter, she has also shown enthusiasm in other engineering associations.  She has served as an Associated Engineering Student Body Senator at Cal State Long Beach.  During her tenure as President of the Engineers Without Borders Student Chapter, the association has seen an increase in membership due to Christine’s outreach efforts that have resulted in a truly multidisciplinary group of students.

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Law and CE

By Eugene Bass, Esq

A County in Arizona hired an engineer to design a bridge to cross a river.  Plans were prepared and approved by the County.  The design criteria set by the County required that the bridge and the approaches withstand a 25-year flood.  In addition to the bridge and approaches, the design included construction of dikes at the edge of the river upstream of the bridge for a distance of about 250 feet.  The dikes and approaches to the bridge were not designed with any means for draining of water trapped behind the dikes and upstream of the approaches.  As a result, water would pond behind the dikes and upstream of the bridge approaches until it reached a level to overflow either the dike or the approach.

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Branch News - May Joint Luncheon

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Moderated by Ms. Joyce Amerson of the City of Irvine, our guest speakers included Mr. Eric Pounders from the USGS and Mr. James Goltz, Ph.D. of CalEMA.  Mr. Pounders began with his presentation covering the basics of plate tectonics for the west coast United States and the Pacific and included a general discussion of California earthquake faults with an emphasis on the Southern California fault system.  He also described worldwide phenomena of continental drift as having movement at a rate similar to the “time it takes for fingernails to grow”.

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Leadership - A Blueprint for Leadership

By Steve Kaye

A good listener, enthusiasm, passion, shows appreciation, a visionary, role model, trusting, integrity, organized, knowledgeable, credibility, persuasive, charisma, team building, clarity of purpose, problem solver, attitude of service, leads by example, patience, willing to act without complete knowledge, understands followers, consistent, empowers other people, and adapts to change.

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OC Firm Spotlight - PACE

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Imagine creating new technology for the world’s largest manmade surfable wave, understanding complex hydraulics in a flood control channel through experiments in an actual scaled model, and developing new water/air purification and recycling technologies for the Biosphere enclosed ecosystem experimentation station. What do all of these have in common? A specialized focus in research-based environmental water resource engineering solutions. This is what Pacific Advanced Civil Engineering (PACE), founded and headquartered in Orange County, is all about.

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ASCE Student Conference - PSWRC

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The annual event was held at Cal State Los Angeles this year. See results of all the events including: Concrete Canoe Steel Bridge Events Sports

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Photo Album - The Panama Canal

By Penny Lew, PE

Images of the Panama Canal

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YMF News

By Michelle Ochoa, OC Branch YMF Co-Community Service Chair

Members of the Orange County Branch Younger Member Forum volunteered on Sunday, March 13th at the Second Sunday’s restoration event sponsored by OC Parks, Adopt-a-Park program.  OC YMF members volunteered alongside Orange County Park Rangers and Natural Resource specialists along with other Adopt-a-Park volunteers.  The group participated in non-native plant removal and planting native plants.  The community service performed by the volunteers supported continued efforts to improve the Bay’s habitat for local wildlife and the enjoyment of visitors.  OC YMF volunteers and friends included Sheila Moredo, Gidti Ludesirishoti, Stephen Huang, Linda Luu, Michelle Ochoa and Jessica Ochoa.

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