In This Issue
By Cindy Miller, PE
In my introductory Secretary’s Column last month, I mentioned that one of my passions is American history. Most recently, my historical interests have been directed towards the Civil War. So, it came as no surprise to my family last year when I started planning a trip back east to Virginia and Pennsylvania, with our entire itinerary centered around visiting historic Civil War sites. Visiting each of these historic locations was like a pilgrimage, where I saw the history that I had been studying come to life before my eyes. But our trip to Gettysburg was particularly inspiring to me, for it was during this trip that I learned about a little known, but great Union leader who played an instrumental role in winning this historic battle by implementing his civil engineering know-how to successfully defend his position.
By Tapas Dutta, PE
Founded in 1852, with 12 Founding Members, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 140,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. In September of this year I traveled to the ASCE headquarters in Reston, Virginia to attend the President & Governors Forum (PGF), partially designed to serve as orientation for incoming Presidents. etails on ASCE headquarters and the various activities they do.
Our October luncheon came quickly this month as we were avoiding our society's annual conference in Montreal so our speakers and president could attend both. We were happy to have three panelists, two of whom are past presidents of our branch and one who is a past president of the Los Angeles Section. The panelists were...
By Collins, Collins, Muir & Stewart, LLP
More and more engineering firms are hiring employees from outside the United States. One of the ways firms are filling in experience voids is through the use of an H-1B visa. Unfortunately, complying with immigration and visa requirements of the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) can be a confusing process, and the treatment of these new employees is different than your U.S. Citizen employees. This month’s article will discuss H-1B visa employees and how the hiring and employment process is very different.
By Bill Lawson, PE
Back in July of this year I was contacted by a former Civil Engineering business associate, Mr. Phil Chinn, to see if I had any historical information about an old Pacific Electric Railway bridge over the Santa Ana River. As it turned out, the subject bridge had been looked at by the Orange County Branch History & Heritage Committee back in 1984, as a potential Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Mr. Chinn's call sparked some new interest in this bridge (to me) and I agreed to meet with him to look at the bridge site.
On September 4, 2010, Darfield Earthquake with a 7.1 magnitude shook city of Christchurch (City) in New Zealand. The earthquake epicenter was approximately 40 miles west of the City. The quake caused widespread damage, several power outages, and limited liquefaction around the rivers and waterways. City of Christchurch was in a relatively seismically quiet zone of New Zealand, which is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, prior to the recent activities.
The Shuttle was safely delivered to its temporary location at the California Science Center and opened to the public beginning October 30, 2012. The transport effort was certainly one of major engineering preparation and team collaboration.
The ASCE Orange County Branch invites you and your organization to nominate candidates and projects that you believe should be recognized for their exceptional professional engineering performance and qualities. Any number of applications may be submitted for each of the awards offered.
By Ravi Shah
On September 26th, 2012, OC-YMF was invited to present at the first speaker meeting for their ASCE Long Beach student chapter. The room was filled with room just left to stand as Ravi Shah, OC-YMF President, took this opportunity to speak to the student chapter about a few topics which affect their lives as Students.
By Roxanne Follis
On the weekend of October 12, 2012, the new board for ASCE OC YMF had a retreat in Las Vegas. The goal of the retreat was to allow for new board members to get to know each other and develop strategies to meet the upcoming year’s goals.
By Ravi Shah, PE
Check out our LA Section Joint YMF Summer 2012 Newsletter
Are you looking for ways to get more involved with ASCE? Here are a few open positions we have available that can help you with your professional development.
On Tuesday October 23rd, the OC YMF chapter along with the Santa Ana Community College Engineering Club visited Santa Ana Valley High School to talk about and promote the field of civil engineering.
Orange County Younger Member Forum (OC-YMF) is proud to present our newly elected Board of Directors for the 2012-2013 term. If you get a chance, please feel free to congratulate them, recognize their efforts and recognize the support from their companies.