In This Issue
By Penny Lew, P.E.
I am happy to say that I have something new to introduce to our members this month. The Community Engineering Corps (CEC), a new program recently introduced to ASCE Branch, Section and Region officers, sounds like a program many of us have been wishing for.
By Joshua Nelson, P.E.
This year's annual awards dinner came an went and it went well. Congratulations to all the winners. We had so many talented people and wonderful projects that showcased what Orange County Civil Engineers have to offer. As I mentioned at the dinner, we have so many more categories now, so be sure to think of projects and people you can nominate next year so we are able to give out an award in each category. We even have an "Other" category just in case one of the 20 other categories just doesn't fit. Once again the categories are...CLICK THROUGH TO SEE ALL THE PHOTOS FROM THE DINNER AS WELL...
By Bill Lawson, PE
Since ASCE established the History and Heritage Committee at the National level in 1964, and subsequently provided Guidelines for History and Heritage Commitees to be formed at the State and Local levels, there has been a focus within the Society to "encourage recognition of historic engineering achievements around the world; enable engineers to interact and learn from each other; and demonstrate the interrelatedness of different segments of the profession." The Los Angeles Section established their History and Heritage Committee in the 1960's and began recognizing Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks (HCEL's) within the Section in 1969. The Orange County Branch followed in the late 1970's with the establishment of its own History and Heritage Committee.
The Continuing Education Committee held its first seminar of 2014 on Friday, March 14th on the topic “Understanding & Applying Geotechnical Recommendations in Project Design and Construction”. Over 55 professionals attended the event. Read a recap of the event and view the presentations here.
Project spotlight on Orange County Transportation Authority's (OCTA) Grade Separation Program, which is currently referred to as the OC Bridges Grade Separation Program. The program includes seven grade separation projects along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad in the cities of Anaheim, Placentia and Fullerton.
Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming the newest members to ASCE OC! We look forward to getting to know you and hope to see you at an upcoming meeting.
Two Orange County engineers were recently recognized by Engineering News Record (ENR) California in their Top 20 Under 40 competition. Congratulations to
By Gary Gilbert, PE, GE
National Engineers’ Week kicked off on Monday, February 17th with the Commemorative Plaque Dedication Ceremony to celebrate ASCE’s 150th anniversary, Orange County Branch’s 50th Anniversary, and California State University, Long Beach’s Student Chapter of ASCE.
Make plans to attend the Association of California Cities Orange County Infrastructure Summit, Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 7:15 am to 2:30 pm.
College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Fullerton in collaboration with Geo-Institute Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers are going to organize the 12th International Symposium on Geo-Disaster Reduction in Fullerton, California, USA on September 5th and 6th, 2014.
By Gary Gilbert, PE, GE
National Engineers Week is celebrated during the week of Presidents’ Day to recognize how engineers make a difference in the world. It also provides a whole week for the Engineering organizations at CSULB to compete in various events organized by the Associated Engineering Student Body.
Careful contract negotiation can help avoid lawsuits. Learn some tips to protect you and your firm through a well-negotiated contract.
By Daniela Malott
The 2013 Western Region Younger Member Council (WRYMC) Conference was held in Phoenix Arizona. Younger Members from all of the west coast began arriving on Thursday to the Renaissance hotel in downtown Phoenix on Thursday January 30th. The early arrivers got to meet each other that night at the hotel lobby’s restaurant while others were checking-in at the hotel. The excitement of being at the conference and meeting old friends could be felt immediately after arriving at the hotel.
By Gyan Shina
On Saturday February 8th, 2014 at California State University, Fullerton the Orange County Younger Member Forum hosted its annual Resume and Interviewing Skills Workshop for students from Cal State Fullerton (CSUF), Cal State Long Beach (CSULB), and University of California, Irvine (UCI).
By Nestor Godinez
February’s General Meeting was held on February 21 at O’Hara’s Pub in Old Towne Orange.
By Amy Choi
On Saturday, March 15th, ASCE OC YMF presented to a group of 27 bright high school students in the Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies (AISS) Foundation program.