In This Issue
Did you know that Double Bubble bubble gum retains its flavor longer than other brands on the market? Or that a temperature drop in the weather can have a measureable effect on the air pressure of a football? From taste to “Deflate Gate”, wind turbines to better mouse traps, the Foothill Ranch Elementary School Science Fair had exhibits and experiments for everyone to enjoy. The School requested ASCE to provide judges for the event so naturally I ignored the ASCE request and went on with my busy day. But it nagged at me and a week later I committed to actually volunteering.
On Friday, February 20, 2015, I had the opportunity to visit with Ms. Bev Berekian’s Earth Sciences class at Mangnolia HS. I presented the attached power point to the class and i was appreciative that the class was receptive to what I had to say. I touched on local obstacles, grant opportunities, and general education requirements during my presentation. I learned the class is in the middle of a solar panel related project and we exchanged some ideas with each other. Hopefully next year ASCE will be able to provide input earlier in the planning/design stage
Seattle, Washington, a true metropolitan city and major coastal seaport, was the destination for this year’s Western Regional Younger Member Council (WRYMC), held from February 20th - 21st, 2015. WRYMC is part of the annual Region 8 & 9 Multi-Regional Leadership Conference (MRLC). This conference caters to a broad audience by bringing together ASCE members of all levels from 10 states – national, regional, sectional, younger member groups, and students. This event provides a unique opportunity for these various groups to meet, interact and share ideas. The conference included workshops, guest speakers, many networking opportunities, and several (optional) social activities.
Cox OC Connections has a regular program about infrastructure in Orange County and is hosted by Lacy Kelly from Association of California Cities Orange County. This weeks topic was related to water districts in Orange County preparing for disasters.
On April 14, 2015, the City of Santa Ana will be giving a presentation on their recent Bristol Street project, which earned GreenRoads Bronze level.
Growing up in the South Bronx after migrating from Guyana, South America, one of EnCorps’ newest educators, Julian Lewis, was introduced to airplanes by a pilot who happened to be his 7th grade teacher. After a successful career that included overseeing the operations of Lockheed Martin’s U2 reconnaissance aircraft and serving as the corporation’s Director of Diversity, Julian has decided to pursue a second career teaching, hoping to inspire students like himself. This spring he will be a volunteer tutor at the STEM Academy of Hollywood.
GEO Institute (G-I) and Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers are hosting this first-of-its-kind event! And, you can be a part of the excitement. This joint conference has combined the best of both Institutes Congresses into one unique event. This will take the place of the 2016 congress for both Institutes.
The National Association of Flood & Stormwater Management Agencies will be holding a Agency to Agency Flood Risk Mentoring Session in Newport Beach, CA on April 23, 2015.
The Orange County Branch has been going through our archive of historical newsletters and slowly adding to our website. However, during our search, we notices we are missing many newsletters and would appreciate help from our members to find them.
I feel that disaster preparedness is the most important area should be preparing our members. The best way to advance the profession and to educate the public about Civil Engineering is to be there for people in their time of greatest need. When I joined the board we had one board member active in disaster preparedness and no disaster preparedness committee. I am very grateful that Sudi Shoja from DS Services became the chair of our disaster preparedness committee last year. She immediately held a Safety Assessment Program (SAP) training after becoming chair to increase the number of Civil Engineers in Orange County who are prepared to assist when a natural disaster occurs. Our class last year was at a special reduced price to try and facilitate interest in becoming active in this committee, but unfortunately we still have a committee of one. Part of the lack of interest, may be because we need to revise the focus for the committee.
New ASCE OC Board of Directors Secretary, Greg Henk, PE, was an Engineer Volunteer at St. John's Episcopal School's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Day on March 5th. The elementary school age students prepared for the day with weeks of classroom work where they prepared plans and materials for the day. There were many projects geared for the appropriate age groups.
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.
Dr. Maroney began the presentation as a “…tale of two bridges,” a metaphor for the austerity of the bridge coupled with the challenges of its construction. Dr. Maroney described the trying experience as he scientifically and methodically examined the failure of a select set of critical anchor bolts for the shear keys and bearings at Pier E-2 – which had broken within a year of installation. The audience was led through this trying experience from the perspective of the Chief Bridge Engineer, which was unassumingly humble and, in this author’s opinion, an incredible example for both young and senior engineers alike to look back on when they are in a time of trial or difficulty. Under great criticism and scrutiny,
The ASCE OC Board of Directors has added a new section to the Newsletter for 2015 - Career Center! If you're looking for a career opportunity, or know someone who is, check out this section for local companies that are hiring.
Cal State Fullerton student engineers captured the first place Geo-Challenge trophy in the national "Geo-wall" competition March 17-18 in San Antonio, Texas. Titans finished ahead of the University of Texas at Arlington (second), and the University of Arkansas (third), making this their second consecutive win in the annual competition run by the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers
On March 16, 2015, Mr. Jeff Mills, Program Manager with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), spoke to 65 transportation professionals and university students at UCI’s University Club, about the proposed Interstate 405 (I-405) Improvement project. This presentation was hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Orange County Transportation Technical Group, as part of their ongoing series presenting topical projects and programs addressing regional transportation needs.
On the weekend of January 24-25, ASCE LA YMF and OC YMF civil engineers and friends shared a spacious cabin (3790 Needle Peak Rd) by the Heavenly Resort of South Lake Tahoe.
The February General Meeting was held Monday, February 9 at Bacchus Bar & Bistro in Irvine.
On March 7th, 2015, Orange County Branch members journeyed to the Monterey Steakhouse in Monterey Park for the Los Angeles Section’s annual Life Member Brunch. This event honors members who have advanced to Life member status in the Society. Other members in attendance learned about the fascinating achievements our life members have accomplished over their careers. The event took place on a beautiful day over-looking the city and its incredible infrastructure of buildings and freeways, very fitting for the occasion.
CE Corps is a nonprofit humanitarian organization that matches engineers and/or engineering teams in the U.S. who would like to do some pro bono work, with underserved communities who do not have the resources to access engineering services in a traditional fee-for-service manner. The CE Corps was formed through a partnership among ASCE, Engineers Without Borders–USA (EWB-USA), and AWWA (American Water Works Association).
The UCI Civil and Environmental Affiliates 2015 will hold a golf tournament fundraiser on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine, California. Hope to see you there!
Recently, three volunteers presented an overview of civil engineering and one specific sector of civil engineering to 7th and 8th grade classrooms.
ASCE OC YMF hosted the first Resume & Mock Interview Workshop of 2015 on March 7th at California State University, Long Beach. Represented by students from CSULB, CSUF & UCI, the workshop aimed to provide effective and professional insight on the processes of preparing for a job search in the civil and construction engineering industry.
On March 13, 2015, ASCE YMF and OC Geo-Institute hosted a boat tour to the Port of Los Angeles.
The March General Meeting for the Orange County YMF was held on Tuesday March 10, 2015 at The Counter in Irvine. The General Meetings are always a great opportunity to get together and converse with other engineers in similar stages of their careers.
The U.S. EPA’s Office of Water is in the midst of the 3rd annual Campus RainWorks Challenge for college and university students. The Challenge has been designed to engage students in reinventing our nation’s water infrastructure. Following several rounds of judging, winning teams will be announced in April with $16,000 in prizes to be distributed.
California's new Industrial General Permit (IGP) will go into effect July 1, 2015. One major change is the inclusion of Advanced Best Management Practices (BMPs), for which all hydrologic calculations shall be certified by a California licensed professional engineer. This new Industrial General Permit provides an opportunity for the engineering community to recommend the investigation and implementation of “green” infrastructure at industrial facilities.
Looking to get involved in a wild community service project? Our Community Service Committee is kicking off a Bridge Retrofit project at Safari Park...read about the project here!
The Orange County Science & Engineering Fair (OCSEF) will be held at the Orange County Fairgrounds again this year in April. More volunteers are needed than ever before as OCSEF has associated with the Imaginology Fair. We are seeking volunteers daily from April 21st-26th (Tuesday-Sunday).