President's Message - Applying Lessons Learned From OC YMF

By: Gary Gilbert, P.E., G.E.

The ASCE OC Younger Member Forum (YMF) has been very…

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Secretary's Column - Ways to Volunteer

By: Gregory Henk, P.E.

I am starting a 7-Part discussion regarding volunteering.  It is based…

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In This Issue

President's Message - Applying Lessons Learned From OC YMF

By: Gary Gilbert, P.E., G.E. The ASCE OC Younger Member Forum (YMF) has been very successful in building a group that has amazing accomplishments and their members have fun being active.  The OC Branch board would like to build upon that successful approach with all of our members. Over the last four years, the OC Branch has been working  with the OC YMF to combine some key committees so that younger and experienced members can work together to grow existing successful programs.  The committees that are shared by OC Branch and OC YMF are the K-12 Outreach, Community Service, and University Outreach committees. Read More »

Secretary's Column - Ways to Volunteer

By: Gregory Henk, P.E. I am starting a 7-Part discussion regarding volunteering.  It is based on Dennis Martenson’s presentation in Civil Engineering, February 2015. Read More »

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Branch News - Environmental Panel Discussion

By: Joe Gonzalez, P.E. ASCE Orange County held its June lunch event at the Center Club in Costa Mesa.  We had a great panel of that included a permit manage and environmental planners representing Orange County Public Works, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), and Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA). The topics presented were related to permitting, environmental mitigation, and environmental restoration. Read More »

New Members - June 2015

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. Read More »

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Law and CE News - Time to Update Sick Leave Policy

By: Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP July 1st was a critical deadline under California’s Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act of 2014. Phase one went into effect on January 1, 2015, and phase two, which requires mandatory paid sick leave, record keeping, and wage statement standards, started on July 1, 2015. Read More »

State Fly-In

By: Elizabeth Ruedas May 13th, 2015 was a particularly eventful day for participants of the ASCE Region 9 Legislative Fly-In. The State Fly-In is an annual event devoted to the education of current and local policy that ASCE supports. Participants have the opportunity to learn about current issues, meet with their local elected officials, make long-lasting connections, and learn about the political process at this intensive one-day program. This year’s talking points included the California Infrastructure Report Card (and mobile application), infrastructure, sustainability, public private partnerships, the high speed rail, STEM, and current legislation. Read More »

Branch & YMF 2015 Golf Tournament

By: Josue Vaglienty, P.E. With almost 100 players (95 to be exact), we had a great turnout for the 2015 Annual ASCE OC Golf Tournament held this past June 19th at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, CA. Read More »

EWRI - A Storm Drain Success Story

By: Bita Sadri, P.E. At the Orange County Branch Environmental and Water Resources Institute (OC EWRI) June Luncheon, Mr. Randal Berry, P.E. Design Manager of Harris & Associates, Irvine, CA presented on the 2014 American Public Works Association award winning Project, San Ramon Canyon Storm Drain in Rancho Palos Verdes. Read More »

Thank you City of Santa Ana - Bristol St Greenroads

By: Nathan Chase, PE, ENV SP, LEED AP ND We would like to thank the City of Santa Ana's presenters (Mindy Ly, PE and Ehab Elias, PE) for sharing their experience on the Bristol Street Improvements and Widening project, which was recently certified at the Bronze level under the Greenroads rating system for sustainable roadways. Their presentation on this pioneering project drew a crowd of over 60 attendees at a lunchtime event held at UCI in April 2015. Read More »

SEI - Upcoming Events

By: Chad Harden, PE, SE Do you want to get more involved with your local Orange County SEI Committee? Come join us for our next (First!) Committee Meeting on July 14th, all are welcome and dinner is provided to all attendees. We also have a Whiskey Tasting Social Event happening September 9th.  We'd love for you to join us for these events! Read More »

ASCE OC Mentorship Program

By: Trent Casillas ASCE OC Branch and ASCE OC YMF launched the inaugural ASCE OC mentorship program in May 2014. The mentorship program received over 50 applications last year and the applicant field was full of highly qualified engineer principals at many notable Orange County civil engineering companies and a sound- group of protégés whose experience ranged from entry level engineers to senior staff level. Read more about the Program's inaugural year and many successes! Read More »


By: Daniela Malott ASCE LA YMF hosted the 21st annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition (PSBC) in collaboration with Orange County and San Bernardino Riverside YMF on February 28, 2015.  Approximately 200 students competed in this event which was held at the historic Union Station in Los Angeles. Read More »

ASCE OC YMF - Day of Making

By: Isamar Escobar On Saturday June 13th, ASCE YMF participated in the first ever Day of Making at Hawthorne High School of Manufacturing and Engineering. This was an opportunity for local students to explore the various professions in the area related to the STEM field. The event included demonstrations by the various companies present such as Space X, Northrop Grumman, Metropolitan Water District, Epson and various others. Read More »