President's Message - ASCE National Convention

By Steven King, P.E.

It's been a BUSY first few months as your incoming ASCE Orange County Branch President.…

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Treasurer's Column – Types of Volunteering

By: Greg Henk, PE, DBIA, Ret.

Part 4 of my 7-Part discussion regarding volunteering.  This…

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In This Issue

President's Message - ASCE National Convention

By Steven King, P.E. It's been a BUSY first few months as your incoming ASCE Orange County Branch President. I'm looking forward to many exciting programs and social events as we continue to grow the Branch. Read More »

Treasurer's Column – Types of Volunteering

By: Greg Henk, PE, DBIA, Ret. Part 4 of my 7-Part discussion regarding volunteering.  This series of articles is based on Dennis Martenson’s presentation in Civil Engineering, February 2015 Read More »

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Branch News - Giant Magellan Telescope

By: Walter Quezada On October 22, 2015, our members got treated to a wonderful presentation about the design and construction of the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT).  What is special about this telescope besides its enormous size is that it will let astronomers see the light of the very first stars when galaxies were starting to form and our universe was less than 1 billion years old. Read More »

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History and Heritage - OC's Infrastructure Development - Part III

By: Carl Nelson, PE (ret) A recent OC Register headline inspired ASCE OC Life Member, Carl Nelson, PE to share his personal thoughts about infrastructure development in Orange County. Read More »

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New Members - October 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 - Reasonable Accommodation

By: Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP There comes a time when almost every employer is faced with accommodating an employee’s needs after an injury or illness. In these circumstances, the law requires employers to engage in an "interactive process" to identify and implement reasonable accommodations for a known disability unless doing so would produce "undue hardship" to the employer’s business operations. Although the phrase "reasonable accommodation" seems intuitive, the actual implications are often more onerous than an employer might initially assume. Under California law, a "reasonable accommodation" is a modification or adjustment to the work environment that enables the employee to perform the "essential functions of the job he or she holds or desires." This standard is both broad and vague, and can cause headaches for employers trying to meet their legal obligations. Read More »

Government Relations - The Path Forward

By: Ken Bui, PE On October 2nd, ASCE Los Angeles Section hosted the Infrastructure Advocacy Seminar for the members in the Board Room of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Headquarters.  Nearly a hundred of our members from around Southern California attended the event, which was called “The Path Forward – Infrastructure Advocacy for the 21st Century in California.” Read More »

EWRI - Engineering Analysis for Urban Drainage Systems

By: Nick Zamarripa The September  ASCE/OC EWRI Contiuing Education half-day seminar on Engineering Analysis for Urban Drainage Systems provided a wealth of knowledge and practical advice from the presenters. Read More »

Community Service - Outreach Activities

By: Greg Henk, PE, DBIA, Ret. Interested in volunteering with our Community Service projects - Safari Park, Corazon and National Forest Service?  'Read more' about how we're helping and how you can get involved. Read More »

Sustainability Committee - Safer Cycling for Sustainability

By Eric Regueiro, PE, ENV SP | Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc. Protected bike lanes have been shown to lead to increased cyclist usage. Now, a new protected intersection concept implemented for the first time in the U.S. in the City of Davis promises to further increase cyclist safety and the sustainability of our communities. Read More »

Mentorship Program - Closing Banquet 2014-2015

By: Kathleen Higgins On Saturday, September 26th the 2014-2015 ASCE OC Mentorship Program concluded its inaugural year with a banquet luncheon at Il Fornaio Restaurant in Irvine celebrating the fourteen pairs of successful mentor/protégé relationships. Read More »


By: Chad Harden, PE, SE The Popsicle Stick Bridge competition is an annual event hosted by ASCE’s Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Riverside Younger Member groups. We need help from structural folks to review the rules for next year and come up with some great ideas! Also needed are members to help run the event!  The event is designed for high school students in these areas to develop engineering skills through critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and creativity. We hope you'll volunteer...and/or attend! Read More »

Global Day of the Engineer

Take the pledge to celebrate and share how engineers make a world of difference! Read More »

OCDE - Acadmeic Decathlon

The Orange County Department of Education is seeking volunteers for the Academic Decathlon competition event on January 30, 2016.  Each year they seek to engage educators, business professionals, local university students, and community leaders in interactive volunteer experiences that serve our youth directly. Read More »

Social Committee - Upper Newport Bay Nature Walk

Join ASCE OC Branch members, friends and family at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve for a morning nature walk.  Take the time to meet other members during an enjoyable nature walk/hike. Read More »

Community Service - Second Harvest Food Bank

By: Gibson Phan On October 15, 2015 ASCE OC YMF volunteered at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County located in Irvine, CA. Read More »

Community Service - Ronald McDonald House

By: Gidti Ludesirishoti On Monday September 1st, 2015 members of Orange County Branch Younger Member Forum prepared a meal for families staying at the Orange County Ronald McDonald House through the meal program, ”Feasts from the Heart.” Read More »

YMF - Gerald Desmond Bridge Technical Tour

By: Chuck Karunathilake The New Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project tour was held on Friday, October 9th 2015. The tour was made possible by the Design-Builder for the project SFI; a joint venture between Shimmick Construction, FCC & Impregilo. Read More »

UCI Fall 2015 November Newsletter

The latest UCI Newsletter with updates from their events in late October and the first half of November. UCI held their Third Annual Civil and Environmental Engineering Career and Internship Fair, which was organized by ASCE UCI, AAEES UCI, and UCI Chi Epsilon. Thirteen companies came to speak to students. Read More »