President's Message - 2015 - A Year in Review

By Steven King, P.E.

By Steven King, P.E.

I look back at 2015 as a celebration for our branch; with…

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Secretary's Column - ASCE Life Member

By Ramesh Gupta, Ph.D, P.E.

By: Ramesh Gupta, Ph.D, PE

A Life Member is an individual who has…

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Branch News

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By: Gidti Ludesirishoti, Elizabeth Ruedas

On Thursday November 19, 2015 ASCE Orange County Branch hosted…

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President's Message - 2015 - A Year in Review

By Steven King, P.E.

By Steven King, P.E. I look back at 2015 as a celebration for our branch; with individual accomplishments, engineering achievements, advancement of our profession, and the improvements to our community. I thank you for your continued support and dedication to our chapter and our industry. I’m looking forward to ringing in the New Year with the excitement and passion that will make 2016 even better!

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Secretary's Column - ASCE Life Member

By Ramesh Gupta, Ph.D, P.E.

By: Ramesh Gupta, Ph.D, PE A Life Member is an individual who has made a lifetime commitment to ASCE and the civil engineering profession by remaining a member for a full length of their professional career. To be a Life Member, one must have reached the age of 65 years and have paid dues in any membership grade except Student Member for at least 35 years and have had 10 years of continuous membership preceding the attainment of Life Member. On March 5, 2016, La Section of ASCE will be recognizing more than 40, including 20 members from OC Branch, as Life Members Additional information for this event will be forthcoming in near future.

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Branch News

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By: Gidti Ludesirishoti, Elizabeth Ruedas On Thursday November 19, 2015 ASCE Orange County Branch hosted the annual History and Heritage / Student Night. This year’s event was hosted at a new venue, the Heritage Museum of Orange County, home of Santa Ana’s first Engineer, Hiram Clay Kellogg. The 192 experienced professionals, younger members, and students had the opportunity to tour the Kellogg House during the event to explore the museum and previous home of Hiram Clay Kellogg.

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2016 Annual Sponsorships

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By:  John Merrill, P.E., T. E. We have begun our Annual Sponsorship drive for 2016, which features packages that will provide your organization the benefit of making one lump sum contribution for the entire year of 2016.

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New Members - November 2015

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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.

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Branch Awards - Join us!

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By: Elizabeth Ruedas, EIT, ENV SP Save the date for the annual ASCE OC Branch Awards Gala, this year occurring on February 18, 2016 at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach!  We hope you'll join us for an evening of recognition for the projects and engineers that are shaping Orange County.

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TTG - ITS Seminar

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By: Sirous Alavi, Ph.D., P.E. On Friday, November 13, 2015 the American Society of Civil Engineers, Orange County Transportation Technical Group (ASCE OC TTG) and ASCE OC Branch Continuing Education Committee hosted a half day seminar on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in the City of Irvine.  The theme of the seminar was the past, present and future overview of ITS nationally and also regionally in the State of California. The seminar was very well received with five presenters covering various topics in ITS.

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OC EWRI - IRWD Membrane Bioreactor Project

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By: Ankita Vyas, EIT On December 3rd Steve Malloy, Principal Engineer with Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) for over 25 years, gave a presentation to the EWRI Orange County on the Michelson Water Recycling Plant (MWRP) Phase 2 Expansion.

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OC EWRI - Climate Change on Flood Damages

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By: Roger Chung, PE, QSD, QSP On October 8th, Professor Brett F. Sanders, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine gave a presentation on Communicating Coastal Flooding Risk with Street-Level Data.

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Sustainability Committee - OC Sustainable Development

By Salem Afeworki, LEED GA, ENV SP and Nathan Chase, PE, LEED AP ND, ENV SP

By Salem Afeworki, LEED GA, ENV SP and Nathan Chase, PE, LEED AP ND, ENV SP Thank you to the City of Irvine and our presenters (Darlene Nicandro, Jeff Thompson, Kip Skabar and Jamie Yoshida) for sharing their experiences in sustainable development in Orange County and beyond. The seminar held at the City of Irvine’s Civic Center was attended by over 40 professionals on Oct 23, 2015.

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K - 12 Outreach - PSBC

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By: Isamar Escobar 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!

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Social Committee - Upper Newport Bay Nature Walk

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

By: Gary Gilbert, P.E., G.E. On Saturday November 21st, students from Cal State Fullerton and University of California, Irvine joined OC Branch member on a morning nature walk in the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve.  The hike was led by an Orange County Parks ranger, and she explained the purpose of the different habitats and why they are so important to the health of many species that live or travel through the nature reserve.  Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve is a key location for birds migrating with the changes in seasons.  If you are a bird lover, there is a portion of the Nature Preserve that is the perfect place to take a picture of your favorite migratory bird.  The ranger also showed us where burrowing owls have been known to live in the recent past and there used to be a bobcat that lived near the Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center.

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Mentorship Committee - Speed Mentoring Event

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By: Gibson Phan ASCE Orange County (OC) Branch and YMF continued with the 2nd year of their successful Mentorship Program by inaugurating the next class of Mentors and Protégés with their first event of the year on November 4th and 5th, 2015.  Due to this year’s large group of participants, the event was split up into a two day event separating individuals by career field.

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ASCE OC YMF - General Meeting

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By: Samantha Nguyen, Kimley-Horn The October General Meeting for OC YMF was held on October 27th, 2015 at El Torito Grill in Irvine. It was Taco Tuesday and everyone received a token to get their choice of taco at the taco bar.

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Social Committee - Temecula Wine Trip

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By Amanda Heise The annual ASCE OC Branch and YMF Wine Tasting Trip took place on November 14 in Temecula. The event sold out a couple weeks prior with a total of 30 RSPVs. The shuttle picked up attendees at both the Tustin and Corona locations before heading down to Temecula.

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Mentorship Committee - Mentorship Kickoff Event

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By: Ryan Quach On Wednesday, December 2nd the 2015-2016 ASCE OC Mentorship Program hosted its Kickoff event with a dinner at the Back Bay Conference Center.  Participants consisted of mentors and protégés awaiting the results of their pairing, which were based on speed mentoring events hosted in November.

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Board

President
Gary Gilbert, P.E., G.E., ENV SP
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Vice President
Steven King, P.E.
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Treasurer
Josue Vaglienty, P.E.
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Secretary
Gregory Henk, P.E.
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Past President
Penny Lew, P.E.
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Committee Chairs

YMF
Remi Candaele, P.E.
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Membership
Anh Ly, P.E.
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Marketing
John Merrill, P.E., T.E.
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Environmental & Water Resources Institute
Mujahid Chandoo, P.E.
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Geo-Institute Chair
Clint Isa, P.E.
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Public Infrastructure Coalition of OC-PICOC
Yazdan Emrani, P.E.
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Structural Engineering Institute
Doug Moon, P.E.

Engineers Without Borders Liaison
Kofi Baryeh
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OCEC Liaison
C.T. Bathala, P.E.
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International Committee
C.T. Bathala, P.E.
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Continuing Education
Wei Zhu, P.E., T.E., P.M.P
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Transportation Technical Group
Shafi Sharifan,Ph.D., P.E.
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Students Activities
VACANT

Government Affairs
Ravi Shah, P.E.
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K-12 Outreach, Co-Chair
VACANT

K-12 Outreach, Co-Chair
Brianna Arth
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Awards/Nominations
Tapas Dutta, P.E.
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Public Relations
Lisa Hadley, E.I.T.
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Programs
VACANT

Newsletter and Website
VACANT

Sustainability
Sam Ali, P.E. and Nathan Chase, P.E.
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Life Member Forum
VACANT

History and Heritage
VACANT

Professional Development
VACANT

Social
VACANT

Community Service
VACANT

Disaster Preparedness
Sudi Shoja, P.E.
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