In This Issue
On March 5, ASCE Los Angeles Section hosted its annual Life Member Brunch in Monterey Park. Life Membership is quite an honor in ASCE. It represents a lifetime commitment to ASCE and the civil engineering profession by remaining a member for the full length of a professional career. By Steven L. King, P.E.
By: Greg Henk, PE, DBIA, Ret. I, my wife Robyn along with Jenny Mital and Adrian Cortez (ASCE-YMF) celebrated Engineers Week at Castille Elementary School (Capo District). We started with an overview of what a Civil Engineer is and what we do (including oohs & aahs from the kids), followed by student construction of Lego “towers” and an exercise in earthquake testing of the towers.
A brunch was held in honor of those members who have advanced to Life Member status in the society and in recognition of their career achievements on March 5, 2015. We are featuring the bios and recognizing the Orange County inductees this month.
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.
The ASCE OC Branch Annual Sponsorship drive has drawn to a close this year. We thank our 2016 Annual Sponsors for their generous committment to the ASCE OC Branch and the ASCE OC membership.
The 61st Annual Orange County Science & Engineering Fair (OCSEF) will be held at the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center (OC Fair Grounds) in Costa Mesa, California on Wednesday April 13th, 2016. We hope ASCE OC Branch members will be able to serve as a judge for the event this year.
California State University, Long Beach ASCE Student Chapter will be hosting over 1200 students at Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) on March 31st to April 2nd. The student chapter is looking for volunteers like yourself to assist with the judging and running of the events. Please consider supporting CSULB ASCE Student Chapter by volunteering a little of your time.
Just how much can a bridge support, if made of only Popsicle Sticks and Elmer's glue? More than one might think, and that is just one of the many facets to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition (PSBC).
On Friday, February 19th, the K-12 Committee members attended a Science Night at Rancho Canada Elementary in Lake Forest. The event consisted of various stations each with an activity, ranging from planetariums to extracting DNA. 2nd and 3rd graders walked around joining the activities and every time they completed an activity, they would get a stamp on their passport.
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was passed by the California State Legislature in September 2014, establishing new requirements for groundwater management in medium- and high-priority alluvial groundwater basins, which include acheiving sustainability goals by the 2040s. In Orange County, Orange County Water District (OCWD) is addressing SGMA requirements with its 2015 Groundwater Management Plan, highlighting OCWD's long-term efforts to sustainably manage the OC groundwater basin.
By Per B Tvedt, EIT What do you do? Attending Construction Quality Management training with the US Army Corps of Engineers recently in Portland, Oregon, I was again reminded of how few people in our society actually know what Civil Engineers do for our society. While I was waiting for a car to take us back to the airport from the car rental place, the driver asked why we were visiting Portland. I told him about the training with the Army Corps, and he asked about my profession. After learning that I was a civil engineer, he replied: “oh what do you do?” This was another reminder about how limited the general population’s knowledge of our profession is, how few people actually know of Civil Engineers impact on our infrastructure, the infrastructure that these people interact with every day.
“Being my first conference, I knew I would learn a lot about ASCE’s western region but I never expected to establish so many new friendships as I did over the weekend.” - Michael Pierce (OC YMF Mentorship Chair) If you asked any younger member who attended a “WRYMC” (Pronounced like “Righ Mac”) if they would do it again they might give you a similar response. “This was my second time attending the WRYMC and had a blast! I think the best and most valuable part of attending is always the networking and being able to meet the other YMF groups as well as the leadership within ASCE.” - Amanda Heise (OC YMF Internal Activities Co-Chair)
On January 15th, a few ASCE members attended a Grant Writing Workshop hosted by Assembly Member Matthew Harper. The event was held at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center and included a presentation by California Consulting LLC, the largest grant-writing firm in California.