President's Message - Following Gary's Legacy

By: Josue Vaglienty, P.E.

About 10 years ago I attended my first ASCE YMF meeting…

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Secretary's Column - Diversity Drives Innovation

By: Elizabeth Ruedas

The 2016 ASCE National Convention in Portland began with an inspiring presentation…

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President's Message - Following Gary's Legacy

By: Josue Vaglienty, P.E. About 10 years ago I attended my first ASCE YMF meeting in a conference room at Diaz-Yourman & Associates in Santa Ana. There were about a dozen other younger engineers in attendance who seemed energetic and vibrant to be planning all sorts of events – social mixers, seminars, community service events, and technical tours to name a few. There was one individual in particular who took the time to explain the whole purpose of YMF to me – all of it! I asked a lot of questions, but the end result was inevitable – I wanted in! This individual was the YMF President and he welcomed me to become part of the group. His name was Gary Gilbert. I recall that conversation vividly and will never forget it. I will also never forget Gary and all of the valuable mentorship and wisdom he provided me and many others within ASCE. Read More »

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Secretary's Column - Diversity Drives Innovation

By: Elizabeth Ruedas The 2016 ASCE National Convention in Portland began with an inspiring presentation by Frans Johansson, the opening keynote speaker, a best-selling author and founder of The Medici Group. “Diversity drives innovation” was the central theme of his presentation, and an approach that I plan to embrace moving forward. What do you get when civil engineering, minorities, social media, and government relations intersect? The opportunity to better serve our engineering community and the general public through effective communication, the ability to inspire younger generations and the potential to influence those in a position of power. Read More »

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Branch News - OC Infrastructure Report Card Luncheon

By: Melissa Brady, PE; Jazzy Quinabo ASCE Orange County hosted its September luncheon with a presentation of the 2016 Orange County Infrastructure Report Card. Yaz Emrani, M.S., P.E., Vice President of Carollo Engineers, Inc., and Co-chair of the OC Infrastructure Report Card Executive Committee, discussed the results of the Report Card and the ‘C+’ average grade awarded based on the 12 categories: Aviation (A-); Electric Power (C-); Flood Control and Levees (C-); Ground Transportation (C); Natural Gas (B-); Oil (B-); Parks, Recreation, and Environment (C+); School Facilities (C); Solid Waste (B); Surface Water Quality (D+); Wastewater (B); and Water Supply (B).  Read More »

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New Members - October 2016

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 »

GRC - The Passage of WRDA 2016

By: Isamar Escobar, EIT Back in March of this year, ASCE members from across the nation travelled to Washington D.C. to meet with their state legislators. Each year, ASCE selects specific issues, which generally have active bill in the House and/or Senate. Read More »

Community Service - Corazon Home Build

By: Roxanne Follis On Saturday, August 27, a group of about 20 YMF members and CSUF and UCI students went to Chula Vista, CA and met with other Corazon volunteers. Corazon is a non-profit organization that develops communities in Mexico by building homes and encouraging support within the community.  Read More »

YMF - Friends and Family Picnic

By: Remi Candaele Grateful of the many accomplishments of our forum over the years, a family recognition BBQ was held at the Huntington Beach Central Park to just thank our talented YMF members for their contributions. Read More »

YMF - Paintball Event

By Ryan Hankes OC YMF hosted an event that has not been conducted in years, a day of paintballing!  There was a large enough group to have a our own private ref and courses closed off to just us. Read More »

YMF - PE Application Seminar

By: Roxanne Follis OC YMF hosted an application seminar for the California Professional Engineer (P.E.) exam. Susan Christ from Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists (BPELSG) gave a presentation on the application process for the California P.E. exam. Read More »

YMF - Speaker Series 2016

By: Gyan Sinha, Chirath Karunathilake, & Izzad Loh The ASCE OC YMF 2016 Speaker Series “The Big Picture: Engineering your Career” was a series of presentations by four prominent and well-respected leaders in the civil engineering field. This year’s series provided a different perspective to engineering in comparison to last year’s event “Engineering: Behind the Scenes”. This year’s series was originated with a sole purpose to provide a holistic view to engineering and to discuss pivotal topics that help professionals understand the best way to shape their careers in order to reach their professional goals. Read More »

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