President's Message - Investing in America's Infrastructure, Starting at Home in OC

By: Josue Vaglienty, P.E.

After an incredibly long and tumultuous road leading up to the…

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Secretary's Column - Holding Paramount the Safety, Health and Welfare of the Public

By: Elizabeth Ruedas


“Climate change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable…

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In This Issue

President's Message - Investing in America's Infrastructure, Starting at Home in OC

By: Josue Vaglienty, P.E. After an incredibly long and tumultuous road leading up to the Presidential Election on Nov 8th, the country is finally moving forward. The two presidential candidates could not have been any more different in nature. However, there was one topic that both candidates agreed on: Investing in America’s infrastructure. Both candidates’ campaigns focused on the need to upgrade infrastructure nationwide. Although each side proposed a different approach to paying for it, the topic of infrastructure was being discussed on a national platform where its importance could be heard. Read More »

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Secretary's Column - Holding Paramount the Safety, Health and Welfare of the Public

By: Elizabeth Ruedas “Climate change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future but, at the same time, addressing the climate challenge presents a golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.” - Ban Ki-Moon Before the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio's new climate change film, brings awareness to the vast number of issues caused by climate change, as well as to the solutions that are still an option. The documentary, by Fisher Stevens, not only highlights global efforts that are being pursued to mitigate the impacts of climate change, but also builds a grassroots movement to ensure that we become actively engaged at the local level as well.  Read More »

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New Members - November 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 »

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Law and CE News - Stay of New Federal Wage Exemption Limits

By: Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP Breaking: Stay of New Federal Wage Exemption Limits On November 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas stayed the impending United States Department of Labor standards for wage exemption requirements. Until this stay is lifted, employers may continue to follow the current overtime and exemption rules.   Read More »

Branch News - ENVISION Advances from SoCal to Hawaii: Ports, Airports, and Farms

By: Janet Fordunski, P.E. What is ENVISION? 56 people filled the Center Club to learn about the ENVISION sustainability rating system from three practitioners. The event was hosted by Sustainability Committee members to show how ENVISION gives civil engineers to tools to make a difference. Read More »

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History and Heritage - Lyon Air Museum

By: Tom Broz, P.E., S.E. At the November 17, 2017 OC Branch History and Heritage/ Student Night dinner held at the Lyon Air Museum.  Tom Broz, P.E., S.E. - OC Branch History and Heritage Committee Chair, presented why the dinner was held there.  Tom explained that ASCE has Policy Statement 463 – History and Heritage which states ASCE’s support for programs that promote the knowledge of the history and heritage of civil engineering as an integral component of education and professional practice. Keep reading to see how the Lyon Air Museum has played a key role in preserving the engineering legacy of Orange County. Read More »

YMF - A Fantastic 2016-2016 Mentorship Program

The 2015 – 2016 ASCE OC Mentorship Program has officially come to a close. Throughout the year mentors and protégés attended one-on-one and group settings to share work and personal experiences to improve their professional development. Read More »

SEI - Complementary Angles - ASCE and SEAOSC Invigorate Resilience Independently

By: Chad Harden, P.E., S.E. Recently two separate engineering organizations met coincidently within two days of each, each engagingly focused on resiliency and safety - and SEI was fortunate to be able to attend both. The first was the ASCE Orange County Branch, History and Heritage (H&H) and Student Night  November 17, 2016, held at the Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana. The second event was the SEAOSC Strengthening Our Cities Summit November 18, 2016, held at The Center at Cathedral Plaza in Los Angeles.  Keep reading to learn more about the ENVISION goals of ASCE and the Safer Cities Initiative from SEAOSC. Read More »

Branch News - In Memoriam Hugh Berry

Fullerton city officials are mourning the loss of a former city employee who played a major role in shaping the landscape of the city today. Hugh L. Berry, who, in his 32 years with the city, held the titles of assistant city manager, director of engineering, city engineer, and executive director of the Fullerton  Redevelopment Agency, died Oct. 26 at his Fullerton home.  Death was due to natural causes. He was 82. Read More »

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