By Adeleine J. Tran, P.E. | Government Relations Co-Chair
Many of us have reasons that inspired us to study and pursue a…Read More »
In This Issue
By Elizabeth Ruedas, PE, QSD, QISP
"ASCE has launched a bold, comprehensive project to anticipate, reimagine, and prepare for future changes – FUTURE WORLD VISION." Check out the latest ASCE Future World Vision website, article and report! Below are some highlights, and what is even more exciting is that there is much more to come! For example, the next phase of the Future World Vision will be released at the ASCE Annual Convention, which will take place on October 10-13, 2019 in Miami, Florida! Save the date!
By Adeleine J. Tran, P.E. | Government Relations Co-Chair
Many of us have reasons that inspired us to study and pursue a profession in civil engineering. Maybe it was a love for math and science, a passion for architecture and innovation, or a chance encounter that led you to this path. Or, maybe, it was a pothole.
By Jessica Leyva, PE | Internal Activities Co-Chair
In March, OC YMF hosted one of their quarterly bar crawls in Huntington Beach. Since all of the bar crawls must have a theme, this bar crawl, or pub crawl, celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day. Although there was no rainbows, many of us made a pot of gold’s worth of friendships and new acquaintances.
By Jared Lindo | K-12 Committee Co-Chair
The 25th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition (PSBC) was held on March 23, 2019 and put on by the Los Angeles YMF at Cal Poly Pomona's Campus. The hosting of this competition is alternated biannually between Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Bernadino/Riverside ASCE YMF’s with volunteers contributing from each organization.
By David M. Schwegel, PE | Arcadis
On Friday, March 29, the California Region (Region 9) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) held their Annual Infrastructure Symposium at the San Diego Convention Center with the theme “Reimagining Tomorrow’s Infrastructure”. There were approximately 200 delegates total with a fairly even distribution among the parallel Transportation and Water Tracks.
By Charlotte Wu, P.E., ENV SP, STP | Sustainability Committee Co-Chair
ASCE Orange County Sustainability Committee held its first 2019 bike ride event on March 30. Thanks to all of the rainfall in the region over the winter season, the natural portion of the channel was covered with plants and flowers. The beautiful scenic ride made all of the bike pedalling down and up the road crossings worth it.
By Ben Smith | Orange County Water District
The failures of the Oroville Dam spillways in early 2017 aroused public awareness about dam safety. The Orange County Flood Control District (OCFCD) owns 16 dams, including the Villa Park Dam which has been classified as an extremely high hazard. On April 4, EWRI facilitated a presentation about the new mandates and, more specifically, the Villa Park Dam analysis.
By Joe Sinkiewicz | YMF Programs Co-Chair
I must admit, I feel a twinge of trepidation when asked what I do for a living. I work in the growing field of Building Science, a discipline that really is as broad as it sounds. When asked, I usually explain that Building Science is the practical application of physics and scientific testing to improve the structures we build and the environments inside them.
By Bryant Wong, PE, ENV SP, F. ASCE | Mentorship Program Committee Advisor
A lively discussion and a valuable exchange of ideas took place at the Mentorship Program Mid-Year Check-In Event on April 10, 2019 at the PACE facilities in Fountain Valley. Twenty-five mentors, protégés, and Mentorship Committee members participated in the evening activities.
By Jason Fix, PE | Programs Committee
On April 18, Jerry Jacobsen, Principal of Diversity and Economic Opportunity, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (LA Metro), presented an overview of the LA Metro Small and Disadvantaged Business Programs and Opportunities.
By Steve Crouch, P.E. | T&DI Secretary
The Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) held its first 2019 Lunch Program on May 7 at the University Club at UCI with speakers from the Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA). Rick Carrier, TCA’s Director of Tolling and Customer Information Systems, introduced us to the “New Era of Tolling”, in which 6C tolling technology will allow to us to replace those bulky transponders with “stickers.”
By Ashlyn Alexander | Community Service Co-Chair
On May 11, 2019, ASCE OC volunteered for the Orange County Laurel House organization where we helped with the demolition of an old home to prepare for the renovations for their new home for at-risk, homeless or runaway teenage boys.
By Lynn Odgiiv, PE | SEI Co-Chair
On May 16, the ASCE OC Branch and the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) successfully hosted the May Luncheon on the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project in San Diego, CA.
By OC Streetcar
The OC Streetcar project, managed by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), recently earned an Envision Silver rating for sustainable infrastructure. This is the 15th Envision-verified project in the state, and the first modern streetcar project in California to receive Envision recognition.
By ASCE OC Membership Committee
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.
By ASCE OC Publications Committee
The ASCE OC Publications Committee is looking for volunteers! Do you appreciate documenting the legacy of ASCE and being connected to our key members? This is a great opportunity to learn the process and broaden your contacts. We are looking for individuals to volunteer about 4-8 hours per month with assisting in uploading newsletter articles, tracking our events, and learning our internal management software. Let us know if you are ready to jump-start your ASCE career! Interested in advertising in our newsletter? Do you have an interesting topic you would like to share? Trying to get in touch with us? Please submit all correspondence to the Publications Committee!