Orange County Branch Newsletter

Established 1953

July 2019

President's Message

Fiscal Year 2020 Leadership


"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world." – Joel A. Barker


It is with great pleasure that we present the Fiscal Year 2020 ASCE OC Branch & YMF Executive Board Members! The new term is set to begin on October 1st, 2019. Excited to continue to volunteer with such amazing leaders! 

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About the Author

Elizabeth Ruedas is a Surface Water Engineer with Michael Baker International in Orange County, CA. She is passionate about inspiring, empowering, and educating others to help us move towards a more sustainable future. She currently serves as the ASCE OC Branch President and is grateful for all of the opportunities that ASCE provides for members to give back. Elizabeth can be contacted via [email protected] or LinkedIn.

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ASCE OC K-12 Outreach

Orange County Science and Engineering Fair

On Saturday, March 21, ASCE OC Branch & YMF participated in the 64th Annual Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF) at the Anaheim Expo Center. Over 200+ middle and high school students from various regions of Orange County presented their projects and models to judges with STEM backgrounds.

ASCE OC members had the opportunity to volunteer as judges in the subjects of Earth Science, Physical Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering and Zoology. Our judges were amazed in the vast variety of projects, presentations and ideas that would contribute to a safe and sustainable future.

The variety of projects ranged from potable and storm water treatment devices, robots that would clean the depths of rivers and oceans, biodegradable plastics, coding and artificial intelligence for predicting wildfires, sprinkler systems that would protect homes from wildfires and many more. Many of the students demonstrated passion and competence in their subjects of research and explained the means and methods of improving their projects for future engineering and science fairs.

We want to give a special thank you to the Director of Judging Stephen Hobbs for his invitation and coordination with us over the weeks prior to the event and Jennifer Marks for assisting us in the process of grading and judging the students’ projects. We also want to thank our ASCE OC members Jared Lindo, Guillermo “Memo” Medina, and Victor Aguirre for taking part as judges in an event that is meant to inspire the future leaders in STEM.

(L to R) ASCE OC members Jared Lindo, Guillermo “Memo” Medina, and Victor Aguirre participated as OCSEF judges!

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St. Francis Dam Tour

This valley typifies the sort of standard beauty of the foothills that hem in the communities of Southern California. Grass and sturdy brush blanket the width of the valley as it weaves upward to the pass that has long connected the San Juaquin and Santa Clarita Valleys. At its bottom, ancient oaks nestle a trickling stream which has come to know the company of a twisting road. A road with all the fidgeting and persistence of a path carved by hand for the stagecoaches of our recent past. Yet this valley is unlike its neighbors. Unsettling outcroppings of unnatural stone punctuate its floor, and the stream trickles painfully over an unfamiliar bed. The valley bears it all: the stone, the stream, and the lost remains of hundreds of people. This is the San Francisquito Valley, the site of the deadliest US civil engineering disaster of the 20th century.

The St. Francis Dam once stood 210 feet tall across this valley. Its characteristic "stair step" facade is still visible in the debris.

Kimo Look of the ASCE Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch hosted a historical walking tour of the dam disaster site. His passion for the stories and lessons was infectious. Mr. Look brought pages of references and provided binders of historical photos, diagrams of the dam and surrounding hills, and charts to help attendees understand the context of the disaster in the decades leading up to the collapse and the effects the dam has on our lives and careers to this day.

The completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913 brought water to Southern California from Northern California. The project was never popular with the residents and ranchers of the Owens Valley, and the aqueduct was attacked, sabotaged, even dynamited several times. Coupled with the drought of 1920, it became clear to the Los Angeles Bureau of Water Works and Supply that the city’s water would need storage to remain secure.

A huge chunk of the St. Francis Dam deposited over 1/4 mile downstream.

The Bureau set out to build a local reservoir that could hold one year’s worth of water for the growing communities of Southern California. They chose the San Francisquito Valley which had a naturally narrow spot ideal for locating a dam. The Saint Francis dam was one of the tallest dams in the world at 190 feet. As the population grew, so did the dam and it was raised an additional 20 feet higher than originally designed.

Near midnight on March 12, 1928, the dam collapsed catastrophically, sending a wall of water 140 feet tall thundering down the valley. The body of the dam keeper living at the base of the dam was never found. As the water pushed through the valley, it incorporated huge boulders, trees, even parts of the dam and became a 50-foot-tall debris flow, churning, crushing, and scouring everything in its path. At 18 miles per hour, it beset the small community of power plant workers and their families living one and a half miles downstream of the reservoir at Powerhouse 2. One man, unable to sleep noticed a strange mist flowing over the town. When he heard a distant rumbling, he pulled his wife and son out of bed and told them to run uphill as fast as they could. He was returning to save his daughter when the wave struck the town. 64 of the 67 inhabitants were killed as they laid in their beds only 5 minutes after the collapse.

Abandoned road leading to the site.

Five miles downstream a camp of about 150 linemen for Southern California Edison was sleeping in tents. Those that had the tent flaps secured floated and survived, while those sleeping with their tents opened drowned, 84 in total.

A driver was caught off guard as the wave picked his car right off the road. He escaped the vehicle and managed to run to a phone to warn the people of the Santa Clarita Valley of the destruction that was coming. A highway patrolman happened upon a migrant camp downstream of the imminent flood. Unable to speak Spanish, all the patrolman could muster was, “Mucho aqua!” The workers, looking at the clear night sky, did not see any potential for a flash flood. The patrolman ultimately gave up and left to warn other towns. Given the migratory nature of the workers, it is still not known how many of them died, but some estimates are over one hundred. It took only 70 minutes to drain the entire reservoir, and when the water finally subsided, between 450 and 600 people were dead. Only 150 bodies were recovered. 

Debris from the disaster still litters the valley floor.

The public demanded a reason for the collapse and an inquiry gave them one. The official reason for the disaster was attributed to a known fault along the west side of the dam, despite the fact that no seismic activity was observed in the area on the night of the collapse. A viable theory for the collapse did not emerge until the 1980s. The causes of the collapse involved concepts that were not yet known to engineers at the time. The concrete was poured in massive lifts creating large thermal cracks in the dam. It was the memory of the St. Francis dam that taught the designers of the Hoover dam to refrigerate the mass concrete as it cured. The aggregate of the St. Francis dam concrete was pulled directly from the stream bed. This rock was weak, of wildly variable size, and was poured unwashed into the cement. It would take decades before engineers came to realize the consequences of such practices. The collapse of the St. Francis dam served as the impetus for licensing requirements for engineers in the State of California.

The world owes a heavy debt to the painful peace of the San Francisquito valley and to the souls whose bodies were buried by the manmade maelstrom; buried because of man, but not by hand.

The obvious difference in soil color marks the seismic fault line that was initially blamed for the disaster.

About the Author

Joe Sinkiewicz is a civil engineer and building enclosure consultant with degrees in structural engineering and physics from UC San Diego. Outside of work, Joe enjoys growing live plants in his aquariums and avoiding exercise. Joe can be reached at [email protected] or LinkedIn.

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2019 Speaker Series

The 2019 ASCE OC YMF Speaker Series was held at HDR’s Irvine office, on four consecutive Tuesdays, starting on April 30th. The theme of the 2019 Series was “The Future-Proof Engineer: Adapt and Thrive In Change.” These sessions aimed to “future-proof” a young professional’s career with the experience and knowledge of the guest panel members. They provided invaluable insights and lessons on how to successfully shape your ideal career while navigating a changing industry.

Project Engineer to Project Manager: Prepare for the Promotion

The first panel session consisted of Kathereen Shinkai (LPA), Kevin Du Mont (Du Mont Engineering), and Ravi Shah (Mark Thomas). In this sold-out session, our panelists drew from their own career experiences and gave valuable insights on how to prepare and excel at being a project manager (PM). The speakers emphasized the importance of not being in a rush to become a PM and to instead take the time to develop your technical expertise first, so you can better serve your team and clients when you do become a PM. They also brought up the importance of emotional intelligence, as well as the business and people skills needed to be a great project manager.

AR/VR and AI: Digital Disruption & Civil Engineering Re-Imagined

Amrita Bajwa (Jacobs) presented on trending technologies, such as augmented/virtual reality, drones, and artificial intelligence and how they would affect the civil engineering and construction industry in the future. The audience learned to embrace and accept these changes and new technologies instead of resisting them, as well as practical ways to implement them in their own firms.

Engineering through Economic Cycles: Thrive in any Economy

Jeff Cooper (NV5) and Aileen Santos-Redman (Gannett Fleming) spoke about their experiences going through recent economic downturns and recessions and the lessons that they learned from them. The audience learned career-saving lessons on how to best position themselves in their firms before a recession, as well as the business, networking, and soft skills needed to thrive in one.

Collaborating with Cities: An Integrated Approach

The final session consisted of Brian Ulaszewaki (City Fabrick) and Meredith Reynolds (City of Long Beach) guiding the audience through the city’s community-based process of planning and design. By knowing how the city is trying to help the community and what they are really trying to achieve, the audience gained insights on how to adapt their engineering and design approach in order to improve collaborations with the city and public sectors.

The Speaker Series was again one of the YMF’s most well-attended events, with 80+ attendees over the four weeks. Thank you to our speakers, sponsors, and all attendees; we look forward to seeing you at next year’s Series!

About the Author

Mathew Picardal, P.E. is a Structural Engineering Project Manager at DCI Engineers. When he’s not working or helping ASCE OC YMF, he’s helping engineering students and young professionals learn more about what it’s like to have a career in the structural engineering industry through his structural engineering YouTube channel and podcast. Mathew can be reached via [email protected] and LinkedIn:

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ASCE OC Transportation & Development Institute

T&DI Presents TCA Board Chair Reception

In May, ASCE OC T&DI hosted a reception honoring the Transportation Corridor Agencies’ (TCA) Board Chairs – Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (F/ETCA) Chairwoman Christina Shea and San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency (SJHTCA) Chair Fred Minagar – at Brio Tuscan Grille at the Irvine Spectrum. Formed in 1986, TCA is responsible for planning, financing, construction and operating State Routes 73, 133, 241 and 261.

More than 80 industry colleagues and elected officials attended the event to welcome the new leadership and learn about TCA’s strategic goals for 2019, emphasizing key capital projects, enhancing the existing 51-miles of Toll Roads and streamlining account types for the more than 1.5 million accountholders.

Chairs Shea and Minagar lead a 23-member Board of Directors as well as TCA staff and are responsible for enhancing mobility in Orange County and Southern California by developing and operating publicly-owned toll facilities as a part of the regional transportation system. F/ETCA manages the 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads, which provide vital links between Rancho Santa Margarita, Irvine and the border of Orange and Riverside counties. SJHTCA manages the 73 Toll Road, which provides a vital link between the John Wayne Airport area and San Juan Capistrano.

Orange County’s Toll Roads carry on average 325,000 trips each weekday and collectively, the Agencies focus on various capital improvement projects to improve on-road experience for accountholders and continue protecting the more than 2,200 acres of habitat and open space that they have set aside in perpetuity.

With the support of the event’s sponsors – HNTB, LSA, WSP, and The Toll Roads – T&DI raised more than $2,500! With this generous amount, T&DI will be able to support programs and outreach opportunities that benefit our local transportation industry and communities, including scholarships for college students exploring transportation engineering as careers.

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ASCE OC Geo-Institute

Shear Wave Velocity Liquefaction Triggering Assessment

The Orange County and Los Angeles Geo-Institute Chapters co-hosted a dinner meeting featuring Professor Robert Kayen of UC Berkeley, UCLA, and USGS on May 28th. Dr. Kayen presented an 11-year project in which he collected new shear wave velocity data from 350 sites to develop and enhance seismic soil liquefaction correlations. The event was held at the Ayres Hotel in Costa Mesa and was attended by over 90 local geo-professionals.

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ASCE OC Sustainability Committee

Invasive Plants Removal and Fire Resiliency

Orange County parks are in need of a major restoration effort because of the damages done by the recent fire. ASCE OC’s Sustainability Committee along with their Younger Member Forum (YMF), together organized an invasive plants removal and hike event in Santiago Oaks Regional Park on Saturday, June 1.

Eleven volunteers gathered outside of the Park Ranger’s office as Resource Specialist, Kelly Moriarty, walked us through the removal task. Our task was to remove the invasive black mustard plants that spread throughout the park due to the rain from the past winter, and at the same time keep the native plants such as Matilija Poppy and California Poppy identified in the picture down below.

The mustard plants are not native to the southwest region or even to the Americas, and they easily dry out by mid-summer and become fuel for wildfires. Once the mustard plants were removed, we placed a layer of mulch over the planters to prevent more mustards from sprouting. Santiago Oaks Regional Park was among the four OC parks damaged by the Canyon Fire 2 in 2017, while the other parks were Irvine Regional Park, Peters Canyon Regional Park, and Irvine Ranch Open Space. Some of the protective measures being implemented at the Santiago Oaks Regional Park are brush setbacks from residential structures to provide buffer distance in case of fire, habitat restoration such as the event we did on Saturday, and replanting native plant species.

As part of the volunteering event, Kelly scheduled a one-and-a-half-hour guided tour of the park for us, but we were surprised by the appearance of a different guide, Tom Broz. Tom has been an active ASCE Life Member. He is now retired but still working as an independent consultant. He is also an active park volunteer! Before we headed out for the two-and-half-mile hike to the Historic Dam, Tom gave us a short presentation on the recent wildfires’ impact to the park and the active animal species that we might encounter on the trail. Along the hike, we observed the exotic trees that were planted back in the 1960s as well surviving native trees such as Coast Live Oaks and Sycamore Oaks.

Thanks to YMF for allocating budget for this event to buy lunch and beverages for all the volunteers. And a big thank you to all the volunteers and Tom!

The park is very pleased with our removal effort and we are welcome to come back again.

“I want to say thank you for organizing your ASCE volunteers to come out this past weekend. We really enjoyed having the group out, and we are grateful for the work that you did! Our park is a nicer place because of volunteers like you!” - Kelly Moriarty, Resource Specialist at Santiago Oaks Regional Park.

Stay tuned for volunteering next spring at Peters Canyon Regional Park!





About the Author

Charlotte Wu is a Professional Civil Engineer, Envision Sustainability Professional, Sustainable Transportation Professional in the field of transportation with AECOM. She currently serves as co-chair for ASCE Orange County Sustainability Committee. Charlotte can be contacted at [email protected].

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ASCE OC Branch

San Diego Safari Park Gorilla Bridge Retrofit

ASCE OC coordinated with Robyn Badger, Architect for the San Diego Safari Park to retrofit the existing Gorilla Bridge. The park previously had a monorail line and several bridges were constructed for its path. The park has decided to repurpose the monorail path for pedestrian and maintenance vehicle use. To accommodate the change in purpose, bridge railings were developed to be installed on the bridge. In preparation for the installation, I coordinated with the park to obtain materials, details, and volunteer expertise to perform the retrofit.

On Saturday June 1, the engineering volunteers met at the park entrance and began the trek to the project site. Volunteers, including professionals and student members, had traveled from San Diego and Orange Counties to the park in Escondido. Joshua Nelson from Scott Fence met the team with a full supply of industrial tools. Due to his guidance the team was able to complete the installation in a half day with no issues.

Reviewing the Installation Procedure with Joshua Nelson

>Brackets and wood posts for the maintenance vehicle bumpers had been installed in May by Flatiron. The pedestrian fencing was to be installed on these bumpers. These were installed with lag bolts anchoring the plates to the wooden bumper. Fall equipment was utilized for placing the fencing posts. Volunteers were able to tie into the cable running the span of the bridge using a harness similar to the ones used for rock climbing.

Next, the fencing was installed on the posts. A rustic look was requested by the park to match their current theme for the area. The volunteers hand laid the mesh and tied it to the posts. Finishing touches were applied to the mesh to make sure it was adequately fastened. Later, paint will be added to provide a cohesive theme to the park.

Thanks to all who contributed to this retrofit the project was a success!

Installing the Posts by placing the Lag Bolts.

Placing the final ties on the fencing mesh.

Thank you to all of our volunteers for joining in on the effort: Lenard Tran, Ashley Pham, Christina Hanna, Andres Lozano, Shannon Davis, Keenan Do, Gabi Brocklehurst, Chirath “Chuck” Karunathilake, Jason Fix, David Fix, Cindy Fix, and Greg Henk!

About the Author

Jason Fix, PE, is a Bridge Engineer for McLean & Schultz. He has over 10 years of experience working on bridges and structures in Orange County. He is interested in exploring the civil engineering field and sharing knowledge within the professional network. Jason can be contacted at [email protected].

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Practical Approaches to Maintaining Injection Well Efficiency

On June 6, EWRI was pleased to host a presentation on Practical Approaches to Maintaining Injection Well Efficiency, given by John Bonsangue and Justin McKeever with the Orange County Water District.

The topic was very timely as water use typically increases over summer and water districts are tasked with managing water efficiently. Historically, the Orange County groundwater basin supplies as much as 75% of water demands of North-Central Orange County for different potable water supply wells around the county.  

Over time, the overexploitation of the basin’s aquifers led to seawater intrusion. During the 1950s and 60s, in a joint effort, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), California Department of Water Resources (CA DWR), and the Orange County Water District (OCWD) worked together to define the extent of intrusion. As a response to the problem, injection wells were established as a barrier to stop and combat seawater intrusion into the groundwater basin. (See Graph 1: Extent of Intrusion as of 1963 & Graph 2: Intrusion Retreating after the establishment of Injection Wells)

As of today, the OCWD monitors two generations of wells - legacy wells built in 1975 and modern wells built in 1999, 2000, 2003 and 2006. Legacy wells were built by nesting up to four 6” S.S. casings in a 30-inch-diameter borehole, drilled using reverse circulation drilling method, equipped with a louver well screen, with a pressure reverse valve, a process control and system functionality, with an injection flow rate of 1 mgd / 4 zone. 

Some modern wells are either a single point or triple well design. Single point wells are built using a 12-inch S.S. casing inside an 18-22-inch borehole, using a reverse circulation drilling method. These modern wells are equipped with a wire wrap S.S. screen, down well flow control valve fully automated, and the injection flow rate is 1 mgd/per casing. 

After the establishment of injection wells, production wells on the path of seawater intrusion indicated a retreat and stabilization of the intrusion. This observation was based on the decrease in chloride concentration in the groundwater basin. The next challenge for the district became well maintenance as wells started to clog. Through trial and error, three clogging mechanisms were identified. Organic slim formers, inorganic sources (pipe scaling and particle deposition) and air entrainment. (See Graph 3: Rates of Injection Well Plugging)

To overcome these clogging challenges, downhole flow control valves driven by both pressure and gas levels were added onto modern wells design to vent the gas out and allow wells to breathe. To get rid of organic slime, a jet and airlifting system with 3 - 4 nozzles, 3/32” diameter, at high pressures and velocity is used to flush down dead organic material coating gravel envelope, access port, and well bleeders. The clogging caused by pipe scaling and particle deposition was the hardest to tackle, but after different trials to find a solution, well backwashing was found to be effective.

Currently, to maintain injection wells efficiency, well design includes a camera port/ airline to enable frequent backwashes and allow air venting out of the wells.

The presentation was very informative and the presenters very knowledgeable experts on this topic.  They graciously answered audience questions and made the time a personal learning experience for all who attended. 

Graph 1: Extent of Intrusion as of 1963

Graph 2: Intrusion Retreating after the establishment of Injection Wells 

Graph 3: Rates of Injection Well Plugging 

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ASCE OC Branch & Government Relations Committee

2019 California Infrastructure Report Card Luncheon

On May 7, the ASCE Region 9 (California) Board of Governors, along with the Region 9 Report Card Task Committee and the ASCE Government Relations & Infrastructure Initiatives Department, released the 2019 California Infrastructure Report Card on the grounds of the Sacramento Capitol. The grades in ASCE’s Report Card are graded on eight key criteria: condition, capacity, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, innovation, and resilience. An overall grade of "C-" means our infrastructure is in mediocre condition and requires attention. In addition to the overall grade, the Report Card includes 17 individual category grades and is riddled with grades in the D range. This is not something most of us would be proud of.

For our June 2019 Luncheon, ASCE OC Branch and Government Relations Committee invited Mr. Harvey Gobas, P.E., to discuss the recently released 2019 California Infrastructure Report Card. Harvey is the President and Principal Engineer from Gobas Engineering Management Services, Inc. and also served on the 2019 Report Card committee, which comprises over 100 professionals and experts from California who dedicated their valuable time to collect and evaluate existing data, assess the infrastructure, document their findings, and develop recommendations. The committee worked with staff from ASCE National and ASCE’s Committee on America’s Infrastructure to provide a snapshot of our infrastructure, as it relates to us at home, and on a national basis.

In his presentation, Harvey highlighted the challenges with the 17 category disciplines and discussed solutions to raise our grades. To raise California’s infrastructure grade, ASCE developed the following four recommendations:

  • Promote effective and collaborative leadership;
  • Develop smart plans to better identify funding needs;
  • Increase state and local funding;
  • Inform the public and raise awareness.

Harvey Gobas discussing solutions to raise our grades

As civil engineers responsible for protecting the public's quality of life, we have the technical expertise and professional duty to help our communities and lawmakers work towards a comprehensive infrastructure investment plan. We encourage you to share the grades with your friends, families, and legislators to help promote the improvement, repair, and modernization of our infrastructure.

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About the Author

Adeleine Tran, P.E., is a Geotechnical Engineer with Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. As an engineer, she is passionate about advancing the profession and giving back to the community. In her other life as a food lover and travel enthusiast, she enjoys exploring new places and trying the locals’ favorite restaurants. For any inquiries or food recommendations, Adeleine can be reached via [email protected] and LinkedIn.

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ASCE OC Transportation & Development Institute

SR-710 North Mobility Improvements Projects

The Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) held its second 2019 Lunch Program on June 25th at the University Club at UCI with Abdollah Ansari from LA Metro. Abdollah Ansari, Senior Executive Officer in charge of the Metro Highway Program, presented information on $1 billion SR-710 North Mobility Improvements Projects that will be released soon from LA Metro or local agencies. The eligible projects consist of freeway interchanges and ramp modifications/reconfigurations, local intersection improvements, corridor improvements/roadway widenings, grade separations, and traffic signal improvements/timing adjustments. It was a well-attended event with 60+ participants.

Thank you to our lunch sponsors Biggs Cardosa Associates, Earth Mechanics, Inc., HNTB, Mark Thomas, and WKE.

Event attendees networking

L to R: Taki Chrysovergis, Tapas Dutta, Ravi Shah, Clint Isa, Abdollah Ansari, Alahesh Thurairajah, Juliet Su, Steve Crouch, Robert Martinez, Kelsie Anderson, Julia Milano, Bita Sadri, and Elizabeth Ruedas.

Abdollah Ansari during presentation

About the Author

Alahesh Thurairajah is a Geotechnical Engineer and Project Manager at Earth Mechanics, Inc. Alahesh has provided geotechnical design and construction recommendations for several of transportation projects including roadways, bridges, wharves/ports, interchanges, and transit corridors. As a geotechnical engineer, he is passionate about designing foundations in favorable and unfavorable subsurface conditions. Outside of work, Alahesh likes spending time with his wife and their two-year-old son. Alahesh can be reached at [email protected].

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Mentorship Program Informal Event at Union Market

On June 25, the ASCE OC Mentorship Program Committee hosted a networking event at the Central Bar in the Union Market. This proved to be an excellent opportunity for the program participants to meet and catch up with one another after a long day at work. In addition, proteges were able to converse with other mentors, and vice versa. Central Bar had a wide variety of different drinks, from specialized whiskeys to beers from around the world. Pizza from Bar Louie was provided for everyone. Overall it was a successful event, with over half of the overall participants in attendance.

This event precedes the end-of-the-year dinner in August. Applications for next year's program are currently available to anyone interested. Please go to the following link for more information:

2018-2019 ASCE OC YMF Mentorship Program Committee Chairs, Members, Mentors, and Protégés

About the Author

Marlo is an associate engineer at Iteris, Inc. working with the Transportation Systems group. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. Marlo joined ASCE OC YMF to grow his network with like-minded, career-driven individuals.

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ASCE OC Branch & YMF

Now Accepting Applications for 2019-2020 Mentorship Program!

Applications for the 2019-2020 Mentorship Program are now being accepted! ASCE OC hosts an annual Mentorship Program for the encouragement and development of its members and our future leaders. The program will pair young professionals (protégés) with an experienced civil engineer (mentor) in the local OC Branch. The Vision of the ASCE OC Mentorship Program is to provide invaluable guidance to young professionals to establish and attain their goals while providing a meaningful opportunity to experienced engineers to contribute to the Civil Engineering community.

Mentors and young professionals are paired after a speed interview process based off of discipline, common interests, and location. Throughout the year members in the program will attend three mandatory events and have the option to attend several informal events such as happy hours. The roles and responsibilities for mentors and young professionals will be unique to every pair and the goals set between each pair will serve as a guide for their relationship. 

Applications due by Friday, August 30, 2019.

Event information, photos, mentoring handouts, and Mentorship Program contact can all be found on our page at: 

About the Author

Stephen Cruz, P.E., is an Associate Civil Engineer with the City of Anaheim, Public Works Department and also serves as the Co-Chair for the ASCE Mentorship Program. He will gladly share his love for the Lakers, food, and travel, and can be contacted at LinkedIn.

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