Orange County Branch Newsletter

Celebrating 63 Years of Service

April 2018

President's Message

Soft Doesn't Mean Easy

Engineering involves math and science, right? Long enough ago that I don’t want to say how long ago it was, I was a high school student who enjoyed my physics and math classes more than the history and literature readings.  I loved tinkering with mechanical toys and seeing how they worked, checking out bridges and buildings to see what kept them from falling down. I loved my drafting class, where I was able to create plans for a house I may want someday. 

We often refer to the baseline skills necessary to be an engineer as “hard skills”, and the curriculum for civil engineering programs at most colleges are centered on those skills. They provide the foundation civil engineers need to start a career, including statics, mechanics of materials, concrete design, steel design, hydrology, environmental engineering, and of course soil mechanics. Each of those subject matters are immensely important for a civil engineer, and we are tested on our proficiency on them at several stages through our careers – EIT, PE, GE, SE, LEED-AP, CEG, ENVISION, etc. Earning these important certifications requires lots of preparation, studying equations, material properties, and engineering concepts; the hard skills we studied for years. As I opined in a previous month’s message, civil engineers have a responsibility to continue developing these hard skills throughout their career. But that is not enough to be as successful and impactful as the engineers we celebrate during our yearly awards or in our textbooks.

Soft Skills

What sets the leaders of our industry apart are their “soft skills”. Leading project teams, interacting with clients, and projecting future project opportunities requires capabilities and skills rarely included in engineering curriculum. There aren’t standard methods that will always be successful, or code-based minimums to use when negotiating contracts, developing young engineers, motivating multi-discipline teams to meet tight timelines, or for communicating engineering analysis methods to non-engineer stakeholders. Even if you are wildly successful on one project, the same words and methods may not work for the next due to different conditions and team members. Successfully completing these essential tasks is not easy…especially for engineers.

Many of us, well at least me, became interested in engineering because we liked working with material things (construction toys and remote control cars) and enjoyed the math and science classes. These only occasionally required working with others as a part of a lab class or the dreaded team project. We may have become engineers because we didn’t think we were good at the softer skills or even didn’t like using them very much. Engineers focus on solving problems by applying proven methods or processes. Opportunities that involve people are more complicated because you are working with emotions, different knowledge levels, and varying motivations. That is much different than designing a wall using a specified rebar strength and mix-design. 

If you look around and consider the role of the more successful engineers around us, they are finding new project opportunities, leading project teams, running offices, and may be influencing legislation or government policies. Understanding the economic climate and market needs was most likely not included in your undergraduate program. Communication skills used when settling differences of opinions between the architect, client, and structural engineer were not included in our PE reference books or tested on the GE exam. The California Building Code doesn’t provide a list of questions to ask when interviewing potential candidates, or describe the feeling you will have in your gut when deciding if the candidate will fit into the office culture. I never thought understanding politics and how local and regional policies were made would be important for my civil engineering career.

If these skills aren’t offered in our civil engineering undergraduate or graduate programs, where can we develop them? Formal public policy masters or MBA programs are options, but may not be feasible for all. Many of us learn through observation of others and on-the-job training, although that requires being exposed to the opportunities where you can observe or practice those skills. 

In case you haven’t already experienced it, ASCE offers great opportunities to develop the soft skills while also keeping up with the latest technical methods and research. More structured options include webinars or attend dinner presentations such as the Orange County Younger Member Forum’s Speaker Series sessions coming up in just a couple of weeks. While these sessions provide essential information from highly qualified and respected speakers, being proficient at soft skills also requires practice. 

Reading body language and knowing how hard to push in a negotiation is difficult to get through a slide presentation or panel discussion, but ASCE provides low-threat chances to learn through doing as well. As a volunteer organization, there are countless opportunities to develop leadership skills, work with teams, and develop the essential interpersonal skills for a long and successful career. Whether you start as a committee member or join the board of a technical institute, you can practice these skill while planning exciting events, managing budgets, and coordinating the efforts of other volunteers working to advance our profession. If you are interested in developing soft skills, or improving the ones you already have, there are few opportunities for civil engineers that are more readily available yet directly applicable as being involved with ASCE. I don’t mean attending lunches and seminars, but serving in a leadership role either as the lead for an upcoming committee event or taking on a board position. 

We already have excellent leadership within our Orange County Branch committees, technical institutes, and YMF, but it is important for those leaders to transition over time. New ideas and energy are essential to keeping our programs fresh, and the engineers who have dedicated the time and effort to serve as leaders may need to shift focus to other priorities they set aside for the benefit of ASCE. This allows for new leadership to grab the torch and practice those essential soft skills. We’ve had leadership changes for several of our ASCE OC organizations recently, including our award winning Website Committee, Community Service Committee, Structural Engineering Institute, and Geo-Institute, along with our normal leadership transitions for YMF and the Branch. The new teams are already making their mark while continuing programs that have proven very successful.

If you are interested in developing your soft skills, volunteer through ASCE to help plan the next school visit or dinner presentation. Reach out to current committee and board members to see how you can help and if there will be leadership changes soon. For those interested in Branch Board roles, we will soon be soliciting nominees for the Branch Treasurer and President-Elect.

My advice is that you should not wait until you are in a project manager or group leader role to see if you developed the soft skills necessary to excel. Come and build your skills while having fun with like-minded professionals and friends.

 

Congratulations OC YMF!!

Lastly, I want to provide a huge CONGRATULATIONS to our Orange County Younger Member Forum! They once again earned the ASCE Society Younger Member Group Award for Large Groups. The OC YMF team has had amazing leadership and committed membership year-after-year and I am honored to work beside all of you as you continue providing great professional development opportunities for our members.

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ASCE OC Younger Members Forum

OC Rescue Mission Volunteer Service

On February 24th, 2018, ASCE OC YMF volunteered at the Orange County Rescue Mission in Tustin, California. Orange County Rescue Mission caters to men, women and children of all different backgrounds and walks of life and assist them to get back on their feet with love and Christian values. The mission provides breakfast, lunch and dinner and has different shifts for volunteers. The group helped with the kitchen services that prepares dinner from 2:00 pm -4:30 pm. The meal for dinner was baked ham with a honey pineapple glaze, grilled chicken, cheesy scalloped potatoes and green beans with roasted cherry tomatoes. 

We assisted with prepping the green beans, honey glaze, seasonings, cleaning dishes and helping the crew sort through food for freshness. It was nice and humbling to help and hear the stories of the workers such as the main chef. She actually went through the mission’s program and has become a successful chef that comes back to cook on Saturdays. The staff was thrilled to work with us and said that we are always welcom back to volunteer. They also gave us suggestions for other ways to help since we are an engineering organization. Overall, we had a great time and we look forward to more volunteer opportunities! Be on the lookout for more events and please join us next time!

For more information on how you can assist the Orange County Rescue Mission, please visit https://www.rescuemission.org/provide-help/

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ASCE OC Branch Anouncements

Upcoming Election

The Orange County Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is pleased to extend this call for nominations for our upcoming Board of Director elections, which will be held this summer.  The following Branch board positions are up for election for service that will begin in Fall 2018:

  • President-Elect
  • Treasurer

The position of President-Elect carries a three-year term (2018 through 2021) that includes subsequent transitions into one-year positions as President and Past President, while the Treasurer position carries a two-year term (2018 through 2020) with no subsequent obligations.  Each of the available Branch board positions offers an exciting opportunity to engage with and serve one of the most active and successful branches in the nation.  You will also have the benefit of working alongside our current Branch President, President-Elect, and Secretary, each of whom will continue their service for the next one to two years.  The President-Elect and Treasurer positions offer varying degrees of responsibility, so roles are available for those interested in leading our branch regardless of commitment level. 

Members of the ASCE Orange County Board of Directors frequently continue their service in higher positions within ASCE, including Los Angeles Section President, California Regional Governor, and Society President, so this is an excellent chance for anyone looking to accelerate their ASCE career.  If you think that you or someone you know would be well-suited to either of the two available board positions, please use the following link to submit your nomination by May 4, 2018: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G5RFHF5.

For more information regarding the election process and the responsibilities of the respective board positions, please contact the ASCE Orange County Branch at [email protected].  We look forward to receiving your nominations.

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ASCE OC Annual Awards Night 2018

"Beneath the Stars at Bowers"

For 2018, Bowers Museum in Santa Ana hosted ASCE OC for our annual Awards Night, celebrating the accomplishments of individuals and projects from public and private sectors in Orange County. Prior to the dinner, 270 attendees enjoyed an open-air social hour in the Margaret & Cleo Key Courtyard.

The Individual Award Winners:

  • Outstanding Civil Engineer in the Public Sector – Dave Lowe (Retired)
  • Outstanding Civil Engineer in the Private Sector – Wei Koo (WKE)
  • Outstanding Civil Engineer in Community Service – Brad Dybel (Geosciences)
  • Outstanding Civil Engineer in Legislative Activities – Elizabeth Ruedas (CNC Engineering)
  • Outstanding YMF Officer – Jazzy Quinabo (Jacobs)
  • Outstanding ASCE Faculty Advisor – Professor Joel Lanning (UCI)
  • Outstanding ASCE Life member – Bill Lawson (Retired)
  • Outstanding Younger Civil Engineer – Nestor Godinez (SLR)
  • Outstanding Civil Engineering Student – Amber Ganapathy (UCI)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Bob Kallenbaugh (Retired)
  • Excellence in Promotion of Infrastructure – State Senator Josh Newman
  • Land Development Engineer of the Year – Gary Urban (GMU Geotechnical)
  • Mentor of the Year – Bryant Wong (Retired)

This year featured a new individual award category – Mentor of the Year. Mr. Bryant Wong was the inaugural recipient of the award. Norisa Abelgas, the ASCE OC Mentorship Committee Chair presented the award to Mr. Wong and acknowledged him for his dedication and commitment to the Mentorship Program (now in its 4th year of existence).

California State Senator Josh Newman (29th District) was also a special guest during Awards Night. He was recognized for his efforts in supporting Senate Bill 1 (SB-1) and promoting infrastructure. In return, the senator commended the efforts of local civil engineers for doing their part in advocating for infrastructure funding.

Bob Kallenbaugh, the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, provided some enthusiastic comments in his address to the audience. He emphasized the value of being part of ASCE and encouraged members both young and old to continue their involvement. His immediate family and longtime mentor, Mr. Bob Bein (2001 ASCE Society President) were also in the audience cheering him on.

Also, the awardee for the President’s Award was announced to the surprise of this year’s recipient Juliet Su. Every year, the President’s Award is chosen by the Branch’s Past-President and is intended to recognize the efforts of an individual in the civil engineering industry who has been influential in the success of ASCE Orange County Branch. Traditionally, the award is not advertised and the recipient’s name is held a secret until the night of the event – a very difficult task to achieve!

In addition, several of the individual award winners announced were recognized by their alma-mater and (soon to be alma mater) – UC Irvine. Five (5) of the award recipients: Professor Joel Lanning, Elizabeth Ruedas (’14), Nestor Godinez (’07), Jazzy Quinabo (’14), and Amber Ganapathy (’18). Each winner was recently recognized on the UCI Samueli School of Engineering News website for their respective awards.

Additional photos of Awards Night Individual Winners can be found here.

The Project Award Winners:

  • Project of the Year – OCTA OC Bridges (OCTA)
  • Architectural Engineering Project – Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center (Girl Scouts of OC / Fuscoe)
  • Bikeways & Trails Project – The Tracks at Brea (City of Brea / Dave Evans & Associates / Ninyo & Moore)
  • Bridge Project – Tustin/Rose Grade Separation (OCTA / Jacobs)
  • Community Improvement Project – Jeffrey Park n’ Ride (Caltrans - District 12)
  • Construction Project – Park Ave Bridge (City of Newport Beach / Michael Baker International)
  • Environmental Engineering Project – Dairy Fork Wetland (City of Aliso Viejo / Charles Abbott Associates)
  • Flood Management Project – Wagon Wheel Creek Restoration (OCPW / WRC)
  • Geotechnical Project – SR74 Ortega Highway Emergency Repairs (Caltrans – District 12)
  • Historical Renovation Project – Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts Grounds Renovation (Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts / Fuscoe)
  • Parks & Recreation Project – Crown Valley Park Channel Entry (City of Laguna Niguel / Hunsaker & Associates)
  • Roadway & Highway Project – La Novia Roundabout (Caltrans – District 12 / Michael Baker International)
  • Small Project – Mackay Park (City of Cypress / Griffin Structures)
  • Structural Engineering Project – Anaheim Convention Center Betterment (City of Anaheim / STV)
  • Sustainable Engineering Project – ABC Greenhome 3.0 (Habitat for Humanity / Fuscoe)
  • Transportation Project – OCTA OC Bridges (OCTA)
  • Urban / Land Development Project – Baker Ranch (Shea Homes / Toll Brothers)
  • Water Project – Tesoro Zone II/B (Santa Margarita Water District / Michael Baker International)

The Branch Officers (Jeff Braun, Elizabeth Ruedas, Sherry Weinmeier, Clint Isa, and Josue Vaglienty) graciously took turns in announcing the project award winners to well-deserving project teams.

The Project of Year and Transportation Project of the Year were both award to the OCTA OC Bridges Program. Jim Beil, Executive Director of Capital Programs, Rose Casey, Director of Highway Programs and Ross Lew, Project Manager from OCTA were on hand to receive the awards on behalf of OCTA. Over the course of the project’s 7-year history many civil engineering design consultants, construction managers, and support staff were involved with each of the 7 grade separations that were completed. Many of them were in the audience for Awards Night and took part in a special group photo.

A very special thanks to the following ASCE OC Committees that were instrumental in the success of this event:

  • Awards & Nominations Committee
  • Social Committee
  • Programs Committee

Additional photos of Awards Night Project Winners can be found here.

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Environmental and Water Resources Institute

Mid-Basin Injection: Centennial Park Presentation

In February 2018, the ASCE OC EWRI Committee welcomed Ben Smith, Project Manager at the Orange County Water District (OCWD), and Mike Tsoi and Erin Cabanero, who both served on the consultant design team, to speak on the Mid-Basin Injection at Centennial Park project.  Mr. Smith began the presentation with an overview of both completed and ongoing Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) projects to highlight the location of the recharge systems, including the Anaheim recharge basins, the Mid-Basin injection system, the Burris Basin Outlet, and the Talbert Seawater barrier.  Implementing the Mid-Basin injection system at Centennial Park is key because it will recharge the GWRS with 4 wells only, while reducing well pumping energy that would otherwise be consumed in conveyance to the Anaheim basins.

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Mr. Smith discussed the memorandum of understanding signed with the City of Santa Ana that stipulates that no loss of park use will result from the project, amongst other site improvements included in the license. Components of the system are shown below:

One critical design component of the project is the 30” pipe crossing the Edinger Avenue Bridge.  The City of Santa Ana requested that an aesthetic and protective cover be installed.  Orange County Public Works reviewed the elevation of the pipe to clear the USACE 408 Permit process.

Mr. Tsoi and Ms. Cabanero discussed the selection of piping material based on life expectancy considerations, including epoxy-lined and CMC steel pipe. All injection wells are located within belowground vaults, and include both the supply line and the backflush line that discharges to the existing lake.  Because of the adjacent school, park goers, and residential areas, 24-foot tall sound walls were installed around the drilling well.  Mr. Tsoi mentioned that two of the proposed structures are shared with public facilities (office, bathroom).  The presentation concluded with an overview of the critical project components.  Construction took place during night hours, when adjacent schools were closed.

The ASCE OC EWRI Committee would like to thank Dave & Busters of Irvine, Ben Smith, Mike Tsoi, and Erin Cabanero for an insightful presentation that was well received by approximately 40 attendees.  

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ASCE OC Programs and Structural Engineering Institute

Construction Update of the Gerald Desmond Bridge

The ASCE Orange County Branch, in cooperation with the Orange County Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Chapter and the Orange County Construction Institute (CI), held a luncheon on March 15, 2018 featuring speaker Zeph Varley who presented on the construction of the Port of Long Beach Gerald Desmond Bridge project. 

The speaker, Zeph Varley, is a senior supervising construction engineer for WSP and has over 20 years of field construction experience. He is currently assigned to the Project Management and Construction Management (PMCM) team under contract with the Port of Long Beach for the construction of the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project. Zeph is a University of Michigan civil engineering graduate, a PE in California, Michigan, and Washington, and a CMAA Certified Construction Manager. Zeph's role on the project is Independent Quality Assurance (IQA) engineering and inspection of Maintenance of Traffic (MOT), roadway construction, utilities, and MSE wall construction.

The speaker discussed the Who, What, When, Where, Why and HOW? of the project and its construction in great depth. Both the constructability and technical design aspects of the project were presented, with additional information on project funding and updates on ongoing construction schedules. The bridge is currently under construction with the goal of completion by the end of 2019. The Gerald Desmond Bridge has become a vital part of the nation's infrastructure, with nearly 15 percent of the nation's waterborne cargo crossing the bridge on trucks. It is a critical access route for the Port of Long Beach, downtown Long Beach, and surrounding communities. The new bridge will be built with a cable-stayed design and will be high enough to accommodate the newest generation of cargo ships. In addition, the new bridge will be wider and better able to accommodate existing and future traffic volumes, with the potential to expand the existing channels. The Gerald Desmond Bridge has been designated as a National Highway System Intermodal Connector Route and part of the Federal Strategic Highway Network. It is a critical structure serving the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, the City of Long Beach, Los Angeles and Orange counties, and the nation. Building the new bridge will generate about 3,000 jobs.

Presentation slides of the luncheon will be available by ASCE OC soon.

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ASCE OC Programs and Geo-Institute

Oroville Dam Spillway Presentation

The Orange County Geo-Institute and CalGeo co-hosted a dinner meeting at The Hacienda in Santa Ana, California on March 1, 2018, where Ms. Holly Nichols, Senior Engineering Geologist for the California Department of Water Resources, presented on the Oroville Spillway. The event was attended by more than 90 individuals from various affiliations, including, ASCE, Geo-Institute, and CalGeo members. 

During the presentation, Ms. Nichols covered the geologic conditions at the site prior to construction, the geologic exploration completed since the spillway failure, and the spillway reconstruction design, construction, and status.  Also included in the presentation, were photos and videos taken of the damaged concrete spillway, as well as during use of the emergency spillway.  We would like to give a special thanks to Hayward Baker for their continued support.

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Younger Member Forum

OC YMF - University Outreach Resume and Mock Interview Workshop

In February, ASCE OC University Outreach held Resume/Interview Panels for the Local Universities on each respective campus. February 21st was CSUF’s panel, which had 4 professionals presenting and 9 students attending. CSULB’s panel was on February 23rd, with 3 professionals presenting and 8 students attending. UCI’s panel was on February 28th, with 3 professionals presenting and 39 students attending. The volunteers for the panels consisted of a variety of specializations and experience levels. Volunteers presented on online job search, professional branding, networking, resumes, and interviewing. Students that asked questions were entered in a raffle for Starbucks gift cards and pizza was provided. On March 3rd, ASCE OC hosted a Mock Interview Workshop at Fuscoe Engineering; allowing the students to put into practice the information they received at their respective panels. Students were able to practice their interviewing by rotating through various professionals. The students experienced different work environments, for the workshop consisted of company tours. The students toured Fuscoe Engineering, Mark Thomas, and Penco. Overall, the Workshop had a great attendance, with 26 students and 16 professionals. 

         

More Photos from each event:

2018 UCI Panel: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RUCY1fKDgZV73A_vNJ9S8aYjY85GxICF

2018 CSUF Panel: https://drive.google.com/open?id=128nox2z3Tj58ABcDC1WSaa3XBwW-FhGJ

2018 CSULB Panel: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FQ8-V73Mq7jrI2r2ZPERjZ-DZciQpKb3

2018 Mock Interview Workshop: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jApv7pDoDsqw3akkz4S4Qw36Qm5l8-ec

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ASCE OC K-12 Outreach Committee

Perry Elementary STEM Night

By Jenny Mital, P.E.

On March 15, K-12 committee members Crystal Mena and Jenny Mital volunteered at Perry Elementary School Science and Engineering Night in Huntington Beach. The annual science night consisted of booths with science and engineering activities ranging from biomedical to engineering, and was attended by over 100 students and parents. Jenny and Crystal volunteered alongside LPA Inc. engineers to teach kids about structural engineering. At the ASCE/LPA table, students strove to make aluminum foil boats and paper structures and bridges that could withstand the greatest loading of pennies. The kids had a great time, some staying at the activities for half an hour to try out multiple designs in search of the strongest structure. See below for upcoming K-12 outreach activities this spring:

  • Friday, April 27: 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM: Castille Elementary 2nd grade presentation and lego shake table activity - 1-2 volunteers needed
  • Saturday, May 19: 10 AM - 2 PM:  Dream Big Film Event at the Frida Cinema that will include booths and activities from ASCE’s institutes and other engineering organizations, and showings of Dream Big. 

If you are interested in becoming involved or volunteering for any of the above events please contact Isamar Escobar or Jenny Mital at [email protected].

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ASCE OC Younger Members Forum

OC Second Harvest Food Bank

By Ashlyn Alexander

ASCE OC YMF partnered with the OC Second Harvest Food Bank for a holiday foods and funds drive for the month of December. Second Harvest Food Bank’s mission is simple, “To end hunger in Orange County.” Second Harvest Food Bank serves more than 340 community partners that feed more than 240,000 hungry individuals each month at more than 480 locations in Orange County, including church pantries, shelters, and other emergency assistance organizations. Those served include the working poor, children, seniors on fixed incomes, single parents, the disabled, the homeless and individuals experiencing medical emergencies or recent job layoffs. ASCE OC YMF contributed 30 lbs of canned goods and items which helped 29 families! Thank you, everyone, for all the donations!

For more information and how you can assist the Second Harvest Food Bank, please visit

www.feedoc.org/

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Saint Patrick's Irish Pub Social

On Friday, March 16th  ASCE OC YMF celebrated St. Patrick’s day with a Social at the Muldoons Irish Pub. The fun filled evening began at 8:00PM and lasted till closing time.Even though it was the day before St. Patrick's Day it was never too early to celebrate with Irish food, live music, drinks, and networking. All attendees were dressed with their best green outfit and started the weekend off right! Muldoons Irish Pub is near Fashion Island in Newport Beach and has two full bars along with an open patio! There was live music played by "The Soundz” and the turn out of 20+ people included students from Cal Poly Pomona, new and old faces from YMF along with their friends and family. 

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ASCE Orange County Branch

ASCE OC New Members March 2018

Welcome to the American Society of Civil Engineers! We are happy you joined us in ASCE's Orange County Branch. Remember...there are 101 ways to benefit from your membership with ASCE. Become involved, educate yourself on a engineering topic outside of your expertise, build relationships with others in the industry - to name a few.

Please contact a Board Member if you have questions, or a committee chairperson to become involved.

Welcome New Members:
 
March 2018

MS Amnah Alqenaee
MISS Stephanie Athanas
MR Richard Campbell
SIR Paul Carter Jr.
MR Peter Cunningam
MISS Jessica Espinoza
MS Emily Glaser
MR Myles Harrold
MS Sarah Ho
MR Amir Hotak
De'Von Jennings
MS Rachel Kim
DR Mo Li
MR Raleigh Lynaugh
MR John Meier
MR Jonathan Nguyen
MISS Jessica Park
MR Salim Qafaiti
MR Davoud Sahban Rafsanjani
MR Shubhee Saxena
MR Joseph Sinkiewicz
MR Conner Sudol
MR Everett Tabor
MR Michael Timko
MR Jeff Wilkerson
MR Jackson Ziegler

OCEC Liason

Election Announcement

Orange County Engineering Council

Call For Candidates

 

We are looking for suitable candidates to fill the following positions. Any person can apply and self-nomination is acceptable. Please submit the attached application form with the required information via e-mail on or before the nomination deadline of May 20, 2018.  The election will take place on June 8, 2018

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Sam Sarem ( [email protected] ) or Dr. Steve Cheung  ( [email protected] )

The officers are required to attend all the Executive Committee meetings or send a Proxy if he/she can’t attend a meeting.  The Officers are required to be an OCEC member either representing a member organization or as an individual member during their term as officer.

OPEN POSITIONS FOR JULY 2018 - JUNE  2020 TERM

  • Treasurer
  • Vice President - Engineering
  • Vice President - Corporate Members
  • Vice President - Communications

OPEN POSTIONS FOR JULY 2018 - JUNE 2019 TERM

  • Vice President - Governmental Agencies

Interested candidates and nominees are encouraged to view the complete Nomination Request form for details on each position then requested to fill out this Nominee Form and submit to Dr. Steve Cheung and Dr. Sam Sarem

OCEC is a non-profit organization operated exclusively for charitable purposes, including furtherance of education, engineering and scientific endeavors, and other exempt purposes.  It is an umbrella organization for professional engineering and scientific societies, engineering and scientific businesses, educational institutions, governmental agencies and individuals located in or near Orange County, California. These entities have a common mission to enhance the public image of the students, engineers and scientists, and to promote the principles and advancement of engineering and science within and around Orange County.

Publications Committee

Newsletter Information

ASCE Orange County Branch - Publications Committee  Information

Editor / Committee Chair:

Robert Martinez, E.I.T., 

Email: [email protected]

Committee Co-Chairs:

Alex Maher, E.I.T.,

Charlotte Wu, P.E.,

Elizabeth Ruedas, P.E., QISP, ENV SP


Do you have an interesting topic you would like to share?  We are always looking for new and relevant content to distribute to our members relating to Civil Engineering in Orange County (no ads!).  If you have an idea please feel free to submit it to the Publications Committee! You will receive a confirmation email; however, no futher acknowledgement will be sent.  There is no guarantee of publication.


Advertising Rates:

Company Business Cards / Professional Directory: $300 for 177px X 300px ad placed in the newsletter and on our website for the year. www.asceoc.org/professional-directory

Newsletter ads: Tier 1 - $300, Tier 2 - $250, Tier 3 - $200 for 300px X 800px ad placed between articles in the monthly newsletter.

Annual Sponsorship Opportunities: See our website for information on how to become an annual sponsor for even more benefits. www.asceoc.org/sponsorship

For more advertising and biling information please contact Robert Martinez at [email protected]


National ASCE: (800) 548-2723 (ASCE), www.asce.org

LA Section: www.ascelasection.org

Orange County Branch: www.asceoc.org