President’s Message

Welcome to American Society of Civil Engineers, Orange County Branch! I’m so honored to be serving as this year’s President and following in the footsteps of so many visionaries and leaders in our industry. Our Past President’s page lists all of our Presidents since our charter in 1953. Our Branch has continued to be a leader within ASCE and our industry as we continue to focus on providing a calendar full of programs that touch all areas of the industry, our local community and even our state and federal advocacy programs. If you’re not familiar with our Branch, we have over 2,400 members within Orange County including an incredibly strong set of Student Chapters (UCI, CSUF, and CSULB), Younger Member Group, and Technical Institutes (Construction Institute, Environmental and Water Resources Institute, Geotechnical Institute, Structural Engineering Institute, Transportation and Development Institute and Utilities Engineering and Surveying Institute) which comprise our Board.

All of these programs and events would not be possible without the volunteer efforts of the individuals that make this possible and the corporate sponsors that help support these programs. It is incredible to believe that between the Branch, Institutes, YMF and Student Chapters there are nearly 100 volunteers within Orange County that help support the overall Orange County membership. If you know any of the folks that volunteer their time to put on many of the great events we offer and that you enjoy – please take a moment to ‘Thank’ them along with the companies and agencies that support them and the OC Branch. A list of all our volunteers from our Branch, Institutes, Committee Chairs and our YMF is shown below.


EXECUTIVE BOARD


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INSTITUTES


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YOUNGER MEMBER FORUM


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COMMITTEES

Awards & Nominations Chair
Elizabeth Ruedas | Michael Baker International
 
Community Service Co-Chair
Kayla Kilgo | CWE
Evelyn Tran | Caltrans District 8
 
Disaster Preparedness Chair
Sudi Shoja | Engineering Solutions Services
 
Publications Chair
Adeleine Tran | Jacobs
 
History & Heritage Chair
Tom Broz | Retired
 
Programs Chair
Jason Fix | McLean & Schultz
 
Marketing Chair
Juliet Su | Transportation Corridor Agencies
 
Membership Chair
Flora Diaz | Mark Thomas
 
University Outreach Co-Chair
Gabreelle Gonzalez | Fuscoe
Jeff Braun | ENGEO
 
Government Relations Co-Chair
Adeleine Tran | Jacobs
Patrick Tierney | Michael Baker International
 
Social Co-Chair
Jazzy Quinabo | Jacobs
Chuck Karunathilake | Mark Thomas
 
Sustainability Co-Chair
Sam Ali | Orange County Public Works
Charlotte Wu | AECOM
 
Mentorship Co-Chair
Flora Diaz | Mark Thomas
Stephen Cruz | City of Anaheim
Nadia Mugisha | PACE
 
Professional Development Co-Chair
Tamim Atayee | Rivertech, Inc.
Naz Mokarram | City of Costa Mesa
Melissa Hilsabeck | KPFF
 
K-12 Outreach Co-Chair
Guillermo Medina | LPA, Inc.
Victor Aguirre | Huitt-Zollars
Jared Lindo | Caltrans District 12
 
Website Co-Chair
Adeleine Tran | Jacobs
Paul Gabot | Murex Environmental
Chuck Karunathilake | Mark Thomas
 

STUDENT CHAPTERS

CSU Fullerton President
Jose Cejudo | Student

 
CSU Long Beach Co-President
Jimmy Baker | Student
Michael Dinicola | Student
 
UC Irvine President
Janelle Gonzalez | Mark Thomas
 

LIAISIONS

ASCE LA Section Life Member Forum Liaison
Larry Lewis | Retired
David Wright | Retired
 
ASCE MLAB Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI) Liaison
Melissa Hilsabeck | KPFF
 
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Liaison
Tapas Dutta | CNC Engineering
Orange County Engineering Council (OCEC) Liaison
C.T. Bathala | Retired

As President, I have a few goals I’d like to focus on this year:

Goal 1: Focus on Institutes

Our Institutes are one of the backbones of our organization, a critical part of the technical arm of our organization and have the reputation of being the experts within our profession. My goal is to continue to support and help enable our Institutes growth by providing additional support as needed. For example, we’ll be working with our Construction Institute and Utilities and Engineering Survey Institute to have additional programs and provide additional members to their board to help in their growth. Additionally, this year the Branch and its Institutes will be giving out more than $13K in scholarships to college students. Orange County is one of the few Branches throughout the nation that have 6 of the 9 technical Institutes of ASCE represented providing additional value to Civil Engineering professionals from all technical backgrounds. If you’re interested in becoming involved with our technical institutes, please reach out to myself or our Institute Chairs.  

Goal 2: Provide Additional Value to Members and Sponsors

Without our members, volunteers and sponsors – any professional organization would cease to exist. We are committed to finding ways to ensure the events and programs we put on provide value not only to our members but also our sponsors. This upcoming year we’ll be providing additional opportunities and more value for our annual sponsors – one such example is an industry VIP reception. Annual Sponsors will have the opportunity to mingle and network with the leaders and key decision makers in our industry from the public and private sectors. We’ll be revamping our annual sponsor benefits to make sure our sponsors are getting the most out of their annual benefits and utilizing those funds to help support the over 100+ events our Branch, YMF, Institutes and Student Chapters put on each year. Please check out our homepage and subscribe to our email list as we are always updating our page as new events are added. Additionally, we are working on creating additional programs and events that provide both professional and personal value across all levels. If there is an idea you’d like for us to consider – please reach out and email me, we’d love to hear it!

Goal 3: Successful Upcoming Conferences (PSWC, Annual ASCE Convention and MRLC)

For those who don’t know, ASCE Orange County will have multiple major conferences coming to the OC area within the next year and a half.

The first is the Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) being hosted by Cal State Fullerton student chapter in April 2020. This event brings over 1500 students from all over the Pacific Southwest to compete in a multitude of engineering projects and fun events for students. There are opportunities to sponsor and even volunteer to be a judge. For additional information, please see the PSWC2020 website.

In October 2020, the annual ASCE Convention is coming to Anaheim and Orange County Branch will be helping support technical tours and other events as a result of the Convention being in our backyard. We’re looking forward to being able to host while ASCE continues the development of its latest initiative with Future World Vision which explores what the next 50 years of our profession will look like. This includes exploring future trends, disruptors (autonomous vehicles, alternative energy, climate change, smart cities, high tech materials, etc.), mega cities, floating cities, frozen cities and more. At this year’s convention, ASCE unveiled the floating city – it’ll be exciting to see what is unveiled next year! For a preview of what’s to come, join us at our annual History and Heritage Night on November 21st where Jerry Buckwalter, Chief Operating and Strategy Officer for ASCE will be presenting on Future World Vision.

Finally, in January 2021 our OC YMF will be hosting the Multi-Regional Leadership Conference in Orange County. Last hosted by the OC YMF in 2011, this 2-day conference provides leadership, professional and management training opportunities for those involved within ASCE. Attendees include student chapter, YMF and Branch/Section leaders from Regions 8 and 9. This event is a significant undertaking and our YMF has assembled a dream team to plan the conference. 

These events really help showcase to our industry locally and across the world the amazing things we’re doing here in Orange County - every day. From our members to our volunteers and the companies they work for and the projects they work on, I’m extremely fortunate to be able to serve in this role for the next year.

Thank you for visiting our website and looking at the great projects, events and activities our members have been a part of, as well as the numerous resources available through ASCE. If you’re interested in getting involved to help facilitate your own growth while supporting a cause that is important to you, please be sure to email me. We look forward to seeing you at our next event – please be sure to stop by and introduce yourself if we haven’t met!

 

Sincerely,  

Ravi Shah, P.E., QSD/P
President
ASCE Orange County Branch
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