Doug Sereno

Nominated Categories
Mentor of the Year
Other Categories
Mentor of the Year

Honors and Awards:
City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works Certificate of Appreciation (2002)
California State Legislature Sustainability Program Certificate of Recognition (2013)
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT – Ira J. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology 2015 Alumni Achievement Award Recipient (2015)
ASCE William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award Recipient (2016)
ASCE Orange County Branch Outstanding Life Member (2020)
ASCE Los Angeles Section Outstanding Life Member (2020)
ASCE Orange County Branch Mentor of the Year Award (2022)
Professional Certifications:
California, Professional Engineer, Civil, No. C46837, 1991
Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Sustainability Professional Certification (ENV-SP), 2012 (inactive)
American Society of Civil Engineers – Fellow, 2014
Academy of Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Navigation Engineering of the American Society of Civil Engineers – Diplomate, Port Engineering, 2015 (Life)
Arizona, Professional Engineer, Civil (inactive), No. 30410, 1996
California, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Certified Permitting Professional, No. B44147 (inactive), 1995

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Candidate Information

Doug Sereno
ASCE Member?:

Retired, formerly Director of Program Management, Port of Long Beach


BS & MS in Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University


Vice-President - James M. Montgomery/MWH Global, Inc. (1987-2002)
Director of Program Management - Port of Long Beach (2002-2016)
Major Projects:
Hyperion Treatment Plant (1987 - 2002)
Port of Long Beach New Headquarters Building Design-Build (LEED Gold) (2015 - 2016)
Port of Long Beach Pier G Redevelopment (2002 - 2012)
Long Beach International Gateway Bridge (Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement) (2002-2016)
Middle Harbor Terminal Redevelopment (2008 - 2016)
Port of Long Beach Maintenance Facility Replacement (LEED Gold) (2014)
Port of Long Beach Green Building Program (LEED certified 10 buildings)
Port of Long Beach “Green Port” Program - Sustainability Task Force Chair (2005)


As a former mentee of Doug Sereno, I can attest to his commitment to the civil engineering industry and giving back. He is a caring mentor who is supportive and attentive. In 2020, I joined ASCE’s mentorship program knowing that for the majority of, if not the entire year it would be a virtual relationship. I knew that this would come with challenges but that it would be important to have this relationship during these unprecedented times. My mentor Doug Serrano has proven to be a mentor I could trust. After just our first couple of meetings, Doug proved that he was trustworthy to me. It is beneficial to be able to confide in him about work, knowing that he is an unbiased party. He has provided advice and shared his personal experiences with me. He shared his own shortcomings which made me feel comfortable with my own. Despite all of our meetings being virtual, we have had meaningful connections and the hour always flies by. He even gave me advice when I became a new puppy owner. As the world was changing, I found stability in our monthly meetings. I could trust that Doug would always be there with listening ears and food for thought. -Natalie Jensen

Contribution to the Profession:

Water Environment Federation Technical Committee for Odors and VOC’s (former) (2000 – 2002)
American Association of Port Authorities – Member, Facilities Engineering and Environment Sub-Committees (2008 – 2015)
California State University/Long Beach College and Extension Services – Member, “Green” Advisory Board (former) (2011)
US Green Building Council, Long Beach Branch – Member (former), Steering Committee (2010 – 2012)
American Society of Civil Engineers, Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI) -  Chairman, Sustainability Committee (2010 – 2013)
American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Sustainability - Member,  Sustainable Infrastructure Certification Sub-committee (2011 – 2015)
American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Sustainability - Member,  Envision Sub-Committee (2011 – 2015)
American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Sustainability - Member,  Strategic Communications Committee (2011 – 2015)
California State Legislature Sustainability Program Certificate of Recognition (2013)
California State University – Fullerton, College of Engineering, Fullerton, CA - College Leadership Council (2014)
American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Sustainability – Chair (2014-2106)
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT – College of Engineering Department of Civil Engineering, Scholarship Committee (2015)
Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Envision Rating System - Envision Review Board (2015)


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (various leadership positions)

Suggested Award Summary:

Doug Sereno is the epitome of what a mentor should be. He has proven to make an impact on each of his mentees, many of which have gone on to lead the Mentorship Committee. Doug has so much to offer to his mentees but he does so in the most humble and understanding way. With ample industry experience, he is able to provide great perspective to all situations.

Doug always shows up with a kind smile and is ready to dive into all topics regarding professional development. He has an inspiring story and is able to share what he’s learned through successes and setbacks. Doug gives supportive advice and makes sure that his mentees know he is always available. He is flexible and always on time which makes for a smooth mentoring relationship.

Doug is deserving of the mentor of the year award because he embodies every aspect of a civil engineering role model. He is confident, approachable and modest. Anyone who is lucky enough to experience Doug as a mentor will carry the experience with them for the rest of their careers.

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