Orange County Branch Newsletter

November 2021

ASCE OC Mentorship Program

Mentorship Panel: The Importance and Impact of Mentorship

By Lydia Chun, EIT | 2020-2021 Mentorship Program Co-Chair

On Thursday, July 22, 2021, at 6 pm, the ASCE OC Mentorship Program hosted its second annual Mentorship Panel. Last year’s topic spoke about mentorship in uncertain times due to the pandemic. This year’s panel focused on the importance and impact of mentorship and the ultimate question: “What is mentorship to you?" Topics included:

  • Mentorship in the public and private sectors.
  • Young women in the industry.
  • Career development for young professionals.

Panelists for this event were Angie Kung (HDR), Andrew Oshrin (Caltrans), Madeleine Colliere (OCTA), and Aaron Esparza-Almaraz (CWE). Angie Kung was on the 2019 committee for the WTS Mentorship Program, a unique program that connects women in the transportation industry. For several years, Andrew has been a mentor with the ASCE program and won the Mentor of the Year Award in 2020. Madeleine acts as OCTA’s Mentor Program Administrator. Aaron is a first-time protege of the ASCE program and provided perspective as a young professional.

Amidst the ongoing pandemic and the difficulties we have faced, the ASCE Mentorship Program strives to remind everyone to stay motivated, connect, and take care of themselves!

Interested in being a mentor or protégé? Want to learn more about our great program? Check out our page for information on next year’s program and previous years’ events!

About the Author

Lydia Chun is an Associate Traffic Engineer at Iteris, Inc. She is a UCI alumnus and a previous participant in the Mentorship Program. She enjoys the outdoors and watches too many cat videos online. Lydia can be contacted at or via LinkedIn.


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