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President's Message Print E-mail
Jagtar Khinda
Jagtar S. Khinda,
ASCE Met Section
The month of April had a lot of activities to keep the Met Section President busy, between bi-weekly call-ins for the 2015 ASCE Convention preparations and for preparing and issuing the New York State Infrastructure Report Card, finalizing the award recipients for our Annual Dinner Dance, and various other Technical Group and Committee engagements.

It was a great honor to be invited by Bob Stevens and Tom Smith to this once-in-a-life time experience to join ASCE at the Engineering News-Record Award of Excellence Dinner at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square on Thursday, April 16th – a black-tie affair. The reception was at 5 pm and dinner was at 7 pm. Here is the list of other attendees at the table reserved by ASCE National:

  • Robert (Bob) D. Stevens, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, National President, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Leonard Cilli, A.M.ASCE, President, Cilli Environmental Group, LLC
  • Anthony (Tony) Bartolomeo, P.E., F.ASCE, President CEO, Pennoni Associates Inc.
  • Anthony L. Cioffi, P.E., M.ASCE, Region 1 Governor, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Loretta Cranbourne, Aff.M.ASCE, Managing Director, Marketing & Sales, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Natalie Zundel, Aff.M.ASCE, Director of Philanthropy, ASCE Foundation
  • Charles V. (Casey) Dinges IV, Aff.M.ASCE, Senior Managing Director, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Laura E. Champion, P.E., M. ASCE, Director, SEI, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Thomas (Tom) W. Smith, III, ENV SP, CAE, F.ASCE, Executive Director, American Society of Civil Engineers
2015 Structures Group Spring Seminar Print E-mail
Past Chair Robert LaMagna, PE and Paul van Hagen, PE
The 2015 ASCE Structures Met Section Spring Seminar Series took place on May 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th, at the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center. The event was a success with an average turnout of 90 audience members per night. The presentations included:

2015 ASCE LIB Awards Dinner Dance Print E-mail
ascedinnerdance2015.jpg On May 7, 2015, the Long Island Branch hosted their annual Awards Dinner Dance at Westbury Manor. ASCE members and civil engineering professionals came together to celebrate the civil engineering profession and its fellow engineers with an evening of award presentations, dining and live music. The officer installation of the 2015-2016 LIB Board was led by the ASCE Region 1 Governor, Tony Cioffi.
LIB YMC Volunteers in Hempstead with Habitat for Humanity Print E-mail
The ASCE Long Island Branch Younger Member Committee and the Institute of Transportation Engineers Met Section Younger Members Committee held their first joint volunteering event with the Nassau County Habitat for Humanity Chapter on May 9, 2015.
The Adaptable Machine: TBMs as the Ideal Solution for Tunneling in Extreme Conditions Print E-mail
Mr. Lok Home (left) with Geotechnical Group Vice Chair, Jared Green. Photo by Ming Zhang.
Mr. Lok Home, President of The Robbins Company, delivered the 13th Annual William Barclay Parsons Lecture on the topic, "The Adaptable Machine: TBMs as the Ideal Solution for Tunneling in Extreme Conditions" on April 23, 2015 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.
Supporting the Development of Future Engineers Print E-mail
High School Student, Alanna McClancy, (left) with ASCE LIB Vice President, Adam DeVito, (right)
by Adam DeVito and Alanna McClancy

In the time since the inaugural National Engineers Week in 1951, engineers have designed the US Interstate Highway system connecting communities and cities, built taller skyscrapers, and developed the spacecraft allowing people to walk on the moon.
432 Park Avenue Construction Site Tour Print E-mail
Some say that it is lonely at the top, but the ASCE Met Section's younger members discovered that it is also very cold. To celebrate National Engineers Week on February 24, 2015, Chris Shirley, of WSP, led a YMF technical tour of 432 Park Avenue, a super slim building under construction. Reaching a height of 1,396 feet, 432 Park Avenue is one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. At the top, it felt as if it were 20 degrees colder than at the base of the building.