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President's Message Print E-mail
Jagtar Khinda
Jagtar S. Khinda,
ASCE Met Section
On Monday, February 16th, the Met Section held its annual National Engineers Week Kid's Day event at the New York Hall of Science in Corona, NY. This event is designed to stimulate young minds through a series of fun and educational games. Children of all ages have an opportunity to take part in various hands-on activities that excite and pique their interest in how things work and hopefully leave them with a newfound appreciation of the field of science and engineering. National Engineers Week, along with the Future City, Girl Day and Global Marathon programs are run by DiscoverE.

Activity handouts provided to the kids were as follows:

  • Gumdrop Dome - The challenge here was to build a dome out of gumdrops and toothpicks and guess how many books the dome can support. Materials provided: 11 gumdrops and 25 tooth-picks.
  • Jenga - The challenge here was to build the tallest tower of blocks before it falls over. Materials provided: 1 set of 54 Jenga blocks.
  • Paper Bridge - The challenge here was to design and build a paper bridge using a sheet of paper and paper clips. Materials provided: 1 sheet of 8.5"x11" paper, 4 paper clips, 2 wooden abutments, 4 wooden pins, and pennies (as many as bridge could hold).
  • Paper Tower - The challenge here was to design and build the tallest tower using index cards and paper clips. Materials provided: 10 3"x 5" index cards and 20 paper clips.
  • Topple-A-tug - The challenge here was to build a boat of aluminum foil and to determine the greatest number of pennies the boat can hold. Materials provided: One 12" square sheet of aluminum foil and pennies.
  • Bridge Designer - The challenge here was to design the least expensive bridge that will pass a simulated load test. Materials provided: Bridge Designer 2015 computer simulation program on a laptop computer.
Marmaray Bosphorus Immersed Tube Tunnel: Linking Two Continents, Engineering and Archeology Print E-mail
Pictured from left to right: Aram Setian, Vahan Tanal P.E., Kathryn Conlon P.E. and Eric Basu P.E.
On January 28, 2015, a partnership between the ASCE Met Section's Structures and International Groups hosted the third technical lecture on the Marmaray Bosphorus Immersed Tube Tunnel, as presented by Mr. Vahan Tanal, P.E., president of Vahan Tanal Consulting, Inc.
ASCE LIB Starts 2015: Gowanus Expressway Interim Repair Print E-mail
Director of WSP USA Transportation and Infrastructure, Steven Smith, (left) with ASCE LIB Vice President, Adam DeVito, (right).
Everything Moves in Different Ways Print E-mail
Mr. Paul Thurlow (right) with Geotechnical Group Chair, John Grillo. Photo by Sean Lee
Mr. Paul Thurlow delivered the 40th Martin S. Kapp Lecture on "Everything Moves in Different Ways" on January 22, 2015 at Stout NYC. In his talk, Mr. Thurlow discussed the development and application of instrumentation monitoring and real time process associated with several major infrastructure projects.
YMF Participates in the Eastern Regional Younger Member Council (ERYMC) Print E-mail
Each year, the leaders of the ASCE younger member groups along the east coast meet at one location to share ideas about how to improve their respective sections and the civil engineering community. On January 9 and 10, 2015, about 100 younger members met in Miami, Florida for a packed schedule of interactive sessions. The attending Metropolitan Section YMF officers included Kimberly Hirt (First Vice President), Sam Singer (Second Vice President), and Avi Englard (Treasurer).
Member Perspective: ASCE Annual Convention in Panama Print E-mail
The canal's system of locks are fed by rainwater stored in Gatun Lake.
By: Robert Ervolina, P.E., M.ASCE, ASCE Met Section Director

As a lifelong resident of New York City, I see manmade wonders on a daily basis, so I was not expecting to be impressed by the Panama Canal.
2015 Multi-Region Leadership Conference Print E-mail
Photo credit: Rafiq Chowdhury
The 2015 Multi-Region Leadership Conference—held from January 9th-10th, 2015 in Miami, Florida—consisted of three tracks to cater to a broad audience. The event focused on Section Leaders, Younger Member Groups and Student Chapter Officers.

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