Hello all ASCE members!!
On behalf of the Met Section Executive Board, I would like to welcome you to the 2016-2017 season. This is a special time of year for our Section as we celebrate and welcome the new board members and attending the ASCE National Convention.
This year's convention was held in Portland Oregon. It was well attended by several Met Section officers and young members. It was a great event, with exciting content and the city of Portland was not only beautiful, but inviting. If you have never had a chance to attend one of the national conventions, I highly recommend you look into attending next year in New Orleans.
Our Executive Board, Directors and Committees have been hard at work planning a year that will have plenty of lectures, social events and courses for members to attend. I would like to point out that we are excited to continue to offer several scholarships to area college students due in large part to the support provided by the NYC area engineering firms and their sponsorships. I would like to take a moment to mention that Indhira Figuereo will be stepping down this year from the Scholarship Committee. Indhira has chaired this committee for several years and she will be sorely missed. I thank Indhira for her many years of service to the section and we look forward to having her assist the section in other ways.
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all Met Section members for electing me Met Section President. I view this as a special privilege and I look forward to the opportunity that it provides. Over this next year we look forward to updating the section in several ways, starting with transitions into our new website and providing more activities to our members. We plan to have a lot of interaction with area colleges and supporting their activities. I look forward to an exciting year and I thank you all for your support.
The COPRI Metropolitan Section Chapter hosted its annual “On the Waterfront” social event on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at Pier 66 Maritime in Manhattan, home of the Lightship Frying Pan. The annual event “kicks off” a new season of COPRI lectures, the first of which is scheduled for November 9. Almost 80 friends and colleagues within the New York metropolitan marine engineering and construction community came together to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and spirited conversation amidst a backdrop of historic ships and a beautiful sunset.
During the event, Domenic D'Argenzio presented an overview of COPRI and the goals for 2016-2017. The following lectures are scheduled for 2016-2017:
The ASCE Metropolitan Section Long Island Branch Younger Member Committee hosted the inaugural Long Island Branch "Executive Forum" panel discussion on April 21, 2016 at Domenico's Restaurant in Levittown on the Design Build Method Featuring the NY Route 347 – Design Build Phase I.
The Long Island Branch welcomed four distinguished panel speakers each representing a side of the design build project:
The YMF hosted a picnic networking event on June 10th at Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City. Attendees included young professionals from different construction backgrounds including structural, geotechnical, civil, environmental, marine, and landscape architecture. The weather and setting were ideal for a Friday evening picnic as the group stayed to watch the sunset by the water. The YMF also provided a variety of food, snacks, and drinks.
This is the first picnic organized by the YMF in recent years, and was highly successful in bringing out many new faces. In addition to the networking opportunities, attendees were able to learn more about what YMF does. Due to the YMF's eventful year, we were able to talk about the many achievements we made and opportunities that we have to offer. The event was a perfect transition to the summer, and a great lead up to the fall.
On May 19, 2016 the ASCE Metropolitan Section Younger Member Forum went on a site tour of the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey determined the need for this project in order to allow larger ships to make it to the Ports of Newark and Elizabeth, one of the largest shipping ports in the country. The bridge will be raised from 151 to 215 feet above the water.
The G-I Chapter of New York City did it again! On May 12th, nearly 200 geotechnical professionals from the Tri-state area attended the 40th Annual Metropolitan Section Geotechnical Seminar held at Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan, New York. This year's seminar was entitled, "Geotechnical Aspects of Safeguarding Infrastructure: Applying Risk Management to Build Resiliency".
By: Daniela Zellers, P.E.
Every spring, ASCE brings together 200+ members from across the country for its Legislative Fly-In program in the Washington, DC area. This is an intensive two-day event that provides participants with an inside look at the political process of our senators and representatives on Capitol Hill.