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President's Message Print E-mail
Jagtar Khinda
Jagtar S. Khinda,
President,
ASCE Met Section
The Metropolitan Section has played a great part in the history and establishment of ASCE. It was here in New York City that ASCE was founded in 1852. But, presently, though we have the BEST website, we are not the 'BEST' Section or Branch – the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section is the 'BEST' among the other very large Sections and Branches. Analysis of the scoring system of ASCE's 2014 Outstanding Section and Branch Award Nomination Form shows that the Met Section lacks certain activities—listed in Items D thru H of the Nomination Form—that amount to 60 points out of a total of 100, which is a huge disadvantage in a tough competition! To overcome this, we would need to introduce the following activities:

  • Recognition programs for employers supporting ASCE and other membership activities
  • Public outreach/education activities
  • Community service and public service
  • A diversity and inclusion committee
  • Pre-college outreach and civil engineering clubs
  • Additional special Section activities

We need the help of all of our senior members such as life/retired members, our past presidents as well as our younger members in carrying out the above programs and eventually hope to be the 'BEST' Section in a couple of years. We would love to hear your thoughts for achieving this goal.

To this end, in November we filed for two grants in ASCE's State Public Affairs Grant (SPAG) program: one for the Future City Competition and the other for the Media Relations Committee. We are allowed to file two more applications which we will do next year.

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Risk Reduction and Resiliency along the North Atlantic Coast Print E-mail
Met Section COPRI Chapter Chair Andrew Cairns with the presenter, Lynn Bocamazo of the USACE.
Lynn Bocamazo, P.E, D.CE., the Chief of the Hurricane Sandy Branch for the US Army Corps of Engineer–New York District, delivered the opening lecture in the 2014-15 COPRI Met Section Chapter's lecture series on the "US Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study" on November 12, 2014 at The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen.
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Design Challenges and Behavior of High Capacity Piles for the New NY (Tappan Zee) Bridge Print E-mail
On October 22, 2014, the Met Section Infrastructure Group and NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering cosponsored a technical lecture: "Design Challenges and Behavior of High Capacity Piles for the New NY (Tappan Zee) Bridge" in Brooklyn, NY.
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Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Celebrates 50th Anniversary Print E-mail
November 21, 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. With a main span of 4,260 feet across the Narrows, the double-decked bridge carries twelve lanes of Interstate 278 and connects the New York City boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn. The bridge is named after the Florentine explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, who became the first European to sail into New York Harbor in 1524.
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Load Testing of Historic Structures: Notre Dame Stadium Print E-mail

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On Thursday, October 16, 2014, Filippo Masetti, P.E., of Simpson Gumpertz and Heger Inc. presented his research work on load testing of historic structures. He presented various types of wooden, masonry, and concrete structures including the historic stadium at Notre Dame University.

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Turning Disaster into Knowledge Print E-mail
Prof. Jonathan Bray (right) with Geotechnical Group Chair, John Grillo. Photo by Sean Lee
Prof. Jonathan Bray, delivered the 2014 William H. Mueser and Philip C. Rutledge Lecture on the topic of "Turning Disaster into Knowledge" on November 13, 2014 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.
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12th Annual Civil Engineer's Golf Classic Print E-mail
2014 Winners being congratulated by ASCE LIB President Joe Bolos are (left to right): Mike Celentano, Harold Lutz, Joe Celentano
The 12th Annual Civil Engineer's Golf Classic teed off at Suffolk County's own 27-hole Timber Point Golf Course on Thursday, September 11.
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Thursday, January 8th, 2015
January Technical Meeting
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Environmental Issues - Panel
Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
COPRI Met Section Lecture Series (January 2015)
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
YMF Officers January Meeting
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Annual Kapp Dinner and Lecture
Thursday, January 29th, 2015
Design and Construction of a Jointless Curved Steel Viaduct NB Van Wyck Expressway
Thursday, February 5th, 2015
Lecture/Discussion by ASCE National
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
FAA Issues - Panel

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