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President's Message Print E-mail
Steve Kaufman
Steve Kaufman, P.E.
"Men tracht und Gott lacht." ("Men plan and God laughs.")
—Rough translation of old Yiddish proverb

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."
—John Lennon
…And yet plan we must. We work as best we can to "plan the work and work the plan". In the case of the Metropolitan Section, an organization that will soon reach its 100th year in existence, there is an ongoing need to maintain relevancy in a perpetual climate of professional and technical change. Today that change continues unabated at a pace exceeding that of past generations. In the professional equivalent of a blink of the eye, we have moved from:

  • Slide rules to mainframes to PCs, each with greater computing power than its predecessor.
  • Slim volumes of design specifications to weighted tomes requiring greater technical comprehension and more sophisticated means of executing their provisions.
  • Materials consisting of a simple selection of steels and concrete mixes to versions of each with more gradations of strength, toughness and other qualities, and to new materials that include fiber-reinforced composites and nanomaterials.
Theodore Zoli Discusses Design for Squibb Park Bridge Print E-mail
HNTB National Bridge Chief Engineer Theodore Zoli (left) with ASCE LIB Secretary Adam DeVito (right).
On March 20, 2014, the ASCE Long Island Branch had Theodore Zoli, National Bridge Chief Engineer of HNTB, present their March technical seminar on his design of the Squibb Park Pedestrian Bridge. The bridge opened in 2013 and connects Squibb Park in Brooklyn Heights with Brooklyn Bridge Park and provides unobstructed views of Downtown Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Met Section Members Attend ASCE Leadership Conference in Indianapolis Print E-mail
Met Section President-Elect Jagtar Khinda accepts the Outstanding Website Award from ASCE President Randy Over.
Over the weekend of February 7-8, ASCE members from Regions 1, 2, 4 and 5 (which covers most of the states east of the Mississippi River) gathered in Indianapolis, Indiana for ASCE's Annual Multi-Region Leadership Conference.
Building More with Less: Improving Infrastructure with Limited Resources Print E-mail
Left to right: YMF President Asher Peltz, Don Bergman, George Leventis, John C. Deerkoski, Csaba Kertesz, YMF First Vice President Eric Basu
As described in ASCE's 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure, there is a serious need to invest in our nation's infrastructure to meet the current and future needs of society. However, there is a large gap between the current estimated funding and the amount needed to raise America's infrastructure to a state of good repair. In order to address this discrepancy, the engineering community has been tasked with finding design and construction cost saving measures and alternative funding methods for infrastructure improvements.
Tunneling in a Urbanizing World Print E-mail
Met Section Geotechnical Group Vice Chair, John R. Grillo (left) with Tom Peyton, Picture by Ming Zang. 
Tom Peyton, P.E. delivered the 12th Annual William Barclay Parsons Lecture on the topic of "Tunneling in an Urbanizing World" on March 13, 2014 at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. In his talk, Mr. Peyton discussed the construction management issues facing underground projects in urban areas with a focus on the construction of the Second Avenue Subway Project in New York City.
YMF Celebrates National Engineers Week with Kids Day Print E-mail
Murray Hill Academy students work diligently to build a sound structure.
On February 17, 2014, the ASCE Metropolitan Section hosted Kids Day, a one-day fun-filled event, at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing, Queens in celebration of National Engineers Week. Hundreds of children and their parents came to learn and perform hands-on activities focusing on engineering. The participating kids left with goody bags filled with stickers, bookmarks, pencils, and the creations they made during the event.
Civil Engineer Speaks to Students at Long Island High School Print E-mail
Civil engineer Julio Williams recently met with Commack High School students to lecture about engineering. In the photo shown, he discusses an example from a now completed bridge widening project on Long Island. During his presentation, he related learning in the classroom to civil engineering design and construction.