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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.
Younger Member Perspective: Government Relations and Millennials Print E-mail
ASCE's New York State contingent attends a reception at the Cannon Caucus Room during the 2014 Legislative Fly-In.
By Peter S. Mancuso, P.E.

When generational theorists describe millennials, they describe a set of individuals identifiable by their indecision and pluralism. It is no secret that adults in their twenties and thirties identify less and less with any one culture, religion, and of course, political party. On top of that, fewer and fewer millennials trust that the government can actually achieve what it is meant to do. It is unsurprising, then, that ASCE younger members do not find themselves attracted to government relations.
Met Section Establishes Local COPRI Chapter Print E-mail
Guy Buzzoni (left) with COPRI Met Section Chapter Chair Andrew Cairns (right) at the January 15th lecture.
On February 19, 2014, the Metropolitan Section signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ASCE's Coasts, Oceans, Ports & Rivers Institute (COPRI) to establish a new local chapter. The new chapter has elected officers and started off its activities with a series of lectures.
YMF Holds Second Lecture of Young Professional Series Print E-mail
On Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, young professionals of UrbanTech Consulting Engineering, P.C. presented their projects on bridges. Tommy Huang, P.E. and Adam Goosen, P.E. lectured about the Rehabilitation of the Atlantic Avenue Viaduct for MTA LIRR, and about the Temporary Works for Replacement of the Queens Approach to the Whitestone Bridge, respectively. Thirty civil engineer young professionals attended the lecture in addition to an executive of UrbanTech.
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.