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President's Message Print E-mail
Albert Pozotrigo
Albert Pozotrigo,
ASCE Met Section
The big news on September 29, 2015, at 10 am was the release of the Report Card for New York’s Infrastructure.

This is the first such report disclosed for New York State, and as such it will be a topic of reflection not only during the month of October, but also in the several months to come.

The ASCE New York State Council basically provided an in depth look of the Infrastructure conditions of New York State and assigned grades that would serve as indicators of the overall condition of the State's infrastructure in nine (9) critical categories:

Aviation C
Bridges D+
Dams C-
Drinking Water C
Parks B-
Roads D-
Solid Waste B-
Transit C-
Wastewater D

The overall grade for the entire State was a C-.
Stability and Service Considerations for Steel Bridge Orthotropic Deck Panels Print E-mail
Pictured from left to right: Mark Jen, Ph.D., S.E., P.E. and Structures Group Chair Eric K. Basu, P.E.
On Tuesday November 3rd, 2015, the ASCE Met Section Structures Group hosted a technical lecture on "Stability and Service Considerations for Steel Bridge Orthotropic Deck Panels." The speaker was Mark Jen, Ph.D., S.E., P.E., Principal Engineer with Parsons Transportation Group.
October Technical Lecture Print E-mail

On October 22, 2015, the Long Island Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers welcomed Brett Belair for its October Technical Seminar. Mr. Belair discussed flood resistant construction techniques to satisfy the requirements of flood insurance, the only natural disaster insurance provided by the federal government.

Conceptual Thinking and the Design of Tall Buildings and Foundations Print E-mail
Bill Baker (left) with Geotechnical Group Chair, Jared Green. Photo by Sean Lee
Only Bill Baker of Skidmore Owings & Merrill could describe the world's tallest manmade structure, the Burj Khalifa, as a "buttressed core". Mr. Baker presented the William H. Mueser and Phillip C. Rutledge 2015 Memorial Lecture titled "Conceptual Thinking and the Design of Tall Buildings and Foundations" on November 18, 2015 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.
New York State Gets C- on Infrastructure Report Card Print E-mail
To raise awareness about New York State's infrastructure needs, on September 29th ASCE released the inaugural Report Card for New York's Infrastructure, following the methodology of ASCE National's Report Card for America's Infrastructure. Using a simple A to F school report card format, the Report Card provides a comprehensive assessment of current infrastructure conditions and needs, both assigning grades and making recommendations for how to raise the grades.
Met Section Supports Summer Engineering Awareness Program Print E-mail
This summer, the Met Section helped to support a Summer Engineering Awareness Program for high school students at Manhattan College, making it possible for 40 students to attend the 10-day program at no cost to them. The students enjoyed lectures by experienced professionals, a field trip to an engineering design firm, and were excited to participate in the structural competition.
ASCE Met Section YMF Mentoring Program Kicks Off! Print E-mail
The ASCE Met Section YMF Mentoring Program is a newly formed, yearlong local initiative of the ASCE Met Section Younger Member Forum (YMF). This program not only provides a mentoring opportunity for both college and entry-level professionals, but also links student chapters with the Younger Member Forum and Met Section members.