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President's Message Print E-mail
Jagtar Khinda
Jagtar S. Khinda,
President,
ASCE Met Section
On Saturday, January 17th, I was invited to be a judge and a keynote speaker at the 2015 New York City Regional Future City Competition, held at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab Museum Atrium, which is located at 56th Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan.

The Future City Competition is a national educational program sponsored by the engineering community to promote an interest in technology and engineering among middle school students. The program fosters an interest in math, science and engineering through hands-on, real-world applications. The competition is open to sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students in public, private and parochial schools. The New York City Regional Competition, sponsored by the ASCE Metropolitan Section, is held for schools in New York City and the New York Metropolitan region; regional winners from across the country advance to the National Finals in Washington, DC in February.

Four phases judged as part of the competition are:
  1. Design a city (using SimCity 4 Deluxe Software) that has progressed at least 150 years into the future and has a population of at least 50,000 residents. When the city design is complete, the team submits the design for the first round of judging.
  2. Write an essay about the challenges of the city; this year's topic was "Feeding future cities—select one vegetable and one protein and design a way to grow enough of each within your future city limits to feed your citizens."
  3. Build a scale model from the design; there is a $100 limit on the materials used in the physical model. The use of recycled materials is encouraged.
  4. Conduct a presentation in front of a panel of judges.
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Marmaray Bosphorus Immersed Tube Tunnel: Linking Two Continents, Engineering and Archeology Print E-mail
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Pictured from left to right: Aram Setian, Vahan Tanal P.E., Kathryn Conlon P.E. and Eric Basu P.E.
On January 28, 2015, a partnership between the ASCE Met Section's Structures and International Groups hosted the third technical lecture on the Marmaray Bosphorus Immersed Tube Tunnel, as presented by Mr. Vahan Tanal, P.E., president of Vahan Tanal Consulting, Inc.
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ASCE LIB Starts 2015: Gowanus Expressway Interim Repair Print E-mail
Director of WSP USA Transportation and Infrastructure, Steven Smith, (left) with ASCE LIB Vice President, Adam DeVito, (right).
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Everything Moves in Different Ways Print E-mail
Mr. Paul Thurlow (right) with Geotechnical Group Chair, John Grillo. Photo by Sean Lee
Mr. Paul Thurlow delivered the 40th Martin S. Kapp Lecture on "Everything Moves in Different Ways" on January 22, 2015 at Stout NYC. In his talk, Mr. Thurlow discussed the development and application of instrumentation monitoring and real time process associated with several major infrastructure projects.
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YMF Participates in the Eastern Regional Younger Member Council (ERYMC) Print E-mail
Each year, the leaders of the ASCE younger member groups along the east coast meet at one location to share ideas about how to improve their respective sections and the civil engineering community. On January 9 and 10, 2015, about 100 younger members met in Miami, Florida for a packed schedule of interactive sessions. The attending Metropolitan Section YMF officers included Kimberly Hirt (First Vice President), Sam Singer (Second Vice President), and Avi Englard (Treasurer).
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Member Perspective: ASCE Annual Convention in Panama Print E-mail
The canal's system of locks are fed by rainwater stored in Gatun Lake.
By: Robert Ervolina, P.E., M.ASCE, ASCE Met Section Director

As a lifelong resident of New York City, I see manmade wonders on a daily basis, so I was not expecting to be impressed by the Panama Canal.
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2015 Multi-Region Leadership Conference Print E-mail
Photo credit: Rafiq Chowdhury
The 2015 Multi-Region Leadership Conference—held from January 9th-10th, 2015 in Miami, Florida—consisted of three tracks to cater to a broad audience. The event focused on Section Leaders, Younger Member Groups and Student Chapter Officers.
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