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President's Message Print E-mail
Albert Pozotrigo
Albert Pozotrigo,
ASCE Met Section
After January's major snow event, February 2016 has arrived in New York City. I hope all of our Met Section members and their families are safe and ready to embrace the many events that were prepared for all to enjoy.

The Met Section held the Regional Competition for this event in New York City on January 30, 2016. On behalf of the Met Section Board, we would like to congratulate Karen Armfield, P.E. of AECOM, for organizing this event year after year. The participants of this competition are students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades that engage in a dream to make the world better. They research and design a Future City (using a software program called SimCity), prepare a narrative, a scale model, and a project plan. The Regional Winners have a chance to participate in the National Finals in Washington DC, at an event to be held during this month of February 2016. What a great opportunity to see future generations of Engineers at work. Our best wishes to all of the participants.

National Engineers Week is our week. And this year it will be held from February 21st to February 27th, 2016. It is a time to celebrate the many reasons why Engineers make the difference in this world. It is an opportunity to let the public know the need for engineers to shape our future. It is a time to interact with educators, parents, and the children who are the future of our society.

To start, The Met Section plans to organize the National Engineers Week Kids Day on February 15, 2016, at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York. Kids of all ages will have a chance to participate in several hands-on activities that will guide them into future opportunities to view Engineering as a way of life.
Tall Structure Response to Blasting Print E-mail
Dr. Cathy Aimone-Martin (Right) with Geotechnical Group Chair, Jared Green. Photo by Sean Lee
Dr. Cathy Aimone-Martin of Aimone-Martin Associates, presented the 41st Annual Martin S. Kapp Memorial Lecture titled "Tall Structure Response to Blasting" to a capacity audience at Stout Bar in New York City. Dr. Aimone-Martin discussed the history of  blast-induced structure response research for residential structures first employed by the U.S. Bureau of Mines (USBM) in the 1970's, and how the results of these studies have been incorporated into local New York City practice through guidelines such as the FDNY explosives regulations and Technical Policy and Procedure Notice #10/88 (TPPN #10/88).
Deck Replacement for the Walt Whitman Bridge Print E-mail
Pictured from left to right: Qi Ye, PE and Structures Group Chair Eric K. Basu, PE
On Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, the ASCE Met Section Structures Group hosted a technical lecture on the "Deck Replacement for the Walt Whitman Bridge". The speaker was Qi Ye, P.E., Principal at Thornton Tomasetti – Weidlinger Transportation.
ASCE LIB Continues with Technical Presentations in 2016 Print E-mail
On January 14, 2016, ASCE LIB held their first technical presentation at Domenico's Restaurant on the "Analysis of Pier Columns Subject to Impact from Vehicular Collision". The speaker of the evening was Adam DeVito, PE, M. ASCE who is a Structural Engineer at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.
2016 ASCE Met Section Mentoring Program Print E-mail
The American Society of Civil Engineers – Metropolitan Section – Younger Member Forum invites you to join our second year of the mentoring program!!!

Mentoring groups will consist of three people: a college student/entry level professional, intermediate level professional, and a senior level professional. Groups will be formed based on civil engineering field, location and career path.

Met Section Hosts Technical Tours During ASCE National Conference Print E-mail
Kosciuszko Bridge construction site tour attendees

From October 10-14, 2015 ASCE Metropolitan Section had the privilege of hosting the National Convention, bringing members from across the globe to New York City for this flagship event. As part of the convention, the Met Section organized a series of technical tours showcasing local engineering history and accomplishments, featuring both completed projects and projects currently under construction. The tours served as a major attraction for the convention and were enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

Construction Group Hosts Two Technical Lectures Print E-mail
November's Technical Lectures focused on two of the most talked about projects in the metropolitan area, the re-decking of the Bayonne Bridge and the construction of the Oculus at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.