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Meet the Committee on Diversity & Inclusion! Print E-mail
Met Section
On November 11, 2015, the newly formed Committee on Diversity & Inclusion held its kick-off event at Harding's, a restaurant and bar near Gramercy Park in Manhattan. The event, social in nature, introduced the committee to the ASCE community and allowed for the exchange of ideas in an informal setting. With over 40 local professionals and recent graduates in attendance, it is evident that the Metropolitan Section is excited about the prospect of discussing and addressing issues regarding Diversity & Inclusion.

The committee plans to hold several lectures throughout the year as well as get involved with ongoing programs to mentor youth while introducing them to STEM careers. The following lecture is scheduled for March 15th, 2016:
Design and Construction Challenges at the Kosciuszko Bridge Print E-mail
Construction Group
On January 28, 2016, Mr. Alan Smith (Skanska/Kiewit/Ecco) and Mr. Bala Sivakumar (HNTB) discussed the ongoing NYSDOT Design/Build project at the Kosciuszko Bridge Replacement involving the new eastbound (Phase I) connectors, approaches, and main span. The presentation included an overall project background and project specific details such as a 100 year service-life, foundation challenges, and construction within a dense urban environment. A total of 76 people attended the event.
Lower Hudson Valley Engineer/Attorney Holiday Event Print E-mail
Lower Hudson Valley Branch
On December 8, 2015, the Lower Hudson Valley Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the White Plains Bar Association (WPBA) held a combined holiday celebration and networking event at the Westchester Hills Golf Club in White Plains, NY. The event featured practicing and professional civil engineers alongside attorneys and judges from the Lower Hudson Valley area. Kicking off the holiday season in festive fashion, the night began with an open-bar social hour followed by a full dinner buffet.

The dinner celebration was the first joint event held by the two associations and was coordinated in an effort to encourage networking between professions. Despite busy holiday schedules, the event posted a respectable turnout with 16 engineers, 25 attorneys and 20 judges in attendance. Throughout the evening partygoers intermingled telling jokes and sharing interesting stories. Considered a hit, it is likely that the Lower Hudson Valley Branch and the WPBA will meet again for future networking affairs.

Ronald McDonald House Toy Donation Print E-mail
LIB Younger Member Committee
To get into the holiday spirit of giving this year, the ASCE LIB Younger Member Committee choose to donate toys to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, located in New Hyde Park. The Ronald McDonald House's mission statement is "to give comfort and shelter to families experiencing the pain of having a sick child in local hospital facilities, a 'home away from home'". Our goal was to contribute to a charitable organization this holiday season and try to bring a little joy to the children and families going through hard times.
Deck Replacement for the Walt Whitman Bridge Print E-mail
Structures Group
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.
Tall Structure Response to Blasting Print E-mail
Geotechnical Group
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).
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