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The Use of Forensic Engineering on Major Disasters Print E-mail
Forensic Engineering Group
Mr. Nachtmann presented multiple examples of disaster damaged facilities.
On January 30, 2014, the Metropolitan Section's Forensic Group hosted its monthly lecture entitled "The Use of Forensic Engineering on Major Disasters." The speaker was Ed Nachtmann, PE, SE of Dewberry Consultants, LLC. The presentation was based on his 24 years of experience working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under a Dewberry Technical Assistance Contract.
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Victor Donald Speaks on Ethics and Geotechnical Engineering Print E-mail
Geotechnical Group
Victor Donald (right) with Geotechnical Group Chair Nidal AbiSaab. Photo by Ming Zhang
Victor Donald, P.E. delivered the 39th Martin S. Kapp Lecture on "The GeoProfessional Paradox - A Question of Ethics?" on January 23, 2014 at Stout NYC. In his talk, Mr. Donald discussed the paradox of the term "geoprofessional" in an industry of increasing commoditization.
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Grand Central Terminal Historical Exhibit Goes Online Print E-mail
History & Heritage Committee
The New York Transit Museum's "Grand by Design: A Centennial Celebration of Grand Central Terminal" exhibit that debuted in Vanderbilt Hall in February 2013 as part of the Terminal's Centennial will now be permanently displayed online at www.gcthistory.com. This multimedia exhibit includes historical photos, drawings, videos, fun facts, and a section devoted to engineering. Grand Central Terminal was dedicated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 2013.
 
Technical Presentations at Domenico's in Levittown Print E-mail
Long Island Branch
The Long Island Branch holds multiple PDH accredited presentations at Domenico's Pizzeria in Levittown over the course of the year. Civil engineers come from Nassau and Suffolk counties to listen about interesting topics while learning about their profession and enjoying pizza. If this sounds interesting, you should attend an upcoming lecture. The next presentations will be held on March 6th and March 20th.
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Potential Nominees Sought for ASCE's OPAL Awards Print E-mail
Met Section
The ASCE Working Group on Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) leadership awards is seeking possible nominees for the OPAL awards. At this point we are only looking for possible candidates, and it is not necessary to prepare a nomination form.

A prospective OPAL nominee is an outstanding civil engineering leader, whose lifetime accomplishments and achievements have made significant differences in one or more of five categories. While ASCE membership is not a requirement, the candidate must be a civil engineer. ASCE Past Presidents are not eligible.

In particular, nominees are being sought in the category of Design - for innovation and excellence in civil engineering design. It is important to note that nominees in Design are practitioners who are directly charged with hands-on design projects. Past winners in this category are:
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Met Section President-Elect Jagtar Khinda Elected SEI Fellow Print E-mail
Met Section
Jagtar S. Khinda, P.D., P.E., F.ASCE, the current President-Elect of the ASCE Metropolitan Section, has been elected as a Fellow to the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of ASCE. SEI Fellows are a select group of distinguished SEI members that serve as leaders and mentors in the structural engineering profession. Mr. Khinda, along with the other 2014 SEI Fellows, will be recognized on April 5, 2014 at the Structures Congress in Boston, Massachusetts. He has been a Fellow of ASCE since 1993.

Since 1998, Jagtar has served as a Seismic Expert for the NYCDOT Division of Bridges and has been involved with the seismic evaluation and retrofit of the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and Queensboro bridges and 25 movable bridges. He has over five decades of experience working in the New York City area.

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