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YMF Holds Second Lecture of Young Professional Series Print E-mail
Younger Member Forum
On Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, young professionals of UrbanTech Consulting Engineering, P.C. presented two bridge lectures. The lectures were presented in the offices of Parsons Brinkerhoff.  Tommy Huang, P.E. and Adam Goosen, P.E. spoke about the Rehabilitation of the Atlantic Avenue Viaduct for MTA LIRR, and the Temporary Work for Replacement of the Queens Approach to the Whitestone Bridge, respectively. Thirty civil engineer young professionals attended the lecture in addition to an executive of UrbanTech.
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Theodore Zoli Discusses Design for Squibb Park Bridge Print E-mail
Long Island Branch
HNTB National Bridge Chief Engineer Theodore Zoli (left) with ASCE LIB Secretary Adam DeVito (right).
On March 20, 2014, the ASCE Long Island Branch had Theodore Zoli, National Bridge Chief Engineer of HNTB, present their March technical seminar on his design of the Squibb Park Pedestrian Bridge. The bridge opened in 2013 and connects Squibb Park in Brooklyn Heights with Brooklyn Bridge Park and provides unobstructed views of Downtown Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.
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Lima Light Rail Lecture Print E-mail
International Group
On Monday, March 24, 2014, the International Group held its second special talk for its 2013-2014 program at the Mechanics Institute, which is located in the heart of Manhattan at 20 West 44th Street just off Fifth Avenue. The Mechanics Institute was a co-sponsor of the talk and has been a loyal supporter of the International Group's activities for the past few years.
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Met Section Members Attend ASCE Leadership Conference in Indianapolis Print E-mail
Met Section
Met Section President-Elect Jagtar Khinda accepts the Outstanding Website Award from ASCE President Randy Over.
Over the weekend of February 7-8, ASCE members from Regions 1, 2, 4 and 5 (which covers most of the states east of the Mississippi River) gathered in Indianapolis, Indiana for ASCE's Annual Multi-Region Leadership Conference.
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Registration for the 2015 Future City Competition is Now Open! Print E-mail
Future City Competition
Teams will soon be gearing up for the 2015 Future City Competition. This is a great program for middle school students, if you know any interested students have their teachers register their school. Also please consider mentoring a team. Register a team of students or register as a mentor at www.futurecity.org

This year the essay topic the students write will focus on feeding the citizens of their future city. Many thousands of years ago, humans learned to domesticate animals and grow plants for food. Because we no longer needed to hunt and gather, we could stay in one place and start to build cities. It was the beginning of civilization.

Today, agriculture is the largest global enterprise on earth.  And while some regions still farm in ways similar to our ancient ancestors, for most of the world the mechanization of planting and harvesting, chemical fertilization and pest control, advanced irrigation, and other modern farming tools and techniques led to increased crop output—which, in turn, became a major contributing factor to rapid population growth.

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Building More with Less: Improving Infrastructure with Limited Resources Print E-mail
Younger Member Forum
Left to right: YMF President Asher Peltz, Don Bergman, George Leventis, John C. Deerkoski, Csaba Kertesz, YMF First Vice President Eric Basu
As described in ASCE's 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure, there is a serious need to invest in our nation's infrastructure to meet the current and future needs of society. However, there is a large gap between the current estimated funding and the amount needed to raise America's infrastructure to a state of good repair. In order to address this discrepancy, the engineering community has been tasked with finding design and construction cost saving measures and alternative funding methods for infrastructure improvements.
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