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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 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.
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:
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.

ASCE Offering Free On-Demand Webinars to Members in 2014 Print E-mail
Met Section
ASCE Member Benefits In 2014, ASCE is providing an exclusive benefit to its members by allowing them to earn up to 5 PDHs for free!

Continuing education courses are on-demand webinars that can be taken at your convenience. Members can create their own customized continuing education program by choosing from over 60 different courses covering topics including:

  • Environmental;
  • Geotechnical;
  • Hydraulics and Water Resources;
  • Management and Practice;
  • Structural; and
  • Transportation.

To take advantage of this special offer, visit the ASCE website to see the list of eligible courses and start earning your PDHs! Webinars must be completed by December 31st.
Geotech Perspective on Sustainability and Resiliency Implications of Hurricane Sandy Print E-mail
Geotechnical Group
Dr. Hashash (right) with Geotechnical Group Chair Nidal AbiSaab. Photo by Anthony Crincoli
Dr. Youssef Hashash delivered a lecture on "Geotechnical Engineering Perspective on Sustainability and Resiliency Implications of Hurricane Sandy" on December 4, 2013 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.
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