|YMF Recognizes Life Members and Student Award Winners|
The Met Section recognized some of its newest and lifetime members at the Ridgway Awards and Life Member Installation Dinner, held on April 29, 2009 at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY. The annual event, named after the first president of the Metropolitan Section and organized by the Younger Member Forum, included the presentation of certificates to newly inducted life members and awards to outstanding members from all seven ASCE student chapters located in the Met Section.
Gerarda Shields, the Student Outreach Coordinator for the Met Section's Younger Member Forum welcomed the attendees and spoke about how the event is unique in the sense that it brings together some of the Section's most experienced engineers with students that are just about ready to embark on a career in the civil engineering profession. Dr. Tim Ward, the new dean of Manhattan College's school of engineering also greeted the attendees to the event. Dr. Ward is also a licensed professional engineer and a fellow member of ASCE.
Newly inducted life members Syed S. Rizvi and Stephen Thomson addressed to the student award winners and shared their perspectives on how to have a successful career and what the future might hold for the civil engineering profession. Nash Hasan, the chair of the Met Section's new Life Member Committee congratulated the new life members and spoke about the Section's initiatives to increase involvement of life members in local activities. To attain life member status, members must be at least 65 years old, have paid dues in any membership grade except student for at least 30 years, and have ten years of continuous membership immediately preceding the attainment of life member status.
ASCE student chapter members from the City College of New York, Columbia University, Cooper Union, Hofstra University, Manhattan College, New York City College of Technology, and Polytechnic Institute of NYU received awards at the dinner. For each college and university, the Ridgway Award was given to the student with the most outstanding academic performance and the Younger Member Forum Award was given to the student with the most commitment and service to their ASCE student chapter. The faculty advisors from each of the student chapters spoke about each of the winners and then presented the awards to their students.
At the conclusion of the event, Arthur Alzamora, Jr., President of the Met Section's Younger Member Forum, spoke to the student award winners about the ASCE activities that are specifically designed for recent graduates and urged them to remain involved with ASCE during their careers. He also spoke about some of the activities organized by the Younger Member Forum in the New York City area, which include happy hours, community service events, technical lectures, field trips, and student outreach sessions.
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