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President's Message Print E-mail
Jagtar Khinda
Jagtar S. Khinda,
President,
ASCE Met Section
The month of March had a lot of activities to keep the Met Section President busy, between monthly call-ins for the 2015 ASCE Convention preparations, those for the New York State Infrastructure Report Card, and various other technical group and committee engagements.

On Tuesday, March 3rd, we had a Section and Branch Idea Exchange sponsored by ASCE National. On Wednesday, March 4th, as is the tradition, I attended the Younger Member Forum's 14th Annual Executive Forum, which provides an opportunity for young engineers to draw insight from civil engineering industry leaders. The event was held at the Shapiro Building on the campus of Columbia University. Following the networking and cocktail reception, four panelists offered a very dynamic and interactive discussion on the topic: "The Value of Engineering with the Growth of Technology." The panelists were:

  • Vincent Desimone, Principal-in-Charge, Desimone Consulting Engineers
  • Moujalli Hourani, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Manhattan College
  • Frank Mondello, Chief Civil/Structural Engineer, MTA
  • Vincent Tirolo, Geotechnical and Construction Engineering Consultant, ARUP
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Supporting the Development of Future Engineers Print E-mail
High School Student, Alanna McClancy, (left) with ASCE LIB Vice President, Adam DeVito, (right)
by Adam DeVito and Alanna McClancy

In the time since the inaugural National Engineers Week in 1951, engineers have designed the US Interstate Highway system connecting communities and cities, built taller skyscrapers, and developed the spacecraft allowing people to walk on the moon.
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Challenges and Solutions: Rt 7 Wittpenn Bridge over the Hackensack River Print E-mail
Pictured from right to left: Lynne Baumann, P.E., Leonardo Giraldo, P.E., Kathryn Conlon, P.E.
On March 25, 2015, the ASCE Met Section Structures Group hosted a lecture on the Route 7 Wittpenn Bridge over the Hackensack River. Lynne Baumann and Leonardo Giraldo from Jacobs Engineering gave a presentation on the replacement of the aging link between Kearny and Jersey City.
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Long Island Branch Hosts Pinning Ceremony for Stony Brook Student Chapter Print E-mail
On February 26, 2015, the Long Island Branch hosted a pinning ceremony for the newly founded ASCE Student Chapter at Stony Brook University.
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Geotechnical Aspects - 2014 New York City Building Code Print E-mail
Mr. Robert Alperstein (right) with Geotechnical Group Chair, John Grillo. Photo by Ming Zhang.
Mr. Robert Alperstein, PE, DGE, delivered the inaugural RA Lecture on the topic "Geotechnical Aspects – 2014 New York City Building Code" on March 26, 2015 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.
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432 Park Avenue Construction Site Tour Print E-mail
Some say that it is lonely at the top, but the ASCE Met Section's younger members discovered that it is also very cold. To celebrate National Engineers Week on February 24, 2015, Chris Shirley, of WSP, led a YMF technical tour of 432 Park Avenue, a super slim building under construction. Reaching a height of 1,396 feet, 432 Park Avenue is one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. At the top, it felt as if it were 20 degrees colder than at the base of the building.
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YMF Participates in the Eastern Regional Younger Member Council (ERYMC) Print E-mail
Each year, the leaders of the ASCE younger member groups along the east coast meet at one location to share ideas about how to improve their respective sections and the civil engineering community. On January 9 and 10, 2015, about 100 younger members met in Miami, Florida for a packed schedule of interactive sessions. The attending Metropolitan Section YMF officers included Kimberly Hirt (First Vice President), Sam Singer (Second Vice President), and Avi Englard (Treasurer).
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