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President's Message Print E-mail
Jagtar Khinda
Jagtar S. Khinda,
President,
ASCE Met Section
As mentioned in my message last month – the Met Section has room for improvements in six areas:

  • Recognition programs for employers supporting ASCE and other membership activities
  • Public outreach/education activities
  • Community service and public service
  • A diversity and inclusion committee
  • Pre-college outreach and civil engineering clubs
  • Additional special Section activities

We started a Diversity and Inclusion Committee in the fall. Its mission is to encourage support of equitable opportunity for participation of people within the civil engineering profession without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or physical challenges.

Our next initiative will be to expand our pre-college outreach activities to introduce students in elementary, middle, and high schools to civil engineering. Now is an excellent time for us to reach out to students in Grades 3-12 – the recent emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education makes civil engineering a topic of interest to both the teachers and the parents. ASCE's website provides a variety of student outreach resources and information how schools can start civil engineering clubs. Other ASCE Sections and Branches can be looked at for ideas on pre-college outreach activities. As an example, the Hawaii Section has been running a successful Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition for quite some years now.
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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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Mentors and Mentees Needed for Mentoring Program Print E-mail
College students and engineering professionals are invited to join the Younger Member Forum's pilot Mentoring Program. Mentoring groups will consist of three people: a college student/entry level professional, intermediate level professional, and a senior level professional. Groups will be formed based on civil engineering field, location and career path.
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American Tobacco Trail Bridge: Design and Construction Print E-mail
Mr. Joe Tse P.E. presenting on the ATT bridge on December 3, 2014
On Wednesday December 3, 2014, the ASCE Met Section Structures Group hosted a technical lecture on the American Tobacco Trail (ATT) Bridge presented by Mr. Joe Tse, P.E., Senior Engineering Manager of Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. This hybrid stressed ribbon pedestrian bridge is part of the ATT, which is a 22 mile rails-to-trails project situated in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.
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Calling All Presentations for the ASCE 2015 Convention Print E-mail
ASCE's 2015 Annual Convention will be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square from October 11-14, 2015. This marks the first time that the conference has been held in New York City since 1992.

At the convention, you can have an opportunity to share your expertise, professional insights, and industry best practices by becoming a session presenter. The ASCE Convention Technical Program Sub-Committee is seeking sessions on the following topics:

  • State of the Industry/Profession
  • Training (Leadership, Professional, Technical)
  • Cross-Discipline Technical
  • Causes, Effects, and Mitigation of Natural and Man-made Catastrophes
  • ASCE Strategic Issues/Public Policy
  • Significant Projects
  • History & Heritage
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Risk Reduction and Resiliency along the North Atlantic Coast Print E-mail
Met Section COPRI Chapter Chair Andrew Cairns with the presenter, Lynn Bocamazo of the USACE.
Lynn Bocamazo, P.E, D.CE., the Chief of the Hurricane Sandy Branch for the US Army Corps of Engineer–New York District, delivered the opening lecture in the 2014-15 COPRI Met Section Chapter's lecture series on the "US Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study" on November 12, 2014 at The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen.
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Design Challenges and Behavior of High Capacity Piles for the New NY (Tappan Zee) Bridge Print E-mail
On October 22, 2014, the Met Section Infrastructure Group and NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering cosponsored a technical lecture: "Design Challenges and Behavior of High Capacity Piles for the New NY (Tappan Zee) Bridge" in Brooklyn, NY.
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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
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COPRI Met Section Technical Meeting
Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Seismic Design of Highway Bridges
Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Engineers Week Seminar Series
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Monday, February 16th, 2015
National Engineers Week Kid's Day
Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
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