Hello all ASCE members!!
On behalf of the Met Section Executive Board, I would like to welcome you to the 2016-2017 season. This is a special time of year for our Section as we celebrate and welcome the new board members and attending the ASCE National Convention.
This year's convention was held in Portland Oregon. It was well attended by several Met Section officers and young members. It was a great event, with exciting content and the city of Portland was not only beautiful, but inviting. If you have never had a chance to attend one of the national conventions, I highly recommend you look into attending next year in New Orleans.
Our Executive Board, Directors and Committees have been hard at work planning a year that will have plenty of lectures, social events and courses for members to attend. I would like to point out that we are excited to continue to offer several scholarships to area college students due in large part to the support provided by the NYC area engineering firms and their sponsorships. I would like to take a moment to mention that Indhira Figuereo will be stepping down this year from the Scholarship Committee. Indhira has chaired this committee for several years and she will be sorely missed. I thank Indhira for her many years of service to the section and we look forward to having her assist the section in other ways.
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all Met Section members for electing me Met Section President. I view this as a special privilege and I look forward to the opportunity that it provides. Over this next year we look forward to updating the section in several ways, starting with transitions into our new website and providing more activities to our members. We plan to have a lot of interaction with area colleges and supporting their activities. I look forward to an exciting year and I thank you all for your support.
Gerarda Shields, Ph.D, P.E. has been selected by the ASCE Committee on Student Members as one of three Faculty Advisors to receive the 2016 ASCE Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. Dr. Shields was recognized for her outstanding work and dedication to the New York City College of Technology ASCE Student Chapter.
Gerarda is an Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Management & Civil Engineering Technology at the New York City College of Technology and has been a faculty member at the college since 2005. She currently teaches courses in Statics, Strength of Materials, Fluid Mechanics & Laboratory, Soil Mechanics & Laboratory, Applied Hydraulics, Construction Management, Steel Design, and Concrete Design. Gerarda obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Manhattan College and obtained her doctorate in civil engineering from the City College of New York. Before becoming a professor, Gerarda worked as an hydraulic engineer at Hardesty & Hanover in New York City.
The 2016 William H. Mueser and Phillip C. Rutledge Memorial Lecture was delivered by Dr. Ron Heuer, a University of Illinois graduate. Dr Heuer is a tunnel expert with over 50 years of diverse experience in underground design and construction. The lecture entitled, "Thoughts on 50 Years Underground", was held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the CUNY Graduate Center. This was the second in the annual series of lectures sponsored by the ASCE Metropolitan Section Geotechnical Group.
ASCE Met Section members Sissy Nikolaou and Ramon Gilsanz, with participation from NYC firms WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff and Gilsanz Murray Steficek, were lead members of the reconnaissance mission following the April 16th, 2016, Mw7.8 Muisne, Ecuador earthquake.
The mission arrived in stricken country few days after the earthquake with a USA group formed by the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), in collaboration with the Applied Technology Council (ATC) and worked together with Ecuadorian members of the engineering and academic community.
By Erik Metzger
History & Heritage Committee Chair
When the ASCE Convention was held in New York City last fall, I got to meet Jerry R. Rogers, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, a member of ASCE’s National History & Heritage Committee. During his time in New York City, Jerry visited a number of the Met Section’s historic civil engineering landmarks but also went to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn to look for the gravestones of three civil engineers who were early presidents and co-founders of ASCE: