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President's Message Print E-mail
Jagtar Khinda
Jagtar S. Khinda,
ASCE Met Section
The month of April had a lot of activities to keep the Met Section President busy, between bi-weekly call-ins for the 2015 ASCE Convention preparations and for preparing and issuing the New York State Infrastructure Report Card, finalizing the award recipients for our Annual Dinner Dance, and various other Technical Group and Committee engagements.

It was a great honor to be invited by Bob Stevens and Tom Smith to this once-in-a-life time experience to join ASCE at the Engineering News-Record Award of Excellence Dinner at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square on Thursday, April 16th – a black-tie affair. The reception was at 5 pm and dinner was at 7 pm. Here is the list of other attendees at the table reserved by ASCE National:

  • Robert (Bob) D. Stevens, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, National President, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Leonard Cilli, A.M.ASCE, President, Cilli Environmental Group, LLC
  • Anthony (Tony) Bartolomeo, P.E., F.ASCE, President CEO, Pennoni Associates Inc.
  • Anthony L. Cioffi, P.E., M.ASCE, Region 1 Governor, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Loretta Cranbourne, Aff.M.ASCE, Managing Director, Marketing & Sales, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Natalie Zundel, Aff.M.ASCE, Director of Philanthropy, ASCE Foundation
  • Charles V. (Casey) Dinges IV, Aff.M.ASCE, Senior Managing Director, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Laura E. Champion, P.E., M. ASCE, Director, SEI, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Thomas (Tom) W. Smith, III, ENV SP, CAE, F.ASCE, Executive Director, American Society of Civil Engineers
The Adaptable Machine: TBMs as the Ideal Solution for Tunneling in Extreme Conditions Print E-mail
Mr. Lok Home (left) with Geotechnical Group Vice Chair, Jared Green. Photo by Ming Zhang.
Mr. Lok Home, President of The Robbins Company, delivered the 13th Annual William Barclay Parsons Lecture on the topic, "The Adaptable Machine: TBMs as the Ideal Solution for Tunneling in Extreme Conditions" on April 23, 2015 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).