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President's Message Print E-mail
Jagtar Khinda
Jagtar S. Khinda,
President,
ASCE Met Section
September was indeed very busy and hectic month for me. Right after our Board meeting on September 9th, every weekend was taken up by ASCE activities: From September 12th-14th, I attended the Region 1 Assembly and New York State Council Meetings in Saratoga Springs—a historic town in upstate New York near where on October 17, 1777, "one of the most decisive victories in American and world history had been won by the Americans from the British" (see photos below of the attendees). On September 16th, I was at the COPRI Waterfront Social Event on Pier 66 in Manhattan; The following day, I attended the Infrastructure Group's technical lecture on the topic of "Bridge Assessment Management—Beyond the Short Term". See more details about this lecture under news events. 

After this, I flew to Dulles International Airport to attend the 2014Presidents and Governors Forum (PGF) at ASCE Headquarters in Reston, Virginia sponsored by Leader Training Committee, from September 20th-22nd; On September 23rd, I participated in "Diversity & Inclusion Best Practices for ASCE Section & Branches" – An ASCE eLearning and very useful webinar – a program we might like to start at Met Section—details will follow; On September 25th, I attended the Forensic Engineering Group's lecture on the topic of "Forensic Evaluation of Existing Truss Gusset Plates – Research and refined Analysis", held at Con Edison and finally, on September 27th, I attended the International Chinese Transportation Professional Association – US Northeastern Chapter (ICTPA-USNE) Annual Meeting Event.

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Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Celebrates 50th Anniversary Print E-mail
November 21, 2014 will mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. With a main span of 4,260 feet across the Narrows, the double-decked bridge carries twelve lanes of Interstate 278 and connects the New York City boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn. The bridge is named after the Florentine explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, who became the first European to sail into New York Harbor in 1524.
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Bridge Assessment Management – Beyond the Short Term Print E-mail
20140917_seminar1.jpg The Met Section Infrastructure Group and NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering cosponsored a technical lecture: "Bridge Assessment Management – Beyond the Short Term" on September 17, 2014 in Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Tariq M. Bashir, PE, Regional Bridge Asset Manager and Design Supervisor of NYSDOT Region 11 presented the guiding principles of New York State Department of Transportation's infrastructure investment and decision making and their application to Bridge Asset Management.
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LIB YMC Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity Print E-mail
The Long Island Branch Younger Member Committee recently volunteered with the Nassau County Habitat for Humanity Chapter to help rebuild a home severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Still, almost two years later, some Nassau County residents have not been able to return to the their homes due to the extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
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Met Section 49th Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Presentation Print E-mail
The Met Section recognized individual and project award winners, inducted new officers, and recognized its outgoing officers at its 49th Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Presentation, which was held on June 19, 2014 at Terrace on the Park in Flushing, Queens.
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YMF Tours the Catskills/Delaware Ultraviolet Facility Print E-mail
2014-06-12_del-cat_uv_site_tour2.jpg The $1.5B CAT|DEL Ultraviolet (UV) Facility provides secondary disinfection for all NYC's drinking water. With a capacity of more than 2,000-million-gallons-per-day, the facility is the world's largest - more than three times the capacity of the next largest municipal UV treatment facility in the United States, which is currently under construction in Los Angeles.
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Air Transport Group Holds 17th Annual Conference Print E-mail
Left to right: Michael Lorczak, Met Section Air Transport Group Treasurer; Jack Buchsbaum, PANYNJ; Bill Fife, Met Section Air Transport Group Chair
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Metropolitan Section's Air Transportation Group held their 17th annual one-day conference at Vaughn College near LaGuardia Airport on April 9, 2014. The event was again co-hosted by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. It was a successful gathering of over 150 engineers, architects, airport operators, airline executives, governmental officials and industry suppliers meeting to exchange new ideas in a dynamic setting.
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