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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".

After this, I flew to Dulles International Airport to attend the 2014 Presidents 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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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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Younger Member Perspective: Government Relations and Millennials Print E-mail
ASCE's New York State contingent attends a reception at the Cannon Caucus Room during the 2014 Legislative Fly-In.
By Peter S. Mancuso, P.E.

When generational theorists mention millennials, they describe a set of individuals identifiable by their indecision and pluralism. It is no secret that adults in their twenties and thirties identify less and less with any one culture, religion, and of course, political party. On top of that, fewer and fewer millennials trust that the government can actually achieve what it is meant to do. It is unsurprising, then, that ASCE younger members do not find themselves attracted to government relations.
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Met Section Establishes Local COPRI Chapter Print E-mail
Guy Buzzoni (left) with COPRI Met Section Chapter Chair Andrew Cairns (right) at the January 15th lecture.
On February 19, 2014, the Metropolitan Section signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ASCE's Coasts, Oceans, Ports & Rivers Institute (COPRI) to establish a new local chapter. The new chapter has elected officers and started off its activities with a series of lectures.
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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
YMF and Student Chapter Joint Meeting
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
144th Annual Civil Engineering Conference
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
COPRI Met Section Technical Meeting
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
2 PDH Meeting & Lecture - Capital Programs...The Future!
Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Architectural Record Innovation Conference 2014
Thursday, October 9th, 2014
October Technical Meeting
Friday, October 10th, 2014
Women in Architecture Forum & Awards
Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
YMF Officers October Meeting
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
2014 Langan Lecture

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