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President's Message Print E-mail
Jagtar Khinda
Jagtar S. Khinda,
ASCE Met Section
On Monday, February 16th, the Met Section held its annual National Engineers Week Kid's Day event at the New York Hall of Science in Corona, NY. This event is designed to stimulate young minds through a series of fun and educational games. Children of all ages have an opportunity to take part in various hands-on activities that excite and pique their interest in how things work and hopefully leave them with a newfound appreciation of the field of science and engineering. National Engineers Week, along with the Future City, Girl Day and Global Marathon programs are run by DiscoverE.

Activity handouts provided to the kids were as follows:

  • Gumdrop Dome - The challenge here was to build a dome out of gumdrops and toothpicks and guess how many books the dome can support. Materials provided: 11 gumdrops and 25 tooth-picks.
  • Jenga - The challenge here was to build the tallest tower of blocks before it falls over. Materials provided: 1 set of 54 Jenga blocks.
  • Paper Bridge - The challenge here was to design and build a paper bridge using a sheet of paper and paper clips. Materials provided: 1 sheet of 8.5"x11" paper, 4 paper clips, 2 wooden abutments, 4 wooden pins, and pennies (as many as bridge could hold).
  • Paper Tower - The challenge here was to design and build the tallest tower using index cards and paper clips. Materials provided: 10 3"x 5" index cards and 20 paper clips.
  • Topple-A-tug - The challenge here was to build a boat of aluminum foil and to determine the greatest number of pennies the boat can hold. Materials provided: One 12" square sheet of aluminum foil and pennies.
  • Bridge Designer - The challenge here was to design the least expensive bridge that will pass a simulated load test. Materials provided: Bridge Designer 2015 computer simulation program on a laptop computer.
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.
Deep Soil Mixing Method: Design and Applications Print E-mail
Prof. George Filz (right) with Geotechnical Group Vice Chair, Jared Green. Photo by Sean Lee.
On February 26, 2015, Prof. George Filz, delivered the 5th Annual GZA Lecture at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.  The topic was "Deep Mixing Method: Design and Applications".
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.
Marmaray Bosphorus Immersed Tube Tunnel: Linking Two Continents, Engineering and Archeology Print E-mail
Pictured from left to right: Aram Setian, Vahan Tanal P.E., Kathryn Conlon P.E. and Eric Basu P.E.
On January 28, 2015, a partnership between the ASCE Met Section's Structures and International Groups hosted the third technical lecture on the Marmaray Bosphorus Immersed Tube Tunnel, as presented by Mr. Vahan Tanal, P.E., president of Vahan Tanal Consulting, Inc.
ASCE LIB Starts 2015: Gowanus Expressway Interim Repair Print E-mail
Director of WSP USA Transportation and Infrastructure, Steven Smith, (left) with ASCE LIB Vice President, Adam DeVito, (right).
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).