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President's Message - Welcome to the New Term!

JanePresidentWebIt is with great excitement that I officially welcome you to ASCE LA YMF's 2014-2015 term! I am honored and humbled to serve you as the new YMF President. I will be succeeding George Huang, our very talented and dedicated Past-President, and I will do my best to continue to build upon the outstanding work he has done.

At LA YMF's recent Annual Strategic Planning Retreat, we've laid the foundation for a very exciting and productive year ahead. Moving forward, we plan to build upon five major goals:

  1. Increase ASCE Membership
  2. Promote ASCE and our Profession in the Community
  3. Give Back to the Community
  4. Improve Professional Development Opportunities
  5. Align our Goals with ASCE Branch, Section, and Society

To carry out our goals, we have assembled an amazing Board of Directors full of both fresh and familiar faces, and I feel very privileged to lead such a strong, energetic, and talented group of individuals. I invite all of you to seek out and introduce yourselves to the committee chairs and executive board members at our next event. LA YMF is one of the most well-respected YMF groups in the country because of dedicated young leaders such as them and active members such as yourselves. This is your opportunity to get more involved, give back to the community, build your network, develop your skills, and much more! The Board of Director's commitment to you is to empower the membership to address the interests and needs of the engineering community. So to that end, we need your participation and input!

We look forward to what promises to be a successful year of serving the ASCE community of Los Angeles!

Jane Tran, P.E.
ASCE LA YMF President

Upcoming LA YMF Events

  • From January 23, 2015 7:00 am to February 01, 2015 11:59 pm

    Event Information:

    LA YMF invites submissions of high-quality papers describing published technical work, engineering projects, or professionals ethics.  Three prestigious awards are available, including the Collingwood Prize, Daniel W. Mead Prize, and Alfred Noble Award.  Other engineering awards are also available through the same link on ASCE's website: http://www.asce.org/ym_events_and_recognition/ 

    Note that students are also eligible for one of the awards.  Submissions are due February 1st, 2015.  Don't miss out on this opportunity to distinguish yourself!

    *Please notify LA YMF of your submission!*  Any applicants are eligible for a raffle!

    2015-01-23 07:00:00
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  • From January 23, 2015 8:00 am to February 20, 2015 10:00 pm

    Event Information:

    As part of our preparation for E-Week, we are putting together a beautiful, full-colored E-Week Celebration Booklet! It will feature descriptions of activities throughout the week, messages from the Mayor and other public figures, photography from our very own Paul Choy, history of LA landmarks, and many other cool things. But we need your help in populating this booklet, and quick! We’re hosting an art contest to find some drawings, graphic designs, or other interesting things we can post related to engineering, and we need it by January 30th!

    It’s a short time frame, but definitely worth it. With over 1000 printed copies, the winner will receive city-wide recognition! On top of that, we’re offering a free copy of the Centennial Celebration Book ($55 value) and admission to our “Professionals Night” Banquet. More than anything, you’re helping our 1st Edition E-Week Celebration Booklet be a success! Applicants can be anyone, including kids, non-engineers, etc. Maybe engineers can enlist the help of their kids!

    Please spread the word and post this in your office bulletins or send them to your school contacts! Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

    Click HERE to see our flyer and spread the word!

    2015-01-23 08:00:00
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  • From January 24, 2015 8:30 am to January 24, 2015 5:00 pm

    Event Information:

    What will you do after the next major earthquake? UCLA is partnering with the national Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) group to host an earthquake reconnaissance workshop on January 24, 2015 from 8:30 am-5:00 pm. The presenters will be introducing new post-earthquake reconnaissance tools to investigate earthquake damage.

    RSVP at EERI's website!

    Date and Time: Saturday 1/24/2015, 8:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Location: 405 Hilgard Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90095

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  • From January 28, 2015 6:00 pm to January 28, 2015 8:00 pm

    Event Information:

    Date: Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

    Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM

    Location: Metro Board Room (3rd Floor)

    Address: One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 

    RSVP: EmailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

    Can you imagine $27 billion for rail transit expansion in LA? Join ASCE and Move LA for a discussion about the potential to transform Los Angeles with a robust, diverse, and sustainable transportation system. The discussion will be led by Denny Zane, executive director for Move LA and former mayor of Santa Monica. Move LA helped champion Measure R in 2008 and continues to advocate for a comprehensive transportation infrastructure for Los Angeles County with a new Measure R. Be sure to join us and find out how a potential ½ cent sales tax for could fund $90 billion of transportation projects to improve the mobility of LA! Click here to view the event flyer.

    2015-01-28 18:00:00
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  • From January 29, 2015 6:00 pm to January 29, 2015 8:00 pm

    Event Information:

    What: LA YMF Earthquake Hazards Inspection Presentation by Arup

    Topics: The presentation will cover ASCE 31-03 Tier one evaluation (with reference to ASCE 41-13 and RVS screening methodologies), and the associated data management, post processing, report automation etc.

    When: Thursday, January 29, 2015, 6pm - 8pm

    Where: Arup Downtown Los Angeles Office, 14th Floor
    811 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1460, Los Angeles, CA 90017

    Contact: Please contact Thuy Nguyen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP or for more information.

    CLICK HERE to see event flyer.

    2015-01-29 18:00:00
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  • From January 29, 2015 6:30 pm to January 29, 2015 8:30 pm

    Event Information:
    • What: LA YMF Resume Workshop with USC ASCE
    • When: Thursday, Jan 29, 2015, 6:30-7:30 pm
    • Where: University of Southern California (USC); Kaprielian Hall (KAP), Room 209
    • Why: Let's help provide advice to the students!
    • Who: To volunteer, RSVP to Ben at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
    2015-01-29 18:30:00
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  • From February 07, 2015 10:00 am to February 07, 2015 2:00 pm

    Event Information:

    Calling all creative engineers!  We are co-hosting a mini competition among professionals and college students to brainstorm design challenges for our K-12 outreach program!  Participants will form teams, create a hands-on engineering design challenge for kids, and present it to a panel of judges.  The layout is very informal, no experience is required, Iridescent's educational staff will be offering help to refine the ideas, and all design challenges will be considered for our K-12 activities.  The winner will have the amazing opportunity to be featured in an animated video by Iridescent Learning such as this aeolipile activity

    This is a very special opportunity for civil engineers to reach out to thousands of kids across the nation, so please join us!  Lunch will be served.  Space is limited to 25 people so please RSVP soon!

    • What: ASCE/Iridescent Design Challenge Workshop
    • When: Sat, Feb. 7th, 2015, 10am-2pm
    • Where: Iridescent Science Studio, 553 W 23rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90007
    • Why: Let's make math and science fun!
    • Who: Contact Jane to learn more or RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

    To learn more about our partnering organization, Iridescent, follow this link: www.iridescentlearning.org.  

    2015-02-07 10:00:00
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  • From February 08, 2015 8:00 am to February 08, 2015 1:30 pm

    Event Information:

    Join ASCE LA YMF for a Sunday morning hike in Altadena. We will be hiking up the Mt. Lowe trail to Inspiration Point which has beautiful views of the city and surrounding mountains. The hike is about 7 miles long, we are estimating to be hiking for 4 hours or so. Please bring plenty of water and snacks. This is a beginner to intermediate hike. Come spend some time in the outdoors with ASCE! After the hike we will stop for lunch at a local spot. 

    Please arrive by 8 AM and we will be on the trail by 8:30 AM.

    To R.S.V.P. or for questions contact : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 562.810.6560

    Date and Time:
    Sunday 2/8/2015
    8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Mount Wilson Red Box Road & Mount Lowe Road, Angeles National Forest, Altadena, CA91001

    Driving Directions: 
    From the 210 Freeway in La Cañada Flintridge, head northeast on Angeles Crest Highway (CA 2) for 14 miles and turn right on Mount Wilson Road Box Road (after mile marker 38). Drive 2.3 miles to the Markham Trailhead at Eaton Saddle and pull into the dirt lot on the right at the start of Mount Lowe Road.

    Please see link for more information on this hike: Link to Hike Info

    2015-02-08 08:00:00
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  • From February 12, 2015 6:00 pm to February 12, 2015 8:00 pm

    Event Information:

    What: Regional Connector Transit Corridor Technical Presentation

    Who: Frank Frandina, PE, and Mike Lehnen, PE (Hatch Mott MacDonald)

    When: Thurs, Feb. 12th, 2015, 6pm-8pm

    Where: Taix French Restaurant, 1911 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

    Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non-members, and FREE for students.

    Construction has begun on a light-rail line that will connect key points in downtown Los Angeles and facilitate transfer-free travel across Los Angeles County.  Officials broke ground this past fall on the Regional Connector Transit Corridor, a 1.9 mile light-rail line Design-Build project that will link existing lines to improve mobility downtown and throughout the metropolitan area.  As part of ASCE LA YMF's 2015 Focus on Infrastructure Technical Presentations Series, come learn more about the 1 mile long twin tunnels, 0.7 miles of cut-and-cover tunnel, and 0.2 miles of at-grade alignment to close the gap.  The presentation will be given by Frank Frandina, P.E. (Executive Vice President and project Design Manager), and Mike Lehnen, P.E. (Vice President and project Fixed Facilities Manager) from the engineering firm, Hatch Mott MacDonald. 

    Registration includes dinner. Sponsor a student table for $300. To RSVP or for more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Click Here to Register

    2015-02-12 18:00:00
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  • From February 24, 2015 8:00 am to February 27, 2015 4:00 pm

    Event Information:

    Thank you for your interest in volunteering at ASCE's Engineers Week 2015! This is going to be an action packed week and we are going to need volunteers to make it happen. 

    We are asking that you commit to be at the event you choose for the entire day. Volunteers will be provided with parking, lunch, a shirt and some great memories. The estimated times for each day are listed below, you will received further details after your registration has been received. 

    Tuesday - Elementary Schools: 20 volunteers 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
    Wednesday - High Schools: 15 volunteers 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
    Thursday - Women's Day: 15 volunteers 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
    Friday - College Day: 20 volunteers 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM

    If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    See you there! Register in the link below:

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  • From February 27, 2015 6:00 pm to February 27, 2015 8:30 pm

    Event Information:

    Who: LA YMF younger member professionals (from any alma mater) and UCLA alumni providing advice to UCLA ASCE students
    What: Mock interviews and career panel
    When: February 27, 2015, 6-8:30 pm
    Where: UCLA, Boelter Hall 4275
    Please contact Ben Baker to RSVP and for more information:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    2015-02-27 18:00:00
    2015-02-27 20:30:00
  • From February 28, 2015 8:00 am to February 28, 2015 4:00 pm

    Event Information:

    Event Background

    ASCE annually hosts a Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition (PSBC) for the high school students in the Los Angeles, Orange County and San Bernardino/Riverside County area. This event brings together hundreds of local high school students to participate in a full-day celebration of math, science, and engineering. Through this competition, the students will gain exposure to the civil engineering profession while learning about the design process, team work, and meeting deadlines. The Popsicle stick bridges will be designed and constructed by the students prior to the event. On the day of the event, the students will present their bridge and test the strength of their bridge under a loading machine. This competition is a fun way for students to think critically, learn to problem solve, be innovative and collaborative, and recognize the importance of pursuing higher education.

    List of Volunteer Positions:

    Registration Assistant | Bridge Compliance Judge | Bridge Compliance Judge | Poster Display Judge | Presentation Judge | Presentation Scheduler | Technical Paper Judge | Impromptu Contest Facilitator | Bridge Testing Monitor | Scorer | Runner | Historian | Event Coordinators As Needed | Volunteer Info Booth | Media Coordinator | K-8 Tours | Student Tours | Videographer

    If you are not available all day don't worry, just let me know what hours you are available when you RSVP.

    REGISTER HERE:  https://2015-psbc-volunteers.eventbrite.com

    Please contact Eric Walker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions. 

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