Getting to Know... - August Edition

This month we are getting to know Jane Horvath, our current Past President and WRYMC Co-Chair and Kaitlin Hannon, our Community Service Chair.

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Jane Horvath

 

                

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Kaitlin Hannon

Where did you grow up?

Where did you grow up?

San Jose, CA Salamanca, NY – a small town south of Buffalo.

Where did you go to college?

Where did you go to college?

UC Berkeley (B.A. in Architecture and Minor in Structural Engineering)

Syracuse University. Go Orange! I’m also just finishing up my Masters in Public Administration through CSUN.

Who do you work for? Tell us about some of the projects that you have worked on.

Who do you work for? Tell us about some of the projects that you have worked on.

I work for Mott MacDonald, specializing in the structural design of public transit infrastructure. My major past projects include design of airport bridges, railroad/highway bridges, utility structures, and underground stations for clients such as LAWA, California High Speed Rail Authority, and Metro. Aside from design, I also manage multi-disciplinary coordination.

I work for Los Angeles County Department of Public Works in the Water Resources Division. I work on water conservation facilities throughout the County. I’m currently managing five projects, and they range from the conceptual phase to the construction phase. Most of my projects involve improving the existing facilities to capture and conserve more stormwater. My day to day work involves coordination with other agencies, obtaining environmental and engineering permits, creating plans, performing calculations, applying for grant funding and managing grants that we’ve already obtained. I work with a great group of people and really enjoy what I do!

How long have you been involved with ASCE? What positions have you held?

How long have you been involved with ASCE? What positions have you held?

I joined ASCE in 2008 when I graduated and moved to L.A., looking for a way to give back to the community and develop my career at the same time. I’ve served on about 15 committees over the years, but held positions as Golf Tournament Chair, K-12 Outreach Chair, PE Review Course Chair, Conference Chair, Secretary, President, and YMF Liaison.

I have been involved with ASCE for about five years. I was University Outreach Chair for two years, I’m currently serving my third year as Community Service Co-Chair, and I’m the incoming Membership Chair. I’ve also been a part of other committees. I love helping plan ASCE events.

Are you involved with any other professional organizations?

Are you involved with any other professional organizations?

WTS, but I dedicate the majority of my volunteering efforts to ASCE. Not directly, but I’ve attended EWB events, and I always enjoy LA YMF’s joint events with other organizations.

What are your interests outside of engineering?

What are your interests outside of engineering?

Cycling and camping! I love taking my road bike for long rides and exploring the great outdoors. My hobby is triathlon training because it gives me an excuse to hit the beach every weekend (best place to swim-bike-run). Ever since I started commuting by train, I’ve picked up a reading habit and joined the Wanderlust Book Club.

I’m a big fan of dogs, and love hanging out with my own, Jameson. Since moving to LA I’ve got more into hiking and camping. I love travelling – some of my recent trips include Vancouver, Big Bear, and Pinnacles National Park.

What is your most prized/treasured possession?

What is your most prized/treasured possession?

My wedding ring, of course. But a close second is my beloved road bike… I have a knack for getting attached to sports equipment.

I would say my collection of photos. Most only exist in the digital realm, but I love going back through Instagram and facebook to reminisce on all the fun experiences I’ve had.

What is your dream vacation?

What is your dream vacation?

2 weeks in Iceland!!! Scuba diving by the tectonic plates, ice climbing massive waterfalls (and probably failing but it’s still awesome), riding horses/ backpacking across the wild frontier, and soaking in geothermal hot springs the size of an amusement park! Take me to Eylenda…

Some friends and I have been talking about a Bali trip, which sounds pretty dreamy!