The first 2 months of the new ASCE year has been an exciting time for the LA Younger Member Forum (YMF). We wasted no time in working to achieve our goals for the year; to increase member participation, promote professional development, support our student chapters and to increase the visibility of ASCE and our profession in our community.
The community service committee got off to a great start, we volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in October where we provided assistance in building 3 new homes for low income families and at the start of November we teamed up with the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition to serve meals to those in need.
Our university outreach program has been very active, we facilitated a student mixer that provided the opportunity for the YMF and our student chapters to highlight achievements from the past year and share goals and ideas. We also held resume and mock interview workshops to help our students prepare for their upcoming job fairs by fine tuning their resumes and helping them become more comfortable in an interview environment. This past weekend was the inaugural ‘Mini Pacific SouthWest Conference’ at Mother’s Beach in Long Beach where the student chapters practiced racing their concrete canoes, held sporting events and YMF organized a mock impromptu activity in preparation for the real thing at the end of March.
Our committees are currently busy planning our major annual events and are always looking for volunteers to help out, so if you have been considering getting more involved with LA YMF, now is the perfect time to join us. We have some fantastic events coming up over the holiday period including our Annual Holiday Networking Reception on December 10th at the Crocker Club in downtown LA and on December 19th we will be keeping with tradition with our annual holiday movie, this year we will be attending a screening of Gremlins at the Palace Theatre. See below for more information.
I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events or committee meetings and I wish you all a safe and happy holidays.
Phil Davies, P.E. President - LA Younger Member Forum
LA YMF invites everyone to attend our next monthly Board Meeting to learn more about our upcoming events and how you can get involved in our fun and active organization. All meetings include free dinner. This is a great opportunity for you to find out how you can help with our outreach, networking, and professional activities for the summer season! Click here for parking info.
ASCE at ULCA is hosting a mock interview workshop. Volunteers are needed to act as the interviewer and provide feedback to the students on their interview skills. Come along and join LA YMF in helping future professionals develop the skills required to land their first job!
What: ASCE LA YMF UCLA Interview Workshop with Civil Engineering Professionals
When: Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Where: UCLA Boelter Penthouse, 580 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Why: Give students constructive feedback about their interview skills.
UCLA ASCE has been advertising the event and is looking forward to practicing their interview skills with industry professionals from LA YMF following their Febriary 4th career fair.
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 | Aesthetics 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 us know what hours you are available when you RSVP.
To find out more about the event, visit our PSBC homepage at http://bridge.mlab-ymf.org
Engineers Week 2016 is a national event that is being celebrated locally in Los Angeles in conjunction with Los Angeles Council District 1. The week will include four days of events where volunteers will be needed to help guide the 600 anticipated participants. Volunteers will receive lunch, a shirt, free parking and are invited to join the Closing Reception Friday evening.
What: Engineers Week 2016 Volunteers
Tuesday February 23rd - Elementary School Day 8am to 3pm
Wednesday February 24th - Middle School Day 8am to 3pm
Thursday February 25th - Women's Day 8am to 3pm
Friday February 26th - High School Day 8am to 3pm
Where: Elementary & Middle School at Los Angeles City Hall; Women's Day at Los Angeles Zoo; High School Day at LA Department of Water & Power
Why: Introduce engineering to our future leaders!
Who: Anyone and everyone!
Volunteer Sign up: http://
Parking Details: At sign out please provide your name and email to RSVP for FREE parking at MWD underground parking. This is needed to provide a list to the guard at the gate.
Join us for a technical presentation from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Metropolitan Water Department, MH Global and California's Regional Water Quality Control Board, discuss the future of California's drought. Come find out what some of California's public agencies have done to mitigate the impacts and help with this issue. In addition, we will have a networking hour prior to presentation.
What: ASCE LA-YMF Engineers Week Technical Presentation
When: Tue, Feb. 23rd, 2016, 6 PM-8 PM
Where: MWD's Committee Room (Lower Level) located at Union Station. 700 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Why: Celebrate Engineers Week 2016
Join us at the Closing Reception for Engineers Week 2016 at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. There will be a short program featuring participating City leaders, recognition of sponsors and volunteers, and a re-cap of the week. Food and refreshments will be provided.
Join LA YMF at our 17th Annual Student Night and Job Fair (SNJF), an event gathers over 200 students from the 11 local universities in the ASCE LA Section region, and serves to recognize outstanding student members with scholarships and awards, to provide our engineering students with the opportunity to find employment, and to facilitate interactions among employers, young professionals, and students.
If your company currently has open job opportunities and/or is looking for an opportunity to network with some of the brightest and most talented civil engineering students within the Greater Los Angeles area, we encourage you to consider sponsoring and attending our event. For more information, visit our SNJF website at http://snjf.mlab-ymf.org.