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President's Message - Welcome to Los Angeles YMF!

CaptureIt 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, and I will do my best to continue to build upon the outstanding work our organization has accomplished.

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 March 26, 2015 6:00 pm to March 26, 2015 9:00 pm

    Event Information:

    Come to the next montly happy hour at the Public School 310 in Culver City on Thursday, March 26th for a fun night!  This event is casual and all are welcome. So bring your friends, family, and co-workers to lunch and/or meet up with us after work! Go Metro! The venue is located near the Culver City Exposition Line Metro Rail Station.

    Monthly happy hours are held on the 4th Thursday of every month. Check our calendar to see where next month's will be or let us know if you have any suggestions. We look forward to seeing you there!

    What: March Monthly Happy Hour
    When: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
    Where: Public School 310 (9411 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232)
    Why: Meet and network with other young professionals and have fun!
    Contact: RSVP to Emi Fujii at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    2015-03-26 18:00:00
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  • From March 31, 2015 6:00 pm to March 31, 2015 8:00 pm

    Event Information:

    Join LA YMF for the next "Focus on Infrastructure" series presentation. Our upcoming infrastructure topic will focus on existing structural buildings with a presentation by Mr. Patrick Noll, P.E. from Arup. The presentation will cover the Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings (ASCE 31-03 Tier 1 Evaluation) with reference to ASCE 41-13 and Rapid Visual Screening (RVS) assessment methodologies. The presentation will discuss the associated data management, screening of deficiencies, and performance evaluations considered to determine buildings with potential seismic risk based on seismic hazard, exposure, and structural vulnerability.

    Patrick Noll is a Senior Engineer in Arup’s Los Angeles office with 15 years of combined engineering and construction experience. His main focus was on construction documentation, construction administration and site supervision which enabled him to solve existing building design issues in a pragmatic manner. He was the project manager and engineer for the assessment of approximately 400 buildings across the globe. Patrick received his diploma in structural engineering from the University of Applied Science in Muenster, Germany and an MSc in Timber Engineering from Napier University in Edinburgh, Great Britain and is a registered Professional Engineer in California.

    What: Seismic Evaluation Methods and Retrofit of Existing Buildings Presentation by Arup
    When: Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 6pm - 8pm
    Where: Arup DTLA Office, 14th Floor (811 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1460, Los Angeles, CA 90017)
    Cost: $5 Early (by 03/23/15) | $8 Regular (after 03/23/15) | Free for Students
    Contact: Thuy Nguyen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

    Dinner is included with your registration. Click here to view flyer.

    CLICK HERE to Register

    2015-03-31 18:00:00
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  • From April 01, 2015 7:00 pm to April 01, 2015 9:00 pm

    Event Information:

    Geeks who Drink is helping LA YMF's 2015 CANstruction LA Team to takeover the weekly trivia night at King Harbor Brewing Company on Wednesday, April 1st to Quiz for a Cause!! What cause, you ask? The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank!

    The Cause
    LA YMF has a team competing for a second time in the Annual CANstruction LA competition being held April 9-12th. Last year, our 4000+ "CANimal Style" structure took home the honor of Best Meal. We're raising funds to purchase another 4000+ cans to compete again this year and try to take home another win! The structure will be on public display at Farmers and Merchants Bank in Downtown LA from April 9-12th. Stop by to see what your contributions built and vote for our structure! All the cans used and money raised during CANstruction voting will be donated to the LA Food Bank!

    What: Quiz for a Cause (View Flyer)
    When: April 1st, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Where: King Harbor Brewing Company (2907 182nd Street, Redondo Beach, 90278)
    Contact: RSVP to Laura (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) prior to the event.

    Fundraiser Details
    BUY IN: $10/person
    CASH PRIZE TBD (based on number of teams attending)
    CAN-DRIVE RAFFLE!! Bring a can of StarKist Light Chunk Tuna and enter our raffle! (The specificity may seem a bit fishy, but we need certain labels for our structure)

    Since we will be at a Brewery, we ask that only 21+ attend. (Sorry!) KHBC will also have a food truck on-site if you want to grab some dinner.

    2015-04-01 19:00:00
    2015-04-01 21:00:00
  • From April 04, 2015 9:30 am to April 04, 2015 3:00 pm

    Event Information:

    Spring season is approaching with longer daylight and sunnier skies, join us for a day of friendly soccer games with the Younger Member Groups from Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino/Riverside, Santa Barbara/Ventura, and San Diego. The winning YMF team will be awarded the possession of the coveted Soccer Champion Trophy and bragging rights! We need players of ALL skill levels and that means YOU!

    What: ASCE YMF Southern California Soccer Tournament
    When: Saturday, April 4th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
    Where: Ryan Bonaminio Park (5000 Tequesquite Ave, Riverside, CA 92501)
    Why: Play some soccer, get some exercise, and meet the other YMFs!
    Contact: Contact Anish to learn more or RSVP to represent the LA YMF team (wear blue shirt) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Preliminary Schedule:
    9:30a Overview of Rules
    10:00a Round 1: Round Robin (3 Matches)
    12:20p Lunch
    1:00p Semi-Final Matches
    2:00p Championship Game!!

    CARPOOLING
    We will be carpooling down to the location since it is quite drive. Details will be emailed to those who RSVP'd as the date gets closer.

    2015-04-04 09:30:00
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  • From April 09, 2015 6:00 pm to April 09, 2015 9:00 pm

    Event Information:

    Join us for a special happy hour on April 9th to celebrate the completion of our LA YMF Canstruction team's 4200+ can-structure for the 2015 Canstruction LA Competition! Following happy hour, we'll head over to see that structure in the Canstruction LA exhibit at the Farmers & Merchants Bank at the Downtown Art Walk. Join us for all or part of the evening! 

    If you can't make it to the Art Walk on the 9th but still want to see the exhibit, it will  be on display through April 12. Don't forget to vote for our structure!

    More on Canstruction LA: www.canstructionla.com
    More on Downtown Art Walk: www.downtownartwalk.org

    What: Canstruction Happy Hour & Downtown Art Walk
    When: Thurs, April 9th, 20156pm-9pm
    Where: Ebanos Crossing Lounge, 200 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Who: Contact Kaitlin to learn more and RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    2015-04-09 18:00:00
    2015-04-09 21:00:00
  • From April 17, 2015 12:00 pm to April 17, 2015 8:00 pm

    Event Information:

    Join the ASCE Los Angeles Section YMF Groups (Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino/Riverside, Santa Barbara/Ventura, Southern San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo) at the Pomona Fairplex from 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM and 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. We will be hosting an ASCE table near the center quad of the testing location. Visit our table for some free ASCE goodies and find out more about ASCE and your local Younger Member Group.

    After the P.E. exam (5:00PM - 8:00PM), join us at Innovation Brew Works (3650 West Temple Ave, Pomona, CA 91768) for a post exam social event to unwind, celebrate, relax and network. Free food and drinks will be provided by the YMF groups. Everyone is invited, especially the test takers!

    What: ASCE PE Booth and Post-Exam Social Hour
    When: Friday, April 27th, 2015, 6am-7pm and 12pm-1pm (PE Booth) and 5pm-8pm (Social Hour)
    Where: Pomona Fairplex (PE Booth), 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768 and
                Innovation Brew Works (Social Hour), 3650 West Temple Ave, Pomona, CA 91768
    Who: Contact Melissa Barbosa to learn more at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    2015-04-17 12:00:00
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  • From April 26, 2015 8:30 am to April 26, 2015 12:00 pm

    Event Information:
    What: Topanga Tree Planting with TreePeople
    When: Sunday, April 26 from 8:30am-12pm
    Where: Pacific Coast Hwy & S Topanga Canyon Blvd Malibu, CA 90265
     
    Event Information:
    Join ASCE LA YMF as we spend the morning planting trees on Sunday, April 26. We will meet at 8:30am at the intersection of the Pacific Coast Hwy & S Topanga Canyon Blvd in Malibu, where we will plant trees until 12pm
     
    This volunteer event is apart of TreePeople's mission to restore the Santa Monica Mountains. You can help make a difference! All tools and supplies will be provided. This is sure to be another great community service event. We will also be headed to Malibu Fresh Fish Market for lunch following the event. Please RSVP with Arman Motavvef (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Kaitlin Hannon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
    2015-04-26 08:30:00
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