LA YMF Board Members

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  • Sabrina Rivera - President

    Sabrina Rivera is a Water Resources Engineer with Arcadis based in Los Angeles, CA. Her focus on the design and planning of water and wastewater infrastructure in southern California. Sabrina is a graduate of CSU, Long Beach and has been involved with ASCE since her student years.
  • Ruwanka Purasinghe – President Elect

    Ruwanka Purasinghe is a Civil Engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). He is currently working for the Geotechnical Engineering Group in the Water Engineering and Technical Services Division. His current projects include the Griffith Park South Water Recycling Project, City Trunk Line South Tunneling Projects, and a variety of Reservoir/Dam projects for the City of Los Angeles. Ruwanka earned his B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis and his M.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Los Angeles. Outside of his normal job, Ruwanka teaches Soil Mechanics 1 at CSULA and his interests include Sports, Traveling, and Fashion/Sneakers. Ruwanka is currently serving as President-Elect.
  • Phil Davies, P.E. - Past-President

    Phillip Davies was born and raised in the United Kingdom. He received his Master's degree in Civil Engineering from Coventry University in 2008. He moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and currently works for Hatch Mott MacDonald on the California High Speed Rail and Regional Connector Projects. He was recognized as ASCE Region 9's Outstanding Civil Engineer in Legislative Activities (2014). Phil served as the 2015-16 LA YMF President and is currently serving as LA YMF Past President.
  • Arman Motavvef, P.E. – Vice President

    Arman Motavvef is an Assistant Engineer in the Structural group at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He has previous structural design experience as a Design Engineer at Brandow & Johnston, Inc., working on the design of the 73 story Wilshire Grand tower in Los Angeles. Arman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at UC Irvine and his Master's Degree in Structural Engineering at UC San Diego. Arman served as Co-Community Service Chair and as Secretary before becoming Vice President. Outside of ASCE, his interests include visiting museums of any kind, going to concerts and musicals, cooking, and running.
  • Brian Phan - Secretary

    Brian Phan is a Civil Engineering student at Cal State L.A. Brian has been involved in ASCE since he was a freshmen as a Steel Bridge competition member and as External Vice-President of his ASCE student chapter. Besides school and work, Brian volunteers as the engineering coach for the nationally ranked Muscatel Middle School Science Olympiad team. On his spare time, Brian likes travel, cook slow-smoked BBQ, snowboard, help out his community, karaoke, explore local cities for good eats, and relax with his friends. His dedication to ASCE and coaching has influenced him to serve as LA YMF Secretary this year.
  • Zsolt Horvath, P.E. - Treasurer

    Born and raised in Hungary, Zsolt moved to Los Angeles for a job opportunity in 2011 after earning his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Budapest. Zsolt is a Tunnel Engineer with global consulting firm Mott MacDonald and he is a licensed Professional Engineer in in the state of California. For the past 2 years Zsolt has been an integral part of MM's team delivering the final design of LA Metro's Regional Connector Project as well as being involved with tunnelling projects nationwide. Zsolt joined ASCE YMF soon after he moved to Los Angeles and has served in various capacities since then, including PE Review Course Chair and Secretary. The 2016/17 term marks Zsolt’s second year as Treasurer.
  • Jane Tran, P.E. - WRYMC Co-Chair

    Jane Tran is an alumnus of the University of California, Berkeley, and an Engineer IV for Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM). She is a licensed Civil Engineer in California currently working on the structural design of underground station boxes and aerial structures for rail transit projects. Her experience includes design and task management for various transportation infrastructure projects throughout California, including the Regional Connector Project, CA High Speed Rail, and the LAX Modernization Project. She has been actively involved with ASCE LA YMF since 2008, and was recognized as the ASCE MLAB Outstanding Engineer in Community Service (2011) and ASCE MLAB Outstanding Younger Civil Engineer (2014). Jane is currently serving as the WRYMC 2017 Committee Co-Chair.
  • George Huang, P.E. - WRYMC Co-Chair

    George Huang is a Civil Engineering Associate for the City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering. He is currently working on street rehabilitation and widening projects for the Street Improvement and Stormwater Division. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He has been actively involved with ASCE LA YMF and has previously served as the University Outreach Coordinator, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, and President. He enjoys camping, biking, volunteering, basketball and tennis in his spare time. George is currently serving as LA YMF WRYMC 2017 Committee Co-Chair.
  • Laura Rockett - Engineers Week Chair

    Laura Rockett is a Principal Civil Engineering Assistant at the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, working in the Road Maintenance Division. Prior to her transfer to Road Maintenance in 2012, Laura spent four years working in the County's Watershed Management Division. She graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 2008 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Laura has been actively involved with the LA YMF since 2009 and previously co-chaired the Social Activities Committee, Community Service Committee, Popsicle Stick Bridge Committee and served as the LA YMF Vice-President. She is actively expanding her involvements with ASCE and is currently serving as the LA YMF Engineers Week Chair.
  • Benjamin Baker, P.E. - University Outreach Chair

    Benjamin Baker is currently a project engineer with Walsh Shea Corridor Constructors, the prime contractor joint venture for Los Angeles County Metro's Crenshaw/LAX rail transit project. In the past he has also worked as a project engineer in the civil division at KPFF Consulting Engineers, as an intern at the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Engineering (Bridge Improvement Division), and as a utilities engineer in the Rail Transit and Crossings Branch at the California Public Utilities Commission. He has a Master's of Science in Civil Engineering and Project Management from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor's of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCLA. He has been involved with ASCE since 2006, including as a former officer and project manager for the UCLA student chapter.
  • Brooke Crowe - Student Night and Job Fair Co-Chair

    Brooke is currently working for Accenture as a Technology Consulting Analyst, currently completing database architecture work on integration projects for various financial services companies. She graduated from UCLA in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering. While at UCLA, she was the ASCE at UCLA President, won the LA YMF Outstanding Student Member award (2014), and also received the UCLA HSSEAS Outstanding Large Student Organization Award. Brooke is currently serving as a LA YMF's Student Night and Job Fair Co-Chair.
  • Paul Lee - Student Night & Job Fair Co-Chair

    Paul is a recent grad that did his Bachelor's at UCLA and Master's at Berkeley. He is interested in a career sustainable infrastructure, LEED, and energy. Having been involved with ASCE since UCLA, he's now the co-chair for the Student Night Job Fair.
  • Kevin Woods - Social Activities Chair

    Kevin is a senior civil engineering assistant working on water system design improvements at the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works’ Waterworks Division. He graduated from UC Irvine with both his Masters and Bachelors of Civil Engineering. Besides ASCE, he enjoys working with his alma mater’s engineering alumni society, as president, and enjoying going out whether it’s playing sports, socializing, or camping. He is currently the Social Activities Chair.
  • Dana Robertson - PE Review Course Chair

    Dana is a Senior Civil Engineering Assistant with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. At the County, he works in the Road Maintenance Division and he has previous experience in traffic design and watershed management. Dana currently serves as the PE Review Course Co-Chair.
  • Kaitlin Hannon, P.E. - Community Service Chair

    Kaitlin Hannon is a registered Professional Civil Engineer working as an Engineering Assistant at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. Kaitlin graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in May 2010. After college she became involved with LA YMF as the University Outreach Chair, and is currently serving as the Community Service Co-Chair. Kaitlin's hobbies include cooking, swimming, going to the beach, and spending time with her family, friends and dog.
  • Charlie Hetland - Government Affairs Chair

    Charlie Hetland is a civil engineer for CH2M HILL in downtown Los Angeles, working on various highway and transit projects such as the SR 710 North Study. Charlie graduated from UC Irvine with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2013. He currently holds his E.I.T. and hopes to obtain his PE license next year. In addition, Charlie is an aficionado of transportation policy and politics. His interest in the dynamics between infrastructure and government has led him to become the Government Affairs Committee Co-Chair.
  • Michael VanWagoner - Sports Activities Chair

    Michael VanWagoner is a Civil Engineering Associate for the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering.  He currently works in the Proposition O Clean Water Division.  He assists in the project management of four storm water improvement projects across Los Angeles, including projects in the Pacific Palisades, San Pedro, and the Valley.  Michael received his Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California State University Long Beach in Spring of 2015, and has his E.I.T.  Michael is currently serving as the LAYMF Sports Activities Chair.  He enjoys playing hockey, exploring the outdoors, and water sports in his free time.
  • Rhonda El-Hachache - Community Service

    Rhonda El-Hachache is a Project Engineer working at W.E. O'Neil Construction. She is currently working on the Next on Lex Project, a 494-Unit apartment complex in Glendale, CA. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environment Engineering. She was involved in ASCE at UCLA and was the Project Manager of the Geotechnical Design team. She currently serves as the ASCE YMF Community Service Co-Chair.
  • Flor Hernandez - Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition Chair

    Flor Hernandez is an associate engineer for the Southern California Gas Company. She is currently working with the construction management team on the Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan (PSEP). Flor earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the California State University, Los Angeles, in 2015 and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Civil Engineering at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. After being an active member of her ASCE student chapter at CSULA, Flor is currently serving as the LA YMF Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition Chair.
  • Nargiss Majrooh - Scholarship Chair

    Nargiss Majrooh is an Senior Civil Engineering Assistant with the County of Los Angeles Dept. of Public Works, Hydrology and Drainage Section in the Land Development Division. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering and her Masters of Science in Structural Engineering. Previous to joining the LA YMF board, she served as President for ASCE California State University, Northridge and has been an active ASCE member since 2009. In her spare time, Nargiss’ interests include spending time with her family, exploring new ways to stay active and catching up with friends at lounges. Nargiss is currently serving as the LA YMF Scholarship Chair.