Tuesday, 25 April 2017 20:34

Spring Technical Presentations

Hollywood Park and City of Champions Revitalization Project

As one of the largest development projects in the nation, the Hollywood Park City of Champions Revitalization Project includes the construction of a band new football stadium, performance venue, lake park, a hotel, almost a 1 million square foot of retail and office space, a 2,500 residential unit and more! Our speaker, Henrik Nazarian, P.E, VP Regional Manager of David Evans and Associates Inc. and one of the first individuals to be involved in this project gave us the history of the project. The project site was purchased in 2006. Final Engineering was done between 2010-2011. Construction Started in Summer of 2014 with Turner on board as construction contractors. The City of Champion Revitalization Project Initiative was approved by the people during the beginning of 2015. NFL approved at the beginning of 2016 and currently this project is under construction. The Challenges this project has encountered are the following: The casino was to be operating (24/7 since city revenue depends on this), Phasing and demolition schedules, unknown utilities, FAA height limits, LACDPW MTD Storm drains, over 5M of Earthwork! This presentation will soon be followed by a site visit expected late summer early Fall!

North Outfall Sewer (NOS) 6th/ Mission Emergency Repair

60-inch semi-elliptical sewer, the North Outfall Sewer (NOS), built in the 1920's, collapsed on Mission Road near the 6th Street during summer of 2016. This resulted with a bridge demolition and a overflow of 2.4 million gallons of sewage onto the streets and into our storm drains next of the Los Angeles River. Our speaker, Javier Dennis,Environmental Engineering Associate with the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Sanitation,presented the history of the NOS, details of the sewer collapse, mitigation and repair efforts, and current assessment and rehabilitation efforts. The lessons learned the Bureau of sanitation knows is that there is an accelerated rate of corrosion, pipe degradation is occurring at a fast pace, and changes in pipe causes changes. The bureau expects to replace the remaining 60" pipe with the 63" or 66" or circular RCP.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 20:21

2017 Student Night and Job Fair

On February 3rd, 2017 over 170 students, industry professionals, and guests made their way to the Annual Student Night & Job Fair held this year at the Conga Room in Downtown Los Angeles. Students from Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly SLO, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach, CSUN, Loyola Marymount UCI, UCLA, and USC as well as 17 corporate sponsors enjoyed a night of networking and the celebration of student accomplishments. Los Angeles ASCE presidents, LADOT Principle Engineer Zaki Mustafa gave their insights on the importance of civil engineering to the young students and we also enjoyed a guest appearance from Region 9 Governor Jay Higgins.

SNJF is an opportunity to celebrate the ways in which students are going above and beyond in the field of Civil Engineering and LA YMF is proud to assist them in their professional pursuits. Throughout the night various individual scholarships were awarded to the top applicants. CSUN won the award for most student members in attendance and earned a cash prize to go towards PSWC, and UCLA won Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year.

After night was over, our members enjoyed a night of dancing that the Conga Room knew best.

The wonderful night would not have been possible without all the volunteers, sponsors, and attendees.

Friday, 05 August 2016 12:51

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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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!

Monday, 20 June 2016 20:10

Getting to Know... - June Edition

This month we are getting to know Katie Hickey, our current Social Activities Chair and Brian Phan, our K-12 Outreach Chair.

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Where did you grow up?

Where did you grow up?

Small town in Massachusetts (not Boston…believe it or not there is more to the state than one city!) Although I don’t live there any more, I still considered Rosemead, California as my home town. In Rosemead, I went to Muscatel Middle School and Rosemead High School.

Where did you go to college?

Where did you go to college?

USC (University of Southern California).

I attended California State University of Los Angeles. During my academic career I was ASCE executive board as Vice President, Survey Team Captain, PSWC conference chair, and Steel Bridge competition member. I was also sat on the board for Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and participated in the seismic design competition.

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 recently started a new job at a small engineering firm called WKE (Wei Koo Engineering). We do mostly transportation design for rail and roadway projects. I do structural design, so bridges, retaining walls, culverts etc. Right now I’m working on design for the I-5 widening in Mission Viejo and before that I worked on SR-91 widening design build project out in Corona, and also the Devore Interchange (I-15 to 215) design build. Over the past 7 years, I’ve worked on other projects like the Metro Orange line extension in Canoga park, Express Lanes project on I-10 and 110 freeways (fun fact almost every sign structure on that project is special designed by yours truly!). I also did a stint working for FEMA as a technical assistance contractor in New York after Hurricane Sandy a few years ago.

After working at a few firms, I finally settled at LADOT as a Transportation Engineer Associate as part of the Metro Program team. My primary project is Crenshaw/LAX transit project which is an 8.5-mile light-rail line connecting LAX to the Expo line. The rail line will run between the Expo Line on Exposition Bl and the Metro Green Line. As a transportation engineer, LADOT works close with consultants to ensure that all designs to meet city standard and safety regulations. I am responsible for checking and designing signal plans for rail intersections. In addition, I design connections that pair up with Los Angeles ATSAC (Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control) system to ensure all interconnect cables are properly linked.

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’ve been involved with YMF since I graduated from college in 2011 as Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition Chair and now as a Social Chair. I got involved initially with ASCE as a student working on the concrete canoe project, Concrete Canoe Captain, and President of my student chapter.

I have been in ASCE since I first started college and have been involved ever since. ASCE has become more of a life style as it incorporates both interested of my personal and professional life. Being involved in ASCE has connected me with some of the most amazing people in my profession and it has helped me tremendously grow as a young professional. I have made some awesome friends and always have a good time working with ASCE. In addition, I love helping out my community which pairs up with some of the goals at ASCE.

My involvement in LA YMF included
• K-12 Outreach Co Chair (2014 – Present)
• Social Media Chair
• PSBC Co-chair / Committee Member
• WRYMC Committee Member
• Civil Engineering Club Advisor/Mentor

Are you involved with any other professional organizations?

Are you involved with any other professional organizations?

I attend WTS events when I can and have gone to several AAa/e (Asian American Architects and Engineers) over the years as well. There are so many activities and events within ASCE that it can be difficult to make time for other organizations. I do look forward to be involved with ITE in the near future.

What are your interests outside of engineering?

What are your interests outside of engineering?

Travel! I want to see the world and try to take one international trip a year (and am always looking for chill travel buddies!) I also read a lot of books and enjoy tasting all of the delicious beers and wines both locally and when I travel.

I love working with kids and inspiring the next generation of engineers. Growing up, I didn’t know what an engineer was so if I can enlighten the younger generation, perhaps they can pick the road map to become an engineer.

One of my biggest passions is being the Engineering Coach for Muscatel Middle School Science Olympiad Team. I’ve been a coach for 3 years and spend a majority of my free time and weekends helping the students design and create some of the most amazing engineered devices. Competition is extremely fierce but that’s what makes it fun and worthwhile. As a coach, I was fortunate to win multiple Southern California Championships and represent California at the National Science Olympiad Tournament.

What is your most prized/treasured possession?

What is your most prized/treasured possession?

I can’t live without my phone, but I wouldn’t call it a “prized” possession…but I don’t think I really have one. I think when it comes down to it if my apartment was on fire and I could only grab one thing to take with me it would be my cat, Monster.

Don’t think I have anything too valuable that I can’t replace.  I do like to safe keep all my photos that I take.

What is your dream vacation?

What is your dream vacation?

I would love to go to Italy and Greece BUT without all of the other tourists…so a month in each without having to deal with all of the other people!

I look forward to vacationing in Japan! I love the culture, people, lifestyle, and food! I do plan on making my dream come true this year =).

By Ben Baker

On Sunday, May 1, ASCE LA YMF played a friendly softball game versus the student chapters, mainly Cal State Northridge (CSUN) and Cal State LA (CSULA). The game has been held annually for several years, and this year it was held at the Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks (VNSO) Recreation Center. Warm-ups began at 11 am. The game started by noon and was over a bit after 1 pm. Graduating seniors got a round of applause as congratulations for their upcoming commencement. Subway sandwiches were provided for all. This year, LA YMF got off to an early lead and held it throughout, taking possession of the trophy. Both of LA YMF's sports chairs and several LA YMF players from LA County DPW played a key role in the team's success.

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Monday, 25 April 2016 09:39

Getting to Know... - May Edition

This month we are getting to know Laura Rockett, our current Membership Chair and Ben Baker, our University Outreach Chair.

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Where did you grow up?

Where did you grow up?

Pembroke, Massachusetts – a suburb south of Boston. I grew up in Burbank, CA.

Where did you go to college?

Where did you go to college?

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) located in Worcester, Massachusetts I graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor's of Science in civil and environmental engineering. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a Master's of Science in engineering and project management.

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 Los Angeles County Department of Public Works where I’m currently in our Road Maintenance Division. I provide engineering assistance to our field crews that maintain the roadways, sidewalks, and urban forest in portions of the unincorporated South Los Angeles and East Los Angeles areas. In addition, I manage a number of contracts, review construction plans for larger improvement projects, take field surveys, handle constituent concerns, review policies related to road maintenance, and a number of other small things. Maintenance may sound a little boring compared to big engineering projects, but it’s very important and definitely keeps me busy!

Prior to this assignment, I spent 4 years in our Watershed Management Division where my biggest accomplishment was helping to create the Department’s Sediment Management Strategic Plan. The plan helped to identify various long-term solutions to relocate and reuse sediment that needs to be removed from our reservoirs and debris basins to free up capacity for more water conservation and ensure public safety.

I work for Walsh Group as a project engineer as part of the joint venture team known as Walsh Shea Corridor Constructors. We have a design-build contract worth over $1 billion with Metro for the 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Corridor light rail transit line. I have experience on various other projects from my work at KPFF, LABOE, CPUC, LBNL, JPL, USDOT, etc.

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’ve been involved with ASCE (specifically LA YMF) for about 7 years. I have been the Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition Co-Chair twice, Community Service Outreach Chair, Social Coordinator Co-Chair, Vice President, and am currently our Membership Co-chair. (Join ASCE!!) I have been an ASCE member since my undergraduate freshman year, 2006. I became involved with the LA Younger Member Forum in Fall 2012 and I have been University Outreach Chair since 2013.

Are you involved with any other professional organizations?

Are you involved with any other professional organizations?

No, but I do occasionally attend some of my sorority’s (Alpha Gamma Delta) alumnae events. Not extensively at the moment.

What are your interests outside of engineering?

What are your interests outside of engineering?

To list a few: running (5k, 10k, half marathon), hiking, camping, baking, softball, volunteering, and traveling when I can. That, and basically anything that sounds like it would be fun! I enjoy spending time with my family, including my two nieces. I enjoy reading. I enjoy keeping up to date with the news from sources such as The Wall Street Journal and the PBS News Hour. I enjoy getting exercise outdoors such as hiking and running on the beach.

What is your most prized/treasured possession?

What is your most prized/treasured possession?

If I were going to rescue one thing from a fire, I’d probably have to say my photos. I’m not huge on possessions, but really treasure my memories and experiences. I find that photos are a great reminder of many good times I’ve had and amazing places I’ve been.

I have a lot of love for my family and I am grateful for my friends. Whereas my car, laptop, bicycle, etc. could be replaced if necessary, I could not replace the people in my life.

What is your dream vacation?

What is your dream vacation?

To travel most of the world and see everything! It’ll be a long time until this can happen for me, so until then I’ll just piece together trips here and there to check new places off my list. I have enjoyed watching The Amazing Race. There are several places around the world I hope to visit eventually. An around-the-world ticket to several locations would be great. I went to Hawai'i during the ASCE Pacific Southwest Competition, and I would be glad to visit again.
Thursday, 14 April 2016 08:57

St Patrick's Day Happy Hour With UCI Alumni

By Kevin Woods

St Patrick's Day brought LA YMF and the UCI Engineering Alumni Association to Barney's Beanery in Pasadena. There was green everywhere from the drinks to clover shaped glasses. They even offered a special Irish menu that offered corned beef and cabbage. It was a festive night with lots of socializing and good eats and drinks that kept everyone engaged. If you missed out, don't fret, we'll be joining our friends from the LA Association of Environmental Professionals at Far Bar in Little Tokyo on April 28th!

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Thursday, 14 April 2016 08:35

Engineers Week 2016

By Sabrina Rivera

A warm February morning was suddenly brought to life as a stream of 4th graders got off their bus in front of City Hall. Excited voices echoed down the hallways of Los Angeles City Hall as ASCE LA’s annual Engineers Week kicked off with the Elementary Egg Drop Egg-stravaganza. About 175 students from four local elementary schools participated in the first day of activities which included a presentation to Los Angeles City Council, a tour of City Hall, hands-on activities, and of course the egg drop.

For the third consecutive year, the City of Los Angeles proclaimed the last week of February, the 22nd to 27th this year, as Engineers Week. ASCE representatives received a copy of the proclamation along with the City Engineer, and Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo. E-week is a chance to recognize engineers from all disciplines who build and maintain the backbone of our cities and take technology to new places; ASCE LA YMF helped to bring this goal to life for 600 students within our local community this year.

Wednesday invited middle schoolers to LA City Hall where they had an opportunity to learn more about the drought and what the future of space exploration holds. Students created and tested a water filter with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, while the Jet Propulsion Laboratory brought out one of their model Mars Rovers. The students went wild when they allowed the JPL robot to “run-over” them. The three finalists of the essay competition on California’s drought were presented to the City’s Board of Public Works. After listening to the presentation and reviewing each report, the Board selected and announced the essay and scholarship winner that afternoon.

Women’s Day was held on Thursday and brought about 100 high school women to the Los Angeles Zoo. The day began with a walking tour of the facility, led by a female project manager from the City of LA, which covered recent innovations made to habitat facilities for the animals at the Zoo. Presentations and activities on the drought and space exploration were again hosted by MWDSC and JPL.

The final event of the week, High School Day, was hosted on Friday where almost 200 students filled the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Auditorium early in the morning. The first speakers covered technical and leadership topics before students competed in building paper boats that sailed the pond at the front of the DWP building. The winning team used all of the weights prepared for the competition! To end the day, students returned indoors for closing remarks, the presentation of scholarship checks to the first and second place essay winners, lunch, and an engineering fair.

ASCE LA YMF, in partnership with Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo, hosted an Engineers Week to remember for many students within in the City of Los Angeles. An evening technical discussion was held for professional members and college students with experts from local agencies and the State Water Resources Control Board on the current drought in California. A Closing Reception for all participating individuals was also held that provided a chance for everyone to wind down, enjoy the company of their fellow volunteers, and set their sights higher for 2017. We would like to thank all of our volunteers and sponsors, without who this celebration of engineering would not have been possible.

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Tuesday, 12 April 2016 14:26

CSULA Professional Development Workshop

By Ben Baker

On Friday, April 8, 2016, ASCE LA YMF volunteers held a workshop on the fourth floor of the engineering building at California State University, Los Angeles. 

The evening began with a presentation on best practices for resumes. Students and professionals then engaged in an interactive question and answer session. LA YMF offered advice to the students about job interviews based on personal experience. Through responses to students’ questions, LA YMF discussed different civil engineering career paths, steps to licensure, and ethics. Students learned about upcoming ASCE social events and scholarship opportunities.

Finally, students met with LA YMF professionals on a one-to-one basis to go over feedback that was prepared based on resumes that students had submitted before the workshop.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 14:13

PSWC Alumni Meetup

By Sabrina Rivera

The Pacific South Western Conference (PSWC) is an annual event that isn’t just for students anymore. After the 2016 conference hosted by CSU, Long Beach from March 31st to April 2nd in Long Beach, CA, the LA Section YMFs hosted a meet up happy hour for alumni from all 18 competing schools.

This was a chance for PSWC volunteers and judges to take a break and enjoy the warm summer weather, see old friends and make new ones while enjoying delicious snacks and cool drinks. The turn-out was much bigger than anticipated with over 70 alumni from 12 schools represented. The patio was relaxing with sounds of a reggae band warming up as the night progressed. Overall this was a great event and a chance to show that ASCE isn’t just about a conference or a school but about a community with many shared experiences and goals. We hope you can join use for the next event after PSWC 2017!

 

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