General ASCE Information
The structure of our great organization can be a little tricky to understand. Our goal is to help you find the resources you want and understand what role ASCE LA YMF plays in the grand scheme of everything!
ASCE LA YMF is within the Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch (MLAB). As the parent to LA YMF, they assist us with events, K-12 outreach, and can give us overall guidance and funding. Above them, is LA Section, which consists of all 6 ASCE LA Section Branches (which make up most of Southern California). The LA Section reports to Region 9, which is the entire state of CA. Region 9 consists of Region Governors which help make decisions with Society and help out the sections, branches, YMFs, and student chapters. We have 5 schools that are a part of our jurisdiction and who we assist with funding and other resources.
Located in Reston, VA, Society maintains all decisions for the society as a whole and affects each Region (see map on the left), Section, Branch, YMF, and student chapter. The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society.
Society also provides many resources on Civil Engineering news such as the National Infrastructure Report Card. More information can be found on their Newsroom Website here. In addition, you read about issues and advocacy for our profession here.
The ASCE Convention is the Society flagship membership event. It is the single annual opportunity that the entire Society is represented together and therefore needs to reflect the diversity that ASCE encompasses. The program for the Convention will be of an integrated, cross-cultural, technical, and educational nature.
ASCE values the involvement and ideas of early career professionals and sees its younger members as the future of the Society. Younger Members help shape the profession at all levels. As members and leaders of Sections, Branches and Younger Member groups they support one another by providing individual and group resources; opportunities for professional and leadership development; community service and advocacy; and social and professional networking. Younger Member groups and councils make up a vibrant peer-to-peer network that supports early career growth and promotes life-long friendships. If you are a student, we have a section for you too.
105 Younger Member Groups are divided into three Younger Member Councils (Eastern, Central, and Western), which provide volunteer leadership training and a direct link to the ASCE Committee on Younger Members (CYM) —the national committee voice for young professionals.
The Younger Member Councils are held as part of the Multi-Region Leadership Conferences, in conjunction with the Workshop for Section and Branch Leaders and the Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders. More on the Younger Member Councils can be found here. LA YMF is part of the Western Region Younger Member Council (WRYMC). More information on our council here.
The Committee on Younger Members (CYM) shall focus on matters of the professional development of civil engineers 35 years of age and younger and facilitate their engagement with and participation in the Society.
In an effort to introduce younger members to ASCE Society, they host a Younger Member Leadership Symposium (YMLS). This event is a two-day leadership workshop hosted by the ASCE CYM. It is open to all ASCE Younger Members, age 35 and under. This conference focuses on early-career professional skills development to help ASCE Younger Members succeed and lead in the workplace. For more information on the symposium, follow this link.