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Meet Our Board Members

Brian Phan

Past-President

Brian Phan is a Transportation Engineering Associate for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). 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. In his spare time, Brian likes to 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 President-Elect.

Paul Lee

Vice President

Paul is a Civil Engineering Associate with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He works in large scale renewable energy to get LA 100% carbon free. He has his Bachelor’s in civil engineering from UCLA and Master’s from UC Berkeley in energy and climate change. Right now he is working on this MPA at USC and Electrical Engineering PE license. He’s been involved with ASCE since his time as an undergrad. He's actively involved with ASCE's sustainability initiatives through LA Section. He’s also an Angeleno born and raised and in his spare time he enjoys bike riding, CrossFit, and playing video games.

Noe Adalberto Martinez Diaz

Community Service

Noe works at the Public Works Department in the City of Lynwood. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.S. in Environmental Resources Engineering. During school, he was very involved with the ASCE Student Chapter. This journey included participating in the MidPacific ASCE Student Competition, assisting with the Humboldt County Infrastructure Report Card, and taking numberous leadership roles including president. After graduation, he dedicated a year in AmeriCorps to assist local government with sustianability and climate action planning efforts. Noe enjoys gardening, volunteering, and camping. He is currently serving as the Co-Chair for Community Service.

Martin Reyes

Government Affairs

Martin is the Transportation Deputy for LA County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. Representing the First Supervisorial District which stretches from Downtown Los Angeles to as far east as Pomona, Martin specializes in transportation planning and policy and works towards implementing transit megaprojects throughout the County, advancing active transportation across cities and unincorporated communities, and advocating for equity in infrastructure. Martin earned a bachelor's in Civil Engineering from CSUN, a masters in Environmental Engineering at CSUF, and a masters in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA. In his free time, he enjoys cooking new recipes, attempting DIY projects, and seeing live music.

Andrea Casalboni

Inclusion, Belonging & Diversity

Andrea is a design and construction program manager with architecture & engineering background, and strong project delivery, strategic expansions, and corporate capital improvements experience. Andrea holds a dual Master's Degree in Construction Engineering and Architecture from the University of Bologna, Italy and is currently delivering top-notch boutique fitness facilities around the world for Barry's (formerly Bootcamp). He also served the ASCE LA YMF board of officers as scholarship co-chair in 2018-2019, and received the Outstanding Engineer in Community Service award from ASCE MLAB in 2018. What excites Andrea at work: nimble processes, bold vision, and excellence always. What brings joy to his life: ab crunches, the smell of new leather seats, Wendy Byrde, and prosecco in Fiji.

Joan Hsu

K-12 Outreach

Joan is a Transportation Engineering Associate at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation with experience in signal design and district operations. She graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UC Irvine in 2014, and a M.S. in Civil Engineering – Transportation from Cal Poly Pomona in 2017. Joan has been recognized by the City of Los Angeles for her management of LADOT’s internal mentorship program and is known as the unofficial party planner in the department. Outside of engineering, Joan enjoys creating new vegetarian recipies, going to events, travelling, and outdoor activities like snowboarding and camping.

Sam Potts

PE Review Course

Sam is an Associate Engineer in the Transportation Engineering group at MNS Engineers. He works on a variety of projects from sidewalks to storm drains to HOV lanes. Sam graduated from California State University, Northridge where he first joined ASCE during his freshman year. Outside of ASCE, Sam enjoys volunteering as a music educator, biking, and spending time with friends. He is currently serving as the PE Review Course chair.

Ani Sarkissian

Scholarships

Ani is a Civil Engineering Associate at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. She's been invovled with ASCE since her freshman year of college, and served as the PSWC Environmental Competition Project Manager at UCI and participated in the mentorship program and was invovled with Concrete Canoe. In her spare time, Ani enjoys spending time with family and friends, finding new dessert places, and going to the beach.

April del Castillo

Social Activities

April is a Civil Engineer for T.Y. Lin International. She received her Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Her primary design and construction focus is on transportation projects and she has worked on projects for Caltrans, LAX, Metro, and California High-Speed Rail. On weekends, she volunteers as a math tutor and a Sunday School teacher. She loves spending time at home with her two birds, trying new recipes, and is constantly on a search for the best tacos in Southern California.

Andrea Mosqueda

Student Night and Job Fair

Andrea is a Staff Engineer with Ardurra Group. She graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2017 and is currently pursuing a Masters in Structural Engineering from CSULB. Andrea joined ASCE LA YMF in 2020 and is excited to serve as SNJF Co-Chair for the upcoming term.

Monica Morales

President

Monica Morales is a Water Engineer with Jacobs based in its Los Angeles office and is currently working on multiple water reuse projects to solve future droughts in Southern California She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon where she began her involvement with ASCE through its Concrete Canoe Competition. Monica is currently the President and is very excited to lead an ambitious team to make a positive impact in our communities. Monica was raised in Reno, Nevada, and is thoroughly enjoying all that Los Angeles has to offer as well as the nature parks LA is near (although Lake Tahoe will always be her favorite)! She loves hiking and camping with her dog and husband, as well as oil painting and hand beading hand bags!

Meghrie Demirdjian

Secretary

Meghrie is currently a Civil Engineering Associate in the Structural Engineering Design group at Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Structural Engineering from California State University, Northridge. Meghrie’s involvement in ASCE began with her student chapter at CSUN where she was Secretary as well as a judge during the 2014 Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition. Meghrie’s hobbies outside of ASCE include traveling, cooking, and hiking.

Yara Hammad

Community Service

Yara is a Project Engineer at Ashley and Vance Engineering. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Northridge and her Master’s degree from Cal Poly Pomona. Yara became involved with ASCE as a secretarty for SB/R YMF in 2017 and is currently serving as a Co-chair for Community Service. In her free time, she enjoys jewelry making, digging for books to read and working out.

Jocelyn Diaz

Historian

Jocelyn is a Project Engineer for Bolton Engineering Corporation. She manages and designs plans involving grading and drainage, low-impact development, highway improvements, underground utilities, and new structures. She graduated from Long Beach State University with her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering while working as a civil engineering intern for the County of Los Angeles Department of Pubilc Works. She has been involved with ASCE since 2012, acting as several board member positions and project manager for PSWC. In her spare time, Jocelyn loves going to live concerts and singing, traveling, beach fun, and quality time with friends and family. She's excited to be making new memories with her new ASCE family and capturing new adventures in our yearbooks.

Nikki Zulueta

Inclusion, Belonging & Diversity

Nikki is currently a Civil Engineering Associate at the City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering. She graduated with her Bachelor's at Cal State Northridge in 2017 and continued on to finish her Master's at University of California, Los Angeles in 2018. She started her ASCE journey back in her junior year of her undergrad and was involved in GeoWall and executive board. In her free time she likes to catch up on her favorite shows, stay active, and travel to new places.

Kevin Woods

Professional Development

Kevin is a principal civil engineering assistant working on traffic operations and electrical maintenance at the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works’ Operational Services Division. He also has a water background at the County, having worked on watershed management and water utility design projects. He graduated from UC Irvine with both his Masters and Bachelors Degree of Civil Engineering. Besides ASCE, he enjoys working with his alma mater’s engineering alumni society, and enjoying going out whether it’s playing sports, socializing, or camping.

Brandon Duong

Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition

Brandon is a civil engineer currently working with the transportation team at HNTB. He graduated with a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCLA in June 2019. During his time at UCLA, he served as the President of CalGeo at UCLA, Project Manager of the Seismic Outreach project for the ASCE at UCLA chapter, and the Project Manager for ITE at UCLA. In his free time, he enjoys watching MLS (go Earthquakes!), going on hikes, and volunteering. Outside of ASCE LA YMF, Brandon volunteers as a mentor for STEM Advantage.

Diego Jácome

Scholarships

Diego is a Senior Civil Engineer with Walt Disney Imagineering. He is a proud Ecuadorian-American, first generation college graduate from UC Berkeley. He has domestic and international experience in the design and construction of several infrastructure projects. While his career path has taken him from United Arab Emirates to China, Diego maintains a resolve to find his way back to the roots from which he came – one engineering problem at a time. Diego currently lives in Los Angeles, considers his family his biggest source of strength, and is a huge advocate for youth development in the Latinx community. In his free time, he obsesses over LAFC, the best tacos in LA, and the general meaning of life.

Gene Kum

Student Night and Job Fair

Gene is a structural engineer at Buro Happold, a global engineering design and consulting firm. He holds a B.S. in Civil Enginering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Structural Engineering from Stanford Univeristy. In addition to his technical background, Gene has an interest in visual art and visual problem solving. He hopes to combine his passion for art and engineering and positively contribute to a more sustainable built environment Since moving to LA, Gene has been invovled with ASCE YMF and is honored to serve on the board!

Gilbert Ramos

Sustainable Engineering

Gilbert is an Engineering Technician at the city of Irwindale Public Works Department and serves as an administrator for the NPDES program. Gilbert served as Concrete Canoe Captain and Secretary for the Cal State Long Beach ASCE student chapter. On his spare time Gilbert likes to play guitar, travel, and dance. Gilbert serves as the sustainability co chair and is excited to host events that promote sustainable infrastructure and conserve natural resources.

Chloe Gharios

President - Elect

Chloe is currently working at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in the Power Engineering Department. She received her BS in civil engineering from Cal State Fullerton, and Masters in engineering management from USC. She has always been very involved with ASCE, previously for Orange County YMF and as president of her student chapter during undergrad. Chloe’s hobbies outside of Engineering are soccer and traveling.

Ben Baker

Treasurer

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.

Luis Molina

Government Affairs

Luis is an Assistant Engineer at m6 Consulting Inc. He conducts plan review for various jurisdictions and works on grading, draininage, and structural design projects. Luis joined ASCE while obtaining his B.S. in Civil Engineering at CSUN and also has his Masters in StructuralEngineering from CSUN. He served in various board positions and in the Steel Bridge team. Outside of ASCE he worked in Associated Students, bringing awareness to campus elections and raising student voter turnout. Luis enjoys spending time with friends, cooking, traveling, and hanging out at Disneyland.

Pearce Ferriter

Historian

Pearce recently graduated from California State University, Northridge with his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He now works at Rhome Profile Construction Corp. where assists in the design, project management and construction management of residential and commerial projects. Past involvement with ASCE includes serving as the outreach coordinator for the student chapter at CSUN during his senior year. He also won the 2020 Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students for his paper, “How Misplaced Loyalties are Harming the Profession.” Pearce enjoys outdoor activities such as backpacking and hiking. He also enjoys reading and playing his violin.

Flor Hernandez

K-12 Outreach

Flor is a project manager at SoCal Gas, managing capital and o&m construction projects. She earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the California State University, Los Angeles with a minor in business. She became involved with ASCE there, volunteering on her free time and taking on the concrete canoe captain position. She also earned a M.S. in Structural Engineering from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. On her free time, Flor enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Xiaoyu Zhang

Professional Development

Xiaoyu is a Territory Manager at Oldcastle Infrastructure. Her background is in civil engineering design and construction. She currently supports business development efforts for Oldcastle's Stormwater team in Los Angeles. Before her role at Oldcastle, she worked on the Walsh/Shea LAX/Crenshaw corridor project as an underground stations field engineer. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering. She has served as an officer for the Cal Poly Pomona branch and the ASCE YMF OC branch. Her hobbies include writing, blogging, traveling, reading, and cooking.

De'Von Jennings

Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition

De'Von is a Civil Engineer and current PhD candidate at University of California, Irvine in Civil & Envrionmental Engineering focusing on transportation. He has worked on a variety of projects from Active transportation with LADOT to being a field engineering on projects with the Federal Highway Administration and engineering facilities works for the US Navy. He recieved his Bachelors from Arizona State University and his MS from UC Irvine. During his freetime he likes to travel to different countries, and national parks. So far been to 5 different contintents and 25+ countries and plans on hitting all 7 continents before he turns 30. He also has a travel blog that he writes (https://sites.uci.edu/worldtravels/). He also is active with UC Irvine outreach programs that aim to bring more under-represented groups into the engineering field.

Christine Rice

Social Activities

Christine is an Environmental Engineer in the Water Services Group at CDM Smith in their downtown Los Angeles office. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from California State University, Sacramento and is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer. She is relatively new to Los Angeles and is excited to make new friends and explore what Los Angeles has to offer as the Social Activities Co-Chair. Prior to LA, she served on the Board of the Sacramento YMF. In addition, she serves as the ASCE Region 9 Governor At Large, representing Younger Members for the entire state of California. Outside of ASCE, Christine enjoys hiking, backpacking, traveling, snowboarding, and playing ultimate frisbee.

Cathleen Ma

Student Night and Job Fair

Cathleen is a Construction Engineer at T.Y. Lin International. She graduated from UCSD with a B.S. in Structural Engineering, and later earned both her M.S. and MBA from USC. She has worked on construction projects for Caltrans, LABOE, Metro, RCTD, and other public agencies. Since moving back to LA, Cathleen has been involved with ASCE LA YMF and is also serving as a committee member for the CMAA CODE SoCal Chapter. Outside of work and ASCE, you’re likely to find her traveling, exploring nature, spending time with her family and friends, or eating her way through Los Angeles.

Metehan Gumustekin

Sustainable Engineering

Metehan is an experienced civil engineer with a demonstrated background in the field of water/wastewater and transportation. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from San Diego State University. He has been a part of the Municipal Infrastructure Group at AECOM, and he has been working on big multidisciplinary projects. Prior to working at AECOM, he was involved in the Public Works division of the City of San Diego as an intern, and the Engineering Services Group of the Metropolitan Water District as a private consultant. He has developed leadership and organizational skills through active involvement in some of the recognized engineering organizations such as ASCE, APWA and Chi Epsilon. Outside of work, he is very interested learning, reading and researching about many different topics. Metehan loves to travel and meet new people. He is a registered Engineer-in-Training in the State of California, and he is currently working on obtaining his P.E License. He is very excited to join LA YMF as the Sustainable Engineering Co-Chair, and he is ready to take on the challenge of spreading awareness and building sustainable communities.

Claris Rivera

University Outreach

Claris is a Civil Engineering Associate at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. She graduated from CSUN with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. As a freshman, she first became involved with ASCE through the student competitions. Her passion for the organization led her to branch out to other aspects of ASCE by becoming Concrete Canoe Aesthetics Lead, Fundraising Chair, Secretary, and President during her four years at CSUN. Claris is a major foodie and you can catch her eating KBBQ or snapping pics of her food.

Gurjot Kohli

University Outreach

Gurjot is a Water Resources Engineer for Craftwater Engineering, a small stormwater engineering consulting firm focusing on Safe,Clean Water projects across the Southern California region. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a Masters in Environmental Engineering in May 2020 and a B.S. in Environmental Science from UCLA in June 2019. He has always been incredibly enthusisatic and passionate about environmental and water resources engineering and worked as a Project Director for the Environmenal Design project and was Founder/President of the UCLA American Water Works Association at UCLA. Gurjot is an amatuer photographer, vinyl enthusiast, loyal LA foodie and eager hiker!

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