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Meet Our Board Members

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Monica Morales

Past-President

Monica Morales is a Water Engineer with Jacobs based in its Reno 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 the Past-President and happy to help the current President, Chloe Gharios, with her goals leading a great Board! Monica loves hiking and camping with her dog and husband, as well as oil painting photographs of the landscapes she has hiked within!

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Meghrie Demirdjian

Vice President

Meghrie is a Civil Engineering Associate in the Water System Project Management group at Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering 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 reading, traveling, and learning to play drums.

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Megan Watt

Community Service

Megan Watt is a Civil Engineer for CDM Smith in Downtown Los Angeles, where most of her work focuses on wide variety of water resource projects. She has been with the company 3.5 years including an internship at the CDM Smith Edison NJ office. Megan graduated from Rutgers University in 2019 with a BS in civil and environmental engineering where she was on the equestrian team. Megan recently began her journey with ASCE in 2021 and is exciting to see what the 2021-22 board year brings! In her free time Megan enjoys snowboarding, horse back riding, traveling, and hiking.

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Sarah Solomon

Government Affairs

Sarah Solomon is a Senior Civil Engineering Assistant for Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and is currently working on multiple drainage and roadway projects in Los Angeles County. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. She began her involvement with ASCE through the annual Southeast Student Conference, competing in the local student competitions and eventually moving on to serve as the Event Coordinator for the FIU student chapter. Sarah enjoys hiking, travelling, gardening, and spending time with friends. She also has a passion for engineering sciences, sustainability, and zero-waste initiatives.

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Bryan Palma

K-12 Outreach

Bryan Palma is a Water Engineer with Water Works Engineering in its LA office and is currently working on various water treatment projects throughout Southern California to provide much needed water resources. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Davis and is working towards his PE license. Bryan Began his involvement with ASCE while at UC Davis through involvement in Concrete Canoe. Bryan is currently the K-12 co-chair and is very passionate about connection with students and getting them excited about careers in STEAM. Bryan loves competing in triathlons and going camping at various national and state parks.

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Metehan Gumustekin

Professional Development

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. 

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Emily Garcia

Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition

Emily Garcia recently received her B.S in Civil Engineering from California State University, Northridge. As chapter president, CSUN ASCE earned the Robert Ridgeway Student Chapter Award, given annually by ASCE to the top student chapter based on annual reports. She obtained an internship at Gorian and Associates, Inc. where she worked primarily for LAUSD and on multiple fire rebuild projects. Now a geotechnical staff engineer, she has continued to acquire skills through the help of project managers and geologists within the company. As an older sibling to her ten-year-old sister, she would like to continue to be a role model for younger students interested in engineering and other STEM-related careers. Outside of her professional life, Emily assists a band, attends concerts, and helps her family's restaurant, Casa de Papi.

Benjamin Baker

Student Night and Job Fair

Benjamin Baker is currently an assistant project manager with Walsh Group, working for the prime contractor joint venture for Los Angeles County Metro's Crenshaw/LAX Corridor 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.

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Chloe Gharios

President

Chloe is a Civil Engineering Associate in the Power System Civil Design group at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. 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 has a passion for science communication and runs an Instagram page called @chloetheengineer. Her hobbies outside of engineering are soccer, traveling and being a dog mom to her dog Mia.

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Ani Sarkissian

Secretary

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.

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Nikki Zulueta

Engineers Week

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.

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Adam Banihamed

Historian

Adam is an Assistant Construction Manager with Ardurra Group in El Segundo. He is 24 years old and graduated from CSUN in 2020 with a B.S degree in Civil Engineering. He has his Engineer in Training license and is working on attaining the Professional Engineer license. He works on public works projects mostly for the cities of Long Beach, Redondo, and Anaheim. He was born ready. For fun he likes to play basketball, lift weights, and spend time with his dog.

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Andres Perez

K-12 Outreach

Andres Perez is a Civil Engineering Associate with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He works in the Water Resources Division on the Operation NEXT Water Supply Program which is a city initiative to build a new sustainable and resilient water supply system to allow for recycling of advanced purified water throughout Los Angeles. Andres earned his Bachelor’s in civil engineering from San Diego State University and is currently working towards his PE license. Andres’ involvement in ASCE began with his student chapter at SDSU where he graduated from in 2021. His hobbies include biking, golfing, lifting, hiking, and eating.

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Luis Molina

PE Review Course

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.

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Andrea Mosqueda

Scholarships

Andrea is a Civil 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. In addition to serving as Scholarship Chair, Andrea is the High School Day lead for Engineers Week 2022. Andrea is also a member of the Rotary Club of Placentia and currently serves as Youth Service Project Chair.

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Matthew Jacobson

Student Night and Job Fair

Matthew Jacobson, EIT, ENV SP, A.M.ASCE is a Civil Analyst with Kimley-Horn, in downtown Los Angeles working on land development projects all across Southern California. He has experience in single-family residential, small-site retail, and commercial projects. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona. During his Junior year, he served as the CPP ASCE President leading the student chapter to receive the 2021 ASCE Region 9 Distinguished Student Chapter Award. Matthew also serves as the Newsletter Chair for ASCE MLAB and a Member of the ASCE Committee on Younger Members. Aside from work, Matthew enjoys running, photography, camping, and boba.

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Claris Purasinghe

President - Elect

Claris is a Civil Engineering Associate in the Water System’s Project Management Office at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. She graduated from CSUN with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Structural Engineering. As a freshman in college, she first became involved with ASCE through the student competitions and has stayed active ever since! Claris is a major foodie and you can always catch her eating KBBQ or hot pot.

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Sam Potts

Treasurer

Sam is a Project Engineer in the Transportation Engineering group at MNS Engineers, Inc. He takes pride in designing more livable and sustainable streets for a variety of local communities. 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. 

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Edward Parks

Government Affairs

Edward Parks is a Civil Engineer working for HNTB in Downtown Los Angeles for nearly 2 years, where most of his work is focused on transportation projects from a variety of clients. Edward graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology with the class of 2020 earning a BS in Civil Engineering and is new to the Los Angeles area. His previous internship experiences include drainage and construction management based in the New York and New Jersey areas. He began his ASCE journey recently in 2019 at his university and then was eager to take a more active role in the LA Chapter. In his free time Edward enjoys sports, history, and exploring Southern California.

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Joan Hsu

Inclusion, Belonging & Diversity

Joan is a Transportation Engineering Associate with a Traffic Engineering license at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. She has experience in signal design, district operations, and external communications. 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.

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Gurjot Kohli

Professional Development

Gurjot is a Civil Engineer - EIT with Stantec in their Pasadena Office, focusing on stormwater and water/wastewater infrastructure projects. 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. In addition to engineering, Gurjot has worked on climate change related earth science projects for three summers and in grad school for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Gurjot is an amatuer photographer, vinyl enthusiast, loyal LA foodie and eager hiker!

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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.

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Kelsey Kalemakarian

Social Activities

Kelsey Kalemkarian, PE, M.ASCE is a Design Engineer with Chevron El Segundo Refinery, with focuses in Project and Construction Management. It is her goal to help aid in providing safe, reliable and ever-cleaner energy around the world. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Fresno State in 2015. She has been involved with ASCE since 2011 at Fresno State as a student and in Bakersfield in the Southern San Joaquin Branch YMF with varying roles including Past President. In her freetime, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and Doberman at the beach and learning to be a true LA Foodie.

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Diego Jácome

University Outreach

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.

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Jocelyn Diaz

University Outreach

Jocelyn Diaz 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. In her spare time, Jocelyn loves going to live concerts and singing, traveling, beach fun, and quality time with friends and family. She recently obtained her Engineer-in-Training certificate and began her journey towards professional licensure. Reaching out to inform university students about opportunities in the civil engineering community, networking with next generation future engineers and collaborating with students in academics is her goal this year.