Meet Our Board Members

Arman Motavvef

Past-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, Secretary, and Vice President before becoming President. Outside of ASCE, his interests include visiting museums of any kind, going to concerts and musicals, cooking, and running.

Chloe Gharios

Vice President

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 is currently working on a 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.

Brian Phan

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. 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 President

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.

Monica Morales

President-Elect

Monica Morales is a Water Engineer with Jacobs (Acquired CH2M) based out of its Los Angeles office. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon (where CH2M was founded) where she began her involvement with ASCE through its Concrete Canoe Competition. Monica is currently the President-Elect for LA YMF and is very excited to aid her team of ambitious young professionals! 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 drawing and oil painting.

Jonathan Ontiveros

Secretary

Jonathan Ontiveros has recently accepted a position as an Assistant Engineer with the City of Santa Clarita. He previously worked as a Staff Engineer with Geocon West, Inc. Jonathan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, from California State University, Northridge, where he began his involvement with ASCE in 2011. Outside of ASCE, Jonathan enjoys being outdoors, hiking, snowboarding, cooking, hanging out with his best friends and most of all he enjoys spending time with his family, his fiancée Julie, and his two boys, Diego & Sebastian.

Noe Martinez

Community Service Chair

Noe Martinez Diaz 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.

Kevin Woods

Historian

Kevin Woods 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.

Suraj Patel

University Outreach

Suraj is a structural designer at Holmes Structures. He graduated with a B.S in civil engineering from UCLA and a Masters in Structural Engineering from Berkeley. His love for college and the civil engineering community got him hooked to all things civil. He was actively involved in ITE as their Vice President, branched out Calgeo as Social Chair, and held multiple positions in ASCE at UCLA, ultimately becoming the President his senior year. He currently is on the Board for the UCLA Engineering Alumni Association (EAA) and the Practitioner Adviser for the ASCE at UCLA Student Chapter. Suraj loves to play basketball, ultimate frisbee, video games particularly Madden and 2k, and watch movies. Whether or not these interest you, I hope to meet you and become friends. See you soon.

Amit Joshi

PSBC

Amit is a Bridge Engineer at Caltrans, DES working for the Office of Bridge Design South. He has previously worked with the Office of Geotechnical Design, South and the Office of Structure Construction in District 8 and Sacramento at Caltrans. He has a Master's Degree from UC Davis with an emphasis in Structural Engineering. He enjoys running, hiking, cooking, brewing and socializing. He is also an active PECG member.

Yara Hammad

SNJF Chair

Yara is a Structural Design Engineer at PacRim 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 Student Night Job Fair. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, jewelry making and reading.

Garrett Shay

Social Chair

Garrett Shay is presently working at the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in the Geotechnical Branch. He is a highly enthusiastic and motivated individual, with three years of Geotech-focused experience, mostly in subsurface investigations and deep foundation inspection.  Born and raised in Massachusetts, he received his Bachelor's degree at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in Civil and Environmental Engineering, but newly relocated to Southern California with interest to specialize in slope stability and seismic design. He currently serves as the Social, Sports, and Membership Co-Chair.

Luis David 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. 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.

Gene Kum

SNJF Chair

Gene is a structural engineer at BuroHappold Engineering, 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!

Flor Hernandez

K-12 Outreach Chair

Flor is a project manager with the Construction Team at SoCal Gas. She graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and from California Polytechnical University in Pomona with a Masters in Structural Engineering. Flor has been involved with ASCE since she was an undergrad at CSULA, where she was heavily involved with the concrete canoe team becoming the team captain. On her free time, she enjoys being outdoors especially hiking and camping.

Jeffrey Hsu

Social Activities Chair

Jeffrey is currently an engineer at LADOT. He went to school at Cal Poly Pomona.

Pooja Mahajan

Social Media Outreach

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Claris Rivera

University Outreach

Claris is a Project Manager for CCG Inc. She graduated from CSUN with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and is currently working on her Masters in Structural Engineering. As a freshman, she first became involved with ASCE through Steel Bridge. Her passion for the organization led her to branch out to other aspects of ASCE by becoming Concrete Canoe Aesthetics Lead, 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.

Ani Sarkissian

Scholarship Chair

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. Ani has been involved with ASCE since joining the UCI student chapter her freshman year. She served as the External Activities Chair and the PSWC Environmental Competition Project Manager, as well as a member of Concrete Canoe. She was also invovled in the mentorship program. In her spare time, Ani enjoys finding new dessert places and going to the beach. She is currently serving as the Scholarship Chair.

Kaitlin Hannon

Sustainable Engineering Chair

Kaitlin Hannon is an Associate Civil Engineer at Los Angeles County Public Works. She graduated from Syracuse University in 2010 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and from CSUN in 2016 with a Masters in Public Administration. Kaitlin's career has been focused on water resources, incudluing numerous water conservation projects, a major dam restoration project, and post-fire engineering advice, and is also the Co-Chair for the Los Angeles County Women's Leadership Conference. She has been involved with LA YMF since 2011, serving as University Outreach Chair, Commuinty Service Co-Chair, CANstruction Chair, Membership Chair, and now Sustainability Engineering Co-Chair. Outside of work and ASCE, Kaitlin enjoys walks and hikes with her dog (and all dogs), reading, playing board games, and coffee.

Shari Schwartzer

Professional Development Chair

Shari works for Langan.

Sam Potts

P.E. Review Course

Sam is an Assistant 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 ASCEduring his freshman year. Outside of ASCE, Sam enjoys volunteering as a music educator, biking, and spending time with friends. He is currently serving as a PE Review Course chair.

Christine Rice

Professional Development Chair

Christine is currently an Environmental Engineer in the Water Services Group at CDM Smith in their Los Angeles office. She recently relocated from Sacramento where she was very involved in ASCE serving as the Sacramento Section’s Junior Director and the YMF’s K-12 Outreach Chair. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from California State University, Sacramento and is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer. She is also involved in other organizations including Engineers Without Borders, Society of Women Engineers, and American Water Works Association. Outside of ASCE, Christine enjoys hiking, backpacking, traveling, and playing ultimate frisbee.

Pooja Sinha

Scholarship Chair

Pooja Sinha is an Environmental Engineer at Stantec Consulting Services Inc. She graduated with Masters degree in Environmental Engineering in 2016 from University of Southern California. Her primary areas of focus include process engineering, wastewater, and water reuse. She has been involved in organizations like LA YMF, Water Enviornmental Federation (WEF) and California Watershed Environemntal Association (CWEA) and enjoys spending time doing yoga and scuba diving.

Joan Hsu

Scholarship Chair

Joan is currently an engineer at LADOT. She went to school at UCI.

Paul Lee

Sustainable Engineering Co-Chair

Paul is currently a Civil Engineering Associate with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. His projects have mainly been in renewable energy infrastructure such as large scale solar and energy storage. He has his Bachelor’s from UCLA and Master’s from UC Berkeley. He’s been involved with ASCE since his time as an undergrad and he is currently a co-chair from Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition as well as the chair for Student Night Job Fair. He’s also an Angeleno born and raised and in his spare time he enjoys bike riding, CrossFit, and playing video games.

Nikki Zulueta

K-12 Outreach

Meghrie Demirdjian

Engineers Week Chair

Nikki Zulueta 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.

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.

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