American Society of Civil Engineers
Los Angeles Younger Member Forum

 

2020 - 2021

Executive Board Nominees

Please review all candidate nominations before voting

Voting will close on
Friday, June 19th at 11:59 PM

President-Elect

 

Chloe Gharios

Vision Statement

ASCE LA YMF makes such an impact in our Los Angeles Community, which is why I am so proud to have been a part of it since 2016. As civil engineers, I truly believe that we have a duty to serve our communities, not just through our projects and designs, but as innovators, educators, and advocates. We are able to be all of those things as a collective group at LA YMF through our work with thousands of students every single year, our drive ins and meetings with elected officials to advocate for infrastructure, and our innovative solutions and efforts to many different issues in the community. Every single year that I have been a part of this amazing organization we have done more events, reached more students, and affected more lives. I am so proud to have served as Vice President of ASCE LA YMF this year, and would be honored to continue serving our community with the whole board as President Elect. Every time I visit a school I tell students that as a kid I knew that I wanted to help people when I grew up, and as a result everyone told me to be a doctor or nurse. I tell them that even though doctors and nurses are amazing and save people, they do it one patient at a time. We as engineers help entire communities with each and every project and we truly change the world. I feel we embody that mission at LA YMF, and I would love to continue changing the world with you all.

ASCE Board/Committees/Positions 

  • Vice President - 2019-2020

  • Engineers Week Middle School Day Lead - 2019 and 2020

  • K-12 Co-Chair - 2018-2019

  • Membership Chair - 2017-2018

  • WRYMC Committee - 2016-2017

Other Applicable Volunteer Activities

West Adams HS STEM Curriculum Advisory Board 2019-Present

Awards

  • ASCE LA YMF Presidents Award - 2019

Vice President 

 

Paul Lee

Vision Statement

The work of Civil Engineers touches billions of people around the world. We build spectacular monuments, save lives through clean water, and move people across the globe.
 
In modern society, now more than ever, we need engineers who understand the human side of engineering. Our work impacts all of society, and because our projects can last a lifetime, we have to be more conscious about how we design and build. We have to think about the impact we have on our community. The world we create should not only safe and affordable but also equitable and inclusive.  We have to build our infrastructure not only for our present generation but also for our future, and this means protecting our climate and natural environment.
 
Sometimes we get so focused in our calculations, trying to make sure our capacities can withstand the demand, or trying to reduce cost, or abiding by codes, that we forget about what happens after our projects leave our desk. I think our generation can be the change agents to build a better world. I believe we can step up to our modern challenges of social justice and climate change. As stewards of the natural and built environment, we can challenge how things have been done in the past and try to make a better world.
 
This is my vision of what an engineer could be, and I try my best to live up to those values. And I hope to inspire others to do the same.

ASCE Board/Committees/Positions 

  • ASCE LA YMF Sustainability Co-Chair 2019 - Present

    • Incorporating sustainable practices for ASCE LA YMF
      Programming events and activities such as Envision training, sustainable socials, and networking with other sustainability groups in the Los Angeles area

  • MLAB Awards Chair 2019 - Present

    • Currently serving as the Awards Night chair for ASCE Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch. 

  • ASCE Forum moderator 2019 - Present

    • Assisting as a topic moderator for ASCE's online Collaborate Forum

  • ICSI Planning committee 2018-2019

    • Served as the "Big Ideas" lead for ASCE's International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure held in Los Angeles. 

    • Coordinate among several sustainability groups to organize K-12, networking mixer, hands on activities, community service, and leadership development activities. 

  • Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition 2017-2018

    • Chaired the 24th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition with ASCE- The Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch & ASCE Orange County as part of our Engineers Week STEM outreach. Had nearly 150 students and 70 volunteers at California State University-Los Angeles March 3, 2018. Crafted rules to simulate real world engineering challenges. Borrowed challenge prompt from Bridges to Prosperity to inspire students to construct the most efficient bridges possible. Coordinated with venue, volunteers, and competitors. Managed a subcommittee of judges and volunteers to effectively facilitate event.

  • ​Student Night Job Fair 2015-2018

    • Chaired and Co-chaired LA YMF's annual student night and job fair for 3 years. Planned the annual ASCE Los Angeles job fair and awards night for college students. Hosted nearly 200 students, industry professionals, and volunteers at the Taglyan Complex February 2nd, 2018. Students from UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Cal State LA, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly SLO, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Baptist University, and Loyola Marymount University were in attendance. 
      The two part event joins job seeking students with industry recruiters for a packed career fair followed by a formal banquet awards presentation. We awarded nearly $10,000 in scholarships to outstanding students and student ASCE chapters for their commendable achievements and contributions to the Civil Engineering Profession. 

Other Applicable Volunteer Activities

Noe Martinez Diaz

Vision Statement

I am always reminded of the important role our profession plays in our society throughout my years of involvement with ASCE. This role goes beyond infrastructure as engineers continue to take leadership roles within our communities. I had the pleasure to experience the unique opportunities this organization has to offer regarding professional development, involvement in infrastructure issues, and community service. My vision is to continue to build on the resources available to positively impact our community, strengthen relationships, and inspire future engineers. Lastly, I will strive to continue highlighting the amazing work our organization does to promote education and awareness of engineering principles.  
 

ASCE Board/Committees/Positions 

  • ​ASCE LA YMF Community Service Chair (2020)

  • ASCE LA YMF Community Service Co-Chair (2019)

  • ASCE LA YMF Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition Committee

    • Volunteer Coordinator (2019)

  • ASCASCE Humboldt State Student Chapter President (2014 - 2015)

  • E Humboldt State Student Chapter Fundraising Chair (2013 - 2014)

  • ​ASCE Humboldt State Student Chapter Multimedia Coordinator (2012 - 2013)

  • Examples of Events/ Projects while involved with the ASCE Humboldt State Student Chapter (2012 - 2016): ASCE Infrastructure Report Card for Humboldt County, Pizza with Professionals, Order of the Engineer Ring Ceremony, Humboldt State Website update, Ice Cream Socials, and mock interviews with local firms.​

Other Applicable Volunteer Activities

  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Professional Member (June 2019)

  • Local Community Garden Event with Urban Farming (May 2018)

  • Community Volunteer with Sharefest Community Development (April 2018)

  • Community Volunteer with L.A. Green Grounds (October 2017 and 2018)

  • Empowerment and Peace Summit Event Staff with My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Event (July 2016)

  • Community Volunteer with From Lot to Spot ( November 2017)

  • Americorps Climate Action Fellowship at CivicSpark assisting with building capacity for local governments to address climate change (September 2016 to Sept 2017)

  • Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum Event Volunteer with Local Government Commision (June 2017)

  • Event Volunteer collecting donations with The L.A. Kitchen (June 2017)

  • Community Outreach Assistant for South Gate’s Earth Day Event (February to April 2017)

  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Academic Liaison (2015)

Awards

  • ASCE New Faces of Civil Engineering 2019

Awards

  • ASCE Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch Outstanding Civil Engineer in Community Service (2019)

  • ASCE LA Section Outstanding Civil Engineer in Community Service (2019)

  • ASCE  Region 9 Outstanding Civil Engineer in Community Service (2019)

Secretary

 

Meghrie Demirdjian

Vision Statement

The past few years with ASCE LA YMF have shown me how fulfilling it is working with like-minded individuals to achieve something great! As Engineers Week 2020 Chair, I was able to introduce hundreds of kids to STEM and inspire them to pursue careers in engineering. As Scholarship Co-Chair in 2018-2019, it was my goal to make scholarships more attractive to college students in an effort to award more deserving applicants and encourage them to keep up their hard work. During my undergraduate studies, I was Secretary of my ASCE student chapter at CSUN (2013-2014). I actively notified students in the Engineering and Computer Science Department regarding career and scholarship opportunities as well as networking events and technical presentations hosted by LA YMF and MLAB. I know from personal experience how these events provide a supportive environment that is crucial to thrive in this field. I am extremely proud to be a part of the LA YMF family and share the following ambitions with our board members: to make engineering appealing to more students, women, and minorities; to advocate the urgency for advancements in infrastructure; and to partake in professional development workshops, networking, and community service opportunities. As Secretary, it will be my personal duty to keep an impeccable record of past events in order to get LA YMF the recognition it deserves. I will also be responsible for keeping members informed of upcoming events where they will be able to network, learn new skills, have fun, and advance their strengths. I look forward to continuing this amazing journey with LA YMF and winning more awards!

ASCE Board/Committees/Positions 

Andrea Mosqueda

Vision Statement

My involvement with ASCE has only just begun, but my experience in service is tried and true. From Rotary International and Kiwanis to smaller local groups, I have been involved with several service-oriented organizations in my lifetime – donating countless hours as both a member and as an officer. I hope to do the same in my prospective role as Secretary for ASCE LA YMF.

In the brief time that I have spent with LA YMF members, at both board meetings and events, I have recognized what a special group it is, and I am excited to be a part of it. I further understand that behind every meeting and event, is a group of officers coordinating with members and third parties, to ensure that each gathering is a success. As Secretary, I look forward to aiding in this process. In fact, I intend on playing a vital role in communicating with members, including those within student chapters, to ensure that our meetings and events are well attended, and that accurate minutes are distributed.

Currently, I serve as Interact Chair for my Rotary Club. In this role, I advise a group of 15 to 20 high school-aged youth in planning and executing service events throughout their community. This position requires extensive communication between myself, my Rotary Club, and the Interact Club Board of Officers. Maintaining lines of communication open and effective can be challenging with busy high school students, but my persistence ensures that messages are relayed in an efficient manner. I plan on carrying this experience into my prospective role as Secretary for ASCE LA YMF. Additional experience, which will contribute to my success as Secretary, include several positions I held in high school including Secretary of Key Club, President of Interact Club, and Assistant Governor for Interact District 5280.

As a new member to LA YMF, I am still familiar with the insecurities of the unknown. I joined ASCE a whole year before ever attending a board meeting or event, but once I did, I was welcomed with open arms and attended almost every subsequent event thereafter. As secretary, I intend on embracing this welcoming spirit to increase participation in veteran members and new members alike.

ASCE Board/Committees/Positions 

  • ASCE LA YMF Engineers Week Chair – 2020

  • ASCE LA YMF Scholarship Co-Chair –2018-2019

Other Applicable Volunteer Activities

Other Applicable Volunteer Activities

Helped (planning, awards, grading technical papers, presenting scholarships and awards, leading hands-on activities) during the following events:

  • Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition – 2019

  • Engineers Week - 2019 and 2020

  • Student Night and Job Fair - 2019

  • ASCE CSUN Student Chapter Secretary – 2013-2014

Awards

  • Rotary Club of Placentia, Interact Chair 2019-2020

  • Rotary Club of Placentia, Membership Committee Member 2019-2020

  • CWE Corp, Community Service Chair 2019-2020

  • Gardena High School Key Club, Secretary 2012-2013

  • Gardena High School Interact Club President 2011-2013

  • District 5280 Interact, Assistant Governor 2012-2013

Awards

Treasurer

 

Benjamin Baker

Vision Statement

I can build on my past experience as Treasurer to maintain and develop the financial strength of ASCE LA YMF, one of the largest ASCE younger member groups in the country.  As Treasurer, I am trusted to monitor money entering and leaving accounts, and I would take swift action if I noticed any unusual activity. 

I would contribute to the annual budgeting process, for example by providing insight based on revenue and cost from past years.  I would issue reports promptly at the beginning of each month of monthly cash flow, account balances, money remaining in various committee chair budgets, total expenditures to date, and a table transparently showing each transaction.  I could also create a specific report upon request, such as for SNJF, E-Week, University Outreach, K-12, etc.  I would coordinate with LA Section, other YMFs, sponsors, and universities on funding matters.  I would likely attend some Branch meetings to keep in touch.  

I would review reimbursement requests and write all payment and scholarship checks for the year, aiming to track outstanding checks effectively.  I would take care of 1099-MISC tax forms such as for PERC, and I'd make sure ASCE's up-to-date 501(c)(3) tax-exemption backup is available as needed.  I would regularly participate in board meetings.  To borrow another's words, I see ASCE as good for Creating Enriching Experiences (for Civil & Environmental Engineers).  I would do my part to support the LA YMF team to facilitate networking events, leadership workshops, technical tours, happy hours, etc. for the benefit of the LA civil engineering community and to create a better quality of life for society.  

ASCE Board/Committees/Positions 

  • LA YMF Treasurer - 2018 - 2020

  • ASCE at UCLA Practitioner Advisor - 2015 - 2020

  • LA YMF University Outreach Co-Chair - 2017 - 2018

  • LA YMF University Outreach Chair - 2013 - 2017

  • LA YMF Member - 2012 - 2013

  • Student Member/Officer - 2006 - 2012 

Other Applicable Volunteer Activities

Helped move ASCE materials to a new storage locker.

Awards

  • ASCE MLAB Outstanding Civil Engineer in the Private Sector (2015)

  • Engineering and Business for Sustainability Certificate (2012)

  • Management of Technology Certificate (2012)

  • UC Berkeley International House Certificate of Global Leadership Skills (2012)

  • UCLA Engineering Achievement Award (2010) 

  • ASCE LA Section Leo & Pat Hirschfeldt Scholarship (2009)

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