Chloe Gharios - K-12 Outreach Co-Chair
LA Younger Member Forum
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.
Nikki Zulueta - K-12 Outreach Co-Chair
LA Younger Member Forum
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.
ASCE LA YMF visits classrooms/students all over the Los Angeles County, advocating the importance of math, science and engineering in the future of our communities. We provide classrooms with innovative programs and resources, and instruct engineers, educators, and parents on ways to reach out to kids, mentor, educate and much more!
At the core of ASCE's K-12 Outreach effort are research-based initiatives designed to engage pre-college audiences in educational experiences that support engineering. For younger students (pre-K – 6), ASCE's outreach materials acquaint children with the role of civil engineers in the community and explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through inquiry learning and engineering design principles. For middle school aged students, ASCE materials expand on STEM exploration and introduce civil engineering as a career option for all students to consider. At the high school level, we provide specific information about the engineering career pathway and highlight the variety of career options within the civil engineering profession through the stories and profiles of young professional engineers.
ASCE partners with leading educational groups, engineering associations, the highly-rated PBS network, and others to provide technical expertise and bring ground-breaking resources to advance formal and informal engineering education.
Our ASCE LA YMF K-12 Outreach Program currently offers the following outreach events:
Hands-on activities on topics such as earthquakes, levees, catapults, and much more
Educational videos and slideshow presentations on What is a Civil Engineer? and Becoming a Civil Engineer
Interactive online exploration labs
Community events that reach out to current and future generations of engineers.
Award winning annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition for local High School Students.