President's Message

Fellow Houston Branch Members,

I can’t express how excited I am to be delivering my first message as the 2017-2018 Branch President. I want to extend a sincere thank you to all of last year’s volunteers but especially to our now Past President, Patrick Beecher. Patrick did a phenomenal job not only during his term as Branch President, but throughout all of his years of service to the Branch. I have had the privilege of working with him many times and he has left very big shoes to fill.  I also want to thank our technical and keynote speakers for all of 2017 and look forward to a continued tradition of excellent technical programs.

Fortunately I have a fantastic Board to do the heavy lifting in making the Branch a success. The Board includes some returning members as well as some new additions including:

President Elect – Luis Gonzalez, P.E.

V.P. Administration – Julia Clarke, P.E

V.P. Technical – Uttam Karmaker, P.E.

V.P. Education – Austin Brauel, P.E.

V.P. Communications – Sarah Alvarez, P.E.

Secretary – Manik Mitra, P.E.

Treasurer – Jason Brock, P.E.

Past President – Patrick Beecher, P.E.

Section Director – Jason Ellison, P.E.

The Board is supported by dozens of active committee chairs and members who develop great ideas and bring the enthusiasm and energy to deliver the fantastic technical, social, and educational program that our Branch provides. While we have one of the strongest programs in all of ASCE with the mindset of continuous improvement, I have developed five goals for the coming year including:

Goal 1: Ongoing Branch support for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts

Goal 2: Recognize the Branch’s 75th Anniversary

Goal 3: Strengthen connections with Branch supported Student Chapters

Goal 4: Strengthen local Technical Institute Chapters

Goal 5: Strengthen Branch’s presence in the community

These goals are ambitious and include aspects of technical excellence, outreach, and education. With your support, I have no doubt that we can meet and exceed all of these. 

If you ever have any suggestions, comments, concerns, or ideas, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the Board members.


Gareth Young

President – Houston Branch ASCE


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