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Younger Member's Report

This Past Month’s Events

PE Luncheon

ASCE hosted a PE Luncheon on December 7th for those who are anticipating taking the PE test in the upcoming months. Thank you to our speaker, George Hartmann, for coming out to talk about the updates made to the exam and answering all of our questions about the exam, and thank you to our panelists who were also there to answer any questions we had about the exam.

CYCLE Bicycle Build

On December 9th, ASCE helped build bicycles for CYCLE at NRG Center.  CYCLE (Changing Young Children’s Lives through Education) is a charity that rewards students who have met their goals for higher academic performance with a new bicycle!  So far, over 150,000 bicycles have been awarded to students in the Greater Houston Area.  This was a great event and a fun way to spend a Saturday morning!  Thank you to all of our volunteers who participated.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Happy Hour with WEAT and TAWWA

On Wednesday, December 13th, ASCE joined WEAT and TAWWA for the annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Happy Hour! Members from all three organizations showed up dressed to impress. Thank you to all who came out and continue to make this an enjoyable event for everyone!

This Upcoming Month

Greens Bayou Coalition East Reach Clean-up

Saturday, January 13th, ASCE will be volunteering at the Greens Bayou Coalition East Reach Clean-Up. This volunteer opportunity will be from 8am to 12pm at 11801 Garrett Road. Register for this event at greensbayou-eastreach-cleanup.eventbrite.com . For questions and more information, look on the ASCE Calendar or contact Carrie French at Carrie.French@freese.com.

Houston Food Bank

Join ASCE on January 27th at the Houston Food Bank! We will be helping the Food Bank by sorting good, putting together packages for the food distribution programs, and sifting through all the donations they have received. For more information and registration details, see the ASCE calendar or email Carrie French at Carrie.French@freese.com.

ASCE Trivia Night Fundraiser

This year for our fundraising event, ASCE is hosting a trivia night! We are starting to look for companies interested in sponsoring the event. Sponsorships range in tiers from Bronze to Title, with varying advantages to each one including your company’s logo on the sponsor board to a banner with your company’s logo and complementary entrance for a team of 6 people. If your company is interested, please send an email to Tim Smelcer, Tim.Smelcer@arup.com. More details to come!

AIA Sandcastle Competition                  

The date for the annual Sandcastle Competition has been announced! Mark August 25th on your calendars for the 2018 AIA Sandcastle Competition and keep an eye out for upcoming meetings!

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Thanks,

Amanda Retta, EIT aretta@cobbfendley.com ASCE Younger Member Forum Chair

Younger Member's Report

This Past Month’s Events

YMI Buffalo Bayou Cleanup This past month, ASCE YM members joined TAWWA in cleaning up Buffalo Bayou. Volunteers helped shovel silt and debris from around trees along the bank, left by Hurricane Harvey. Thank you to TAWWA for organizing the event and to all the volunteers who participated.

Water for PeopleASCE and TAWWA joined forces for another last month to raise money for Water for People. The event was held at Saint Arnold Brewery. Thank you to everyone who came out and made donations and again, thank you to TAWWA for organizing another great event for our members.

This Upcoming Month

PE Luncheon On Thursday, December 7th, ASCE will be hosting its annual PE Luncheon at Terracon from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. The presentation will be given by George Hartman, an Engineer for TBPE for over 14 years. The luncheon will begin with a presentation over specifics of the professional licensure application and conclude with a Q&A session with a panel of engineers who have recently taken their PE and received their licenses. Registration is open on the ASCE Houston website. Lunch will be provided.

CYCLE Bicycle Build On December 9th, ASCE will be volunteering at the CYCLE Bicycle Build Event. Cycle is a children’s charity that encourages students to achieve higher academic performance by rewarding students who have met their goals with a new bicycle. Register for this event online at cyclehouston.org!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Happy Hour with WEAT and TAWWA On Wednesday, December 13th, ASCE will join WEAT and TAWWA for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Happy Hour! The happy hour will be at Axelrad starting at 5:00 PM. Come out for some networking and holiday cheer!

ASCE Trivia Night Fundraising Event This year for our fundraising event, ASCE is hosting a trivia night! We are starting to look for companies interested in sponsoring the event. Sponsorships range in tiers from Bronze to Title, with varying advantages to each one including your company’s logo on the sponsor board to a banner with your company’s logo and complementary entrance for a team of 6 people. If your company is interested, please send an email to Tim Smelcer, Tim.Smelcer@arup.com. More details to come!

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Thanks,

Amanda Retta, EIT aretta@cobbfendley.com ASCE Younger Member Forum Chair

Younger Member's Report

This Past Month’s Events

YMI Happy Hour

This past month, ASCE YM members joined the city-wide YM initiative for a happy hour hosted by SAME at Fox and Hound. YM members were able to network with other engineers and connect across organizations. All proceeds from this happy hour were donated to the Hurricane Relief Fund.

University of Houston Resume Fair

ASCE members volunteered at the University of Houston Fall 2017 Resume Fair hosted by The Cullen College of Engineering in September. ASCE members and other engineering professionals reviewed civil engineering students’ resumes for format, consistency, subjectivity, grammar, spelling and discussed how to participate in conversation during an interview. The objective of this event was to help students with resumes on a personal basis and to provide advice on how to be more interactive during a job interview. The event also provided UH students with a networking opportunity with the local engineers.

This Upcoming Month

YPT Third Annual Light Rail Pub Crawl

Friday, October 13th at 6:00 PM, members of YPT, ASCE YM members, and CREMM will be getting together for the third annual light rail pub crawl. The Light Rail Pub Crawl is by far the most popular event hosted by YPT where you get to visit multiple bars along the METRO rail. METRO will be covering all fares and YPT Houston and ASCE are covering the first 2 drinks! Registration is $15 for ASCE members. Register online!

The Houston Maker Faire

The Houston Maker Faire is seeking volunteers to help with their upcoming event on October 21st and 22nd. This is a great event for anyone that enjoys learning about innovative ideas and creations! Volunteer opportunities include helping plan the event and volunteering at the Maker Faire. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Houston Maker Faire for more information at http://houston.makerfaire.com/volunteer/ .

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Thanks,

Amanda Retta, EIT

aretta@cobbfendley.com

ASCE Younger Member Forum Chair

Younger Member's Report

This Past Month’s Events

Buffalo Bayou Cistern Tour:

This past month, ASCE YM members were able to go down into the historic Buffalo Bayou cisterns. They learned about the history, use, and transformation of the cisterns from municipal water storage to historic attraction. Thank you to all who attended the tour! It was a very popular event and will definitely be something we schedule again in the future!

ASIE North South Foundation National Finals:

ASCE volunteered for the North South Foundation National Finals at the University of Houston Campus. NSF is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization that grants scholarships to children in India as well as promotes education. NSF organized education contest including science, mathematics, geography, essay writing, public speaking, and spelling among others. The tasks assigned to volunteers ranged from working the contestant registration/information booth and giving directions to the locations of the events to lining up children for their contests and even carrying boxes. Events like this can only strengthen the shaping of the future’s minds. It was a great opportunity for ASCE to contribute to a good cause, while immersing in the Indian culture and sharpening our intercultural communication skills.

This Upcoming Month

As we begin the new term, we are welcoming a new group of YM officers. Our new team includes:

Branch Director: Mahsa Arastoo, P.E.

Technical Activities Chair: Xochitl Natividad, EIT

Community Service Activities Chair: Carrie French, P.E.

Social Activities Chair: Alik McCoy, EIT

Sandcastle Chair: Megan Nunley, P.E., CFM

Sandcastle Co-Chair: Alex Govea, EIT

Fundraiser Chair: Tim Smelcer, EIT

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Thanks,

Amanda Retta, EIT

aretta@cobbfendley.com

ASCE Younger Member Forum Chair

Younger Member's Report

Happy August ASCE Younger Members!

As we collectively enjoy and avoid the summer heat, take comfort in knowing that ASCE is working hard to keep you active and involved while keeping you cool. Join us at any of the exciting events below (no worries, they’re all indoors)!

Last Month’s Events:

Habitat for Humanity

Thank you to our handy volunteers! This event was a lot of fun! Volunteers worked hard, through the rain, helping with tasks such as helping to caulk and paint a house, remove scaffolding and install siding, and while the weather was still good, help install roof shingles.  Thank you Carrie for coordinating this community service event! It was a hit and there are more Habitat for Humanity builds to come in the future. See the ASCE website for photos and we hope to see you at the next build!

Upcoming Events:

Understanding Wetland Mitigation Issues-

Our next Younger Member (YM) technical seminar will be a joint event with SAME on August 10, 2017 from 11:30am – 1pm. Patrick Korn, Senior Staff Scientist at Terracon, will provide a basic understanding of wetland mitigation; issues, challenges, and expenses of wetland mitigation with respect to development; and different wetland mitigation options. Topics will include: Why Wetland Mitigation Exists, Regulatory Context, Wetland Mitigation in Galveston District, Types of Mitigation, Planning for Mitigation & Pitfalls to Avoid. Registerhere.

NORTH SOUTH FOUNDATION NATIONAL FINALS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

On Saturday, August 12th, ASCE is teaming up with ASIE to help with the North South Foundation National Finals Event at the University of Houston.  Please see the NSF website link below and flyer for more information.

NSF web site: http://www.northsouth.org/public/main/home.aspx

If you are interested in volunteering, please register at the website link provided as soon as possible!  ASCE will be participating on Saturday, August 12th from 7:00am – 1:00 pm.  If this time doesn’t work for you, but you would still like to volunteer, there are several other volunteer slots available.  We hope to see you there!

Bowling Social Event With Engineers Without Borders

Join ASCE and EWB at the Main Event August 26th from 3pm to 5:30pm for an exciting evening of bowling with a diverse group of professional engineers. Register here.

BUFFALO BAYOU CISTERN TOUR

Join the Younger Members (YM's) at a tour of the Buffalo Bayou Cistern! Learn about the architecture of this unique space and the history of Houston’s water system. The tour takes place on August 24th from 6-7pm. Find additional details and register here.

Last but not least, I’d like to say farewell for now. This will be the last ASCE Younger Member newsletter that I’ll write, as August marks the change of seasons and leadership within our local chapter. It’s been an extremely busy year full of growth and excitement for all. Next year looks to have even more in store. Amanda Retta, our current Social Activities chair will be your 2017-18 YM Chair and we look forward to her and her new YM chairs leadership and inspiration.

Ciao!

Ashley Francis, P.E.

2016-2017 YM Chair

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