September Technical Speaker 2

Integrating Resilience and Sustainability in Infrastructure Design

Ms. Carolyn LaFleur, P.E. - Research Scientist at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)

Civil engineering is the nexus where science is applied to the design and management of built and natural environments for the benefit of Earth’s inhabitants. The gravity of this responsibility compels civil engineers to continually seek and integrate the best available understandings and technologies in our work. Design practitioners need the new information that research can provide, while researchers need to understand the challenges faced by the design community and those charged with the management and maintenance of engineered systems. In the Houston region and worldwide engineers are tasked with finding ways to adapt to ever-changing conditions of population, climate, technological advancements, and expectations of the public. The Environmental and Water Resources Institute of ASCE offers many resources for the design community to use in meeting the challenges of creating resilient infrastructure and protecting the natural environment.

Carolyn LaFleur is a Research Scientist at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC). She is a registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota and Texas. Her experience includes oil and gas exploration and production, environmental, permitting and regulatory compliance, geotechnics, resource recovery and waste facilities, pollution prevention and water resources projects.

Carolyn attended McNeese State University in her hometown of Lake Charles, Louisiana, where she received her a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1988 and a Master of Engineering in 1989. Graduate studies emphasized geotechnical and environmental topics, focusing on permeability theory and development of a new device for in-situ hydraulic conductivity testing. She has worked extensively with groundwater protection, waste facilities, and environmental permitting.

As a long-time member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), she served as Texas Section Technical Chair for Forensic Engineering. She has also worked with committees of the Environmental and Water Resources Insitute (EWRI) of ASCE, and currently serves as Chair of the Environmental Council.


B.S., Civil Engineering, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Master of Engineering (Civil), McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana


Oil & Gas

Engine Emissions

Environmental Permitting / Regulatory Compliance

Soil Mechanics

Solid Waste

Water Quality

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!


Amanda Retta, EIT

ASCE Younger Member Forum Chair

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Membership Report

ASCE Houston Branch

Membership Report

September 2017

Currently, adjusted assignments to the Houston Branch include 3,196 members. 84% of those members have paid their National dues. 83% of all National renewals elected to pay their Texas Section Dues. Thank you for your ASCE participation and keep up the good work!

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President's Message

We have been blessed with a slate of remarkable speakers and topics this past year. Our June meeting was no exception with Fort Bend County Judge Robert E. Hebert as our keynote speaker and Lindsey Tracy, P.E. and Michael Rolen, P.E. of AECOM and Jesus M. Olivas, P.E. of HR Green as our technical speakers. Thank you all for bringing interesting and valuable content to our meeting.

Although summer is typically a quiet time in our calendar year, our volunteers have been busy bringing continuing education and networking opportunities to you. The Environmental Water Resources Institute (EWRI) and Land/Water Sustainability Forum (LWSF) has teamed to provide the “Storm Water Management Seminar Series.”   The first seminar was held on July 25th and focused on storm water quality regulations as they apply to the various stages of site development. The second seminar will be held on August 8th and concentrate on storm water detention requirements.

On August 10th, our Houston Branch Younger Member (YM) Group is joining with the Younger Member Group of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) to provide a lunchtime seminar that will cover wetland regulations, mitigation techniques and strategies, and pitfalls to avoid. Our YM Group will also host a tour of the Buffalo Bayou Cistern on August 24th. If you haven’t had a chance to get out to see the Cistern, I recommend you join our YM Group at this event. It is a unique and historical structural in Houston’s often cluttered and busy landscape that has been successfully preserved and repurposed. You will be amazed!

CECON 2017 is getting closer every day. This year’s theme is “Resiliency in Engineering: A Proactive Collaboration.” CECON will be held at the Embassy Suites San Marcos Hotel on September 20 through 22nd. Mr. Stephen Costello, P.E., City of Houston’s Chief Resilience Officer, and Mr. Pete G. Perez, P.E., SES, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Southwest Division Director of Regional Business, are confirmed keynote speakers. I encourage each of you to go to to register. You won’t want to miss out on such an outstanding conference.

We will again join our friends with the Houston Contractors Association (HCA) for our joint meeting in August. The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 24th from 11:00a to 1:00p at the Junior League Ballroom (1811 Briar Oaks Lane). Details regarding the keynote speaker are being finalized and should be announced soon. I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Please check out our website ( for more details regarding these and our many other upcoming events.

We are here for the benefit of our members. If you have any questions or would like to discuss how ASCE can provide greater benefit to you, please call or email (713-939-6438 or, or feel free to find me at the branch meetings.  As always, thank you for your support of ASCE Houston.

Patrick Beecher, P.E.