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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

Treasurer's Report

As of August 4, 2017

 

 

 

Paypal

 

$

2,093.82

Savings

 

$

77,395.38

Checking

 

$

63,631.84

Total

 

$

143,121.04

 

Membership Report

ASCE Houston Branch

Membership Report

August 2017

Currently, adjusted assignments to the Houston Branch include 3,154 members. 83% 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!

2016-2017 ASCE Houston Branch Membership Report

Report Date

Total Assigned Membership

Total National Dues Paid

 

Total Section Dues Paid

 

Sept

09/01/16

3458

2891

84%

2416

84%

Oct

10/3/16

3317

2837

86%

2368

83%

Nov

11/1/16

3343

2868

86%

2412

84%

Dec

12/5/16

3364

2891

86%

2439

84%

Jan

1/3/17

3345

2887

86%

2451

85%

Feb

2/1/17

3392

2948

87%

2519

85%

Mar

3/1/17

3462

3015

87%

2588

85%

Apr

4/4/17

3061

2390

78%

1999

84%

May

5/1/17

3085

2474

80%

2061

83%

Jun

6/1/17

3100

2539

82%

2112

83%

Jul

7/17/17

3138

2605

83%

2157

83%

Aug

8/1/17

3154

2626

83%

2181

83%

 

Who do I contact with Membership questions?

 

Houston Branch Membership Chair:  Alexa Nichols

Email: anichols@ehrainc.com

Phone:713-784-4500

National Membership Contact -memrec@asce.org or call 800-548-2723

Membership Information -http://www.asce.org/membership/

Online Application - https://join.asce.org/default.aspx

Renew Your Membership - http://www.asce.org/renewal

President's Message

Thank you to Drs. Jerry Rogers, Ph.D., P.E., D. WRE and Narendra Gosain, Ph.D., P.E. for such an interesting and detailed presentation on the Astrodome and on the outstanding career of Richard P. Doss, Harris County Engineer. This was a great opportunity to remind ourselves of Houston’s rich civil engineering history and build excitement for how we will repurpose the Astrodome into a relevant part of Houston’s future. In addition, thank you to Mr. Koushik Arunachalam and Dr. Mina Dawood, Ph.D., P.Eng. for being our Technical Speakers.

If you haven’t already heard the great news, our very own Mr. Tim Newton, P.E. was recently elected to be our Region 6 Governor for 2017- 2020! Congratulations Tim! The Houston Branch’s reach is far and wide with so many leaders at the Section and National levels. It is a testament to the efforts of our members over the years to make this a place where we encourage and support the development of our engineers to become leaders.    

Although it seems like CECON 2017 in September is a long way off, it will be here before we know it. 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 TexasCECON.org to register. You won’t want to miss out on such an outstanding conference.

Congratulations also to our ASCE Sandcastle Team that recently participated in the AIA’s Annual Sandcastle Competition in Galveston, Texas! ASCE won the Public Recognition Award. Thank you to Alik McCoy and Maegan Nunley for leading us onto our first prize in 16 years of competition!

At our June Branch meeting, we are honored to have Fort Bend County Judge Robert E. Hebert give us an update on Fort Bend County’s infrastructure efforts. We will also have Ms. Lindsey Tracy, P.E. and Mr. Michael Rolen, P.E. of AECOM talk to us about “Challenges to Development of Asset Management Plans for Small Water Districts” and Mr. Jesus M. Olivas with HR Green present the “Ship Channel Bridge Asphalt Overlay and Toll Plaza Demolition” for our technical sessions. Check our website for more details.

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 president@ascehouston.org), or feel free to find me at the branch meetings.  As always, thank you for your support of ASCE Houston.

Patrick Beecher, P.E.

June Branch Meeting Main Speaker

Fort Bend County Updates

Judge Robert E. Hebert - Fort Bend Constitutional County Judge

Judge Robert E. (Bob) Hebert assumed the office of Fort Bend Constitutional County Judge on January 1, 2003. As County Judge he presides over Commissioners Court which oversees the county’s 2500 employees and its $310 Million budget for the county's 745,000 residents. Fort Bend, the 10th largest county in Texas, is consistently ranked as one of the fastest growing counties in the nation and was recently selected by Forbes Magazine as the Number 1 community in the nation for opportunity and named by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research as the most diverse community in the nation.

After graduation from Pampa High School in the Texas panhandle in 1959, Bob enlisted in the United States Navy. Following his honorable discharge in 1963, Bob settled in the Houston area with Pat, his wife of 54 years. While Pat raised three daughters, Bob worked days and spent his nights using the GI Bill to pursue a college education. Judge Hebert now holds an Associate Degree from South Texas Junior College (U of H Downtown); a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a PhD in Management from California Coast University. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at the University of Texas Graduate School of Business in Austin.

In 1972 he founded the former ECO Resources, Inc., a water utility management company, and served as its Chairman and CEO until 1985 when the company was acquired by Southwest Water Company. Since 1985 Bob has resided in Fort Bend County and through Robert Hebert and Associates, has served as a consultant to public and private water utility operations across the USA. Additionally, his past service to Texas and Fort Bend County includes the Temporary Receivership for the City of Arcola; City Manager of Rosenberg, Texas; Vice President and Director of the Brazos River Authority; Trustee and President of the Alief ISD Board of Trustees; President and Director of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce; Director of the Rosenberg-Richmond Chamber of Commerce; Director of the Fort Bend Museum Association; Director and Vice Chairman of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council; Past-President and Chairman of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (Arlington, VA). He currently serves as a member of the Region H Water Planning Committee, the Texas Water Conservation Association and the National Water Resource Association, and is currently Chairman-elect of the Texas Conference of Urban Counties and a member of its policy committee.

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