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March 2021 Print


Welcome to the ASCE Houston Branch Newsletter of upcoming events, articles, jobs and more from our membership.  


President's Message

President's Video Message

Howdy ASCE Houston!

March marks the halfway point for this ASCE Houston Fiscal Year! My year as President will be fully virtual, which is drastically different from every premeditated notion I had for my term. It has been a challenging year being remote and separated from the volunteers, members, and guests of the Branch. Last month, I received emails of support and encouragement. In addition, I had the opportunity to virtually engage with several students, volunteers, and  members. This engagement with you uplifts my spirits and renews my motivation to continue striving to achieve our mission.

I hope you all made it safely through the winter storm. Thank you to the emergency personnel who worked continuously through the weather event! My brother is a firefighter and I could not be prouder of the essential and selfless acts of our first responders.

I paused to reflect during the storm to think about how blessed we are to live in the level of daily comfort we consider normal. There are nations and communities who are less fortunate than us. The ASCE Vision Statement is, “Civil Engineers are global leaders building a better quality of life.” Many of our modern-day comforts are a result of Civil Engineers. Extreme events similar to the winter freeze we just experienced emphasizes the importance the designs and decisions we make as Civil Engineers.

Like many of you, I was without the resources to host the branch meeting in February. Our President-Elect, who is also the 2021 Young Engineer of the Year, Mahsa Arastoo moderated on my behalf. Congratulations Mahsa on the outstanding job and on your award! It has been a pleasure to serve on the Branch with you throughout the years.

We had 15 Past Presidents register for the meeting, but due to the winter storm not everyone was able to join us during the live webinar. I extend my gratitude to the Past Presidents and to the keynote speaker, Mr. Kenneth R. Wright of Wright Water Engineers. Mr. Wright’s address titled, “The Civil Engineering of the Incan City of Machu Picchu” was recorded and shared with all the registered attendees.

I hope you are able to join us virtually for the next Branch Meeting on Tuesday, March 16th at 12 PM CST. The keynote speaker will be Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon Regents Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University (WHOOP!). Dr. Nielsen-Gammon’s address is titled, “Effects of Weather and Climate on Extreme Rainfall Return Values in Southeast Texas.”

In addition to the Branch Meeting, two technical sessions will be offered this month. Information for all events can be found on the website, www.ascehouston.org.

I am receptive to all questions, comments, concerns, and ideas you may contact me at [email protected].

Until next time ASCE Houston, take care of yourself and each other.

Sarah N. Alvarez
ASCE Houston President
[email protected]


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Calendar of Events

Future Meetings

Texas COPRI Chapter Meeting

February 26, 2021
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Texas COPRI goals are to enhance the advancement of scientific and engineering knowledge for members engaged in sustainable development and protection of coasts, oceans, ports, and waterways.

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2021 TAME STEM Competition Judging

February 27, 2021
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


2021 TAME Virtual Divisional STEM Competition Volunteer Opportunity

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March Branch Technical Session 1

March 10, 2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


The New ASCE Code of Ethics: Tara Hoke

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ASCE-YM Technical Presentation - Manufacturing of Marine Fenders

March 11, 2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


ShibataFenderTeam offers quarterly live webinars with changing topics. They range from the design process of fender systems following a holistic approach over the berthing energy calculation and important details about how to select the right fender.

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March 16, 2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


Featuring John Nielsen-Gammon

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Fundamentals of Wealth Management

March 19, 2021
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Zoom Webinar


Educational seminar about the strategies necessary to create structure and efficiency in your financial life

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March Branch Technical Session 2

March 24, 2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


San Jacinto River Authority's Surface Water Treatment Plant

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EWRI Technical Event - Green Infrastructure & Envision Initiatives

March 25, 2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


EWRI Green Infrastructure & Envision Technical Session

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SEI Technical Session

March 30, 2021
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Webinar - Link to access included in registration receipt email

Offshore Wind Farm – Future Challenges

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March 2021 Keynote Speaker



MARCH 16, 2021 AT 12 NOON


John Nielsen-Gammon is Regents Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University and serves as the Texas State Climatologist.  He received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1990 and has been at Texas A&M University since 1991.  Nielsen-Gammon's active research areas include real-time estimation of drought severity, the role of climate change in future floods and droughts, the effect of weather on air pollution, techniques for calculating the intensity of El Niño, and other research in applied climatology.  He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and Co-Chair of the Predictions, Predictability, and Applications Interface Panel of the US CLIVAR program.

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March 2021 Younger Member's Report

Recap of Cooking Event - During the month of February, ASCE YM participants came together virtually and learned how to cook AMAZING street tacos from scratch, including the tortillas! Everyone was able to take their own spin on the ingredients, make their food as spicy as they wanted but still learn together with other ASCE members in the comfort of their home.


Promotion for financial planning event - With all that happened with the snowstorm and tax season in full swing, we should be looking to get a better grasp on our financials for this year and our future! The wonderful team over at IMG Financial Group has set up a webinar to discuss the fundamentals of wealth management with us. Topics will include how to establish a financial safety net, minimize income taxes, compound interest and investment and insurance portfolios. See the ASCE Events Calendar for details.

Promotion for YM technical activity - ASCE-YM would like to invite you to a FREE Webinar Event hosted by ShibataFenderTeam Group!

ShibataFenderTeam offers quarterly live webinars with changing topics. They range from the design process of fender systems following a holistic approach over the berthing energy calculation and important details about how to select the right fender for individual projects. Another topic addresses how to manufacture high-­quality fender systems and includes details on material and performance testing as well as about installation, operation and maintenance of fender solutions.

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2020 Award of Honor Recipient

The ASCE Houston Branch Awarded Mr. Andres Salazar as the 2020 Award of Honor recipient. Mr. Salazar was presented the award at February Branch Meeting. The Award of Honor is presented to an individual who has demonstrated continuous support to ASCE at the branch, section, and society levels, and is the highest recognition that the Houston Branch can bestow on one of its members. Congratulations Andres and thank you for the lasting positive impact you have had on the Houston Branch.

A recognized expert in water resources engineering, Andres is experienced in steady and unsteady modeling, river basin and reservoir operations, and water resources planning as well as with planning and feasibility studies for drainage and water supply projects. As the Director of Water Resources Engineering in Walter P Moore, he has designed numerous complex drainage projects across the State of Texas and is a proficient user of EPA-SWMM, HEC-RAS, HEC- HMS, STORM NET, InfoWorks, RiverWare, and WRAP computer models. In addition, he possesses special expertise in hydrologic and hydraulic systems that are key to creating an effective sustainable site drainage design.

An Adjunct Faculty member at The University of Texas at Arlington, Andres teaches graduate courses on hydrology and water resources. He also leads professional groups with interest in water rights and water resources system modeling. In 2017, Andres was named Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.

He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and his Master and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in Bogota, Colombia, and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas.

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Energy Professionals Virtual Hiring Event

Looking for a Job? Energy Professionals Virtual Hiring Event (4/7)

Experienced in the oil and gas industry and looking for a new job? The Society of Petroleum Engineers – Gulf Coast Section is pleased to inform you that it is organizing the 8th semi-annual Energy Professionals Virtual Hiring Event for professionals of energy and upstream oil & gas disciplines. ASCE will be collaborating with SPE for this event – so our members can participate as job seekers for FREE! The Hiring Event will be held online and will take place on April 7, 2021.

Employer registration is already open, and job seeker registration opens March 5th. For more information about the event, location, time, and registration, visit the SPE website here: https://www.spegcs.org/hiring-event/.

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March 2021 Member Spotlight

March 2021 Treasurer's Report

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