May 2019 Newsletter Print

    President's Report

    Greetings members!

    I first and foremost wanted to take the time to extend a thank you to all those who submitted applications for Project and Engineer of the Year. We had many well qualified applicants this year. Congratulations again to the selected Projects-of-the-Year: CIty of Santa Barbara Cacique Bridge and Montecito Sanitary District Miramor Lift Station and Engineer-of-the-Year Kinsey Hensley, P.E. (Jensen Design & Survey). Well done! 

    We have had the opportunity to host some exciting meetings this spring. In March we had the opportunity to learn more about AMI meter technology implementation from the Channel Islands Beach Community Service District. In April we organized a tour of the CIty of Santa Barbara Desalination Plant. If anyone missed out on the tour and would like to be placed on an interest for a future tour, please contact myself or one of our officers. Also, many thanks for Larry Gurrola for presenting on the January 9th Montecito Debris Flows!

    If anyone has any ideas for upcoming meetings, community service events, or professional development events please reach out - our Board would love to hear them. 

    I hope to see you at one of our happy hours in Santa Barbara or Ventura this summer. 

    Erin LaBuda, P.E., M. ASCE

    Santa Barbara/Ventura Branch President

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    Upcoming Meetings

    Come join your fellow engineers at Shaloob's Funk Zone Patio to kick off the summer season with a happy hour.  The happy hour is scheduled for June 19th at 5:00 pm.  We will be providing some snacks. Beverages will be available for purchase. In case work left you hungry for more than just appetizers, Shaloob's has some delicious options for purchase.

    We hope to see you there for some tasty treats and fun times!

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    The desal tour was a success, as was the happy hour The Bluewater Grill after.  We are looking into organizing another tour this fall so those who were not able to secure a spot on the last tour will be able to attend the next one.  We will keep everyone posted.

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    Membership Spotlight



    Name: Tyler Klein

    Company / Agency and position: Stantec, Civil Engineer

    Specialty: Sewer/Storm Water

    Recent Accomplishment: PE Licensure

    Favorite Engineering Project: Malibu Access Stairway, Arroyo Simi Greenway

    Favorite Hobby: Kitesurfing, Skiing

    What’s your vision for Civil Engineering 10 years from now: Greater emphasis on Planning and Design of Non-Vehicle pathways for communities




    Name: Maher Hanbali

    Company / Agency and position: Stantec, Civil Engineer

    ASCE Join date (Branch can look this up): 11/7/2017

    Specialty: Transportation

    Recent Accomplishment: I organized the plan production of a 50+ sheet plan set.

    Favorite Engineering Project: The Safe Routes to School Project in Lancaster.

    Favorite Hobby: Gaming

    What’s your vision for Civil Engineering 10 years from now: I feel that there will be major changes in the works when autonomous vehicles hit the mass market. I am curious to see what kind of affect this has on regulation and how we develop our infrastructure.




    Name: Emilio Rossi

    Company / Agency and position: Stantec – Civil Engineer

    Specialty: General Civil

    Recent Accomplishment: I hit my 4-year mark in Civil Engineering and will hit my 5-year anniversary in August in Civil Engineering and at Stantec.

    Favorite Engineering Project: California Hotel in Santa Barbara

    Favorite Hobby: My current favorite hobby is cycling (riding and maintaining bikes)

    What’s your vision for Civil Engineering 10 years from now: To be a managing and design specialist with water resource projects (still figuring out if my interest lie in hydraulics, hydrology, stormwater quality, or another area)








    Name: Meng Wei Lu

    Company / Agency and position: Earth Systems Pacific, Project Engineer

    ASCE Join date (Branch can look this up): 8/26/2015

    Specialty:  Geotechnical Engineering

    Recent Accomplishment: Obtained PE in June 2018

    Favorite Engineering Project: Island View Drive residential lots, including slope remediation with a geogrid-reinforced buttress

    Favorite Hobby: Movies, hiking, video games

    What’s your vision for Civil Engineering 10 years from now: A.I. Controlled construction machines will be widely used, but the core knowledge won’t be so different.





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    Call for Officers

    If anyone is interested in becoming an officer or just wants to get more involved in ASCE for the 2019/2020 year, please contact any of the officers.  You can also chat with us at next month's happy hour meetings.

    Sponsorships Availble

    Sponsorships are still available.  Some of the benefits sponsors receive are being able to post job openings in our Newsletter which goes out to all ASCE members as well as being posted on our website; advertisement on our website; and maintaining connections with engineers in all stages of their careers throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

    $1000 Scholarship

    The Santa Barbara/Ventura branch of ASCE has a $1000 scholarship availbale to graduating high school seniors and college students who are attending an ABET accredited university for Civil Engineering.  The deadline for the 2019 Fall semester/quarter is May 31st; but we will be accepting applications throughout the year.  If you know of any students who would be interested, please pass the application on to them.


    High School Scholarship


    Junior College/University Students

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