November 2019 Print

President's Report

Hello ASCE Members,


On behalf of 2019-2020 ASCE Santa Barbara/Ventura Chapter Officers, welcome to our new fiscal year. With this year, new challenges are upon us. Our focus will be to encourage more participation from our members by attending the chapter general meetings, to hopefully recruit more members, and to interact more with our members so that we can pass on your ideas and suggestions on our platform and website.  We are expanding our social media interaction through our Social Chair and officer, Eva Von Thury. So, please send Eva your suggestions or social media news that can be shared with the rest of us on topics of your choice related to our profession.  One of our more challenging tasks is to choose Project of the Year (POY) and Engineer of the Year (EOY). So, please help us with an early announcement/ introduction of your preferred POY and EOY. I am pleased to announce our first general meeting topic, Engineers without Boarders, to be presented on November 14, 2019 in Santa Barbara. Hope to see you all there.

Jeff Tawakoli, PE

ASCE SB/Ventura Chapter President


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Upcoming Meetings

2019/2020 Kickoff Meeting

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Mark your calendar for a night of networking and fun as we hold our joint Branch and YMF Kickoff meeting and Officer Installation at PizzaMan Dan's in Carpinteria!

We are teaming up with YMF to host an engineering mentor-mentee "speed dating" session. Branch members will be paired with YMF members and have a chance to briefly mentor and offer support and advice to our younger ASCE members. All Branch members (i.e. "mentors") are welcome to attend. Prizes will be awarded to winning persons. 

Food will be provided for attendees. We hope to see you there as we kick off another great year!



Monthly Branch Meeting

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The local branch of Engineers Without Borders recently visited El Muyuyo, Ecuador to assess the community's water supply infrastructure.  Please join us on November 20th to hear Jason Dane, discuss the group's findings, experiences, and plans for the project going forward. 

The social hour will begin at 4:30 pm and the talk will begin at 5:00 pm at Rusty's Pizza (232 W Carrillo St in Santa Barbara).



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Membership Spotlight

PE Spotlight

The PE licensing exam just took place Friday October 25th.  That means there is a new group of professional engineers to welcome to the industry.  Please let us know if there are any engineers you work with that have passed so we can honor their accomplishment and hard work in our Newsletter.


Project of the Year and Engineer of the Year 

As 2019 is comes to an end, start thinking about the exceptional projects you have worked on and the hard working engineers that helped bring those projects to fruition.  Applications for project of the year and engineer of the year will be available in November.  


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Holiday Party 

Mark your calendars for the ASCE Holiday party on December 12th at Potek Winery in Santa Barbara from 6pm to 10pm.  Please come join us for a glass of wine and a delicisious homemade pasta dinner.  We will be collecting donnations for Toys for Tots.  Tickets will be availble shortly.

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Summer Soltice Parade

We are planning to work the YMF group to create an entry for the Santa Barbara Summer Soltice Parade on June 20th, 2020.  If anyone has ideas for designs or would like to get involved, please contact us at [email protected], through our facebook group, or chat with us at one of our meetings.  We would love to hear your ideas!

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Please share your ideas on how our branch can get more involved in our communities; what topics you want to learn about; and how we can make your ASCE membership better.  We need your feedback and ideas.

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