President's Column 3/1/2015
The Seattle Section shared an amazing weekend with over 350 ASCE leaders in Bellevue! Between February 19 and 21, the Seattle Section had the privilege to welcome over 130 younger members, 180 students and 100 Section and Branch leaders at the Multi Region Leadership Conference (MRLC) held at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue. During the three days participants from Regions 8 & 9, which include AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MO, NV, OR, UT, and WA, had the chance to network with society leadership, develop new professional skills and learn more about ASCE.
The Younger Member portion of the conference, the Western Region Younger Member Council (WRYMC), was planned by 12 talented and dedicated chairs and over 10 other volunteers. They spent countless hours planning every aspect of the WRYMC 2015 experience to make this WRYMC the best one yet.
This year several records were broken for attendance, fundraising, and new features. The WRYMC tagline was .It ain.t easy being green!., but the team tried to make it look easy. We focused our attention on planning WRYMC with sustainability in mind. Some of the most notable sustainable features included:
- An app replaced the hard copy program. This not only saved valuable resources, but provided all the information the participants needed right at their fingertips and up to the minute updates.
- A sustainability presentation by two leaders in the field aimed at enhancing our sustainability tool box and empowering us to incorporate sustainability in daily practice.
- A pre-conference Community Service Event included over 20 volunteers reaching out to over 60 students from the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club. The activities not only promoted the profession, but also engaged students to learn more about sustainability. The activities included a fun recycling relay and tower building, wildflower seed ball making, sustainable signage design, green air-freshener making and an energy vampires search mission.
The conference featured four technical tours of current major infrastructure projects. The SR 520 Bridge project showcased construction of the longest floating bridge where participants had direct access on the floating concrete pontoons and construction site. The SR 99 Tunnel Project displayed Bertha, the stalled 87 foot wide boring machine featuring one of the most daring projects seen in Seattle. The Elliot Bay Seawall Project revealed the replacement of an aging piece of infrastructure that will improve the safety of the waterfront and provide opportunities for transforming it. The Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Plant not only showcased one of the greenest treatment plants in the King County, but allowed close access to the largest membrane bio-reactor applications of its kind at a full capacity of 54 MGD.
WRYMC participants had several opportunities to network in informal settings during a Brewery tour, Scavenger Hunt and Pub Crawl, and unofficial happy hours. In addition, the conference concluded with a Banquet and Awards Ceremony at the LEED. Platinum Brightwater Community Center. Seven of the most engaged younger member leaders were awarded for their performance and involvement in various ASCE and professional activities. Awardees included:
- Orange County YMF, Outstanding Younger Member Group Project for their Speaker Series project
- Remi Candaele, Orange County YMF, Outstanding Advancement of the Profession by a Younger Member
- Eric Walker, Orange County YMF, Outstanding Support of a Student Chapter
- Bethy Clark, Seattle YMF, Outstanding Younger Member in Community Activities
- Julie Infante, Oregon YMF, Outstanding Younger Member in the Public Sector
- Courtney Davis, Seattle YMF, Outstanding Younger Member in the Private Sector
- Melissa Wu, Seattle YMF, Outstanding Younger Member in ASCE Activities
Thanks again to the planning committee . Inna Tasmaly from BergerAbam (Vice-Chair), Jared Nakamoto from Parsons Brinkerhoff (Finance Chair), Schyler Hect from Parsons Brinkerhoff (Agenda Chair), Lynette Sla from McMillen Jacobs and Associates (Program Chair), Courtney Davis from KPFF (Registration Chair and Pre-conference Volunteer Event Committee Member), Aaron Olson from KPFF (Pre-conference Activities Chair), ChunHo Chen from Osborn Consulting (Social Chair), Shane Binder from Transpo Group (Social Committee Member), Don Nguyen from Buckland&Taylor (Technical Tours Chair), Liz Sowers from Anvil Corporation (Awards Chair), Mary O.Hara from Coffman Engineers (Banquet Chair), Tony Nguyen from HDR (Banquet Committee Member), Laura McFarlane (Transportation Chair), Morgan Miller from the US Army Corps of Engineers (Sustainability Chair), Eric Knigge from Washington State Department of Transportation (IT&Website Committee Member), Bethy Clark from HDR (Technical Tours Committee Member), Cal Bearman from WJE (Technical Tour Committee Member) and many other volunteers who have given their free time to support the conference.
And finally, thanks to our generous sponsors:
- Major Sponsor: Seattle Section.
- Platinum Sponsor: WJE.
- Gold Sponsors: BergerABAM, HDR.
- Silver Sponsors: Anchor QEA, CKC, Transpo Group, Parsons, Conestoga-Rovers & Associates.
- Bronze Sponsors: CH2M Hill, Hayward Baker, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Osborn Consulting, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Terracon.
- Supporting Agencies: Washington State Department of Transportation, Seattle Waterfront Seawall, King County, Center for Leadership Research and Development at the Seattle Pacific University, and University of Washington.
It has been a great honor to be part of this outstanding group of leaders and I am sure you will see them in leadership positions in the years to come at all levels of ASCE.
- YMF - Soccer Team RSVP
- January 2 - March 18
- COPRI Seattle Meeting Register Online
- February 22, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
- EWB Meeting
- February 22, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
- February Joint Section & Geotech Meeting Register Online
- February 23, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
- STEM Exploration Night Register Online
- February 23, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
- February Join Section & Geotech Meeting Register Online
- February 23, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
- YMF - Ski Retreat RSVP
- February 24 - 26
- YMF - Community Service Event RSVP
- February 26, 10:00 - 3:00 p.m.
- YMF - Eastside Networking
- February 28, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
- LOCEAA Awards
- March 10
- History & Heritage Meeting
- March 12, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
- Seattle Chapter Meeting
- March 15
- Geotechnical Seminars
- April 21 - 22
- YMF - Gold Tournament
- August 18
- ASCE Legislative Committee - Volunteers Needed
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