YOUNGER MEMBER FORUM
Welcome to the Younger Member Forum (YMF) for the Seattle Section of ASCE. But what is the YMF anyway?!? The Younger Member Forum (YMF) is a group of young civil engineers. "Young" is defined by ASCE national as a member under 35 years of age (including students). However, the Seattle YMF has a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. If you're interested in what we're doing, by all means, JOIN US!
The Seattle YMF gets together monthly for networking meet-n-greets, ski trips, sports leagues, technical tours and presentations, and conferences. Throughout the year, we participate in many community service events and K-12/college outreach activities and host events such as the Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition for local high school students, Seattle Works Day, Rebuilding Together. We do not charge dues; we also do not require ASCE membership although we definitely encourage it. If you have any questions regarding any of our events or want more information please feel free contact any of the officers.
(January 2013) Awards season is fully upon us, and while the Seattle YMF has yet to win an Academy Award, we’ve been highly successful at a number of other awards over the 2012 year. Six Seattle Younger Members traveled to Sacramento on January 24-26th for the 2012 Western Region Younger Member Council. While there, the Seattle YMF was recognized for its community and educational outreach with the 2012 ASCE Public Service Award, while Stefanie Herzstein was awarded the WRYMC Outstanding Young Engineer in ASCE Activities, Shane Binder was awarded the WRYMC Outstanding Young Engineer in the Private Sector, and Courtney Davis was awarded the WRYMC Outstanding Young Engineer in Journalism. On the Monday following, the Puget Sound Engineering Council announced that our very own Zohrah Saidy had also won the Young Engineer of the Year, to be awarded next month.
(November 2012) The Seattle YMF was awarded the 2012 ASCE Public Service Award for the dedication of its members to educational, philanthropic, and professional outreach year-round. The Committee on Volunteer Community Service highlighted Seattle’s outreach to K-12 youth and local college students through our Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition, Engineering Rocks!, Seattle Science Fair Expo, and extensive mentoring and involvement with the two student chapters in Seattle, as well as community service through toy and food drives, meal preparation, habitat restoration, and building renovation for the underprivileged. In summary, the Committee stated “Your actions help to advance the civil engineering profession and provide a shining example to others.” This is the third year in a row that the Seattle YMF has received this award. At the same time, the Seattle Section K-12 Outreach Committee, which was co-chaired by YMs Erin Fletcher and Bethy Clark, was awarded the 2012 ASCE Outstanding Service Project Award.
1st Tuesday and 2nd Monday Networking Events
Networking events are great way to meet other young engineers in the area. Networking events are held twice per month between September and May; on the 1st Tuesday in Seattle and on the 2nd Monday in Bellevue. YMF picks up the tab for appetizers 5:30pm to 7:00pm at rotating locations each month. Feel free to invite other engineers along. See the Events section for details.