Past Event Photos:
For a more complete listing of past events including pictures and recaps, always check here.
Philly YMF Wins the 2015 ASCE CYM Younger Member Group Award!
The Philadelphia Section Younger Member Forum has been awarded the 2015 ASCE CYM Youngermember Group Award in the large group category. The award will be presented at an event at the 2015 ASCE National Conference in New York City, NY, on October 13, 2015. For more information about the distinct honor, see the award letter here.
Elections for 2015-2016 YMF Board:
The Philadelphia Section YMF held its annual elections on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. For additional information on the new board, please visit the board members page.
ASCE Scholarship Applications:
The Section awards a scholarship to a matriculating student in a full-time Civil Engineering or Architectural Engineering program at the following schools: Drexel University, Swarthmore College, Temple University, Villanova University, and Widener University. Students must be active participants in the ASCE Student Chapter and must be in their Sophomore to Junior years to be eligible to submit. See the application for more information.
Section Member Scholarship:
The Section awards a scholarship to the child of an active Philadelphia Section member who is a matriculating student in a full-time Civil Engineering or Architectural Engineering program at an accredited college or university. Students must be active participants in the ASCE Student Chapter and must be in their Sophomore to Junior years to be eligible to submit. See the application for more information.
100th Anniversary Gala Photos Posted:
Although our 100th year has come to a close, we continue to celebrate the accomplishments of the past hundred years. Relive the moments from our 100th Anniversary Gala, which took place at the Franklin Institute on May 4, 2013, in the Event Archive. Look for upcoming posts about the ASCE 100th Anniversary Coffee Table Book and ordering options.
ASCE's Civil Engineering Club™:
ASCE's Civil Engineering Club™ initiative is an after school program that offers 6th to 8th graders an opportunity to learn more about the civil engineering field. In an effort to bring this opportunity to Philadelphia, members who serve in leadership positions on the local ASCE Younger Members Forum started the first Civil Engineering Club in Pennsylvania at the Chester A. Arthur School. It was one of 10 programs recognized nationally at its inception during the 2012-2013 school year.
The major goal of the club is to show local students the diversity within civil engineering, and to have all of the students leave thinking that anyone can be an engineer. Meetings were held on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school and a variety of civil engineering topics were covered, including transportation, urban planning, geotechnical engineering, construction, environmental/water resources, and structures. Each meeting typically featured a speaker who gave a short presentation and answered any questions the students had, before leading a group activity that corresponded to the presentation material. The club ended the year with a balsa wood bridge building competition in which the students, in small groups, built scaled-down truss bridges that were weighed and load tested in order to determine the most efficient design.
To learn more about how this club was started, contact Kazi Hassan, PE (YMF President, 2012-2013), at at email@example.com, or Jesse Gormley, EIT (YMF K-12 Outreach Coordinator, 2012-2014), at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past President Featured on ASCE National Website:
Congratulations go out to Jeremy Chrzan, P.E., who was featured on the ASCE National website's home page. Please read the full article, in which he talks about YMF participation, here.
2013 CANstruction Competition:
The last weekend of April, over 2,000 pounds of food was donated by local companies to Philabundance through our fundraising efforts and subsequent entry in the 2013 CANstruction competition. View photos as well as a summary of the event here.
When the donation was rendered to Philabundance in the form of a large check, they recognized YMF and ASCE for being a great supporter. The press release can be downloaded here, accessed via Pennoni Associates here, accessed through Philabundance here, or seen on Facebook here.
Philly YMF Wins the 2013 ASCE CYM Younger Member Group Community Service Project Award!
Philadelphia Section YMF has been selected by the 2013 ASCE Eastern Regional Younger Members Council Awards Committee to be this year's recipient of the Outstanding YMG Community Service Project.
The awards were presented at the ERYMC dinner banquet on Saturday, February 8, 2013 in Providence, Rhode Island. Six (6) board members attended the banquet to accept the award on the behalf of Philadelphia YMF.
YMF Canstruction Team 2012 Wins "Best Meal" Award!
The team representing the ASCE Philadelphia YMF was honored with an award for their candle structure at a Gala in The Shops at Liberty Place on Saturday, May 5, 2012.
Philly YMF Wins the 2011 ASCE CYM Younger Member Group Website Award!
The Philadelphia Section Younger Member Forum has been awarded the 2011 ASCE CYM Younger Member Group Website Award in the large group category, represented below by a virtual web award. The actual award will presented at an event at the 2012 Northeast Regional Younger Member Council meeting in Nashville. For more information about the distinct honor, see the award letter here.
The Philadelphia Section YMF passed its bylaws at the annual elections on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. For a copy of the new bylaws, download the document here.
Elections for 2011-2012 YMF Board:
The Philadelphia Section YMF held its annual elections on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. For additional information on the new board, please visit the board members page.
ASCE Legal Counsel is making a nationwide effort to review the Constitution
and Bylaws for Sections and YMF groups. Since national ASCE has made
recommendations to the Philadelphia YMF Bylaws, the Philadelphia YMF
is taking this opportunity to make revisions too. The proposed Bylaw
changes are located here.
The ‘track changes’ in red reflect ASCE Legal Counsel comments.
The ‘track changes’ in blue reflect the YMF Board comments.
In order to accept these revisions, 2 votes of dues paying ASCE Philadelphia
Section members under the age of 36 must be taken. The first vote will
be via oral vote and will occur at the April 28th, 2010 Critical
Issues Seminar. The second vote will occur during the January 24th,
Annual Winter Social.
second vote on the revised bylaws was undertaken during the 15th Annual
Winter Social. The changes to the bylaws were approved by the majority
and the revised document was then submitted back to ASCE Legal Counsel.
However, it turns out that the ASCE Philadelphia Section Board must
first act on and approve the Bylaw revisions and then the Philadelphia
YMF can conduct the two votes. The section board will discuss the situation
during the next board meeting. Don't worry, we will post the results
of the discussion just as soon as we can. The Bylaw revisions will pass
Development Hours & Continuing Education Requirements in PA News:
The Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers,
Land Surveyors and Geologists announced that all P.E.'s registered in
the Commonwealth must complete twenty-four (24) hours of continuing
education (CE) credits per renewal period. See the PA
Board website for more information.
General Engineering News:
Obama Signs 7-Month Extension of Surface Transportation Law
President Obama signed the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011
on March 4, 2011 to keep federal transportation dollars flowing to the
states for the next seven months. The House voted 421 - 4 for the extension
and the Senate passed it by voice vote without debate. The quick pace
was brought about because the previous extension was set to expire,
which would have halted transportation construction projects across
the country. See the bill here.
The Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011 will extend the 2005
highway and transit authorization law (commonly known as "SAFETEA-LU")
until the end of this federal fiscal year. This is the seventh short-term
extension of SAFETEA-LU, which was originally scheduled to expire in
2009 but has not been replaced by another long-term measure.