Welcome from the ASCE Los Angeles Section Board
October marks the beginning of a new fiscal year and I feel honored that you have selected me to represent you as ASCE LA Section President for the 2020-2021 year. I have been actively involved with ASCE over the years as a member, officer, and faculty advisor. Working with students and professionals has provided me an insight on all ASCE can offer. Not only have I grown professionally and created a network of peers, but I have made many friends along the way.
For those that know me well, I can be described as someone that wants to make a difference in this world. And that is why I choose to become a professor of civil engineering at Cal Poly Pomona. I have been teaching since fall of 2009 and would not trade my job for anything in the world. Not only do I get to teach my students about water resources, but I am fortunate to be their mentor and professional coach. I plan to bring that same passion to ASCE LA Section.
During the past year, ASCE LA Section has started a multi-year strategic planning initiative. We have developed and approved a vision, mission, and goals for the section. As your president, I plan to work towards achieving these goals through teamwork, communication, transparency, and creativity. But as any leader knows, we are just as strong as the people we are surrounded by; thus, I am excited to introduce the dedicated volunteers that make up the ASCE LA Section executive board. New to the board this year is President-Elect Jeff Braun, Secretary Preston Kamada, and VP Technical Groups Lisette A. Bice. Returning executive board members include Past President Dan Cronquist, Treasurer Melissa Barbosa, and VP Student Activities Dr. Sudarshan Kurwadkar.
During the year, I hope to leave a mark on ASCE LA Section. Working with the board of directors, we will continue the strategic planning efforts. We plan to bring together our stakeholders by hosting signature regional virtual workshops. This year we will be hosting two virtual workshops in November and March. These workshops will provide our members with knowledge and skills as they explore professional and personal opportunities. As a section, we will improve our communication, visibility, and marketing through a social media and web presence thanks to Sam Potts, our new Chair for Strategic Communications. During the past fiscal year, we unveiled our new mobile friendly website. We will continue to update and add content that will benefit our members. Finally, we will strengthen our advocacy for public policy to enhance sustainable infrastructure thanks to Jeff Meiter, our new Chair for Legislative Activities, and Trina Lai and Tonia Wang, our co-Chairs for Sustainability.
Thank you again for selecting me to represent you during the coming year. Please feel free to reach out to me throughout the year with any event notices, concerns or ideas for improvement, and especially if you are looking to get more involved. ASCE LA Section is always looking for people that want to get involved in the community outside of work. Remember, the next job you find can be thanks to a connection you made through ASCE.
Seema C. Shah-Fairbank, P.E., Ph.D., M.ASCE
2020 - 2021 President
American Society of Civil Engineers Los Angeles Section
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Bi-Monthly Board Meetings
Day: Held on 1st Thursday in February, April, June, August, October, and December. Please check the calendar for the specific date, time and location.
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: ASCE LA Section Office, 1405 Warner Ave., Ste B., Tustin, CA 92780
Everyone is welcome!
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