August 2021 – California Infrastructure Symposium in Review

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California Infrastructure Symposium in Review
By Daniel Cronquist, 2021 CAIS Chair

In June, ASCE Region 9 and the Los Angeles Section presented the California Infrastructure Symposium. It was an amazing two-day virtual event with great speakers, presentations, and panel discussions. I hope you were able to join us to catch at least part of the event. Video recordings of the sessions will be available upon request for conference attendees.

We tried something new this year by inaugurating a student competition of senior project teams. If you were not aware, engineering degrees now require a capstone senior project be prepared in groups. Short videos were prepared by the teams to provide an introduction into their work. The winning team received a plaque for their school. The winning teams this year were from Cal State Chico, Cal Poly Pomona and San Diego State. All of us really enjoyed seeing the hard work these students put in. All the student videos will also be available upon request for conference attendees.

I wanted to give a special thank you our event sponsors: AECOM, ASCE Los Angeles Section, ASCE Sacramento Section, ASCE San Diego Section, ASCE San Francisco Section, Atlas Technical Consultants, Bio Clean, California Baptist University, CW, David Evans and Associates, Inc., Diaz Yourman & Associates, East Bay Municipal Utility District, GHD, Guida Surveying, Inc., HDR, Jacobs, Michael Baker International, Mott MacDonald, NV5, Pacific Advocacy, Q3 Consulting, Rick Engineering Company, T.Y. Line International, V&A, Inc., and Valued Engineering, Inc. Without their generous support, ASCE would not be able to provide such great events as this one.

Lastly, I wanted to provide one last round of applause to our team of volunteers who worked so diligently to prepare for this year’s event.

  • Clint Isa, PE, Sponsorship Subcommittee Chair
  • Jordan Ollanik, Water Track Subcommittee Chair
  • Tapas Dutta, PE, F.ASCE, Transportation Subcommittee Chair
  • Seema Shah-Fairbanks PE, PhD, M.ASCE, Student Participation Subcommittee Co-Chair
  • Mojgan (MJ) Hashemi, PE, M.ASCE, Student Participation Subcommittee Co-Chair
  • Kenneth Rosenfield, PE, F.ASCE
  • Mark Norton, PE, ENV SP, F.ASCE
  • Elias Karam, PE, M.ASCE
  • Yazdan Emrani, PE, M.ASCE
  • Jeff Cooper, PE, M.ASCE
  • Richard Markuson
  • Kathereen Shinkai, PE, M.ASCE
  • Jeff Braun, PE, M.ASCE
  • Xavier Irais, PE, M.ASCE
  • Fred Blickle, PE, F.ASCE
  • Yazmin Arellano, PE, M.ASCE

And a special thanks to our administrators Anne Ettley, Gayle Stewart, and Mimi Luk. Please join us next year in San Francisco for the 2022 California Infrastructure Symposium.

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