February 2017 – President’s Message

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President’s Message
by Ben Nguyen, M. ASCE, President, San Jose Branch

It has been an honor to serve as the President of the San Jose Branch for the past few months. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of the Board Members and the guidance our past-President, we have planned and held several successful luncheons to bring well-balanced and interesting topics to our members. We stay the course and look forward to another successful year.

Our luncheons have been an important platform for member networking and information sharing. Thus far, we’ve had presentations from Casey Fromson on the Caltrains Electrification Project, San Jose State Student’s Engineering Without Borders Chapter, and Ben Tripousis of California High Speed Rail Authority on the HSR project. For the rest the year, the Branch continues to fill our calendar of joint events with the San Jose Young Member Forum, San Francisco Geotechical Institute, the Monterey Bay Sub-Branch, and the Environmental and Water Resource Institute. We are also excited that the cinematic spot light will shine on the Civil Engineering profession with the release of IMAX movie “Dream Big” in February. The Branch is working with San Jose YMF to plan for several activities to support the release of this movie.

At our January Board meeting, the Branch initiated the planning of our biggest event of the year, the annual Student Essay Competition Banquet. This year, the Banquet will be held at my alma mater, San Jose State University in April. As always, we feel very fortunate for the generosity of organizations and individuals in the South Bay for their continuous support of this effort. The competition is open to the student chapter of San Jose State, Santa Clara University and Stanford University.

We are proud to serve as Board Members of the Branch because we believe in the high value of our profession and the responsibility we have toward our community.

Thank you,


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