January 2017 Branch Meeting...

The upcoming branch meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at the Alabama Department of Transportation in Conference Room 5 and 6. We will serve lunch at 11:30 a.m., then the meeting will begin at 12:00 p.m. and adjourn at approximately 1:00 p.m. We are excited to have Mr. Stacey Glass, State Maintenance Engineer from the Alabama Department of Transportation – Maintenance Bureau to join us this month and provide a presentation about the “Alabama DOT Road and Bridge Maintenance Operation / System Preservation”

This month’s lunch will be from Marcos Pizza and will include pizza, cookies and tea. The cost of lunch will be $8 per person, so please contact Greg Boleyn at gboleyn@montgomery-asce.org no later than Monday, January 9th, 2017, if you would like to eat.

The Maintenance Bureau oversees the maintenance of roads and bridges located on state, US and interstate routes, and all highway facilities owned and operated by ALDOT. It supports the maintenance operations of ALDOT Regions and Districts by establishing and administering budgets, policies and programs, as well as offering technical guidance for statewide Maintenance Operations. The Bureau manages the State’s National Bridge Inspection Program, which includes bridge scour, bridge rating, bridge load testing, bridge repair and underwater bridge inspection operations. In addition, the Bureau operates the State Sign Shop and State Signal Shop, along with the Interstate Maintenance Program, the
Bridge Replacement Program, the Vegetation Management Program and the Routine Maintenance Program. The Bureau serves as the primary liaison between ALDOT and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and manages the Department’s emergency preparation, response and recovery efforts.

Presentation and Panel Discussion Gives Insight to Auburn University Engineering Students...

November 17, 2016 -- More than 40 civil engineering students turned out for a mentorship event at Davis Hall at Auburn University on Thursday, November 17, presented by the Montgomery Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The Auburn University Student Chapter was the first ASCE Student Chapter founded in the Southeast and one of the first in the nation. Since their founding in 1921, they have been a leader within the ranks of ASCE Student Chapters and on Auburn University's campus.

The event included a networking session; welcome remarks by Mark McDonnell, Auburn Student Chapter President; a technical presentation by Brad Williams and Jennifer Haslbauer, Montgomery Branch President and Membership Chairperson; and a panel discussion that included five professionals, several of which were Auburn University alumni. This was a great opportunity to foster professional interaction between students, younger members, and experienced professionals. The presentation to the students provided an overview of job opportunities in Montgomery and upcoming Montgomery Branch activities.

Once the presentation portion of the event was completed, the Branch members opened a panel for discussion and questions from the students. Fielding questions that ranged from managerial advice to personal and work life balance to becoming a professional engineer, panel members supplied students with unique perspectives on the field of civil engineering and how to bridge the gap between college and the work force.

The panel included:

  • Andrew Harry, P.E.
  • Jennifer Haslbauer, P.E.
  • Michael Hora, P.E.
  • Brittany Israel, E.I.
  • Brad Williams, P.E.

This was another great opportunity for the Montgomery Branch to continue efforts to foster our relationship with the Auburn Student Chapter, and the Montgomery Branch would like to extend a special thanks to all those that participated. The Branch looks forward to continuing to engage with our local students and community.

On behalf of the ASCE Montgomery Branch members, we would like to thank all of our sponsors, players, and volunteers who helped make the 2016 ASCE Scholarship Golf Tournament a success.

The tournament was held on November 3, 2016 at the Lagoon Park Golf Course in Montgomery, AL. We had 15 teams, 13 Hole Sponsors, over 20 volunteers, excellent weather, and a golf course in great condition. Thanks to your help, we were able to raise over $3,000 for the scholarship fund. These scholarships will be provided by the Montgomery Branch to high school seniors in the River Region (Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes and Montgomery Counties) that are planning on enrolling in civil engineering.

We would like to give a special thanks to our sponsors, who in large part were the reason for the success!

Thanks again to all who participated. We look forward to seeing you again next year! Save the Date for the 2017 ASCE Scholarship Golf Tournament on November 2, 2017.

Click here or the image below to see over 400+ pictures that were taken at the golf tournament.

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