December 2017 Branch Meeting

The upcoming branch meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at the Montgomery Area, 1525 Coliseum Blvd, Montgomery, AL (formerly 6th Division) Conference Room of ALDOT (Please note location change). 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 Kevin Blake, P.E. from TTL, Inc. to join us this month and provide a presentation about "Geotechnical Engineering Projects at Jordan-Hare Stadium". This will include projects dating back to the 1990’s.

This month's lunch will be from Marco's Pizza and will include pizza, cookies, and tea. The cost of lunch will be $8 per person, so please contact Thomas Mason at no later than Monday, December 11, 2017, if you would like to eat.

Mr. Kevin Blake is a graduate of Auburn University with a BS in Civil Engineering. He began his career with ALDOT Bureau of Materials and Testing. For the past 29 years he has worked in the private consultant sector in geotechnical and materials. The last 2 years have been in TTL Inc’s Montgomery office as the Geotechnical Group Leader for Alabama and Georgia.

TTL’s provides services in geotechnical engineering, analytical laboratory testing, construction materials testing and environmental consulting. TTL has 7 offices throughout the southeast which includes Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, Decatur, AL; Albany & Valdosta, GA; Nashville, TN; and San Antonio, TX.

Branch Golf Tournament
 Raises Money for Future Scholarships

On behalf of the ASCE Montgomery Branch members, we would like to thank all of our sponsors, players, and volunteers who helped make the 2017 ASCE Scholarship Golf Tournament an overwhelming success. The tournament was held on November 2, 2017 at the Lagoon Park Golf Course in Montgomery, AL. We had 16 teams, 18 Hole Sponsors, over 20 volunteers, excellent weather, and a golf course in great condition. Thanks to your help, we were able to raise over $4,000 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! The scholarships will be presented at the May 2018 Branch Meeting.

Thanks again to all who participated. We look forward to seeing you again next year! Save the Date for the 2018 ASCE Scholarship Golf Tournament on November 1, 2018.

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33 Years of Excellence Recognized

Past Presidents' Appreciation Day Press Release

October 10, 2017 - The Montgomery Branch of the Alabama Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers dedicated the October Branch meeting to recognizing the leadership and volunteerism of each of its former Branch presidents. Those leaders, during their time with the Branch, put forth great effort to uphold and enhance the integrity and ethics of the civil engineering profession, while serving engineers and the community in the River Region. By way of our past presidents, the Branch has been able to foster professional interaction between students, younger members, and experienced professionals as well as instill enthusiasm in the profession and Branch membership and involvement. Dr. Dan Turner, P.E., Ph.D, presented each recipient with a certificate of recognition. Dr. Turner is a tireless advocate, promoter, and leader for the transportation engineering profession, and he has the distinction of being the only member of the Alabama Section to serve as the national Society President of ASCE.

The Montgomery Branch of ASCE was established in 1984 with 30 original members, and several of these charter members were on hand to witness the recognition of our past presidents. Thirty-three years later, the Branch continues to be a highly active professional organization within the River Region, largely due to the efforts of these honored individuals. According to Mr. Brian Felder, 2009 Branch President, “It was an honor to be recognized with so many leaders in the ASCE community. In my current job, I have the opportunity to attend and present to ASCE branches throughout Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and I can honestly say that the Montgomery Branch is the most organized, well run, and impactful of all of them”.

The Montgomery Branch would like to once again thank each of its former presidents for their service and sacrifice to the Branch, ASCE, and the civil engineering profession. As often quoted, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

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