CE Roundtable: 2019 New Year’s Resolutions

It’s a cherished holiday tradition: the yule log, the eggnog, the ASCE civil engineering new year’s resolutions.

Each year, ASCE members from around the globe share their hopes and dreams for the new year.

Some resolutions are personal;  others professional. Some resolutions are individual; others community-focused.

And some resolutions manage to incorporate all of the above into one ambitious set of goals.

Here is the 2019 edition:

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Craig Ruyle

P.E., M.ASCE, regional director, New York State Department of Transportation, Long Island City, NY

“My resolution is to spend 2019 working to develop the new engineers who have come to work for NYSDOT. I also plan to continue to push ASCE’s Grand Challenge to reduce the life-cycle cost of the infrastructure on the projects that I am working on.”

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Chloe Gharios

EIT, A.M.ASCE, civil engineering associate at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

“My New Year’s resolution is to continue creating new programs to reach as many K-12 youth as possible with STEM education, especially those who attend Title 1/Tier 1 and underrepresented schools within Los Angeles communities. In 2019, I also want to travel internationally, as well as in the United States, to see all the amazing feats of engineering both new and old.”

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Alissa Mimm

S.M.ASCE, civil engineering student at Cal Poly SLO; roadway infrastructure intern at Kimley-Horn

“This next year I hope to take a step toward professional licensure by earning my EIT. I also hope to be more educated about government policy, so that I can be a voice of change in my community and sphere of influence.”

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Norisa Abelgas

P.E., M.ASCE, project engineer/manager in urban development at Huitt-Zollars Inc., Irvine, CA

“Year 2018 has been an eventful year in terms of my professional development growth. For the new year, I plan to continue to strengthen my current skills and abilities, while sharing the knowledge that I have learned with my fellow engineering colleagues.”

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Clinton Martin

EIT, A.M.ASCE, civil engineer at Whitman, Requardt & Associates, Baltimore

“In 2019, I resolve to publish my graduate research on stormwater thermal pollution, as well as build meaningful connections among my peers through increased involvement with the ASCE Maryland Section.”

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Brian Ditzler

P.E., M.ASCE, project engineer at Timmons Group, Richmond, VA; ASCE Richmond Branch Younger Member chair

“My resolution this new year is to find new ways to serve my community through ASCE and other local organizations. I will also seek opportunities to continue my growth as a professional while helping my colleagues achieve success. On a personal note, I will take better advantage of leisure time with my wife and our two dogs to find new adventures.”

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April Lander

ENV SP, A.M.ASCE, Region 10 governor, past president, ASCE New Zealand Group

“My New Year’s resolution for 2019 is to connect more people in our global community, and particularly those with an interest in sustainable infrastructure.”

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  1. Reza Mokarram Aydenloo, Ph.D., P.E., C.Eng, S.E., M.ASCE

    “My New Year’s resolution for 2019 is establishing a Seismic rehabilitation of Existing building Committee for ASCE Collaborate .So, with the slogan “Let’s Share What We Learn,” I encourage colleagues to share their seismic recovery lessons.


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