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ASCE Pittsburgh Younger Member Forum

The ASCE Pittsburgh Younger Member Forum (YMF) provides an opportunity for young civil engineers to become familiar with the civil engineering community and get involved in ASCE early in their careers.  The YMF also allows younger engineers to build their professional network, give back to our communities, and interact socially.

YMF provides younger members with recognition from their profession and their peers through awards, publication opportunities, and leadership positions. Borton-Lawson’s Erin Feichtner became President of ASCE Pittsburgh YMF in April.

Below is Erin’s June 2017 Welcome Message to ASCE Pittsburgh’s YMF:

Hello! If you’re taking the time to read this then you must have at least the tiniest interest in this thing we call ASCE YMF Pittsburgh; which I must say is fantastic!

At the end of April Louis Gaultieri passed on to me the exciting opportunity to be the President of the Pittsburgh ASCE Younger Member’s Forum. I am honored to have been elected to this position shortly after transferring from the Lehigh Valley region to Pittsburgh.

I have worked for the same engineering consulting firm since graduating college with my BSE. I feel very blessed to have found a career I actually enjoy, and to be in an industry that impacts people’s day to day life. I think this is an outlook shared by many in the ASCE organization and is sometimes hard to find in other professions. If you ever need a little encouragement about the impact civil engineering as a profession can do, like I do time to time, just check out the ASCE sponsored movie Dream Big. (Currently showing at the Carnegie Science Center)

I got involved with ASCE because I enjoyed the focus on current events happening in the industry combined with networking opportunities with my peers, who had diverse life and work experiences. Plus involvement never looked bad on a resume or hurt a company’s marketing efforts! Having lived and worked in a more suburban region I have found it very fun to get involved with a larger “city” group that offers a plethora of opportunities to learn, network, and give back to the community. So weather you’re like me, a new comer to a big town, or if you are a born and raise yinzer and work or study in the Civil Engineering industry I’d love for you to check out one of the upcoming events listed under our calendar.

If you want to dive right on in and become a member of ASCE you can do that with the simple online form on the National website. But of course the only requirement to participate in our events or general body meetings is to be young at heart! Membership just gets you a little discount, voting rights, and chance to run a committee *thumps up!* There are currently a few open seats on various committees which is a great way to be involved and creative, with minimal time commitment. Check out open opportunities here.

In this upcoming year I plan to keep events like the annual Pirates tailgate, December Dinner, involvement in ACE mentorship, and the May Joint Social while also spicing up the calendar with networking happy hours in the suburbs, site tours, and joint event opportunities with industry related organizations. Be sure and check out the updated Long Term Goals for the section to get even more information on the initiatives the YMF is working on this year. The ASCE blog, YMF Facebook page and archives also provide a great source of examples of what the YMF is truly about. If you have any questions or comments about the ASCE YMF please do not hesitate to shoot me an email at efeichtner@borton-lawson.com.

Hope to meet you soon!

Erin, 2017-2018 Pittsburgh ASCE YMF President