President's Message

Engineering...
"It's a great profession." - Herbert Hoover

Have you ever stopped to think about what you do for a living? I grew up with an accountant father and “tax season” was inevitable, long, and overwhelming for both of my parents.  Obviously as a child, I was oblivious. In fact, to this day I hardly have memories of life being any different during those few hectic months. Nevertheless, I did learn one thing from my father and his profession.  He taught it to me himself as he looked back every year on the career path he had chosen.  He said (paraphrasing), “If I could go back to school and start all over again, I wouldn’t be an accountant.”

Herbert Hoover continued the quote above as found in his memoirs, “There is the satisfaction of watching a figment of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper. Then it moves to realization in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings jobs and homes to men. Then it elevates the standards of living and adds to the comforts of life. That is the engineer's high privilege.” 

We indeed have an opportunity to be working in the civil engineering field! And it is during this month that we get to celebrate our profession and passion with Engineer’s Week, Feb. 22-28.  There continues to be plenty of exciting events happening all around us to let our engineering shine, so let me share a little with you what’s going on in the Sacramento Section.

January saw the monthly Capital Branch Luncheons start up again with a great presentation, at a new venue, on the construction management of the Foresthill Bridge seismic retrofit.  YMF has been busy holding resume and interview workshops at UC Davis and Chico State.  They have also kicked off their PE Review courses. In February, a new chapter of the Young Professionals in Transportation is being launched for the Sacramento area, Discover Engineering is taking place at the Sacramento Children’s Museum, and the 2015 Sacramento STEM Fair is collecting judges. Also scheduled during Engineer’s Week is the Annual ASCE Awards Banquet where we will highlight 17 outstanding projects throughout the region (listed late in the newsletter), and award outstanding scholarships to outstanding engineering students. Registration is now open (hint, hint).

So come and find a way to join in the fun of engineering and in so doing, continue to reap the satisfaction that comes with it. It is indeed your privilege, and you won't regret it!

Let us know about your engineering endevours and the satisfaction it has brought you. We may even highlight your experience in next month's Engineerogram! Questions, comments or thoughts, please contact us at:  asce@asce-sacto.org.

Sincerely,

Kyle Sanford