I turned 50 years old last week and realized that I have been working in the civil engineering industry for 27 years…I attribute my success to my engineering supervisors who mentored me and allowed me to grow and develop professionally. This included promoting attendance of ASCE conferences, publishing and presenting technical papers, volunteering with community organizations, volunteering at local ASCE sections, and career development. I learned early in my career to listen, take direction well, learn, and contribute. My first supervisor mentored me to take pride in my profession, ask questions, and be a team player.

At my company, we promote young engineers to become involved with ASCE and the local community. We need to allow our young engineers time and resources to be involved in the local community in order to make this participation rewarding. This involvement will allow our young engineers to give back to their communities and become leaders within our company. Mentoring young engineers about the importance of giving back to our communities will inspire them to promote volunteer work and develop leadership skills.

A recent letter from a local student read, “Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goal just as you have helped me.”  As Mark Woodson, President of ASCE noted, “Students and younger members are our future. The work we do today for their growth and development better prepares them to be the Society’s future leaders and, in turn, ensures the future of our profession.”


Louay M. Owaidat, P.E.
Sacramento Section President