President's Message 

In early February, the threat of the Oroville Dam Spillway failure prompted a 3-day mandatory evacuation of more than 180,000 people.  During a national press conference, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, “The situation is a textbook example of why we need to pursue a major infrastructure package in Congress. Dams, bridges, roads, and all ports around the country have fallen into disrepair.” The need for infrastructure investment is now at the forefront of the public consciousness. As such, we have a perfect opportunity to share our technical knowledge and expertise with the public and all levels of government. A great way to make our voices heard is by volunteering to develop the Infrastructure Report Card. The report card is ASCE’s avenue to “depict the condition and performance of American infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card.” Read more online at Please contact Dr. Om Prakash at to get started.

ASCE offers ways to make a difference in our backyard, and ways to make a difference abroad. I attended one of the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) monthly meetings on February 15. As an outsider with no prior knowledge of EWB, I learned a great deal: 1) There are 3 stages to a project Assessment => Implementation => Monitoring, 2) EWB Sacramento Section currently has three active projects (Kenya [Water Supply], Panama [Water Supply], and Belize [Flooding]), 3) New recruits may find the opportunity to travel within just a few months of signing up and are welcome at all stages of a project. Lastly, the general meeting was on schedule and finished a couple minutes earlier than expected. After the meeting, the group broke out into smaller project team meetings to focus on the details. To learn more about the projects, visit If interested in attending a general meeting, please plan to attend the March 15 meeting or email Megan LeRoy at to get started. 

One of the best ways ASCE is helping in our backyard is by supporting the students. I’m proud the Capital Branch recently approved $7,500 in support for the Golze Scholarship Fund, for colleges to support MidPAC, and other student activities. The Capital Branch’s efforts are an example of the support Sacramento Section members give the next generation of engineers.

We’ve extended the deadline to submit projects for Project Awards to Friday, March 3. The awards banquet is scheduled for April 11.  Please chick here to submit online ASAP. Contact Kyle Dushane at with any questions. 


Elias Karam, P.E., M.ASCE
Sacramento Section President 2016-2017