President's Message 

Engineers can sometimes find themselves working very hard for long periods of time.  From time to time, it is important to take a moment to cherish the things in our lives that make us want to work hard.  With the holidays fast approaching, I encourage each of us to find time to spend with family and friends.  Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be”.  Time off gives us an opportunity to enjoy the fruits of our labor, review our successes and failures, and share our comforts and hardships. 

A summary of progress made on the three main Sacramento Section goals that I set for this fiscal year is listed below.

Increase ASCE Legislative Presence:

Dr. Om Prakash has taken the lead on the Sacramento Section Infrastructure Report Card, and you can find out more about supporting the development of the Report Card by reviewing the information contained within this EOG.

Increase cross-pollination between groups:

Over the last month, our groups have had some very successful events.  I had the pleasure of attending the Chico State student chapter Q&A panel.  It was great to meet the future of civil engineering at this meeting.  One thing that I noticed was that the students generally had the same questions that I was curious about when I was in school; such as what is the difference between private and public or is a masters needed for my area of expertise?  I would like to thank the volunteers who attended from Section, YMF, Branch, and our general membership to answer the student’s questions.


I continue to challenge each of you to not only attend one new event this year, but to bring a fellow engineer along with you.  If there is something that you would like to see involvement from the ASCE Sacramento Section chapter, please email at


Elias Karam