President's Message

My name is Adam Killinger, PE, GE, and I am your incoming president for ASCE Sacramento Section.  A little about my background for those that don’t know me, I practice in the field of geotechnical engineering and currently work for Crawford and Associates, Inc.  My first involvement with ASCE was during my undergraduate studies at CSU, Chico.  I was a member of ASCE and participated in Mid-Pacific Competition.  Years later, I joined the Central Valley Branch board.  I was elected to the board as secretary and rose through the ranks, terming out as past-president in 2014.  Since then, I have served the three-year commitment as president-elect through past-president of the Capital Branch.  It is now my humble honor to serve as your Sacramento Section president. 

Our profession is a noble one, and it is our responsibility to protect and foster its growth.  ASCE provides opportunity, support, and advocacy for civil engineers through an evolving framework shaped by its members and officers.  It has always provided me tools to contribute to our profession, and I am excited now for the opportunity to contribute even more.  In that spirit, my main goals for ASCE Sacramento Section this coming year include:

  • Establishing stronger connections with the universities in our section.
  • Reestablishing the Shasta Branch and providing the support it needs to thrive.


There is no greater return on investment than putting time and money into deserving students.  My experience has shown that student appreciation is always much greater than the money or time donated to the student.  My objective is to pair at least two practitioner advisors (PA) with each of the 4 universities in the Section (CSU, Chico; CSU Sacramento; UC, Davis; and University of the Pacific).  The role of the practitioner advisor can vary depending on the students’ need and on the background of the PA, but in general, the PA simply needs to interact with the students and be available for advice.  If you are interested in becoming a practitioner advisor, please contact me at

If time is a rare commodity for you, please consider giving to the Golze Scholarship Foundation.  The Golze Scholarship is our primary funding source for scholarships in our section.  We raised approximately $70,000 last year for scholarships. This was a substantial and measureable impact on our profession.  Our goal is to raise $100,000 this year.  Please consider donating any amount, and encourage your company/agency to do the same.

My final call to action is help us reinvigorate our Shasta Branch.  If you live in the Branch area, please consider becoming an officer or at least an active member. If you know a civil engineer that lives or works in the area, please encourage them to do the same.  We will be geographically stronger as a section and more effective with our outreach with all branches actively participating in our mission: protecting the nobility and fostering the growth of the Civil Engineering profession.   

I look forward to the year ahead.  I hope you do as well. 

Kind Regards,

Adam J. Killinger, PE, GE
ASCE Sacramento Section President 2017-2018