ASCE Sacramento Section President’s Message

In light of the continued developments related to COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus), we as civil engineering professionals are called to continue planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining our community’s infrastructure. To help “flatten the curve,” many of us are now working from home. Consider networking with your fellow civil engineering professionals through opportunities to connect remotely. 

Be on the lookout for opportunities to connect with your colleagues and professional network. For example, the Capital Branch will be hosting their May meeting online. On Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 12PM to 1PM, Lindsey Van Parys is an Associate at GHD will be presenting on Modern Roundabouts: What? Why? How? For more information, check out the following link:

Congratulations Dr. Michele Barbato, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, M.ASCE of the Capital Branch from the Sacramento Section who was selected by the ASCE Committee on Technical Advancement to receive the 2020 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize. Dr. Barbato received this prize for “his outstanding research in structural engineering and engineering mechanics, with emphasis on finite element response sensitivity analysis, seismic response steel-concrete composite systems, seismic pounding mitigation, performance-based hurricane engineering and hurricane hazard mitigation, nonstationary stochastic dynamics, multi-hazard performance-based engineering, and sustainable construction materials.” Dr. Barbato is a professor at UC Davis. The award will be presented to Dr. Barbato at the Society’s Annual Convention, October 28-31, 2020, in Anaheim, CA. Congratulations Dr. Barbato! 

Even though the Awards Banquet has been postponed, the Alfred R. Golze scholarships are still planned to be awarded this spring. The Golze Scholarship Committee understands the financial burdens of our students are more prescient now than ever. The tradition of acknowledging the recipients at the Awards Banquet will continue, this year in the fall. Please keep students in mind if you have opportunities for them to work for your employers. 

As students continue with their classes online and the dynamics of the work environment change temporality, we hope to continue providing connections and mentoring opportunities. I hope that we continue our mentoring activities as a society. Remote mentoring can provide value added to both parties – students and professionals. Let us work together to weather this storm. 


Megan LeRoy, P.E.

President, ASCE Sacramento Section