Dear Philadelphia YMF,
First off, I would like to congratulate the entire 2020-21 YMF Board under the leadership of Katrina Lawrence on a job well done in navigating one of, if not the most, difficult years in YMF history. Despite the global pandemic, we were still able to put together a complete slate of programming and service and provide value to our membership as well as we have before.
This year we have a Board of 24 members, including our four new members; Mohamed Asker, Nooraldean Dabdoub, Ben Deatrich, and Sabrina Mamo. I would like to personally welcome each of them and congratulate them on joining our team!
Though we remain in uncertain times, I look forward to the opportunity to lead the YMF through another period of transition as we move back to in-person programming. Over the past year, we have learned so much as to how we can reach our membership virtually. I know that we as a Board can continue to utilize those tools in combination with in-person events to reach a wider audience than ever before. Though challenging, these times have created unique opportunities, and I hope that we are able to take full advantage of them!
Additionally, I plan to focus on the relationship between student members and younger members. The Society has long dealt with a low transition rate from student member to professional member. Following a recent change to the ASCE dues structure, student members are now being automatically converted to professional members following graduation and will only pay 50% dues until the age of 29.
Students have always been the future of the Society and the profession. It is up to us, as younger members, to demonstrate the value of the Society to student members and newly transitioned younger members, to retain them within ASCE, and to encourage them to help us move the Society forward. I intend to work closely with the Student Chapter leaders of our area colleges and universities to make sure that we are delivering on this initiative and supporting their chapters in the best way possible.
Since I first became involved, I have looked forward to the opportunity to lead the YMF and am extremely excited to work with this group of leaders over the course of this year!
Stay safe, and I hope to see you all soon,
ASCE Philadelphia YMF
Dear Philadelphia YMF,
As a somewhat reluctant networker, ASCE and especially the YMF have been invaluable to me. They put me
in direct interaction with my peers in low stress environments. About 6 years ago I met someone at an
ASCE event that recommended a PE exam review course. After taking the course, I passed the exam on my
first try. It just goes to show, you never know how valuable a new contact can be. As civil engineers I
think it's important to interact with our peers and share our experiences. We should never stop learning
and growing, and ASCE fosters an environment for personal and professional growth.
Martin Williams, PE
KMJ Consultants, Inc.