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  • "Civil Engineering Club opens doors for students" A Younger Member's Perspective <http://www.ymfphilly.org/archivedpage/cive/cive-article.htm>
    • Jesse Gormley, EIT, A.M.ASCE
    • December 12, 2013

Testimonials Archive

  • Jesse Gormley, PE, ENV SP
    Bridge Engineer
    • March 13,2017

    Though my involvement began in college, I didn’t grow to see the full benefits of ASCE until after graduation. Several of my co-workers were involved with the Philadelphia YMF and encouraged me to come out to events, so I tagged along. I enjoyed the events, finding the YMF members to be genuine and welcoming, so I decided to join the Board… and I haven’t looked back since.

    During my time with ASCE, I’ve experience many benefits to involvement: professional development and growing my professional network, opportunities to give back to the community through service and outreach, and technical advancement. Perhaps the best part, though, is that I’ve had a ton of fun doing it all and made some lifelong friends. I’d highly encourage all young engineers to get involved with ASCE now, and to stay involved! The initial networking becomes easier, and you see the value increase as you and your new friends all grow in your career. To that same end, once you’re involved, I’d ask that you look to be the gateway to ASCE for others! I know that, without my co-workers believing in my abilities and encouraging me to attend events, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

  • Darren Black, EIT
    Traffic/ITS Specialist
    • February 6,2017

    For most of my college career I never really saw the importance of ASCE because I thought it was all just brown nosing and boring meetings. I fought against the idea of joining any organization like ASCE for years. That all changed the summer I interned with a member of the ASCE YMF Board and he suggested I attend one of their construction tours of the Schuylkill River Trail. Surprisingly, the event was an enjoyable experience. I was able to meet young professionals and learn about the work they did and their experience in the profession. Through ASCE, I was able to experience my first networking events while still in school. While in conversations with young professionals that I knew, I would then be introduced to other professionals at the event; I was expanding my network. I did not feel like I was brown nosing, the events were not boring, and eventually, when I started my career and participated in work discussions, I brought the skills I learned through the YMF. This allowed me to speak to my coworkers and clients with confidence, which I believe will allow me to advance more rapidly in my career. The ASCE YMF continues to serve a positive role in my career development by organizing informative sessions such as the Project Management and Budgeting presentation. I now invite my coworkers to join me at ASCE YMF events so that they, too, can enjoy the benefits the organization provides.

  • Joe McGovern
    Project Manager
    • January 11,2017

    Many would agree the most visible contribution of the YMF to the engineering community is its abundance of opportunities for career development, be it networking events, technical presentations, or touring active construction sites in the greater Philadelphia area. But beyond the multi-million dollar projects and happy hours, YMF offers an experience equal in value and personal growth through various public outreach programs; I myself had the good fortune to volunteer for the ASCE CivE Club at Chester A. Arthur Middle School.

    The CivE Club meets about once a week over the course of one full school year. The students work with volunteer engineers to complete activities corresponding to each week’s topic, which cover various fields of civil engineering such as transportation, water resources, and structural engineering. As someone who only had a vague idea of what civil engineering entailed even as a freshman in college, I am confident the CivE Club conveys a level of understanding that will equip the students with valuable knowledge. Volunteering for the CivE club has also been a humbling experience for myself; I’ve re-discovered core concepts of civil engineering and remembered why the work we do is so important.

    Getting to teach and help the students learn the concepts built into each lesson plan and activity has refreshed a sense of pride in both my own work and the efforts continually put forth by the YMF. The CivE Club and other YMF public outreach programs are the polish that allow this framework of engineers to shine.

  • Justin DiBiasi, PE, PTOE
    Transportation Engineer
    • January 11,2017

    I recently volunteered my time at Chester A. Arthur Middle School’s afterschool CivE Club. The students were bright and attentive to my introduction to traffic engineering. The students participated in an interactive activity which related back to Traffic Engineering. It was a great opportunity to interact with eager young minds that may (hopefully) become future Civil Engineers and leaders. Also, it was eye-opening to see new methods of teaching and learning for STEM students. The time commitment and preparation was minimal, and I highly recommend YMF Members participate in the CivE Club!

  • Katrina Lawrence
    Project Manager
    • December 8, 2016

    The ASCE YMF has been a vital part of plugging me into Philadelphia’s pulse. I moved to Philly about two years ago from Atlanta, GA, an uprooting that required me to rebuild my professional (and social) network. My co-workers suggested attending various professional events. The ASCE YMF events are always welcoming, cover interesting topics, and provide opportunities to get involved. Since then I have joined the Board and was appointed as one of the K-12 Outreach Co-Chairs. This position has been very rewarding because I get to see the passion from my fellow Co-Chair, the eagerness of professionals to volunteer their time, and the genuine interest students exhibit as a result of our classroom presentations. I requested this position for a second year given the importance of exposing young students to the field of civil engineering, women in engineering, and STEM topics in general. The ASCE YMF has provided an opportunity for me to get involved, dream big, and develop many of the connections to make it happen!

  • Anthony Moffa
    Temple University, Class of 2017
    • November 8, 2016

    The ASCE Philadelphia YMF has taken my professional development to the next level through the various events and programs they offer. Throughout my time at Temple University I’ve attended several YMF events which led to me making irreplaceable connections. The ASCE provided me with the opportunity to attend the Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders (WSCL) in Pittsburgh, PA, where I was able to network with some of the Philadelphia YMF Board members along with other ASCE members from around the country. During the WSCL, I made a professional connection that ultimately led to me being offered a summer internship. I would challenge any civil engineering student to see what ASCE can do for them.

  • Kazi M. Hassan, PE
    Transportation Engineer
    • October 26, 2016

    The ASCE Philadelphia YMF has played a huge role in my development as a project engineer and a highway supervisor. I joined the ASCE YMF early in my career because I saw it as a great networking opportunity. I got involved with the YMF board because I wanted to develop my leadership skills. Serving in various board positions over the years gave me the opportunity to interact with different individuals as well as the experience of planning events of different sizes. When I later advanced to an executive board position, I benefitted from the experience of managing other board members and volunteers. Overseeing the tasks of a board member is very similar to managing a graduate level employee; discussing a task, setting expectations, managing his/her time (as well as your own), motivating others, and taking responsibility.

    During my YMF presidency, I had the privilege to oversee 23 board members. As a result, I learned and strengthened various management skills, most importantly, time management. The YMF taught me the importance of prioritizing tasks and responses. In addition, those skills correlated directly to my day-to-day job responsibilities as a project engineer at my firm. For example, I was able to improve my communication with my staff, co-workers, clients, and other sub-consultants. Ultimately the YMF gave me the confidence to lead and motivate others.

  • Jacob Nichols, EIT
    Transportation Engineer
    • October 7, 2016

    Being involved with ASCE as a college student was one of the best choices I’ve made as it relates to my future in civil engineering. People used to always tell me that I had to find a way to get my foot in the door. While I understood what that meant, I didn’t quite know how to go about doing so. After going to several ASCE events that allowed me to meet young engineers and engineering principals, I realized that this organization was how I was going to get my foot in the door. When it came time to seek a full-time engineering position I reached out to the connections I gained through ASCE to obtain advice and see what opportunities were available. Those connections are what led me to several interviews and job offers early on in my search. ASCE, the Philadelphia YMF and its members have a lot to offer civil engineering students and students should take full advantage of that.

  • Derek Harzinski
    Widener University, Class of 2017
    • September 20, 2016

    The ASCE YMF has been a valuable resource for me as a college student throughout my time at school. The YMF’s countless events have introduced me to numerous engineers within the industry and have allowed me to create personal relationships with other members to the point where I am comfortable going to them for career advice or questions about school. The YMF has also helped me land an 8-month internship with a company that works on projects in the fields of civil engineering I am highly interested in. Through attending YMF events such as CANstruction, I was introduced to an engineer who works for the company I recently interned at. After talking to him several times at various YMF events, we eventually exchanged emails and remained in contact. When it was time for me to start looking for internships he provided me with the opportunity to interview with the company he works for and was ultimately offered a position. I do believe that without the relationships I created from attending YMF events, I would not have had the chance to meet, interview, and obtain that position as an intern. I am very glad that I got involved with the YMF and I highly recommend getting involved to any college student studying civil engineering.

  • Danielle Schroeder
    Drexel University, Class of 2017
    • September 6, 2016

    Recalling my time at ASCE Construction Institute (CI) Days that I attended this past August in Boston, MA, it’s hard to think about all that occurred in only a span of four short days. ASCE CI Days is a competition where civil engineering students from all over the country are teamed up to participate in a competition to create a complete bid package consisting of a cost estimate, schedule, and proposal. This competition was based on an existing $250 million pedestrian bridge rehabilitation project. I was able to lead a team of six over all the hurdles that were placed in front of us, present in front of a panel of construction industry professionals, and submit something our team was proud of.

    In addition to the competition, ASCE incorporated a construction site visit, scavenger hunt, speed networking event, bowling, and technical presentations into the agenda. It was truly an honor to be selected to meet and work with such high caliber civil engineering students. ASCE CI Days is a once in a lifetime opportunity that has enriched my college experience and I highly encourage any student interested in construction to apply next year.

  • Nick Kirn, EIT
    Structural Engineer
    • August 16, 2016

    I’m a recent transplant to Philadelphia; I moved here from California in January following a job offer. I’ve never lived in a “real” city before so when I arrived in Philly I was pretty lost. I wanted to start my new professional network and make new friends so I decided that attending ASCE meetings and technical sessions would be a good start. I attended several ASCE events including a Section dinner meeting and YMF professional development and technical sessions. At every event, YMF Board members were there making me feel welcome. The genuine nature of the Board members I met is what “hooked” me, and so I expressed interest in being on the Board. In June, I was appointed as one of the Community Service co-chairs on the YMF Board. The ASCE Philadelphia YMF has facilitated this transition into a new chapter of my life, and I have made lifelong friends in the process.

  • Kenneth Freeman
    Temple University, Class of 2016
    • August 1, 2016

    By involving myself with ASCE Philadelphia YMF throughout my time at Temple University, I was presented with countless opportunities to network with professionals within the engineering industry. Of those opportunities, the most significant was their Mock Interview Program. This specific event required me to "apply" to one of a variety of "job openings," depending on my specific interest. After submitting my resume and position-specific cover letter, an industry professional reached out to me to schedule an interview. In this way, the event felt more real than it did "mock", and yet, it still proved to give a person such as myself (a stressed, job-seeking senior) invaluable feedback pertaining to both my interviewing and resume-writing skills. As it turned out, my mock interview resulted in the offer of a full-time position upon graduation, proving the potential reality of the YMF event, after all.