Dear YMF Members,
I first wanted to start off the new calendar year by stating, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a great start to the new year. Hopefully everyone got a chance to relax and share some time with loved ones. I also would like to thank all of the YMF Board Members for their hard work and dedication during the first six months of my presidency. It’s easy to forget that these individuals volunteer an abundant amount of their personal time to ensure the success of the Philadelphia YMF. This success includes bridging the gap between students and young professionals, providing opportunities to network, offering technical and professional development opportunities, and of course giving back to the community.
As the New Year turns, it gives us all the opportunity to reflect on the past year and set goals to becoming your best self. As I dive into the second half of my YMF presidency, I look back at all of the exciting events we’ve had this past fall/summer as well as the events planned, or in the planning stage for this year. Our largest networking event of the year, the Annual Winter Social at McGillin's Olde Ale House, is currently accepting RSVPs along with donations for the event. Last year, these donations allowed our YMF to raise over $3,000 for local, non-profit organizations. As a thank you to donors, we recognized them during the event, on our Award-Winning website as well as YMF social media platforms, and last year we began to provide companies the opportunity to post a job opportunity on YMF social media platforms.
During my remaining time as YMF Philly President, it is my goal to focus on student outreach (from K-12 to graduating college students) and to promote the importance and demand of civil engineers. Our nation’s aging infrastructure calls for an increase in young innovative engineers to solve the problems many individuals face every day. Infrastructure is one of the most difficult problems to solve because it’s expensive, complicated, and often divisive. It plays a vital role in the economy, as roads, bridges, rail, ports and airports assure the transport of goods along with connecting people with jobs, medical facilities, schools, recreation, etc. I encourage everyone to join me in promoting our profession as well.
Lastly, please don’t forget to renew your ASCE membership and if you weren’t already a member, don’t miss out on the member benefits, and become a member today.
Thank you and I wish you all the best this year!
ASCE Philadelphia YMF
Dear YMF Members,
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.