Please feel free to browse the archive of photos and recaps for our 2019-20 Board year events, organized in reverse chronological order below:
Table of Contents
- Panel Discussion on FE Exam at Drexel University (March 2020)
- Annual Winter Social (January 2020)
- Penn Pavilion Construction Tour (December 2019)
- Joint Winter Mixer (December 2019)
- SEPTA's Elwyn to Wawa Construction Tour (November 2019)
- Green Woods Charter School Visit (November 2019)
- American Street Construction Tour (November 2019)
- Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up (October 2019)
- Welcome Back Student Night (October 2019)
- Group Photo and Summer Social (September 2019)
- Board Members Attend the ASCE YMLS (August 2019)
- Life Do Grow Service Day (August 2019)
- Phillies Game and Tailgate (July 2019)
- Ben Franklin Bridge Tour and Presentation (June 2019)
- Election Happy Hour (May 2019)
- Volunteer Cleanup on the Schuylkill River Trail (May 2019)
Panel Discussion on FE Exam at Drexel University - March 3, 2020
On Tuesday, March 3, 2020 ASCE Philadelphia YMF visited Drexel University to discuss with students the importance of taking and passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, while explaining its role in the journey to becoming a licensed Professional Engineer (PE). YMF volunteers Dani Schroeder, Tyler Farley, and Paige Glassman kicked off the night with introductions and a brief presentation outlining the exam, testing procedures, time constraints, topics of study, and providing useful ASCE and NCEES study tools. The volunteers then joined in with several students, who have also already passed the exam, to create a panel and field any other questions students may have. The panel not only took this time to answer students’ questions, but to also share their first hand experiences and provide quality advice to prepare, perform, and conquer the exam. The ASCE Philadelphia YMF would like to thank all the volunteers for their time and the Drexel University Student Chapter for organizing and hosting this informative event.
Annual Winter Social - January 13, 2020
On Monday, January 13th, the YMF hosted the annual Winter Social at McGillin’s Olde Ale House. This tradition was another great success with over 170 local, young engineers in attendance for a night of networking, raffles, food, and fun.
As part of the event, the YMF held its annual charity raffle. Generous donations from over 25 local engineering companies were provided and the raffle raised $3,800 to benefit local non-profit organizations and STEM initiatives, such as the Future City competition and Hub of Hope, among others.
The YMF would like to extend its sincerest thanks to all of our donors for their continued support, as well as to everyone who came out to the event and support the YMF in other ways throughout the year. We could not do it without you!
Penn Pavilion Construction Tour - December 5, 2019
On December 5th, project representatives from Balfour Beatty/ LF Driscoll joint venture and Foster and Partners gave a technical presentation and a tour of the project to ASCE Philadelphia YMF members. As the new patient tower which houses 500 patient rooms, 47 operating rooms across its 17 floors and 1.5 million square feet, the project team faced numerous challenges throughout all phases. The representatives explained that having all parties including the owner, engineers and architects work as a single IPD(Integrated Project Delivery) team allowed them to execute the project most timely, economically and efficiently. As the project is anticipated to be completed in Spring of 2021, the project team would like to invite the ASCE YMF members for another construction tour when the project is closer to complete. Look out for future event flyers for more details.
Joint Winter Mixer - December 3, 2019
On Tuesday, December 3rd, the ASCE Philly YMF teamed up with the ASHE Delaware Valley for their annual joint winter mixer. The event was held at Conshohocken Brewery Company in Bridgeport, PA, which gave members a chance to get outside of the city. Over 40 attendees enjoyed appetizers and drinks while networking with old friends and making new ones. The night concluded with raffle prizes such as an ASCE water bottle and a Conshohocken Brewing growler. The event was a great success and we look forward to working with ASHE again for next year’s winter mixer!
SEPTA's Elwyn to Wawa Construction Tour - Novmeber 15, 2019
With the help of Scott Cepietz and Anthony Fitzpatrick of Michael Baker International, ASCE Philadelphia YMF College Contact Co-chairs, Tyler Farley and Paige Glassman, organized a construction tour aimed towards college students. On November 15th, several students from the surrounding ASCE Philadelphia College Chapters toured the construction of SEPTA’s service on the Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line from its current terminus at Elwyn Station to US Route 1 in Middletown Township, PA. They had the opportunity to learn about the history this Regional Rail service extending beyond Elwyn, which had been suspended in the 1980s, the construction that had already been completed in earlier phases, along with the current & future construction plans. With an early action phase to stabilize embankments on sections of this line already completed in 2010, the tour focused in on the next component of this 3-mile service restoration, which is currently underway. This phase involves significant infrastructure renewal, including retaining walls and the rehabilitation or replacement of bridges and culverts, track, catenary and structures, and signals. The last component of this project will be the construction of a new station, a 600 car parking deck, and an intermodal connection.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to Sean McMahon from SEPTA and Michael Baker personnel Chris Heim, Dan Rush, and Jim Hopkins for taking the time out of their busy day to guide the tour.
American Street Construction Tour - November 13, 2019
The cold didn't stop us on Wednesday, November 13, for ASCE Philadelphia YMF's tour of the GSI Construction of the American Street Improvement Project. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Katie Drake from PWD and Trevor Woodward and Nicole Carey from Gilmore & Associates for giving us their time to present about the project! The tour covered GSI features including bioswales and underground stormwater infiltration columns. We had the opportunity to learn about important design considerations from the designers themselves, including sizing the GSI systems and taking soil samples to ensure efficient stormwater infiltration for each system. It was interesting to learn about the collaboration that was necessary between the design team, business owners, neighborhood groups, and the contractors on such a diverse project. The tour was followed by a social at Evil Genius Beer Company where attendees were able to network and talk directly with the presenters.
Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up - October 26, 2019
On Saturday, October 26, ASCE YMF board members Darren Black, Caroline Voigtsberger, and Tim Abel, along with several other ASHE and ASCE Student Chapter Members, volunteered at a joint ASHE/ASCE Adopt-A-Highway street clean-up. The volunteers cleaned up a 2 mile section of Bethlehem Pike in Ambler, PA! After the clean-up, the group enjoyed food and refreshments at the Fireside Bar and Grille where they were able to socialize and relax. Look for the next adopt-a-highway cleanup in the spring, and other community service opportunities this fall!
Welcombe Back Student Night - October 23, 2019
On Wednesday, October 23rd, students and professionals attended the ASCE Philadelphia YMF’s Student Night at Pep Bowl. This event was the ASCE Philadelphia YMF’s annual Welcome Back Students event which welcomed back local civil engineering students from Drexel, Temple, Villanova, Widener, and Swarthmore. Student Night consisted of two hours of unlimited bowling and networking between students and professionals, along with some great pizza enjoyed throughout the night. To end the event, YMF college contact co-chairs Tyler Farley and Paige Glassman recognized Drexel University as the 2018-2019 #ASCEMadeMe Challenge winners and presented them with their award certificate.
2018-2019 #ASCEMadeMe Challenge Winners: DREXEL UNIVERSITY
Group Photo and Summer Social - September 5, 2019
The YMF gathered at Urban Village Brewing Co. in Northern Liberties to celebrate the final days of summer with its annual group photo and networking social. After posing for a group photo with the Urban Village murals in the background, the nearly 60 attendees proceeded to enjoy appetizers and drinks amongst the company of their fellow members and colleagues, as well as pose for additional photos of alumni and students from many of the local colleges. With perfect weather, a beautiful sunset, and many pins and stickers handed out, the event was a complete success!
Board Members Attend the ASCE YMLS - August 2019
Several members of our Board took part in the 2019 edition of the ASCE Younger Member Leadership Symposia (YMLS) at ASCE Headquarters in Reston, Virginia. Session 1 was held August 9 - 11 and Session 2 was held August 23 - 25. Two of our Board members, Joe Natale and Dennis Wilson, were directly involved in the planning and organizing of the weekend. Board members CJ Medora and Dani Schroeder attended YMLS for the first time this year. The Symposium included excellent sessions on a wide range of topics including developing your personal vision, influencing corporate culture, and strategic networking. During these weekends, the Board members in attendance were able to connect with colleagues from the many different YMFs and YMGs around the globe and bring back exciting new ideas to our local Section.
For more information on the ASCE YMLS, visit ASCE's website.
Life Do Grow Service Day - August 17, 2019
In collaboration with Urban Creators, ASCE YMF volunteered at Life Do Grow farm on Saturday, August 17th. The farm is located a couple blocks north of Temple University, nestled against a Septa regional rail retaining wall. You’ll know you’re there once you start to see colorful murals, solar panels, painted signs, and sunflowers. But that’s not all. At Life Do Grow farm you can find jalapenos, bell peppers, sweet peppers, scotch bonnet, watermelon, carrots, tomatoes, basil, mint, lavender, thyme, beets and more depending on the season.
After greeting us, Alex, one of the farms founders, and Jovon, a farm manager, brought everyone into the farms kitchen. They started by giving us a background of the farm. It all started when how group of community members and curious Temple students got together with a vision for the land which at the time was serving as a public dump. Today the land has flourished into a self-sustaining farm.
Most of what we accomplished on Saturday was in preparation for an event they were having the next day. We first helped clean up and organize the kitchen and classroom areas in preparation for a chef that would preparing with the vegetables and herbs found on the farm. Then we moved a pile of compost between the office and tool shed to make way for a seating area where guest could come and listen to a DJ that would be playing the next day. Finally, we got to weed two rows of a variety of peppers. Some of the weeds had become entangled with the peppers and were drawing precious nutrients away from the peppers.
Throughout all of these activities, Jovon and Alex were sweating right there next to us. They answered questions about the history of the farm, the neighborhood, and the different projects that have launched from service days like ours on the farm. At the end of the day we were sweaty, covered in dirt, exhausted, smiling, and laughing. Thanks to Alex and Jovon for hosting us at their farm. We hope to be back soon.
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Our Volunteers working hard!
Phillies Game and Tailgate - July 26, 2019
On Friday, July 26th, the ASCE Philadelphia YMF hosted their annual Phillies Game and Tailgate event. The event was well attended, with over 100 attendees ranging from college students to section members. The weather was perfect and the tailgate was very well received. Thanks to everyone who came out and made for a great end of year event!
Ben Franklin Bridge Tour and Presentation - June 4, 2019
On Tuesday June 4, 2019 ASCE Philadelphia YMF held a tour of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Mike Venuto and Mike Howard led a presentation on the history of the planning, design, and construction of the Ben Franklin Bridge. The tour then started on the new pedestrian and bicycle ramp for the south walkway that had just opened earlier that morning. The tour continued onto the bridge and into an exclusive room within one of the towers.
The tour concluded with a walk over the bridge into Philadelphia and refreshments at La Peg.
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Election Happy Hour - May 30, 2019
On Thursday, May 30th, 2019, the ASCE Philadelphia YMF held the annual election happy hour and younger members of the ASCE Philadelphia Section were able to vote to elect the upcoming year's Executive Board (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer). Following the election, the incoming, current, and past Presidents met to appoint members to fill the other Board positions. These appointed individuals typically either held a Board position previously or reached out to express interest in serving on the Board this past April/May. All elected and appointed Board members serve a one-year term, which began on June 1st.
Volunteer Cleanup on the Schuylkill River Trail - May 25, 2019
On Saturday, May 25th, 2019, ASCE YMF board members Kevin Brown, Joe Natale, and CJ Medora, along with 5 other volunteers, and Blaise Syrnick from the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, spent the afternoon performing trail maintenance, repairs, clearing and grubbing, and cleanup of the Bartram’s Mile section of the Schuylkill River Trail. After a close battle with a snake, and lots of branches, the group took in some well-deserved sights of the new trail construction along the SRT. Look for the next community service event later this summer, as well as other volunteer opportunities with the YMF Outreach Committee!
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