Volume 97 Issue 1 - October/November
Hello ASCE Arizona Section Members,

I want to start off the ASCE “new year” by saying that I am extremely excited to serve YOU as President of the ASCE Arizona Section! And yes, I mean YOU who is reading this. ASCE would not exist without its members and leaders. Speaking of leaders, I would like to congratulate all those who have stepped into a new leadership role of ASCE. You may have been dragged into that role and have no idea what you got yourself into but trust me when I say this, “you will not regret it and it will all be worth it!” I also want to say thank you to Gary Miller (our now past-president), along with all the previous ASCE leaders, for your service and for getting us to where we are today. The last 2 years have been some of the hardest years we have ever seen at many levels, and you all got us through it by being flexible, adaptable and creative in ways to keep our members engaged.

I will try to keep these short because who wants to read a full editorial paper? I also have to do 10 more of these so I don’t want to run out of material! I will end with this: As I take a step back and think about why I continue to be involved with ASCE it is quite simple: I have made long lasting friendships ASCE and I am given the opportunity to follow some of my passions. In my case those passions include K-12 outreach which I believe is so important to inspire the next generation of civil engineers, and legislative affairs to be the experts that influence policies that help protect the health and welfare of the public. Which by the way, the application to attend the ASCE Legislative Fly-In (March 2-4, 2022) in Washington DC and virtual is December 1, 2021! Those are only 2 of the many aspects that ASCE focuses on, so there is something for everyone. I will talk more about my passions in future newsletters, but I just want to encourage YOU to be engaged in ASCE in a way YOU find interesting and exciting.

Feel free to reach out with any topic or questions.

Here to serve YOU,
Jose Aguilar, PE, ENV SP
WSP (Project Manager)
ASCE Arizona Section President
ASCE Arizona Election Results
Long-awaited Infrastructure Bill is Now Law
President Joe Biden has signed the highly anticipated Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law, providing $550 billion in new spending and a five-year, $305 billion reauthorization of federal highway and transit programs. House Democrats passed the bill with the help of 13 Republicans, four of whom represent parts of New York. Full Story: USA Today (11/16), The Wall Street Journal (11/15), Engineering News-Record (tiered subscription model) (11/15) 

ASCE SmartBrief for Civil Engineers
Phoenix Branch News and Updates
Recap of October 13 Virtual Phoenix Branch Lunch Meeting

On October 13, the Phoenix Branch held a virtual Lunch meeting discussing the I-10 Broadway Curve Project, Innovation in Urban Freeway Reconstruction, with 51 registrants. The speakers discussing the project were Steve Mishler, PE, ADOT’s Design Manager and Paul Baca, PE, the Design Manager for the Broadway Curve Constructors. 

The I-10 Broadway Curve Improvement Project runs along 11 miles of Interstate 10 through the Phoenix metro area. This is a stretch of freeway that, on average, more than 300,000 vehicles pass through each weekday. Broadway Curve Constructors presented this exciting and challenging project that is being delivered under the Public-Private Partnership and Design-Build model for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).

A recording of the meeting has been placed on the Phoenix Branch page on the Arizona Section Website. 

Solicitation for Branch Awards

Be on the look out for an email notification for this year’s Phoenix Branch Award Nominations. The Branch will be accepting applications for Large Project of the Year, Small Project of the Year and Government Civil Engineer of the Year. 

Brad Donais, PE
Phoenix Branch
Phoenix Branch YMF News and Updates
ASCE YMF Meeting Topics and Event Ideas
Phoenix YMF is currently planning out events for the upcoming year and want to hear from YOU! Please take 5 minutes of your time to fill out the survey to indicate preferences for the types of events you would like to attend with our organization. Thanks – we are looking forward to an exciting year!

November YMF General Meeting - Wed, Dec 1, 2021 5:30 PM MST
Please join us for our (Thanksgiving-postponed) November general meeting on 1 December at 5:30 PM. Allison Sadow (TYLIN) will be discussing pedestrian safety and best practices.Get tickets here.

Happy Holidays YMF members! 
We are having a virtual donation drive from November 25th to December 25th! We are raising funds for the Save the Family foundation. Donations will go to help families, veterans, and victims of domestic violence facing homelessness. Through donations, Save the Family can provide transitional housing, clothing, food, and everyday household items for families to get them off the streets. 

Even though in person events are postponed until next year, we invite you to participate in this donation drive which will run for an entire month. Every little bit helps! More information to come on how to donate!

Engineering You Free Workshop - Nov. 30 6:00 PM
Do you dread your annual review? Do you feel unprepared, unequipped, and unsure during your annual reviews? Do you know how to confidently ask for a raise? Nicolai Oliden with EngineeringYOU is hosting a FREE webinar on Tuesday November 30 at 6pm MST where he will provide tips and tools to help you crush your annual review and prepare to confidently ask for that raise! You can find more information and the registration link on his website.

Derek Smith, Phoenix Branch
Southern Arizona Branch YMF News and Updates
The Arizona Civil Engineer is a publication of the Arizona Section of ASCE.

Information published in the newsletter must be consistent with ASCE Arizona Section Board policy.