Younger Member Group/Outreach & Volunteerism
VOLUME 45 | ISSUE 8| April 2021

Save the Date

172nd BSCES Annual Awards Ceremony
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Look to future BSCES emails for more information

Upcoming Events

Last Chance to Register!
Sponsored by the Structural Institute Boston Chapter
May 4, 2021

Sponsored by the Engineering Management Group
May 5, 2021

Sponsored by the Government Affairs and Professional Practices Committee
May 14, 2021

Sponsored by the Program Committee
May 18, 2021 – May 20, 2021

Sponsored by the Younger Member Group
May 26, 2021

Sponsored by the Engineering Management Group
June 2, 2021

Sponsored by the Southeastern Massachusetts Committee
June 11, 2021

Sponsored by the Engineering Management Group
June 30, 2021

Letter From the Editor
An update from Katie Swanson
We’re over a year out from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and wide-scale shift to socially-distanced life, and boy have we learned a lot. One thing that stands out to me (besides the fact that many of us in the civil engineering world can work effectively and remotely for at least part time) is how remarkable the human spirit is in the face of great challenges. So many people adjusted rapidly to a virtual, socially-distanced way of life.  ... Read more

President's Report
An update from Bruce Jacobs
In my short time as BSCES president, I’ve learned that the secret sauce that allows BSCES to simultaneously take on so many activities is the countless hours of volunteer time by our many generous active members. It is these members that allow us to produce this monthly newsletter, publish the BSCES Civil Engineering Practice journal, plan and host technical and networking events including an annual awards celebration, younger member group events, the PE refresher course, and other professional development opportunities. ... Read more

Featured Group
Younger Member Group
The mission of the BSCES Younger Member Group (YMG) is to foster the professional growth, ethical awareness, and technical competence of the Section’s younger members. The group organizes and encourages community outreach, supports engineering students at local colleges and universities, and encourages membership and participation in ASCE and BSCES committees, institute chapters, technical groups, and other activities. ... Read more

In Memory
Remembering Don Goldberg
Don Goldberg, co-founder of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. (GZA), passed away on February 23, 2021 at the age of 92. He was one of the true pioneers in the field of geotechnical engineering starting his own consulting firm in 1964 when there were few other geotechnical engineering firms in the country. Starting out locally in the Boston community, his impact ultimately extended far beyond Boston and far beyond geotechnical engineering. ...Read more

Photo Contest
Share Your Photos of Civil Engineering Landmarks!
Are you passionate about civil engineering history and looking for a socially-distant outdoor activity to do this Spring? We encourage you to get outside, learn about the ASCE historic civil engineering landmarks, and enter in our photo contest! ... Read more
Outreach & Volunteerism
Future City and Model Bridge Go Virtual
While COVID-19 may have stopped some things, there are some traditions that persevere. Such is the case for the two major BSCES competitions, the New England Regional Future City Competition and The Model Bridge Contest.  ...Read More
Sustaining a Culture of Caring Through a Pandemic 
How do you safely volunteer in your community during a pandemic? While forced to reimagine life as we knew it, CDM Smith employees held onto to our culture of caring. Here are some ways we were able to give back. ... Read More
From the Boston Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders: Life During the Pandemic 2020, 2021 and 2022
The dedicated members of the Boston Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders have continued to volunteer countless hours designing new water supply systems, reaching out to many people to raise funds, and coordinating with our partners in Tanzania to ensure we could successfully implement our projects remotely. ... Read More
CAN-Do Attitude - Boston Canstruction Takes 2020 Competition Online
Fall in Boston usually brings familiar sights – fallen leaves on the Common, seasonal flavors returning to Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks, and moving vans getting stuck on Storrow Drive as students return in droves. For Boston’s architectural design and construction community, there is one more autumn scene to mark the season: towering sculptures of donated canned goods. For the past 25 years, the Boston Society for Architecture has hosted Canstruction Boston, a charity competition benefitting the Marrimack Valley Food Pantry. ... Read More
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Get Involved
BSCES Civil Engineering Practice Journal Needs Your Help
Social distancing? Stuck at home? Go clean out the garage or better yet, write an article for the reborn BSCES Civil Engineering Practice journal. ... Read More
Suggest a Seminar Topic
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2020 - 2021 Society Sponsors
BSCES Newsletter Editorial Board
Chair: Kathryn Swanson, PE
Vice Chair: Michael Sullivan, PE
Todd M. Clark, PE
Michael R. Cunningham, PE
Annahid Dastgheib-Beheshti, PE
Susannah Davis EIT
Jessica DeBellis, PE
Sean Horan, EIT
Bruce L. Jacobs, PhD, PE
Richard F. Keenan
David M. Manugian, PE
Angus J. O’Leary, PE

2020 - 2021 BSCES Board of Government
President: Bruce L. Jacobs, PhD, PE
President-Elect: Shallan C. Fitzgerald, PE
Secretary: Todd M. Clark, PE
Treasurer: Gregory L. Mirliss
Assistant Treasurer: Anthony M. Richardson, PE
Senior Vice Presidents: Ronald K. Burns, PE, LSP; Michael R. Cunningham, PE
Vice Presidents: Christopher P. Hersey; Kathryn Swanson, PE
Past President: Richard D. Maher, PE
Western MA Branch Vice President: Vacant
Institute Chapter & Technical Group Chairs
Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute Boston Chapter: Daniel W. O'Connor, PE
Construction Institute Boston Chapter: Artur Lebedev, EIT
Engineering Management Group: Lee M. Koska, EIT
Environmental & Water Resources Institute Boston Chapter: Denise N. Prussen, EIT
Geo-Institute Boston Chapter: Michael T. Flynn, PE
Structural Engineering Institute Boston Chapter: Scott R. Bruso, PE
Transportation & Development Institute Boston Chapter: Tyler de Ruiter, PE
Younger Member Group: Mark Ruberti, PE
2020–2021 BSCES Program Sponsors
Alfred Benesch & Company | BETA Group | BSC Group | CDM Smith | Childs Engineering
Cianbro Corporation | Collins Engineers, Inc. | Dewberry | Green International Affiliates, Inc. 
GZA | Haley & Aldrich, Inc. | HNTB | Horsley Witten Group | Howard Stein Hudson
Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc. | Jacobs | J.S. Held LLC | Kleinfelder | Nitsch Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University
Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc. | Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.
Skanska USA Civil | Stantec | Tighe & Bond, Inc. | TranSystems | TREVIICOS
Tufts University - Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering | Weston & Sampson | WSP
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