2019 Copyright ASCE Hawaii Section
Formed on October 4, 1937, the Hawaii Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers is the local Section of the national ASCE organization, which includes some 130,000 members worldwide. With over 1,000 members locally, the mission of the Hawaii Section is to develop leadership, advance technology, advocate lifelong learning, and promote the profession throughout our State. Hawaii Section activities include promoting civil engineering in local grade schools, providing affordable technical seminars, providing technical assistance to government entities, supporting the University of Hawaii Student Chapter and the Hawaii Section Younger Member Forum, fundraising for scholarships, honoring individuals and notable civil engineering projects in Hawaii, and supporting the civil engineering profession in the State Legislature.
General membership dinner meetings are held monthly, featuring technical and general-interest guest speakers. The Executive Committee is elected by its membership. It meets monthly to conduct its business. Technical committees are active in the areas of geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, environmental engineering, construction, transportation, ocean and energy, and hydraulics/hydrology and water resources. Standing committees are also appointed to address membership, history and heritage, awards and hospitality. Additional Section Appointees represent the Hawaii Section as a University of Hawaii Student Chapter Faculty Advisor, a University of Hawaii Student Chapter Practitioner Advisor, and as a representatative to the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization and chair specialized committees such as the Local Legislative Affairs Committee, Outreach Program, and Scholarship Committee.
The Hawaii Section Younger Member Forum (YMF) caters to the needs of Hawaii Section younger members (35 years and younger). The YMF helps these young engineers transition from college to the professional world and sponsors various social, service, and technical events, including the PE Exam Refresher Course. YMF officers meet monthly along with representatives from the University of Hawaii Student Chapter. The 2019 Western Regional Younger Member Conference is part of an annual leadership summit with over 400 attendees from 10 states and the ASCE Hawaii Younger Member Forum is welcomes you to Hawaii for WRYMC 2019. WRYMC provides young civil engineers with invaluable leadership training, networking, and skills to help them be successful at both engineering and in their communities. For more information visit: https://www.wrymc2019.com/
The University of Hawaii ASCE Student Chapter encourages and fosters interaction among civil engineering students and allows them to gain valuable experience outside the classroom. The highlight of the Student Chapter is participating in the yearly Pacific Southwest Regional Conference, for which they design and build a concrete canoe, a steel bridge, and other items using their engineering skills. At the conference they compete against other universities and participate in a number of other technical contests and social events. The Student Chapter also performs community service projects and organizes social events.
The latest information for the ASCE Hawaii Section can be found below.
I am very proud and honored to serve as your Section President for this coming 2020 fiscal year. My primary focus this year will be to strengthen the ties between our section’s members, the community, and public sector staff. We will encourage existing members to get more involved and show new members all the ways they can participate and benefit from the ASCE. In order to keep our membership fresh and growing, we will strive to support the student chapter and strengthen the Younger Members Forum (YMF).
Not only do we need to better communicate the value ASCE provides to each member, we need to continually seek ways to increase that value. I am looking forward to working closely with all our members, students, YMF, our committees, and the various institutes to delivery meaningful benefits to you all.
At the same time, we need your help. If you are an ASCE member but are currently not too active, please consider getting involved in a committee or volunteering to organize an event. If you haven’t been inspired to get involved recently, please do suggest ideas that would motivate you to attend and participate. If you are interested in being more active, but just don’t know where to start, continue browsing our website, check out the committees’ pages, or simply send me an email. Of course, we are always available for an informal conversation at our monthly dinner meetings, section events, or committee meetings.
Thank you for taking the time to visit our Hawaii Section website. While you are here be sure to check out all the great award-winning projects, upcoming events, and exciting activities our members have been a part of this past year. Not to mention, the numerous resources available through our national ASCE website https://www.asce.org/
Also, please take the time to learn what our Region 8 and the Hawaii Section have been doing together. We are proud to be a part of Region 8 because “Region 8 is great” and I encourage you to visit their site as well. http://regions.asce.org/region8/home
We have an awesome group serving on the board once again this year and we are all committed to continuing the outstanding legacy of the Hawaii Section.
Mahalo to you, and I look forward to seeing you at our one of our upcoming events.
Jason Kage, P.E., M.ASCE, LEED AP BD+C
ASCE Hawaii Section President