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2011 ERYMC - Portland, Maine


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Thanks for attending the 2011 ERYMC in Portland, Maine!

We hope you enjoyed yourself at the conference. Check out the following article for a summary of the weekend's events. Look below the article for links to presentations and conference materials.


2011 Eastern Regional Younger Member Council

By Sara Hooper, P.E., M.ASCE, 2011 ERYMC Business Chair 

The 2011 Eastern Regional Younger Member Council (ERYMC) meeting, co-hosted by the Maine Section and New Hampshire Section, was held January 14th and 15th at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine.  Jennifer Baron, P.E., M.ASCE and Jeff Bjrz, P.E., M.ASCE, were the stellar co-chairs for the event. Sixty-eight Younger Members representing 28 Sections and Branches across Regions 1, 2, 4, and 5 braved the winter weather and descended upon the quaint City of Portland for the weekend.

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 2011 ERYMC Attendees— most of whom looked happy to be there! 

ERYMC was held in conjunction with the Workshop for Section & Branch Leaders (WSBL) and the Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders (WSCL), as part of the Multi-Region Leadership Conference (MRLC).  Several activities throughout the weekend were jointly held with the WSBL and the WSCL and provided great opportunities to interact with, and learn from Student Chapter leaders, and Section and Branch leaders.  

The Friday morning program consisting of the Younger Members and Section and Branch leaders kicked off with a breakfast, icebreaker, “Overview of ASCE”, and joint Region Breakout sessions.  Afterwards the Younger Members began their own program with a scavenger hunt icebreaker, followed by an overview of the Committee on Younger Members presented by Clement Chung, P.E., M.ASCE, Eastern Geographic Member.  Next were roundtables discussions focusing on the Younger Member Group Annual Report activities including outreach, community service, professional/technical meetings, membership/recruiting, and Student Chapter interaction.  The afternoon session included two informative presentations: “Leadership Skills that You Need” by Dana Humphrey, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Dean of Engineering at the University of Maine, and “Supercharge Your Career—Career Development for Younger Members” by Paul Bryant, P.E., M.ASCE, ASCE Committee on Leadership and Management.  The afternoon ended with a joint icebreaker activity with the Section and Branch and Student Chapter leaders followed by a reception featuring some delicious New England clam chowder.  This venue provided a great opportunity for socializing and networking with all attendees. 

The Friday night social was held at the nearby Civic Center, where the Portland Pirates defeated the Connecticut Whale 3-0.  The game included more than a few fights between players and a great time was had by all!  

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Some of the Younger Members, having a good time and making a new friend at the hockey game. 


Saturday’s events started with the Order of the Engineer Ceremony.  Eight Younger Members participated in the ceremony, which included the acceptance of the Obligation of an Engineer.  The ERYMC Annual Business Meeting followed, where four resolutions were passed, including a recommendation for Rhode Island as the location of the 2013 ERYMC/MRLC, gratitude to past CYM Eastern Geographic Member, Greg Kuklinski, P.E., M.ASCE, recognition of ASCE Younger Member Staff Contact, Nancy Berson, Aff.ASCE, and recognition of the Maine Section and New Hampshire Section for hosting a great ERYMC.  The afternoon Breakout Sessions ranging from Advocacy to Volunteerism, generated excellent discussions amongst the Younger Members.  The afternoon ended with a panel discussion entitled, “Valuable Experience Early in Your Career” where Roland Lavelle, P.E., M.ASCE, P.L.S., Vice President, HNTB Corporation, and Barry Sheff, P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Vice President, Woodard and Curran, answered questions from the audience on topics such as job hopping and traits they value in employees.

The ERYMC Awards Banquet was held on Saturday night at DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant, one of Portland’s Old Port highlights.  Over seventy Younger Members, guests, and ASCE leaders attended the banquet to honor the following 2011 ERYMC award winners:

Outstanding Young Civil Engineer in the Private Sector—Catherine Soistman, P.E., M.ASCE, Florida Section, East Central Branch

Outstanding Young Civil Engineer in the Public Sector—Eric Gardner, P.E.,M.ASCE, Tennessee Section, Nashville Branch

Outstanding Younger Member in Community Activities—Anjoli K. Martin, P.E., M.ASCE, Florida Section, East Central Branch

Outstanding Younger Member Group Community Service Project—Pathways to Care, Florida Section, East Central Branch

Outstanding ASCE Practitioner Advisor—Ashley T. Smith, E.I.T., M.ASCE, Tennessee Section, Nashville Branch


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This table won the award for best picture at the awards banquet.

On Sunday morning, volunteers participated in the local Boy & Girl Scouts Engineering Badge Day.  They helped over forty boy scouts, cub scouts, and girl scouts fulfill their engineering and science-related badge requirements, including twenty boy scouts who earned merit badges.  Activities included building a popsicle stick bridge (the winner supported over 22 lbs!), designing the future infrastructure of Portland, and discussing the various career opportunities in Civil Engineering. 

Many thanks to the Maine Section and New Hampshire Section for hosting such a fun, well-organized, and successful event.  We look forward to seeing y’all in Nashville in 2012.



Final Agendas

Final 2011 ERYMC Conference Agenda 

Final 2011 ERYMC Business Session Agenda 


 Award Winners

The list of award winners is available HERE 

Anjoli Martin Award - small Ashley Smith Award - small 

Eric Gardner Award - small Pathways to Care Award - small 


CYM Overview 

Supercharge Your Career 

Leadership Skills You Need 

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Group Report Roundtables 

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 Did you hear some good ideas during the group report roundtable sessions?

Click HERE to download the presented results.

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Want more information about what other ASCE Younger Member groups have been doing?

Click HERE to download a summary of Eastern Region Younger Member groups' recent activities.


2011 ERYMC Attendees

Region 1 
Boston Society of Civil Engineers
Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers
Maine Section
Metropolitan Section
New Hampshire Section
New Jersey Section - Central Jersey Branch
New Jersey Section - South Jersey Branch
Rhode Island Section
Rochester Section
Syracuse Section
Region 2 
Lehigh Valley Section
Central Pennsylvania Section
Maryland Section
National Capital Section
Philadelphia Section
Pittsburgh Section
Region 4  
Indiana Section - Metropolitan Indianapolis Branch
Kentucky Section - Bluegrass Branch
Kentucky Section - Louisville Branch
North Carolina Section - Eastern Branch
North Carolina Section - Southern Branch
South Carolina Section - Upstate Branch
Tennessee Section
Tennessee Section - Nashville Branch
West Virginia Section - Charleston Branch
Region 5  
Alabama Section - Birmingham Branch
Florida Section - East Central Branch
Georgia Section



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