ASCE has honored the Hawaii Section Younger Member Forum with the 2017 Younger Member Group Award for Small Groups, and the Illinois Section Younger Member Group with the 2017 Younger Member Group Award for Large Groups, for their outstanding professional, technical, social, outreach, and community service activities.
The Committee on Younger Members chose Hawaii Section Younger Member Forum Group for this award based on the group’s continued efforts to provide important services and opportunities for the state’s young civil engineers while engaging them in ASCE activities and committees, community service, and educational outreach throughout Hawaii.
The Hawaii Section YMF hosted social events throughout the year, with an emphasis on networking and outreach to high school and college students. This YMF assisted local elementary schools with various STEM events. Volunteers went to three different elementary schools and performed short science experiments to pique students’ interest in the science and engineering fields. These experiments included teaching students about water/cement ratio by using flour and water and using cookies and milk to demonstrate coastal erosion. The Hawaii Section YMF has given back to its community through their participation in Hakipuu Stream Restoration, Waianae Fire Break Planting, MATHCOUNTS programs, and Special Olympics.
The Committee on Younger Members chose Illinois Section Younger Member Group for this award based on the group’s active membership with volunteers who organize and participate in numerous educational, charitable, and social events all year. Their numerous activities promoted outreach, professional development, and diversity and contributed to developing future civil engineering leaders in Chicago. The Illinois Section YMG planned and hosted a total of 10 social events throughout the year, with an emphasis on networking and continuing education.
This group was involved in six K–12 outreach programs, including E-week at the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Girl Scouts STEMapalooza. This YMG also played an integral part in the Future City Regional Competition and the MATHCOUNTS Chicago City Competition, in which over 400 middle school students competed, run by the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers. The Illinois YMG successfully organized the 2016 ASCE Multi-Region Leadership Conference (MRLC), held in Chicago in January 2017.
The Younger Member Group Award recognizes the most outstanding Younger Member Groups of the previous year.