ASCE Salutes Impressive Group of Younger Members

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May 19, 2017

ASCE has honored Cal F. Bearman, P.E., M.ASCE; Rudraprasad Bhattacharyya, CP, M.ASCE; Courtney L. Davis, P.E., M.ASCE; Susan Mukai, P.E., M.ASCE; and Kyle J. Twitchell, P.E., M.ASCE, with the 2017 Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement. Each is recognized for professional achievement in service to the advancement of the profession, evidence of technical competence, high character, and integrity, and contributions to public service outside their careers.

Bearman

Bearman

Bearman has held nearly every position within the Seattle Younger Member Forum. He has organized professional panels for the University of Washington and Seattle University to introduce students to the roles of young professional civil engineers. For the annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition, hosted by the Seattle YMF, he served as rules chair, competition judge, and head judge for both technical and aesthetics judging. For two years, he served on the board of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, which builds, engages, and supports the diverse community through programs, services, and activities that connect neighbors and foster civic engagement.

Bearman has earned a number of awards, including the Western Region Younger Member Council Outstanding Younger Member in Community Activities in 2017 and Young Engineer of the Year, Puget Sound Engineering Council in 2015. He is an Associate III with over five years of professional experience in key roles on large-scale structural engineering evaluations and investigations. He has had the opportunity to work on large-scale litigation projects and travel to the other side of the world to implement repairs on a commercial office building.

Bhattacharyya

Bhattacharyya

Bhattacharyya is a member of ASCE India Section Eastern Region and has volunteered in reinforcing the Section with a specific focus on eastern India. He has promoted ASCE membership, mostly in academia and research, among faculty members and students of different reputable universities and has worked toward the advancement of the Society’s objectives, notably strengthening ASCE Region 10. His efforts helped India Section to become ASCE’s largest international Section. He served on the ASCE Global Strategy Council as an ASCE Region 10 Younger Member, sharing from his experience the challenges of working with international students and younger members, and the strategy to meet those challenges.

He, along with other council members, recommended the immediate priorities to the ASCE Executive Committee for strengthening ASCE Region 10. Bhattacharyya took the initiative in starting an ASCE Younger Member Group in Kolkata. He was the youngest elected India Section Eastern Region officer in 2014. He also serves as an ASCE eCareerMentor for students.

During his time as a teacher at the Narula Institute of Technology he helped students form an ASCE Chapter and served as the faculty advisor. He also served on the school’s Board of Studies. He now works as a teaching assistant at Vanderbilt University. He has published one journal article and three conference papers.

Davis served her Younger Member Forum as the Popsicle Stick Bridge chair. Her leadership contributed to record participation, the inclusion of middle-schoolers, more volunteers, and more robust finances. She also served on the Western Region Younger Member Council (WRYMC) Conference Planning Committee. She has been recognized as WRYMC Outstanding Younger Member in Private Industry, WRYMC Outstanding Younger Member in Community Activity, WRYMC Outstanding Younger Member in Journalism, and as a New Face of Civil Engineering–Professional. She was also selected as the Puget Sound Engineering Council’s Young Engineer of the Year in 2014.

Davis has volunteered with Girls on the Run, the WSU alumni association, FareStart Restaurant, and Food Lifeline. Professionally, she has been deeply involved in the design of a variety of projects that push the limits of the profession, from the floating bridges across Seattle’s Lake Washington, to the world’s longest cable ferry on Vancouver Island, to the new hurricane defenses that now protect New Orleans. She has also moved into more project management roles over the last year as she progresses as a structural engineer at KPFF Consulting Engineers.

Mukai

Mukai

Mukai serves as the Awards Chairperson for ASCE Hawaii Younger Member Forum. She has volunteered at various outreach and community service events with the YMF, including the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) events at Moanalua and Gus Webling Elementary Schools. She was awarded the 2015 Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies Young Engineer of the Year Award. While working for Brown and Caldwell, Mukai has served as co-facilitator on the National Rising Professional (RP) Committee, as co-chair of the National RP Have Fun Committee, and as the BC Green Honolulu Office Lead, responsible for creating sustainable initiatives for the office. She volunteered with members of Brown and Caldwell and the public to pull invasive algae from Maunalua Bay. She has also volunteered with the Society of Women Engineers, working with middle-school girls from the local community.

Twitchell, active in the Utah Section–Wasatch Front Branch Younger Member Group, has helped to coordinate scholarships and programs for the Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair, hosted at the University of Utah. He has served as and coordinated teams for fundraising “fun runs” through New York Road Runners. He also serves as a Practitioner Advisor for ASCE Student Chapters at Columbia University and Cooper Union. He has given many presentations to student chapters educating them on the details of civil engineering, including the pathway to becoming a PE. He participated on the No Wristwatch Task Committee, which was tasked with reviewing leadership training and programs provided by ASCE’s various committees. From this report came the initiative to make the Younger Member Leadership Symposium a stand-alone, two-day course. With Twitchell’s support, the program started with 15 participants and has grown to over 40. He has been recognized as the 2012 ASCE Met Section Young Engineer of the Year and was the 2003 Recipient of the ASCE Richard Williamson Jones Scholarship.

He served as coordinating member for the SEI Young Professional’s Committee helping coordinate and guide presentations by Younger Members at the SEI Congress. He has mentored at least one presentation per year since 2010 and will be moderating a session at the 2017 conference in the Business Track and one led by Younger Members about working internationally. He is the Senior Project Manager for KPFF Consulting Engineers, responsible for the design, management, and oversight for several projects, while training/mentoring junior engineers.

The Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement is made to younger members of ASCE (35 years of age or younger) who are judged to have attained significant professional achievements by the degree to which they have served to advance the profession; exhibited technical competence, high character, and integrity; developed improved member attitudes toward the profession; and contributed to public service outside their professional careers.

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