News & Picture from California

AAAEA- CA Chapter News:

The chapter continues to prepare for the November end of year Gala which will feature Mr. Phil Washington, CEO of LA Metro.  The Gala is being rescheduled to November 16th.

On August 8, 2017, our member Ghina Yamout with Alta Environmental attended a gathering of Arab American Engineers at the Caltrans District 11 Professional Organizations fair in San Diego.  She introduced AAAEA to the group and encouraged to participate and become members.

This is a picture of the restored Echo Park Lake in the heart of Los Angeles.  This is many of the green storm-water infrastructure projects that are improving water quality while providing multi-benefits.This project improved the quality of water in the lake while restoring the beneficial use in the lake and the park amenities.  The project costed nearly $37 million funded mainly from Proposition O, a City of Los Angeles Water Quality Bond Measure.  Projects like this are not only improving water quality and permit compliance, they are enhancing the quality of life in our communities. Three of our current or past members were involved in this great projects: Hala Titus led the design team, Walid Azar (PMCS Group)  led the construction management team and Adel Hagekhalil was the owner's representative.

Project Owner: LA Sanitation
Project Manager: Bureau of Engineering
Project designer: Black & Veatch
Project Contractor: Ford E.C.

Thank you for making 2017 Semi-Annual Networking Dinner a success

On May 12, 2017, AAAEA-CA held a successful mid-year dinner. Over 110 professionals, friends and family joined the dinner. We were honored to have Mr. Jim Herberg, General Manager of Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) as our special guest and keynote speaker. OCSD, under the leadership of Mr. Herberg, is leading the way to more water reuse and innovative solution focused on resource recovery with over $2 billion in upgrades over the next 10 years.

Ms. Hoda Hassan of the LA County Department of Public Works was honored with AAAEA-CA professional achievement and community involvement award. She attended with her family and friends. Ms. Hassan is a professional engineer with over 30 years of experience and a lifetime of giving to others.

Over 10 scholarships were awarded to students during the dinner making the total number scholarships given by AAAEA-CA 81 scholarships and a total of $69,000.

Besides the networking and conversations, the attendees enjoyed great middle eastern food, traditional music and great raffle prizes.

AAAEA-CA greatly appreciates all of the event sponsors who made the event successful and thanks to all of the volunteers and board members.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: We are excited that Mr. Phil Washington, CEO of the LA Metropolitan Transit Authority, has accepted our invitation to be our keynote speaker at our end of year event on November 2, 2017.