October 2019 Newsletter
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Greetings Duluth Section Members-
I would like to begin my first President’s Message by thanking the membership for entrusting me to serve as President of the ASCE Duluth Section for the next year. I would also like to give a special thank you to our first Past President Joe Butler for his hard work over the last year as well as our current and former board members and chairs who have volunteered their time to the ASCE Duluth Section.
For the many members I have not yet had the chance to meet, I would like to briefly introduce myself. I was born in Duluth and have lived most of my life here. The few years I did not live in Duluth were spent attending Iowa State University where I studied Civil Engineering and graduated from in 2011. After graduation I began my career as a transmission line design engineer at Minnesota Power and have been in that role since. My experience with ASCE began as a student member and continued as a relatively inactive member for several years before I began attending our Section luncheons. In 2016, I joined the Section Board and have served in different roles since.
This year we are fortunate to begin with a full Duluth Section Board and are not in immediate need for new volunteers. That being said, board positions turn over each year and we are always looking for interested individuals. Serving on the Section Board has been a great experience and is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in serving their local engineering community or gaining new experiences. I encourage anyone interested to contact a board member or to attend one of our board meetings.
As many of you already know, the Section’s Younger Member Group is off to a strong start and is leading the effort to launch a new mentoring program partnering local professionals with civil engineering students at UMD. Thank you to Pete Demshar and everyone else who has helped to make this program a reality, and thank you to all who have volunteered to be mentors
Section luncheon meetings also resumed last month and many of you were able to join us for an interesting presentation from Chase Dewhirst on the DECC seawall and Irvin move. The October luncheon is fast approaching and I hope you all can join us for another interesting presentation. The board is always open to ideas for future presentations, so please contact any of our board members if you have a technical presentation you would like to share with the section.
I look forward to an exciting year for the Duluth Section. Thank you for your support!
Duluth Section President