2021-22 BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
Lauren Ferrell, PE
City of Carlsbad
Ms. Lauren Ferrell is a project manager and civil engineer with over 13 years of professional experience. She has extensive engineering and management experience leading multi-discipline teams to complete preliminary, environmental, and final design for transportation and transit centered projects. In addition to completing challenging environmental and engineering projects, Lauren specializes in storm water industrial and construction compliance management.
Lauren is a San Diego native who graduated with her bachelor’s and master’s degree from San Diego State University in Civil Engineering. She has served in a variety of leadership roles fostering industry engagement. She previously served as the President-Elect of ASCE San Diego Section and a former President of WTS San Diego County Chapter, as well as the recipient of the 2018 WTS International Member of the Year Award. Ms. Ferrell also participates as a mentor for SDSUs Aztec Mentor Program that support college students as they transition from academics to their professional career. Lauren looks forward to continuing on the ASCE board and serving the local civil engineering community.
Molly Amendt has 17 years of professional experience and is currently a Vice President at C2 Group, leading the company’s utility projects, specializing in transportation electrification. While studying for her undergraduate degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo she joined the student section of ASCE, and was immediately hooked on the group’s comradery and learning opportunities. She spent several years on the student board and captained the concrete canoe team her senior year. Landing at San Diego Gas and Electric after college, she supported electric transmission projects, and had the opportunity to be a construction manager for the Sunrise Powerlink Project, and take roles in distribution operations, fire-hardening efforts and the company’s first electric vehicle charging station program. Molly served on the San Diego ASCE YMF board for several years, and is pleased to extend her contributions to the local section, while bringing the perspective of a leader in a local woman-owned engineering company.
Karl Meier is a registered Civil Engineer in the State of California with more than 18 years of experience. Karl's interest in Civil Engineering began his junior year of high school when he interned with a civil engineering firm in his hometown of Roswell, New Mexico as a surveyor and materials testing lab technician. Since graduating from New Mexico State University in 2003, Karl's career has been focused on water resources engineering where he has extensive experience in the planning, design and construction management of water, wastewater and storm water infrastructure projects spanning across the State. Karl also has public works experience and served as the Engineering Manager of a water district in Santa Barbara County for a portion of his career where he was responsible for managing and overseeing engineering, operations and maintenance activities for a public water system. Karl is currently an Associate at Wood Rodgers and is on the ASCE Board of Directors.
Jose Ramirez is a Senior Engineer and Project Manager at Kimley-Horn and Associates. With over 13 years of professional experience specializing in the design of structures, Jose’s main focus has been on the design of bridges, retaining walls, and miscellaneous structures for highway/roadway and light and heavy rail transportation projects. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Structural Engineering from UC San Diego and has been involved with ASCE since college, participating in the Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge competitions. Jose has served in the ASCE San Diego YMF board as Treasurer, Scholarship Chair, and Webmaster. In the ASCE San Diego Section, Jose has served as Secretary and been a member of the ASCE Awards Event Planning Committee. Jose has also served in the ASCE Transportation Group board as Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary and looks forward to continuing to serve on the ASCE board and to Civil Engineering profession.
West Coast Civil
Mr. McCarty is a licensed civil engineer in the State of California with 18 years of experience. He has designed, led, and managed a variety of projects and programs. He holds Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from San Diego State University with specialties in Construction Management and Hydraulic Engineering, respectively. Mr. McCarty has served as a consultant to the Pure Water Program as Deputy Project Manager for Conveyance since October 2015.
City of El Cajon
Yazmin Arellano-Torres is the Director of Public Works for the City of El Cajon, California. Yazmin is a Registered Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor in California with over 20 years of experience in municipal engineering. Yazmin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a combined Masters Degree in Business Administration/Industrial Engineering from CETYS Universidad Mexicali, Mexico. Yazmin has been an active member of ASCE since 1992, serving in different capacities over the years, including Engineering Student Council Representative at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, President of the ASCE Imperial Valley Branch, Vice-President, and President of the ASCE San Diego Section. Yazmin is currently finishing the term as ASCE San Diego Section President and serving as one of the ASCE Representatives in the San Diego County Engineering Council responsible for celebrating engineering contributions to society annually through E-Week.
Dr. Kumar Ghosh
Dr. Kumar Ghosh is a Senior Bridge Engineer / Project Manager at T.Y.Lin International in the Big Bridge Line of Business (BBLOB). He has 20 years of professional experience in the planning, design and delivery of an array of bridge projects and research experience in the fields of bridge damage detection, health monitoring and strengthening/retrofit of deficient bridge components using Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) composite materials. Dr. Ghosh earned his PhD from the Department of Structural Engineering, University of California San Diego. Throughout his professional career he has also been associated with professional and technical committees, including ASCE, ACI and Caltrans Committees. He is the past Chair of the ASCE Transportation Technical Group (San Diego Section) and will like to continue serving the ASCE San Diego section members and the Engineering community as Director A. His prior experiences make him an ideal candidate to act as the liaison between the ASCE Board of Directors and the technical groups and branches. The Director A also Chairs the Section Seminar Committee that reviews and develops seminars and other local training opportunities for the ASCE members.
City of San Diego