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Welcome to the website for the Western Branch of the North Carolina Section of ASCE. We are a small, but active, branch serving 20 counties in Western North Carolina.
Unless otherwise noted, our monthly lunch meetings will be held at Pack's Tavern in downtown Asheville, begining around 11:45 AM. Pack's Tavern will offer a limited menu with around 10 items including sandwiches, salads, pastas and soup. We will collect $15 per person to cover the cost of lunch. Our monthly meetings provide excellent programs of local interest and a great opportunity to socialize with other civil engineers. We provide Professional Development Hour certificates for appropriate programs. Everyone is welcome to our meetings, even if you are not a member of ASCE.
Our speaker will be Gerald Davies, PhD, with a 2013 Economic Review and Outlook. "What Happened in 2013 and What to Think About in 2014"
We welcome Dr. Gerald Davies once again for our annual economic review and outlook presentation. After obtaining his PhD in Economics from Washington State University, Dr. Davies worked for the Federal Department of Transportation in Washington, DC. More recently, Dr. Davies has worked in upper management in the railroad industry. He has since retired to the Asheville area and provides occasional consulting services.
Also, don't forget to bring an unwrapped toy for our annual Toys for Tots drive. All of the toys collected by the local Toys For Tots volunteers stay in WNC. If you don't have time to shop, consider making an online donation.
Use the links below to contact any of our Western Branch officers with any comments or questions you may have.
President Daniel McGough | BLE 828.575.4224 |
President-ElectMona Ellum | Ellum Engineering, Inc.828.989.8027 |
Past President Will Gentry | Gentry Engineering, PLLC 828.545.3416 |
Secretary/TreasurerChris Otahal | Kloesel Engineering828.255.0780 |
Engineers Without Borders LiasonChris Gilbert | Altamont Environmental828.281.3350 |
John Garner | BLE828.575.4224 |
Jill Heimburg | AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. 828.252.8130 |
As part of Engineer's Week, February 19th to 25th, a number of local engineering organizations visited area schools to promote the engineering profession. "Our goal is to put engineering and technology careers in front of young students" says John Garner, Western Branch President of the American Society of Civil Engineers. "Interacting with middle school students is always a lot of fun and their interest in what we do is amazing." Local engineers visited Enka, Erwin, Asheville, Cane Creek and Valley Springs Middle Schools during Engineer's Week. Student interacted with the engineering professionals from the community and participated in hands-on mini design projects. "To encourage students into the engineering field, it's important that not only math and science stressed at an early age", says Nathan Eplin, Past President of Western Carolina Chapter of Professional Engineers of North Carolina, "but emphasizing imagination and creative thinking to solve problems is a fun way to foster the next generation of engineers."
Engineer's Week celebrates the positive contributions engineers make to society and is a catalyst for outreach across the country to kids and adults alike. Founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), it is among the oldest ofAmerica's professional outreach efforts. Thanks to the engineers from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Professional Engineers of North Carolina (PENC) and Engineers Without Borders (EWB) for being involved in this important event.
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