Terracon | Geotechnical
Ryan completed his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from California State University Fullerton and is currently working at Terracon. Before his career and college studies, Ryan enlisted in the US Navy and worked on helicopters out of San Diego. He is still an active member of the Navy Reserves out of Seal Beach.
Being a part of the OC YMF has helped Ryan network, create new friends with similar interests, and grow as a leader.
Melissa Hilsabeck, E.I.T.
KPFF | Waterfront and Land Development
Melissa is a Design Engineer at KPFF in Long Beach. She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona where she was heavily involved in Concrete Canoe.
Melissa enjoys being involved with ASCE to help advance the profession, educate the community about the importance of engineering and infrastructure, and she continually feels inspired and motivated by like-minded individuals who are well on their way to becoming the future leaders in Civil Engineering.
Crystal Mena, E.I.T.
Huitt-Zollars | Environmental and Water Resources
Crystal Mena EIT works at Huitt-Zollars supporting the water resources team where she works on projects in hydrology, hydraulics, best management practice inspections and hydraulic modeling. Crystal earned her M.S. in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and her B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to working in industry, Crystal conducted research on heavy metals in roadways and its effects on local water bodies and was a teaching assistant at Cal Poly Pomona.
Crystal has been involved with ASCE OC YMF since 2016, where she has developed wonderful friendships, given back to the community and provide advice to students about the civil industry. She has previously served on the Executive Board as Secretary, Communication Chair and been involved with the Publications Committee. During her free time, she like to spend time with her dog, check out food spots, and go on hikes.
Parsons | Transportation
Ashlyn is a Road and Highway Engineer at Parsons Corporation in Irvine. She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering in December of 2016 from San Diego State University. She has been involved in NSBE, WTS, and ASCE throughout her college experience and career.
With a quick move to the OC, she recognized the need to join professional organizations in the area to succeed professionally and personally and OC YMF was an excellent way to get started! OC YMF is very welcoming and continues to make the organization feel like home. With her passion to serve, she is excited to serve as Secretary and continue to grow OC YMF as the premier resource and organization for younger civil engineers in Orange County.
Chuck Karunathilake, E.I.T
Membership Co-Chair | Webmaster
Mark Thomas | Transportation
Chuck is a Design Engineer at Mark Thomas. He is currently working on roadway, drainage and staging designs in the transportation office in Irvine. He also has four years of construction management experience with Caltrans roadway and staging work.
Chuck’s participation with OC YMF has exposed him to new leadership opportunities and professional growth throughout the years. One of Chuck's reasons to be part of OC YMF is to give back to the community he lives in through K-12 and other professional opportunities. Chuck is grateful to work with OC YMF which is comprised of outstanding and energetic individuals of similar interests who will become future leaders in the Civil Engineering industry.
Adeleine J. Tran, P.E.
Government Relations Co-Chair | Geo-Institute Liaison / Webmaster
Jacobs | Geotechnical
Adeleine is a Geotechnical Engineer at Jacob's Irvine office. Adeleine earned her M.S. in GeoSystems/GeoEngineering and B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
In her free time, she enjoys dancing, urban exploring, and trying out new restaurants and coffee shops. Adeleine has been in ASCE OC YMF since June 2017 and she is excited to continue expanding her network professionally and personally.
UCI Practitioner Advisor
Andrea graduated from UC Irvine with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. She has worked at LPA, Inc. since graduating in 2015. As a student, she enjoyed being part of the UCI Steel Bridge team and thus decided to continue her involvement in ASCE after graduating. As the practitioner advisor, she enjoys helping students learn skills that will help them become more knowledgable engineers.
Raul Rodriguez, E.I.T.
Social Networking Co-Chair
HNTB | Transportation
Raul obtained his B.S. in Civil Engineering from UCI where he was very involved with the ASCE Student Chapter. He currently works at HNTB as a roadway designer.
Whether it's playing arena soccer on Sundays, weight training, or boxing, Raul enjoys being active. But he could just as easily spend the weekend hanging out with family and friends to watch a movie or play a board game (Citadels is his favorite).
Evelyn Tran, E.I.T, ENV SP
Community Service Co-Chair
Caltrans District 8 | Transportation
Evelyn graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2017. She is currently a Transportation Engineer at Caltrans in San Bernardino.
She is very passionate about helping others and meeting new people. Joining ASCE YMF has given her an opportunity to pursue these passions outside of work. She hopes to bring Civil Engineering closer to the community through a variety of community service events.
Whiting-Turner Contracting Co
Frida Lohmann graduated from California State University, Fullerton in May 2018 earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering and works as a Project Engineer for Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.
She joined OC YMF after graduation to continue to learn more about the industry with a great group of young professionals. While in school, Frida was heavily involved with ASCE Fullerton Student Chapter, Chi Epsilon Fullerton Chapter as well as many other organizations. She most recently served as her ASCE's Student Chapter Vice President for the 2017-2018 academic year. Her involvement with ASCE, throughout her time as a student, has inspired her to continue to be involved even after graduation in efforts to give back not only to her student chapter but help contribute to a growing generation of civil engineers.
University Outreach Chair
OC YMF has provided Gabreelle with the opportunity to broaden her professional network while increasing her exposure to the field of civil engineering. She values the organization’s role in inspiring the next generation of engineers; as well as, its contribution to its member’s personal and professional growth.
Lin Consulting, Inc.
Gabriela graduated from UC Irvine with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, and specializes in transportation. She is currently working at Lin Consulting, Inc, a traffic, civil and electrical engineering firm, as an Assistant Engineer.
Wanting to expand her knowledge of the industry, she joined OC YMF in hopes of growing professionally and personally. From the first day she joined, she always felt welcomed, and now that she's a board member, she wants to contribute to OC YMF as much as she can. Her goal is to inspire people just how her mentors inspired her.
Guillermo received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from UC Irvine in 2017. He works at LPA with the Civil Engineering team focusing on Land/Site Development. While at UCI, he was highly involved with the ASCE student chapter and through collaboration with peers and professionals, he began to understand how close-knit the Civil Engineering community is, largely because of ASCE. He hopes to now continue with ASCE through OC YMF as one of the K-12 Outreach Co-Chairs where he is able to teach students about the world of Civil Engineering.
Jared Lindo, E.I.T
Caltrans District 12 | Transportation
Jared Lindo is a Transportation Engineer in Project Management for Caltrans District 12. He graduated from Fresno State College with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He has over 8 years experience in private engineering consulting having worked as a Land Surveyor, Project Utility Coordinator, Designer, Project Engineer and Project Manager. Jared feels that ASCE has truly enriched his Academic, Professional, and personal life. Through ASCE he has fostered life long friendships, joined a supportive engineering community, and been given the opportunity to give back to the community.
Jason Fix, P.E.
McLean & Schultz
Jason Fix is a Bridge Engineer for McLean & Schultz, located in Brea. He has over 9 years of experience working on bridges and structures in Orange County. He has graduated with his B.S. in Civil Engineering from UC Irvine and his M.S. in Civil Engineering, Structural from CSU Fullerton. He is interested in exploring the civil engineering field and sharing knowledge within the professional network. By engaging the local community the effectiveness of ASCE Orange County’s efforts may be increased.
Jessica Leyva, P.E.
Networking Social Co-Chair
Michael Baker International | Land Development
Jessica graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and currently works at Michael Baker International in the land development department. She joined YMF to increase her professional network. She finds that YMF not only does that but helped expand her leadership skills and form solid friendships within the industry. When she's not at work or a YMF event, you can find her near the beach or heading to the mountains for her next ski trip.
Giles Engineering & Associates
Joseph is a staff engineer at Giles Engineering & Associates, a nationwide commercial geotechnical and environmental engineering consulting firm. He graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a BS in General Civil Engineering in 2016 and is currently working on his MS in Geotechnical Civil Engineering at night, also at Cal Poly Pomona. Understanding the need for growth personally and professionally, Joseph joined ASCE YMF OC where he champions YMF towards a goal to provide a platform for young professionals to succeed. Thus, he joined the Mentorship Committee to help network young professionals with seasoned professionals. Simply doing what he enjoys the best, he found himself as one of the editors for ASCE OC’s monthly newsletter. When he decides to have fun, he is almost always the life of the party. “Work hard, play harder, and reach for the stars, you’ll never know where you might land!”
Intertek | Building Science Solutions
Joe is a civil engineer and building enclosure consultant with degrees in structural engineering and physics from UC San Diego. He works in Orange County specializing in building science, waterproofing design, forensic investigations, and building envelope commissioning per LEEDv4 standards.
Joe originally joined the ASCE YMF to network, but quickly found so much more in its welcoming and inspiring members. Outside of work, Joe enjoys growing live plants in his aquariums and playing computer games like Factorio and Kerbal Space Program.
Julia Milano, E.I.T.
Transportation & Development Institute Liaison
Parsons | Transportation
Julia graduated from UC Irvine in 2018 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and now works at Parsons as a Roadway Engineer. During her time at UCI, she was heavily involved in the ASCE student chapter and served as the Internal Vice President her senior year. She loved working in a position that helped general members network with Board, YMF, and Branch and appreciates the opportunities those connections gave her personally. She is now serving as the T&DI YMF Liason in order to help connect younger members with transportation professionals.
CSUF Liaison | External Activities Co-Chair
All States Engineering & Surveying
Luis Manzo received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from CSU Fullerton. He is a project engineer at “All States Engineering & Surveying”, an A&E Company that specializes in telecommunications. While attending CSU Fullerton he was heavily involved with ASCE and became a concrete canoe paddler in his 1st year with ASCE then became the vice president of the club the following year. After attending the numerous professional/ social events that ASCE has to offer he realized how much he missed out by not joining the organization sooner. He does not intend to make that mistake again, he is going to continue to be involved with the organization and expand his network. He hopes to assist CSUF as their liaison/ practitioner advisor and help them in any way he can to make sure the student chapter runs smoothly and efficiently. And hopefully in the process teach the students just how important it is to continue to be involved with ASCE even after graduation.
All States Engineering and Surveying | Telecommunications Structural Engineering
Magdalena graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 2017 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and works at All States Engineering and Surveying as a Project Engineer.
She joined OC YMF to learn more about the industry and meet fellow passionate civil engineers. In college, she participated in the ASCE chapter as CSUF’s Concrete Canoe Captain and appreciated all the growth the chapter gave her and wanted to give back. She plans to do this as one of CSUFs liaison/practitioner advisors and by helping OC YMF continue its goal of helping future generations of engineers.
AECOM | Water/Wastewater
Alex is a Water/Wastewater Project Engineer with AECOM, working on a wide range of water infrastructure projects. Alex received his B.S. in Environmental Engineering from UC San Diego and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Columbia University in the City of New York.
Alex joined OC YMF to expand his professional network, exchange ideas with driven, like-minded individuals of the industry, and to promote and contribute to the civil engineering profession in the community.
Nestor J. Godinez, P.E.
SLR International Corporation | Water, Environmental, Mining
Nestor is an Associate Engineer at SLR International Corporation. Nestor received his B.S. from UC Irvine and his M.S. from CSU Fullerton. Nestor joined OC YMF to further develop his professional network of his peers.
Nestor was President of OC YMF during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. OC YMF is an opportunity to learn new topics in the field of civil engineering. Nestor has improved his communication, organizational, leadership, and project management skills. Most importantly OC YMF is a platform to make new friends with a wide spectrum of individuals.
Paul Gabot, E.I.T.
Murex Environmental Inc. | Environmental
Paul graduated from UC Irvine with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and from CSU Fullerton with a M.S. in Environmental Engineering. He currently is a Staff Environmental Engineer at Murex Environmental Inc. and assists with the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites.
Paul joined ASCE OC YMF to network and grow as a professional with fellow civil engineers. ASCE OC YMF gives him an opportunity to sharpen his leadership and communication skills as well as meeting motivated civil engineers in the OC area.
Denise Mae Abril
HNTB | Transportation - Civil/Highway
Denise received her B.S. in Civil Engineer at Cal Poly Pomona. She is currently working at HNTB-Santa Ana as a civil/highway design engineer.
New to Orange County, she joined OC YMF to meet fellow passionate colleagues and to expand her knowledge in the industry. After attending her first meeting, she's ecstatic to collaborate with her fellow OC YMF colleagues in giving back to the community and be an advocate for the civil engineering industry.
Victor Aguirre works in the Urban Development team at Huitt-Zollars, Inc. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Victor has worked on various custom luxury homes, residential developments, commercial developments, road inspections and the USC Hybrid High School.
He is involved in ASCE OC YMF to contribute and promote the profession of Civil Engineering to the community.
Contech Engineering Solutions
Alexandra received both her B.S. in Biological Engineering with an Environmental Engineering concentration and her B.S. in Geology from North Carolina State University. She currently is working as a Stormwater Consultant with Contech Engineered Solutions in portions of LA and Orange Counties.
New to Southern California, Alexandra joined OC YMF to develop her professional network of her peers as well as to become active in the local engineering community. Through OC YMF, she’s had the opportunity to work with many outstanding and enthusiastic engineers, which have influenced her positively in both her professional and personal development.
Lenard L. Tran, P.E.
Government Relations Co-Chair | Structural Engineering Institute Liaison
U.S Army Corps of Engineers | Structural
Lenard is a Structural Engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Los Angeles District. He earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Master's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Outside of work, his hobbies include biking, traveling, and photography. Through his involvement in ASCE, he hopes to promote civil engineering to the public, share his passion with like-minded professionals, and give back to his community.
Marionne Philline Lapitan
CSULB Liason | Social Media Co-Chair
Michael Baker International | Transportation
Marionne works in the Transportation Department at Michael Baker International. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering at California State University, Long Beach.
Actively involved in ASCE as a student, serving as the 2018-2019 CSULB Co-President, Marionne joined YMF as a recent graduate to continue to make a difference in her community through civil engineering in hopes of building a brighter future for the next generation. She is passionate about designing and building communities, both structurally and socially. Seeing the organization foster a positive difference in both her personal and professional life inspired her to promote the profession to a broader audience beyond academia.
Stephen Cruz, P.E.
City of Anaheim | Transportation
Stephen is an Associate Civil Engineer at the City of Anaheim's Public Works Engineering section. He earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.S. in Engineering Management from the California Polytechnic State University, Pomona.
Stephen joined OC YMF to grow his professional network in ASCE and to grow as a professional in the Civil Engineering industry. In his spare time, he enjoys trying out the newest Yelp restaurants, and watching his LA Lakers dominate basketball.
Danny Mejia, E.I.T.
Professional-At-Large (PAL) | Fundraising Co-Chair
AECOM | Water/Wastewater
Danny earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cal State Long Beach and his M.S. in Water Recourse/Environmental Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona.
Danny is a Project Engineer at AECOM and is currently working on wastewater treatment plant design, hydraulic modeling, and wastewater conveyance projects. ASCE helped him achieve his goals as a student, and now he volunteers with ASCE OC YMF as a professional to give back and help the next generation of young engineers. He's passionate about helping people in need and volunteers as much as he can to improving his community.
Maryam Takla, E.I.T.
External Activities Co-Chair
Turner Construction | Construction Management
I just recently graduated from Cal-State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering. I currently work as a Field Engineer for the Special Projects Division at Turner Construction. As an undergrad, my involvement and development in my ASCE student chapter have motivated me to become an active member in ASCE YMF. I hope to grow my network professionally and personally, continue to push my limits and increase awareness of the impact of civil engineering to the newer generations with those who share a deep passion for their field. Even as of the newest additions to the family, I have already seen my potential to grow through ASCE YMF's endless opportunities and welcoming environment.
Mark Thomas | Transportation/Structural
Gerardo is a Design Engineer I at Mark Thomas in Irvine, California. He recently graduated from the University of California Irvine with his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He has been involved in drainage design and roadway design for transportation projects.
Gerardo has been a part of student organizations like the Associated Student Government and ASCE during his college years that exposed him to many leadership opportunities. He is excited to be part of OC YMF, and he cannot wait to grow his network of professionals and build a connection with individuals of similar interests.
Kayla Kilgo, PhD, EIT, ENV SP
Community Service Co-Chair
CWE | Water Resources
Kayla is a water resources engineer at CWE in Fullerton. She recently completed her PhD in Environmental Engineering and Science at Clemson University. As a new Californian, she initially got involved with ASCE OC YMF to meet other civil engineers in the area. After realizing how active, engaged, and awesome this group was, she felt inspired to get more involved with ASCE OC through the Community Service Committee.