President's Message 

I am pleased to announce that on May 23, 2017, President-Elect of ASCE National, Kristina Swallow, will be visiting Sacramento to meet with our general membership. I encourage you to join us for dinner at Kupros in downtown Sacramento (21st & L Street) and listen to President-Elect Swallow talk about the future of ASCE.  Here is a link to the announcement

Speaking of President-Elect, it is once again time to vote.  The polls opened May 1, 2017 and will stay open through June 1, 2017. You should have received an email from ASCE with login details and how to cast your vote. You can do so by going to

In other news, on April 11, I had the honor of giving the welcome address at the ASCE 2016 Project Awards. It was amazing to see so many projects that exemplify great civil engineering ranging from small scale, vital community improvements to massive infrastructure and construction projects. Visit our event summary page through this link to learn more about these amazing projects. 

At times during my career, I have had the opportunity to work in different areas of California and other states as well.One benefit I experience from being an ASCE member is a network of professionals can be found everywhere I travel. Within a week of starting a project in Utah, I found myself at an ASCE hockey event, followed by several barbecues, and even more opportunities to expand my network. Networking can also be accomplished at a regional level by volunteer opportunities such as, MidPAC, Girl Scouts of America, STEM activities, Institute chapter meetings, and more. On April 20, I was a judge for one of the competitions at MidPAC. I met many ASCE members from all over the world, including as far as Tongji University in China. I continue to be amazed at the quality of engineering professionals that ASCE is training throughout the world and encourage each of you to volunteer next year for MidPAC 2018 in Sacramento, which is co-hosted between Sacramento State and the University of the Pacific.

This month, the Region 9 Transportation Committee published an amazing article on the successful and “razor close” margin of victory for the passing of SB 1, a measure that would provide nearly $60 billion in transportation funding over the next decade.  Click this link to view the summary of ASCE’s involvement, as well as to see pictures from the Fix Our Roads Rally at the Capital. 

This month, ASCE’s 2017 EWRI World Environmental and Water Resources Congress will be coming to Sacramento May 21 - 25, 2017. This will be the first time in history that it is hosted in Sacramento. Visit to learn more.  

Elias Karam, P.E., M.ASCE
Sacramento Section President 2016-2017