Author: Mohab Hamed
This year, ASCE LV | YMF hosted the PE Review for Spring 2020 at Kimley-Horn. The class provided PE review materials, practice exams, and one-on-one live instructor environment. The students were able to gain experience from previous examiners as ASCE LV | YMF instructors presented valuable tips and tricks in passing the PE exam. Such experience enables the students to tackle practice problems that previouse professionals encountered while taking the exam. In addition to weekly PE lessons, ASCE LV | YMF coordinates an 8-hour practice exam day to help students acquire testing exposure.
Author: Micheline Ghanem
YMF has created a new a la carte style for Corporate Sponsorship. No longer will there be a bronze, silver, and gold level but rather the sponsor is able to choose which events (and what part of the event) they want to sponsor and how much. All sponsors will receive benefits including job postings on the YMF website and logos being present at the function(s) they are sponsoring. We would like to thank Ludian, Hofsommer Excavating Inc., Atkins, Geotek, Inc., Brown and Caldwell, Hayward Flow Control, GCW, GES, and Westwood for sponsoring our monthly luncheons. We’d like to thank Carollo and Ninyo and Moore for sponsoring our upcoming Professional Development Panel Webinar.
We’d also like to thank Aerotech Mapping for a general sponsorship. For the 2019-2020 year, YMF has been able to receive over $7,000 dollars in commitments for sponsorship money. All of our sponsors’ contributions help YMF to host educational as well as networking events such as the professional development panel, luncheons with various guest speakers, and webinars. Please take a look at our corporate sponsorship packet and see ways that you can contribute to YMF.
Author: Micheline Ghanem
On July 16, 2020, YMF hosted its first virtual Professional Development Panel. The panel consisted of Harshal Desai from Atkins, Heidi Dexheimer from the City of Henderson, and Anita Marquez from the City of Las Vegas with a huge turnout of almost 50 attendees. The topic was Negotiation Skills. The panelists answered questions relating to when is a reasonable time to ask for a raise to controversial topics such as their thoughts on/experiences with the difference in pay between men and women.
Anita Marquez gave a powerful anecdote correlating how raises were affected during the 2007 economic downturn to now. She touched on how she earned her P.E., but she was working during a time when raises were not as easy to hand out similar to now. She explained the importance of understanding where a company is coming from in regards to whether or not you receive a raise and how sometimes it may not have to do with your value in their eyes but rather the current predicament they are in. The panelists had a lot of fun with the discussions and gave informative answers all around. We look forward to future events and hope everyone is staying safe!!