Author: Christina Sanon
As engineers, we understand the word “resiliency” to mean the ability to recover from damages or difficulties. The past three months have been a learning experience for the world. Due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak, we have all had to create a new normal and spring back into our daily routines as quickly and as unscathed as possible. In true engineering fashion, the Las Vegas YMF, led by Suzy Trabia, has had to recreate certain events to fit the current climate. We have been able to showcase the resilience of our chapter through various maneuvering of social, technical, and other outreach events.
On June 18, 2020, the Las Vegas YMF organized its first ever virtual tour hosted by the Southern Nevada Water Authority. The presentation was given by Kevin Ulrey in partnership with Adriana Ventimiglia of the Las Vegas Valley Water District on the significance of the Lake Mead Intake No. 3 Low Lake Level Pumping Station (L3PS). The video tour consisted of a time-lapse showing the L3PS project from inception to construction with a voice-over by Kevin Ulrey. The tour garnered interest from various groups across the country. The event was attended by over 60 people on the WebEX virtual platform. The overall feedback from attendees was positive.
In the words of Tuli Kupferberg, “When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.” Thank you to Omar Quassani, current chapter secretary, for thinking up a new world, as this virtual tour was his idea. Thank you to our presenters Kevin Ulrey and Adriana Ventimiglia. Many thanks to Ati Abad for her expertise in the use of WebEX. Special thanks to the social media duo, Nic Portugal and Katelyn Sasaki – without their help, the event would not have reached audiences near and far. Last but not least, thank you to all who support our chapter, especially during these challenging times.