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Special Events

Student and Young Professionals Reception

Sunday, September 15 | 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Get a head start on the conference and connect with other students and young professionals just before the Welcome Reception. Don’t miss this special opportunity to catch up with old friends and colleagues or make new contacts with similar interests to attend sessions with or share ideas.

Ice Breaker Welcome Reception

Sunday, September 15 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Not your ordinary welcome reception. Come join us to kick off PORTS ‘19 in Mighty. Beautiful. Pittsburgh! This is a terrific time to meet and mingle with colleagues, younger professionals, and distinguished award winners. Also browse the exhibits before the conference begins.

Student and Young Professional Networking Session

Tuesday, September 17 | 3:30–5:30 p.m.

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Come and engage a diverse group of leading professionals from across the country to explore careers in the engineering disciplines associated with our world’s ports, harbors, and navigation industry. It’s your time to connect!

This free two-part session features a fun and interactive panel discussion where students and young professionals will gain invaluable insight into several disciplines in the field. During the session, you’ll also learn about ASCE’s mentorship program and engage people passionate about the benefits of having a mentor.

Get ready for a fun and interactive panel discussion and to hear from and engage with Colonel Aaron Barta, the 62nd commander of the Los Angeles District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leading a team of over 700 people in the west; Bill Bruin, P.E., M.ASCE, an active leader in ASCE COPRI and Senior Principal with SGH a national engineering firm that designs, investigates and rehabilitates structures; Tom Kim, P.E., Transportation Area Manager for HDR and focused on ensuring engineers have opportunities to work on projects that align with their personal career goals and projects that ignite their professional passion to be creative and make a difference; Monique Anderson, P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Associate with Shannon & Wilson and working to ensure that infrastructure we build on our waterfronts have the firm foundations needed for a long and productive life; and Charlie Roberts, P.E., D.P.E., President of Childs Engineering specializing in waterfront engineering.  Have a passion for diving and engineering?  Then, you won’t want to miss hearing from Charlie.

There will also be a Breakout Networking Session with the panelists, other industry experts, and students and young professionals like you!  Don’t miss out!  You’re the generation that will innovate and transform our industry for the benefit and prosperity of everyone across the globe.

Gala at the Carnegie Science Center

Tuesday, September 17 | 6:00–10:00 p.m.

Our gala at the Carnegie Science Center will bring out the kid in all of us! We’ll get our hands wet as we explore our river environment in the H2Oh! Exhibit, tackle the new Ropes Challenge, explore the USS Requin (SS 481) submarine, visit Mr. Rogers’ (miniature railway) Neighborhood, and shoot baskets and play air hockey against robots in roboworld. Enjoy the fun and casual evening to mingle with friends and explore the Works Theater with its cocktails mixed with liquid nitrogen.

Recipient of the 2003 National Award for Museum Service, Carnegie Science Center inspires and entertains people of all ages by connecting science and technology with everyday life. The hands-on approach to science in the real world takes visitors on an entertaining and educational adventure. The Science Center is located near the conference hotel on Pittsburgh’s North Shore along the banks of the Ohio River and is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Ticket is included with full registration and additional tickets are available for purchase. Transportation will be provided to and from the conference hotel.

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