A Better World By Design

By: Russel J. "Joey" Coco, Jr., P.E., MBA
ASCE Baton Rouge Branch President

The Baton Rouge Branch ended 2013 with a wonderful Christmas Party. The party was held at Bocage Racquet Club in Baton Rouge, LA where approximately 100 members and guests attended. The event, which has a deep history within the branch, allows members the opportunity to network about engineering and life in general. Spouses of members always seem to have a good time as they poke fun about what it is like being married to an engineer. We are looking forward to our 2014 Christmas Party and hope that you have the chance to make it.

The Branch held its first meeting of the year with a representative providing a technical lecture on Insulfoam products and their use in below grade applications, wall applications, and under-slab applications. We are planning an ethics presentation for our March 2014 meeting, and a few months soon thereafter we will be joining LES in a joint societies luncheon. We have many wonderful speakers lined up for this year and look forward to a continued strong meeting attendance by our membership.

Notably, the Baton Rouge Branch was successful on receiving two SPAG grants. SPAG stands for State Public Affairs Grants and are used to promote the profession. The branch received one from the Louisiana ASCE Section, along with ASCE national, to support “Engineer It.” This pilot program was established through the Louisiana Arts and Sciences Museum (LASM) to teach young child...

Scholarship Awarded at E-Week Banquet

Nélida Herrera is the recipient of the 2013 ASCE Baton Rouge Branch Scholarship for $1,000. Nélida is a student in the Civil Engineering program at LSU with an overall GPA of 3.93. Ms. Herrera’s student activities at LSU include being a student worker at the English Language and Orientation Program. In this position Ms. Herrera has led Campus tours for new international students and assisted students in their registration process. Recently, Nélida started working in the Center for Academic Success, a position in which she tutors students in different subjects such as: math, chemistry, statics, and Spanish. As a member of the ASCE, Ms. Herrera participates in various meetings, events, and activities including the LSU Steel Bridge Competition. This program allows her to further develop engineering skills, learn new concepts in engineering, and have a good time working with the team.

Pictured: Nelida Herrera and President Rudy Simoneaux


Get your PDH in Professional Ethics at the Luncheon! See below.

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January 16, 2014 - Topic - Geofoam w/ 1 PDH offered
Speaker: Chip Coughlan - Insulfoam
Time and Location:  11:30 Drusilla Restaurant
$25 Members, $30 Non-Members, $10 Students
Sponsors: APS Design and Testing, Volkert 


February 20, 2014 - E-Week Banquet (Joint LES & ASCE BR Branch)
Speaker: Social event, Celebration, Awards Presented
Time and Location:  Social 6:30 pm; Program 7 - 9 pm
$50 Members, $50 Non-Members, $50 Students
Sponsor: TBD

March 20, 2014 - Topic: Professional Ethics
Speakers: Miles B. Williams, P.E., President, Sigma Consulting Group
                Skip Philips, Managing Partner, Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Philips LLP 
Time and Location: 11:30 AM - Drusilla Restaurant 
Cost - $25 Members, $30 Non-Members, $10 Students
Sponsor: GEC & GeoEngineers




Younger Members - Activities! by Justin Schexnayder

We would like to invite the Younger Members to the following upcoming social events:

Thursday, September 12 - The Pelican House - 5:30 PM
Thursday, October 10 - The Pelican House - 5:30 PM
Friday, November 15 - Joint Social with L.COPRI - Location TBD - 5:30 PM

The socials are a great way to network with young professionals in the field of civil engineering and have a great time!



A joint ASCE/LES luncheon was held at Drusilla Restaurant on August 15, 2013. At this luncheon, Secretary LeBas with LA DOTD made a very informative presentation. In addition, the Baton Rouge Branch Award Winners were announced. We'd like to congratulate the award winners for a job well done! From left to right (front row), DOTD Secretary Sheri LeBas, Nedra Davis, Jerry Klier and Charlie Eustis. Back row is Adam Smith, Rhaoul Guillame and Miles Williams.  

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