CA Infrastructure Symposium 2017

ASCE Region 9 2017 Award Winners

The Region 9 2017 awards program is ongoing. Nominations are received in October, judged in November and approved by the Board of Governors in December. Award winners will be notified in December/January. The awards presentations will be made on Friday March 23, 2018 at the Region 9 Awards Dinner ceremony.

2017 Outstanding Individual Awards


Civil Engineer in the Public Sector

Dr. Emmanuel C. Battad Liban, P.E., D.Eng., F.ASCE

Executive Officer, Environment and Sustainability

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Los Angeles, California

Civil Engineer in the Private Sector

David Horne, P.E., P.L.S.

Principal Engineer

Yamabe & Horn Engineering, Inc.

Fresno, California

Civil Engineer in Community Service

Kimberly Raetz Wender, P.E.

Project Engineer


San Diego, California

Civil Engineer in Legislative Activities

Mojgan Hashemi, P.E.

Program Manager and Principal Engineer

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

ASCE Section Officer

Remi Candaele, P.E., QSD/QSP

Project Engineer

Huitt-Zollars, Inc.

Irvine, California

ASCE Branch Officer

Melissa Barbosa, P.E.

Water Engineer

Azusa Light & Water

Azusa, California

ASCE YMF Officer

Ruwanka Purasinghe, E.I.T.

Staff Engineer

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Los Angeles, California

ASCE Practitioner Advisor

Ed Anderson, P.E.

City Engineer

California State University, Chico

Corning, California

ASCE Faculty Advisor

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai, P.E., Ph.D.


California Baptist University Gordon & Jill Bourns College of Engineering

Riverside, California

ASCE Life Member

Dr. Anil K Chopra, Ph.D., NAE, F.EMI

Professor Emeritus

University of California, Berkeley, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Berkeley, California

Younger Civil Engineer

Matt Bowers, P.E.

Project Engineer

SC Solutions

Sunnyvale, California

Civil Engineering Student

Suraj Chandrakant Patel

Graduate Research Assistant

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

State Legislator of the Year

The Honorable Jim Nielsen

California State Senate

District 4

Sacramento, California

Excellence in Journalism

Christopher Haire

Staff Writer

Orange County Register

Anaheim, California

Lifetime Achievement

Robert S. Roscoe, P.E.

General Manager

Sacramento Suburban Water District

Sacramento, California

2017 Outstanding Project Awards


Project of the Year

Golden 1 Center

Location: Sacramento, California
Owner: City of Sacramento
Engineer: Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Inc. & Thornton Tomasetti

Airports & Ports Project

Port of Long Beach Pier E Terminal Container Yard / Intermodal Rail Yard Phase 2

Location: Long Beach, California
Owner: Port of Long Beach
Engineer: Moffatt & Nichol

Architectural Engineering Project

UCSD Jacobs Medical Center & Central Plant

Location: La Jolla, California
Owner: U.C. San Diego
Engineer: BWE, Inc.
Architect: Cannon Design

Bikeways & Trails Project

Idaho Avenue Pedestrian Overcrossing Replacement

Location: Santa Monica, California
Owner: City of Santa Monica
Engineer: T.Y. Lin International

Bridge Project

El Salto Falls Street Bridge Over Buena Vista Creek

Location: Carlsbad, California
Owner: Cornerstone Communities Corporation
Engineer: T.Y. Lin International

Community Improvement Project

Huntington Beach Senior Center in Central Park

Location: Huntington Beach, California
Owner: City of Huntington Beach
Engineer: City of Huntington Beach

Construction Project

Interstate 80 / Yerba Buena Island Westbound Ramps Improvement Project

Location: San Francisco, California
Owner: San Francisco County Transportation Authority & Caltrans District 4
Engineer: AECOM

Energy Project

Hydro Turbine at M-7W Pressure Reduction Station

Location: Palmdale, California
Owner: Los Angeles County Waterworks Districts
Engineer: County of Los Angles Internal Services Division

Environmental Engineering Project

San Clemente Dam Removal and Carmel River Reroute Project

Location: Carmel Valley, Monterey, California
Owner: California American Water (CAW)
Engineer: AECOM

Flood Management Project

Feather River West Levee B&D

Location: Sutter and Butte Counties, California
Owner: Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency
Engineer: HDR, Inc.

Geotechnical Engineering Project

Chabot Dam Seismic Upgrade

Location: San Leandro, California
Owner: East Bay Municipal Utility District
Engineer: Terra Engineers, Inc.

Historical Renovation Project

Healdsburg Avenue Bridge over the Russian River

Location: Healdsburg, California
Owner: City of Healdsburg
Engineer: Omni-Means Ltd, A GHD Company

Parks & Recreation Project

Rosetta Canyon Sports Park

Location: Lake Elsinore, California
Owner: City of Lake Elsinore
Engineer: BergerABAM

Rail & Transit Project

SMART Passenger Rail System

Location: Marin and Sonoma Counties, California
Owner: Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District
Engineer: STV Incorporated

Roadway & Highway Project

I-805 North Express Lanes and Direct Access Ramp

Location: San Diego, California
Owner: Caltrans District 11 & San Diego Association of Governments
Engineer: AECOM

Small Project

Freedom Plaza

Location: Tehachapi, California
Owner: City of Tehachapi
Engineer: AECOM

Structural Engineering Project

Wilshire Grand Center

Location: Los Angeles, California
Owner: Hanjin Group
Engineer: Brandow & Johnston, Inc.

Sustainable Engineering Project

Florin Creek Park Multi-Use Basin

Location: Sacramento, California
Owner: Southgate Recreation and Park District
Engineer: Wood Rodgers, Inc.

Transportation Project

91 Freeway

Location: Corona, California
Owner: Riverside County Transportation Commission
Engineer: Riverside County Transportation Commission

Urban/Land Development Project

Kaiser Permanente Central Hospital On and Offsite Development

Location: San Diego, California
Owner: Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
Engineer: Michael Baker International

Water Project

Davis Woodland Water Supply

Location: Woodland, California
Owner: Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency
Engineer: CH2M Hill

Wastewater Treatment Project

Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant Digester Gas Utilization Project

Location: Playa Del Rey, California
Owner: City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering
Engineer: R.G. Vanderweil Engineers