ASCE Seminar – Rebuilding Our Infrastructure: Political, Jurisdictional and Funding Challenges
This seminar, given by Dr. Julius Chang, P.E., initiates a high-level discussion of the infrastructure challenges facing our region by touching on political, jurisdictional and funding challenges to better delivery. The political framework in the US first of all diffuses power among three branches and three levels of government. Responsibility for infrastructure provision lies consequently with thousands of governmental and quasi-governmental organizations at the federal, state and local level, resulting in fragmentation of our infrastructure systems. Funding for infrastructure must also compete with among other things increased entitlement spending given demographic trends. The seminar concludes with some ideas for the road ahead, including more extensive and rigorous project evaluation and a greater reliance on innovative project delivery methods such as public private partnerships.
Julius Chang is currently a lecturer in civil engineering at Columbia University, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in construction engineering and management. He also serves as a senior engineer for HDR, a leading consulting firm in New York. Dr. Chang has over 20 years of practical work experience in the design and management of bridge and tunnel structures. His research interest concerns infrastructure asset assessment and management. Dr. Chang is a registered professional engineer in the State of New York.
When: April 16, 2014 at 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: Helen Mills Theater, 137 West 26th Street, New York, NY
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There are four key components of YPT’s program of events.
Networking Events – These events are a great way to get to know your fellow transportation professionals and students in a relaxed, informal setting. We meet at various bars and restaurants in New York City. Networking events generally feature an invited Distinguished Guest, a leader in the transportation field. YPT-NYC events are free, unless otherwise noted.
Leadership Seminars – These seminars are a great way to meet and interact with distinguished leaders in the transportation field. Participants are encouraged to ask questions about the speakers’ work, career path, and for advice to today’s young professionals. Speakers invited to attend include prominent transportation practitioners and leaders.
Technical Tours – These tours offer members the opportunity to explore transportation in practice.
Board Meetings – These are regularly scheduled meetings of the YPT-NYC Board of Directors. At these meetings, we discuss the group’s goals and strategies and plan events.