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First ASCE Houston Virtual Meeting Reaches More Members Than In-Person

First ASCE Houston Virtual Meeting Reaches More Members Than In-Person

The ASCE Houston Branch, like so many organizations across the globe, has felt the impacts of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The necessary cancellation of the March Branch meeting was only the beginning of a slew of cancellations to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Our organization canceled volunteer events, local Institute technical sessions, and various social events in March and April.

Pictured above: Ray Newby, P.G., at the ASCE Houston Branch online meeting (April 28, 2020)

To continue to serve the membership, the ASCE Houston Branch has temporarily transitioned to a virtual platform. We hosted our first-ever virtual Branch meeting on April 28, 2020, with keynote speaker Mr. Ray Newby, P.G., of the Texas General Land Office. The meeting attracted around 200 attendees, officially the largest turnout for a Branch meeting this fiscal year. Approximately 20% of the participants had not previously attended an in-person Branch event, which suggests that the virtual platform has broadened our reach, a silver lining to the unusual times.

Panelists for the April online meeting from L to R: Sarah N. Alvarez (ASCE Houston President-Elect), Richard Ruchhoeft (ASCE Houston Technical Programs Chair), Julia P. Clarke (ASCE Houston President), and Ray Newby (Keynote Speaker)

Upcoming events in May include a technical webinar, a virtual happy hour, and an online Branch meeting, all of which are shown on our Events Calendar. Until we meet again, the ASCE Houston Branch wishes you and yours good health and happy days.