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ASCE’s International Conferences on Sustainable Infrastructure will take place in Los Angeles from November 7–9, 2019. This gathering of civil engineers, infrastructure managers, architects, policy makers, technology experts, and related professionals will provide a showcase for the latest developments and advancements in design, construction, technology, policy and education related to sustainable and resilient infrastructure and offers a forum to discuss and debate future directions for the 21st century.

Conference topics, focusing on sustainable cities for an uncertain world, cover a broad array of contemporary issues for professionals involved in the development of sustainable infrastructure. You will have the opportunity to meet like-minded colleagues from all over the world for technical, scientific, and educational discussions about sustainable infrastructure. Structured to foster interactive discussion, the conference will feature a keynote by a Los Angeles based international luminary as well as over half a dozen case studies and workshops focusing on recent innovations and achievements from cities around the U.S. and the world. Concurrent seminars will be organized in tracks including:

  • Society and Urbanization
  • Finance and Management
  • Practice and Policy

Crosscutting themes will include:

  • Resiliency and Disaster Recovery
  • Disruptive Technologies and Practices
  • Education
  • Workforce Development
  • Outreach
  • Diversity
  • Climate Change 
  • Extreme Events

Given the global implications of burgeoning urbanization and the stewardship of existing and new public infrastructure, ICSI 2019 will focus on what is known and what is not known about the cities of the future.

Mark Norton, Conference ChairA Message From The Conference Chair:

On behalf of the entire team of organizers for the 2019 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure, we invite you to one of the most exciting international hubs of commerce, development and infrastructure growth in the world, Los Angeles, CA. Our venue and program has been carefully planned to help expand attendees’ horizons and understanding of sustainable and resilient infrastructure. Our intended audience are not just the civil engineers but our partners to engineers such as practitioners, owners, construction managers, financial experts, technology developers and government decision makers who work together to create better more integrated multi-beneficial projects. Recognizing the changes and challenges that we face moving through the 21st Century, program topics will include on a broad range of cross cutting issues such as resilience and disaster recovery; disruptive technologies and practices; climate change and extreme events; and infrastructure’s social impacts, opportunities and responsibilities. Utilizing case study presentations and workshop discussions as a mechanism to compare notes and share ideas will allow a more intensely interactive format for the International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2019. This event will recognize that we are on the cusp of many technological advances such as autonomous vehicles (passenger transportation, smart infrastructure) and large-scale 3-D printing (freight transportation and construction/erection) which will have MAJOR impacts on infrastructure, and sustainability considerations and opportunities. Further, major metropolitan urban centers across the globe are dealing with issues such as homelessness, commuting disconnects and overburdened infrastructure that relate to topics such as social equity, strategic community engagement and empowerment which also must be addressed. We look forward to your support in submitting papers and abstracts as we come together to address these important sustainability issues.

Mark R. Norton, P.E., ENV-SP, LEED AP, F.ASCE, ASCE Region 9 (California) Sustainability Committee Chair 
Water Resources & Planning Manager, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority

About the Millennium Biltmore Hotel

This 1923 hotel is a designated a historic-cultural landmark in downtown Los Angeles. It’s unique interior features frescos and murals, carved marble fountains and columns, crystal chandeliers, and embroidered tapestries.  At the time it was built, it was the largest hotel west of the Mississippi.

The Millennium Biltmore Hotel was the site of the Academy Award Ceremonies between 1931 and 1942.   In 1960, it hosted the Democratic National Convention that chose the presidential nominee, John F. Kennedy. 

The Biltmore has been featured in several TV shows to include Mad Men, Glee, Charlie’s Angels and The West Wing.  You may also recognize this unique hotel in several movies such as Spider-Man, Independence Day, Chinatown, Beverly Hills Cop and Ghostbusters.

Committee on Sustainability Chair
Cris Liban, Ph.D., P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE, LA Metro 

ICSI 2019 Conference Chair
Mark R. Norton, P.E., ENV-SP, LEED AP, F.ASCE, SAWPA 

Conference Steering Committee
Mikhail Chester, ASU, Chair ICSI Program Committee, Arizona State University 
Bilal Ayyub, UMS, Chair, ASCE Infrastructure Resiliency Division 
Steven Cheung, LA World Trade Center 
Emily Grubert, Ph.D., Georgia Tech University 
Carol Haddock, P.E., City of Houston 
Dominique Hargreaves, LA USGBC 
John Hogan, David Evans and Associates Inc 
Tom Lewis, P.E.., JD, M.ASCE, Louis Berger 
Barbara Marquez, Caltrans District 7 
Elizabeth Ruedas, P.E., QSD, QISP, ENV SP, Michael Baker, ASCE Committee on Younger Members 
Youn Sim, M.ASCE, P.E., ENV-SP, Los Angeles County of Public Works 
Michael Sarullo, City of Los Angeles 
Thomas Small, Culver City 
Michael Sanio, ENV-SP, CAE, F.ASCE, ASCE 
Jennifer Upmeyer, ASCE 

Program Committee
Mikhail Chester, Chair, Ph.D., M.ASCE, Arizona State University 
David B. Ashley, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, University of Southern California 
Cliff I. Davidson, Ph.D., F.ASCE, Syracuse University 
Josh DeFlorio, AICP, LEED AP, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey  
Reginald DesRoches, Ph.D., F.ASCE, F.SEI, Rice University 
Chris Hendrickson, Ph.D., NAE, Carnegie Mellon University 
Justin Hess, Ph.D., M.ASCE, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis 
Arpad Horvath, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley 
Bill Kelly, P.E., Ph.D., F.ASCE, ENV 
John Lazzara, P.E., ENV SP, HDR  
Tonatiuh Rodriguea-Nikl, California State LA
Yvette Pearson, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Rice University 
Kelly Sanders, Ph.D., University of Southern California 
Shoshanna Saxe, Ph.D, P. Eng., University of Toronto 
Lucio Soibelman, Ph.D., University of Southern California
Jenn Stokes-Draut, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley 

Conference Advisory Committee
Joe Ablay, ICI Engineers, Walnut
Samuel T. Ariaratnam, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng., F.ASCE, Arizona State University  
Lynda Bybee, LSA, Los Angeles 
Kimberly Colbert, Colbert Environmental Group 
Emily Freund, WSP USA 
Jack Fritz, Ph.D, P.E., M.ASCE, former World Bank, USAID 
Theresa Harrison, P.E., M.ASCE, ENV SP, City of South Bend, Indiana 
Hank Hatch, P.E., Dawson Assoc., Former Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
Michael Hendrix, LSA, Riverside 
Dan Hoornweg, P.E., M.ASCE, University of Ontario Inst. Of Tech, formerly with World Bank 
Kathlie S. Jeng-Bulloch, P.E., D.WRE, CFM, City of Houston 
Bryan N. Jones, P.E., D.PE, D.CE, MPE, ENV-SP, HDR, Northeast Ports & Maritime Lead 
Mike Loose, Parsons, ASCE Industry Leaders Council 
Maria Lehman, Bergmann PC, ASCE Industry Leaders Council, former ASCE Board of Direction 
Mehran Mazari, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, California State LA 
Peter Meng, Civil Earth in Yorba Linda 
Feniosky Peña-Mora, Sc.D., FCIOB, NAC, M.ASCE, Former Chair, ICSI New York City 2017, Columbia University, ASCE Industry Leaders Council 
Jeffrey Rex, Cardno, Glendale 
Schenae Rourk, Redwood Resources, Oakland 
Costa Samaras, Carnegie Mellon University 
Doug J. Sereno, P.E., ENV SP, M.ASCE, Fomer Port of Long Beach 
Encer Shaffer, US Army Corp of Engineers 
Katherine Sierra, World Bank 
Bill Wallace, ENV SP, F.ASCE, Wallace Futures Group 
Eliza Jane Whitman, LA One Water Program 

Sponsorship Committee
John Hogan,  Co-Chair, David Evans and Associates Inc 
Tom Lewis, Co-Chair, Louis Berger NYC 
Sofia Berger, Louis Berger 
Dante Caravaggio 
Yaz Emrani, P.E., M.ASCE,  ASCE Region 9 Governor 
Joel Farrier, ENV SP, P.E., Burns & McDonnell 
Harvey Gobas, P.E., M. ASCE, Past ASCE LA Section President and Past ASCE Region 9 Governor 
Kosal Krishnan, Jacobs 
John Rogers, Past ASCE LA Section President 
Ken Rosenfield, ASCE Region 9 Governor 
Kathereen Shinkai, P.E., M.ASCE, Past ASCE LA Section President 

Paul Zofnass, President EFCG 
Peter Binney, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE, Merrick & Company  
Paul Boulos, Ph.D., Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, NAR, Dist.M.ASCE 
Let's Connect
Sofia Berger, Chair, Louis Berger 
Stephen Cheung, LA World Trade Center 
Joel Farrier, ENV SP, P.E., Burns & McDonnell, Liaison with LOC 
John Hogan, David Evans and Associates 
Tom Lewis, Louis Berger 
Aki Luukkainen, Consulate General of Finland, Los Angeles 

Local Organizing Committee ASCE Los Angeles
Joel Farrier, Chair, ENV SP, P.E., Burns & McDonnell 
Timothy Abel, EIT, ENV SP, Pennoni 
Dilara El-Assaad Rodriguez, MSEng, MSLA, Env SP, AICP, ASLA, LA Metro 
Rossana D’Antonio, P.E., GE, ENV SP 
Noe Martinez Diaz, EIT, KBKG 
Doug Dietrich, Burns & McDonnell 
Jennifer Jacka-Taylor, P.E., ENV SP, Burns & McDonnell 
Meera Kota, LEED Green Associate, University of California, Berkeley 
Paul Lee, EIT, LEED AP BD+C 
Eugenia Lin, P.E., ENV SP, LEED AP, BD+C, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power 
Barbara Marquez, Caltrans 
Jonty Pretzer, M.CM, Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California 
Seem C. Shah-Fairbank, P.E., Ph.D., Cal Poly Pomona 
Christopher Sheppard, P.E., ENV SP, City of Los Angeles Depart of Public Works 
Youn Sim, M. ASCE, P.E., ENV SP, Los Angeles County Public Works 
Larry Tortuya, P.E., ENV SP, CFM 
Jennifer Trotter, Burns & McDonnell 
Charlotte Wu, P.E., ENV SP, STP, AECOM 
Ghina Yamout, Ph.D., ENV SP, Alta Environmental 

Younger Member/Student Subcommittee – Local Organizing Committee
Timothy Abel, Co-Chair, EIT, ENV SP, Pennoni 
Elizabeth Ruedas, Co-Chair, PE, QSD, QISP, ENV SP, Michael Baker, ASCE Committee on Younger Members 
Ibrahim Ibrahim, P.E., Salem Engineering Group 
Paul Lee, EIT, LEED, AP BD+C, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, ASCE LA Section Sustainability Committee Member 
Tonatiuh Rodriquez-Nikl, Ph.D., PE, ENV SP, California State LA 
Jason Zhang, P.E., Los Angeles County Public Works, ASCE LA Section Sustainability Past Chair 

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