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As part of our Member Appreciation Program, we are showcasing a member in our bi-monthly Board Member Spotlight. Our member spotlight recognizes members for their outstanding contributions to the profession and our local communities. For any questions regarding the program please email




Andrew Easterling

Transportation Engineer
Legislative Committee
ASCE Orange County Younger Member Forum


Where did you grow up?

What made you want to become an engineer?
I am good with numbers, but lack the social skills to be an accountant, so naturally I became an engineer.

Favorite hobbies, sports, and interests outside of engineering?
Andrew also enjoys cycling, traveling, and trying new things.

Finish this sentence: On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me...

What college(s) did you attend? Can you list your degrees, any honors, and involvement in engineering organizations during school?
University of California, Irvine/MSCE
San Jose State University/BSCE

Outstanding Engineer in Community Service (ASCE, 2013-2014)
Public Impact Fellowship (UCI, 2012-2013)
John Lenard Scholarship (ASCE, 2012)
Deans Scholar (SJSU)
ASCE student chapter president (SJSU, 2011-2012)
Chi Epsilon student chapter vice president (SJSU, 2011)
Student Steel Bridge Team Captain (SJSU, 2010-2011)


Describe your responsibilities and some significant projects.
Andrew's roles at AECOM typically include Transportation Planning, Traffic Engineering Design, and Construction Support. Recently he's worked on the Devore Interchange Design Build, SR-91 Design Build, I-710 Corridor DEIR/DEIS, California High-Speed Rail, and SR-85 Express Lanes. He also serves as his Transportation Group's Safety Representative.

What project are you currently working on and what have you accomplished/what are your tasks? 

What is your favorite part about being a Civil Engineer?

What skills do you find most valuable to focus on in your career?
I’ve found effective communication to be the most valuable skill.

What drew you to your specific career path? If you could start your career differently, what would you do differently?
During college I had felt I wanted to pursue a career in hydraulics and hydrology, but my career path developed differently. Through the network I had acquired through ASCE when I was a student, I was fortunate enough to obtain a position at AECOM (formerly URS Corporation) in transportation engineering group. After working in traditional civil engineering for short while I found my niche in traffic engineering and planning and have been working in traffic ever since.

If I could have started my career differently I would have appreciated the opportunity to work in construction for a short time before going into design. After working closely with contractors on a couple of projects, I now realize that there is whole another perspective to projects that most designers rarely get to see.


How/Why did you get involved? Why did you choose to stay involved?
I got involved as a student for the numerous benefits including; scholarships, industry presentations, student competitions, and research opportunities. I continue to stay involved in ASCE as a professional because there are still many benefits including; technical workshops, networking opportunities, and resources to better understand the industry. The greatest benefit from ASCE is the professional network developed from being active within the society.

How has ASCE impacted your work and/or what is your favorite benefit of your involvement?
ASCE provides me with the platform to network with peers and mentors to learn from and develop both professionally and personally. Additionally, ASCE continues to help me stay current with the industry and learn about on-going and developing projects and organizational capabilities.

Who is someone you Admire and Why?

If you have one piece of advice to give to young professionals what would it be?

Lastly, what would be your personal motto?


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