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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




Megan Godinez

Civil Engineering Associate
City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering
ASCE Orange County Younger Member Forum


Where did you grow up?
San Fernando Valley

What made you want to become an engineer?
My dad was a Mechanical Engineer for Boeing and a vital member of the Space Program for 20 years. His passion, integrity and perseverance continues to motivate and influence me everyday. Infrastructure provides many beneficial opportunities to not only improve my community but the world for the better, which holds the main significance for me and why I chose my discipline.

Favorite hobbies, sports, and interests outside of engineering?
Every year I go camping with my family, it's been a tradition since I was 7 years old. We will either go to Pismo Beach or Gorman to enjoy the outdoors while driving off-roading vehicles by day and sitting by the fire at night.

Finish this sentence: On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me...
waking up early, getting fresh produce from the grocery store so I can come back home to prepare meals for the week while listening/singing to music.

What college(s) did you attend? Can you list your degrees, any honors, and involvement in engineering organizations during school?
I attended the University of California, Irvine for two years until I made the sacrifice of leaving UCI to transfer closer to home inorder to become my father’s caregiver. My responsibilities never stopped my perseverance for pursuing my degree in Engineering. I went on to graduate from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. I was involved in many organizations and fulfilled many roles during college including CSUN AISC President, UCI ASCE Secretary, and coordinating outreach workshops for the CSUN SHPE chapter.


Describe your responsibilities and some significant projects.
I currently work in the Valley District, a part of the Public Counter group for the City of Los Angeles. I review private development projects that affect the public right of way and process Bureau of Engineering clearances. My responsibilities include performing field investigations for Highway Dedication/ Improvements as required by R3 Ordinance, Hillside Ordinance and CIty Planning Cases. As well as issuing various permits for sidewalk/driveway repair and new construction or rehabilitation of house connection sewer laterals.

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?
My career within Public Works has allowed me to serve the public in a rewarding and personal way, directly making a positive impact on my community as well as influencing the younger generation holds a special place in my heart.

What skills do you find most valuable to focus on in your career?
Emotional Intelligence is just as valuable as technical knowledge, collaboration is paramount to the success of a project that requires facilitating different facets and disciplines within Engineering. Adaptability and critical thinking skills are also important in problem solving.

What drew you to your specific career path? If you could start your career differently, what would you do differently?
When I was in high school I took an architecture class that introduced me to AutoCAD. Being exposed to applying math to problem solve and utilizing a creative mindset to design made me drawn to my career in Civil Engineering. Although my career path didn’t follow the time frame or journey I originally had in mind, I believe things happen for a reason. Being able to overcome life’s hardships while never losing sight of my passion for engineering made me into the strong person and leader within my field that I am today.


How/Why did you get involved? Why did you choose to stay involved?
My mentor Gaby is the reason I joined ASCE in my freshman year at UCI. The mentorship program offered by ASCE allowed me to create a lasting friendship with someone who continues to share her wisdom, kindness and motivation. That experience has encouraged me to do the same for others, just like Gaby has for me. I strive to be a role model to encourage and inspire young girls to pursue Engineering in their higher education by becoming more involved with K-12 Outreach in ASCE OC YMF.

How has ASCE impacted your work and/or what is your favorite benefit of your involvement?
One of the many aspects that I admire about being involved in ASCE OC YMF is the community of like minded individuals that are pursuing personal growth and professional development. ASCE OC YMF cultivates an inclusive environment which prides itself on providing resources and engaging activities to all of its members.

Who is someone you Admire and Why?
Along with admiring my dad I also have the highest regard for my mom. I admire her compassion and ability to selflessly help others. The everlasting support for her friends and family along with the dedication she had for her students makes me feel proud to be her daughter.

If you have one piece of advice to give to young professionals what would it be?
My advice to young professionals is to prioritize having a healthy work life balance and that it's important to celebrate your successes no matter how big or small.

Lastly, what would be your personal motto?
Empowered women, empower women.


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