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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




Sam Saldivar


Assistant Engineer
Riverside County Flood Control & Water Conservation District
Communications Committee Co-Chair
ASCE Orange County Younger Member Forum


Where did you grow up?
Anaheim, CA

What made you want to become an engineer?
I wanted to contribute to the development and progression of communities through complex problem-solving and sustainable designs.

Favorite hobbies, sports, and interests outside of engineering?
Hiking, Traveling, Snowboarding, Going to the beach.

Finish this sentence: On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me...
going for a run and drinking coffee.

What college(s) did you attend? Can you list your degrees, any honors, and involvement in engineering organizations during school?
Cal Poly Pomona, B.S. Civil Engineering – General Option; Involved in CPP ASCE served as Outreach and Community Service Chair throughout the 2019-2020 academic year and Events Chair throughout the 2020-2021 academic year.


Describe your responsibilities and some significant projects.
As an Assistant Engineer, I am responsible for aiding in the design of various public works projects by preparing plans, profiles, and cross-sections. I also perform quantity estimates to aid in the preparation of project cost estimates. Additionally, I perform hydraulic analysis to determine velocities and water surface elevations.

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 favorite part about being a Civil Engineer is having the opportunity to build infrastructure that directly benefits and improves overall quality of life for the community.

What skills do you find most valuable to focus on in your career?
Communication and organization

What drew you to your specific career path? If you could start your career differently, what would you do differently?
I was drawn to this career path by a guest speaker at an ASCE General meeting. If I could start my career differently, I would have gotten more involved with ASCE sooner!


How/Why did you get involved? Why did you choose to stay involved?
I wanted to grow professionally and begin to build my network. I chose to stay involved because I saw the benefits it would have throughout all stages of my career.

How has ASCE impacted your work and/or what is your favorite benefit of your involvement?
Through my involvement in ASCE, I have gained a broader understanding of the Civil Engineering industry. I enjoy meeting other individuals and learning about their experiences.

Who is someone you Admire and Why?

If you have one piece of advice to give to young professionals what would it be?
Be resourceful and proactive! The opportunity to learn new things is endless. Find ways to get involved and take initiative!

Lastly, what would be your personal motto?
Life is about making an impact.


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