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ASCE Social Stirs Authentic Professional Networking

The American Society of Civil Engineers NC Section, Northern Branch held their March Social last Tuesday. The networking opportunity was designed to give engineers in the Triad region the opportunity to come together and freely exchange ideas, business cards, and even some laughs. Hosted at Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company in Greensboro, the open-setting and free-flowing microbrews, created an environment for members and associates to have a good time.

“It’s a place [Northern Branch Socials] where civil engineers, or people interested in the field, can get together to meet others within the area to discuss ideas such as how we can better the local community, our own industry and overall quality of life’” said Stephanie Pluta, E.I. and Northern Branch Treasurer. “Our Socials are a great way to check out a new place, meet with professionals and have a great time.  You never know who you will meet or what event you may just want to get involved in.”

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Uretek Mid-Atlantic was a proud sponsor of the Social. Daniel Heath, P.E. and Joseph Link, P.E. of Uretek are both members of the Northern branch and attended the event accompanied by Mitch Crayton, E.I. Crayton is the Estimator at Uretek Mid-Atlantic, and earned his Engineer Intern certification shortly after graduating from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in May 2014.

Crayton is not currently a member of the Northern Branch, but he is considering joining. “It was a great environment to meet people in similar fields and discuss each other’s backgrounds and experiences,” said Crayton about the Social.  “Younger engineers can sometimes feel intimidated when surrounded by such knowledge and experience. Unstructured events, like the Northern Branch’s Social, allow young engineers to talk to senior engineers without the intimidation of a conference or a more structured setting.”

To find out when your local ASCE Branch meets, visit the ASCE website.

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