Technical Groups

ASCE North Jersey Branch has seven (7) Technical Groups, which organize and conduct educational presentations throughout the year. Become a part of one of these groups and get involved with others in your discipline. Whether you just want to network and be a part of the action, if you have ideas for field trips, or you want to help plan seminars and arrange speakers, we are always interested in new members and future leaders. Click on the Technical Groups menu to find out more about our groups. Be sure to check the Calendar of Events!

The North Jersey Chapter of COPRI was established in late 2013 for the advancement of the science and profession of engineering in a manner consistent with the mission of the COPRI:  “COPRI serves its membership and society by uniting the disciplines working to sustainably develop, protect and restore coasts, oceans, ports, waterways, rivers and wetlands; integrating the key stakeholders into decision making processes; advancing technological state of art and practice; and influencing public policy.”

Chair: Tony Alfano (
(201) 919-8486

The Construction Technical Group (CTG) was formed to encourage and provide opportunities for professionals within the construction industry to network and disseminate information. This group holds several informational meetings during the year with guests invited to speak on various topics. The meetings are held in an informal setting, which allows for open discussions and easy networking. Topics in the past have included evaluation and analysis of construction claims and cost estimation from preliminary to final estimates.

Chair: Chris Hanna (
(973) 462-7048

The Professional Issues Technical Group has traditionally coordinated lectures on a variety of topical issues and projects important to the North Jersey area.Topics have focused on projects run by major agencies in the Tri-State area. We thank our chairs Tony Pecci of Dewberry, Tom Beke and Ron Gumann of the Port Authority of NY/NJ.

Co-Chairs: Ron Gumann, Tony Pecci (
(973) 780-9322

The Geotechnical Technical Group's mission is to provide the members with opportunities to expand and share their knowledge and expertise of geotechnical engineering and geotechnical construction, particularly as it relates to the unique environment of the New Jersey area. The Group aims to accomplish this through its annual dinner and full day seminars. We also welcome students in the geotechnical field to work with us and gain experience in organizing events and networking with the professional community.

Chair: Britain Materek (
(973) 434-3100 ext. 53128

The Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) focuses primarily on highway infrastructure, buildings and structurally related topics. The group organizes both informational dinner seminars and instructional programs on specific topics. Informal topic presentations are also being planned. The SEI has been a strong committee for many years with active members dedicated to bringing educational topics to structural engineers.

Structural Engineering Institute Chair: Rima Taher, PhD, PE (
(973) 253-6183

The Water & Environmental Technical Group is a forum for open discussion and education on all aspects of environmental engineering. The newly reorganized group is interested in site visits, interaction with academics, agencies and community interests. For future meetings, the group plans to have technical presentations and a low-cost dinner. The Environmental Technical Group is working in collaboration with the Water Resources Technical Group. If you have any suggestions for speakers or events, or are interested in participating on the WETG, please contact the chair.

Chair: Steve Flormann (
(973) 849-044


The Transportation Technical Group strives to raise awareness and discussion within the ASCE North Jersey Branch community on critical issues, important projects and new techniques in transportation. The Group focuses on all facets of transportation, covering air, water, highway and rail related topics. The group organizes two informational seminars each year and looks for opportunities to provide field trips to ongoing or recently completed construction projects. The group consists of consultants and engineers from all areas of transportation industry including clients, designers and contractors. Our seminars and field trips are designed to afford this cross-sectional perspective.

Chair: Tony Fulco ( (973) 780-9253