YCE, Inc. rolls out “green carpet” for Dream Big – Engineering Our World movie premiere

Over 300 guests attend to celebrate women in engineering and agriculture

On Sunday, Ventura-based YCE, Inc. a woman-owned engineering and surveying firm, hosted the local premiere of Dream Big – Engineering Our World at the Collection’s Century Riverpark 16 theater. Over 300 enthusiastic guests were greeted by YCE, Inc. owner Marta Alvarez, were given brightly colored reusable shopping bags filled with treasures and posed for pictures in the Tri-County Turf Selfie Station. The guests then headed into the XD theater to watch Dream Big, a larger-than-life movie celebrating engineering wonders of the world through the telling of heartfelt stories of human ingenuity.

In conjunction with the premiere, YCE, Inc. awarded scholarships to two deserving young women. A three-member judging panel read over 50 applications before selecting Anahi Morelos, a Lompoc High School senior who was awarded the $750 engineering scholarship and Alexandra Alamillo, a Cal Poly SLO Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences student who was awarded a $750 agriculture scholarship. During the event, Marta Alvarez stated, “These two ladies are forward thinkers and express a true desire to give back to their communities through their chosen careers, as well as wanting to be  role models for other young women in these and other male-dominated fields.”

Scholarship winers

The Society of Women Engineers 2016 Engineer of the Year, Marta Alvarez was named one of three national winners in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Dream Big contest. As an honoree she was awarded the exclusive rights to host this local showing of Dream Big as a free community event. Not satisfied simply showcasing the movie, Alvarez strongly believes in giving back to her community and to the fields of engineering and agriculture. “I saw this as an opportunity to really celebrate women in engineering and agriculture,” stated Alvarez. “That’s why we decided to incorporate two scholarships for local, tri-county female students.”

Dream Big Film – Brought to us by MacGillivray Freeman, the creative minds behind Everest and National Parks Adventure, Dream Big is a HUGE film. Literally. With extraordinary visuals now playing across the country on giant IMAX and XD screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots and a solar car race across Australia, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels. Dream Big is now playing locally at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. (Find a theater near you: http://www.dreambigfilm.com/theatres/)

YCE, Inc. is a full-service civil engineering and land-surveying firm located in Ventura, California. Founded in 1986 by Marta Y. Alvarez, civil engineer & land surveyor (PE/LS/MASCE), YCE is  a nationally recognized Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) employing engineers  and land surveyors. YCE, Inc. is focused on serving the agricultural community, architects, developers, contractors and other engineering firms, as well as individual landowners. The company offers extensive experience in projects that encompass site research, preliminary and final planning studies, grading designs, drainage and erosion designs, storm water management plans, construction engineering and land surveying services. YCE, Inc. is located at 1587 Morse Avenue, Suite A in Ventura, California and can be reached at 805-650-6995 (www.YCEInc.com).


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