Our Purpose

The Engineer's Association of Nevada County (EANC) was founded in its present form in 1990 for the purpose of promoting awareness and appreciation of the engineering profession, earth sciences, and related fields, by keeping current on changing science and regulations, by encouraging students, and by honoring exemplary engineers and quality projects in the community.


Please help us by becoming a paid member of the association, and attending our monthly meetings.  Membership dues fund our scholarships and outreach events, such as the local STEAM event and Lyman Gilmore's Flight Day.

In the News

Project and Engineer of the Year 2019

At a holiday luncheon at the Grass Valley Brewery, the Engineer’s Association of Nevada County awarded the Project of the Year Award to Millennium Planning and Engineering for the Gilded Springs Development Planning and Design.  Gilded Springs is a proposed subdivision near the corner of Main Street and Alta Street in Grass Valley.

Andrew Cassano of Nevada City Engineering was awarded the Engineer of the Year.  Andy is retiring this year and has been an active member of the planning community in Nevada County for 50 years.

Congratulationed to Michelle Layshot and Rob Wood of Millennium Planning and Engineering, and Andy Cassano of Nevada City Engineering!


December 5, 2019, Grass Valley, California


The Engineer’s Association of Nevada County is pleased to announce the winners of the Project and Engineer of the Year Awards for 2019. These awards serve to recognize both exceptional projects, and talented engineers here in Nevada County.


This year, the EANC 2019 Project of the Year has been awarded to Millennium Planning and Engineering for their efforts in the planning and permitting of the Gilded Springs Subdivision in downtown Grass Valley. The recipient of the EANC 2019 Engineer of the Year Award is Mr. Andrew Cassano of Nevada City Engineering.


Gilded Springs is a 27-lot residential subdivision located on a 7-acre infill site near downtown Grass Valley. The project site fronts on Alta Street and West Main Street. The project site is one of the largest undeveloped areas within the City of Grass Valley zoned for residential development. The property is surrounded by development, primarily residential uses with single-family homes to the north, east, and south. There is a seasonal stream (Rhode Island Ravine) which runs along the western property boundary, and crosses West Main Street through a culvert, eventually connecting downstream with Wolf Creek which is slated for rehabilitation. A variety of housing styles are proposed from small cottage style homes (1450 sf to 1750 sf) to larger porch homes and estate homes (1800 sf to 2500 sf). The tentative map was approved in July by the City of Grass Valley’s Planning Commission.


Millennium Planning & Engineering provides land planning and civil engineering design services to help clients through all phases of the development process, from conceptual design to construction. Millennium’s staff specializes in navigating the regulatory process to obtain all necessary permits for development.


Contributors to the project include:

•           Owner: Tobin Dougherty

•           Engineering and Planning: Michelle Layshot, PE and Robert Wood, AICP, Millennium Planning and Engineering


Andrew Cassano has worked as a professional land surveyor and land use planner in Nevada County since 1969. He began his career at a local firm, and then worked as an independent consultant for many years. In 1984, he became the first person to serve as City Planner for Nevada City, which he did for 13 years. Then, in 1998, he joined Nevada City Engineering, Inc. and served as managing partner for 15 years. To honor his ongoing 50-year career, the EANC is pleased to name Andy Cassano our 2019 Engineer of the Year.


Link to Union Article.


The EANC is always looking for programs.  Please let us know if you would like to present an interesting technical topic at one of our monthly meetings.

Please consider joining the Association.  Complete a membership application and either bring it to a meeting or mail it to us at the address on the form.  Membership fees fund scholarships, Science Fair Awards, and other community-related engineering outreach.

The membership form can be downloaded below.

EANC Membership Form
EANC Membership Form EIN Date.pdf
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We have changed our meeting date to the fourth Thursday of the month, at the Contractor's Association of Nevada County, at 149 Crown Point Court, Grass Valley.


Programs for 2019


Thursday, January 24- Chuck Kull, NV5 - Camp Fire Hazard Response


Thursday February 28- 


Thursday March 28- 

Thursday April 25-

Thursday May 23- 



The programs for 2018 were:


January 31, 2018 - Jake Russell, PE Geo-Logic Associates – Stormwater Management for Superfund Dump Closure in Typhoon Alley


February 22, 2018 - Alberto Ramirez, Teichert - Yuba River Salmon Habitat Restoration Project


March 22, 2018 - Jeff Cox - Drone based aerial surveys; LiDAR - Photogrammetry - Thermal - Multispectral sensors


April 26, 2018 - Rich Soto - Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)


May 24, 2018 - Trisha Tillotson, PE - Penn Valley Pipeline Project


June 28, 2018 - Breanna Webb - Mid-western Regional Sewer Project


July 24, 2018 – Cancelled due to the Carr Fire


August 23, 2018 - Jim Wood, Sierra Geologic Services - The CGS Geologic Hazard Notice for Smectite Sediments—Implications for Development in Nevada County


September 27, 2018 - Lawrence Reed, Eagle Lift - “The Chemical Grouting Process using Expandable Polymers”


October 25, 2018 - Bjorn Jones, Assistant City Engineer for the City of Grass Valley - Little Wolf Creek Stabilization and Trail Project


November 13, 2018 - David Romo, PE, Geo-Logic Associates - Geocell protective layer for steep-sloped dump closure in typhoon Alley


December 5, 2018 - Holiday Lunch at Grass Valley Brewing, and Project and Engineer of the Year Awards


In 2017 we had the following programs:


Wednesday January 25- Richard Peevers, H&K-- Gazex Avalanche Exploders


Wednesday February 22- Breanna Webb, Stantec-- Hydrologic Modeling using PC SWMM


Wednesday March 22- David Romo, Geo-Logic - Challenges in the Mining Industry


Wednesday April 26- Doug Rodderick, NID - Centennial Dam


Wednesday May 24 - Matthew Kennedy - Tensar International, "Geogrid for Roadways"


Wednesday June 28-   Bryan McAlistar - Flood Hazards and working with FEMA in Nevada City


Wednesday July -  No meeting


Wednesday August 30-  David Romo, Geo-Logic - "Water Recovery from a Large Tailings Impoundment in the Atacama Desert using Dikes".


September 28 -  Social at the Northstar Mining Museum with the Sierrans for Responsible Resource Management


Wednesday October 25, 2017  Gary Poland, GSP Consulting -- Aeral Surveying and Photograhpy


November - Victor Venuta, Baslaite- Perimiable Pavers and Retining Wall products


December - Holiday Social and Project/Engineer of the Year Awards


The program schedule for 2016 was:


Wednesday Jan 27 - Hans Shillinger "Development of an Isothermal Compression System".


Wednesday February 17 - Trisha Tillotson - "City of Grass Valley Proposed Improvement Standards Updates".


Wednesday March 23 - Tim Wood, Nevada County Engineer - "Engineering Projects in Nevada County"


Wednesday April 27 - Zachi Anderson - Forest Trails Alliance!


Wednesday May 25 - Kyle Lenehan- Geopier Foundation Systems


Wednesday June 22- Bryan MacCalister - Nevada City Engineer


Wednesday July 27- Jake Russell - "Design of a Geocell Final Cover System - OrdotDump, Guam" 


Wednesday August 24 - Networking mixer at Old Republic Brewery (plus tour) 5:15PM


Wednesday September 28 - Adam Weiss - Impact of New Landscaping Regulations


Wednesday October 26- Dan Thiem - Tour of the In Town Campground


Wednesday November 16- Andy Cassano - Ridge Road Subdivision and Forest Springs Mobile home park


Wednesday December 14- Holiday Lunch and Project/Engineer of the Year Awards