At each of its three Regional Leadership Conferences this winter, ASCE bestowed awards, honors, and well-deserved accolades for outstanding achievements to many of its Sections, Branches, and members in the areas of diversity and inclusion, community service, volunteer efforts, outreach, and advocacy of the profession.
The conferences this year were held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, January 11-12, for Midwest Regions 3, 6, and 7; in Sacramento, California, January 25-26, for Western Regions 8 and 9; and in Providence, Rhode Island, February 8-9, for Eastern and Southern Regions 1, 2, 4, and 5.
As upcoming Society leaders emerge at the local level, ASCE through its Regional Leadership Conferences assists them in developing their leadership skills by providing the tools, training, and guidance they need to be effective managers and leaders.
At each of these three conferences, outstanding achievements were recognized by ASCE at an awards luncheon as follows:
In Milwaukee, the St. Louis Section was presented the Outstanding Section and Branch Award in the Large Section Category for the second consecutive year for their outstanding contribution to the Society and the St. Louis community. The St. Louis Section was also the recipient of the Section and Branch Diversity Award for their “stellar efforts in demonstrating their support of equitable opportunity for participation of people within the civil engineering profession without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or physical challenges.” In addition to the award, the St. Louis Section also received an honorarium of $500.
At the awards luncheon in Sacramento, the Orange County [Los Angeles] Branch received the Web Award for Large Sections and Branches, the Truckee Meadows Branch [Nevada] was presented the Web Award for Small Sections and Branches, and the Richmond [Virginia] Section was awarded the Web Award for Medium Sections and Branches.
For demonstrating a true commitment to volunteering his time and talents to activities that serve his community and advancing the civil engineering profession, Arthur Fleming, P.E., M.ASCE, from the Seattle Section was presented one of the three ASCE Citizen Engineer Awards. Among his many endeavors, Fleming promoted the civil engineering profession to youth through his involvement in activities such as a Popsicle stick bridge competition, and served as a mentor to future engineers attending Seattle University. In addition, Fleming assisted his local community through his work to repair homes, restore ecologically sensitive areas, and redevelop a community park.
The Seattle Section Younger Member Forum earned the honor for its commitment to educational activities, community service, and advocacy for the profession as demonstrated by the members’ extensive involvement in a variety of community service programs year-round. Chief among them was giving young people an awareness of the work that civil engineers do and advancing the careers of future engineers by presenting role models for engineering students through job shadowing and mentoring programs.
The Hawaii Section Younger Member Forum also received the Public Service Award for its commitment to community service, as evidenced by its ongoing support of a variety of activities and programs. Those include supporting the education of high school students in the areas of math and science and promoting civil engineering as a future profession. In their local community, they also supported food, clothing, and school supply drives; minority- and women-owned business programs; and assistance to mobility-restricted senior residents.
Recognized for the development of their project, Engineering Rocks, an outreach event held at the Westfield Southcenter Mall in Seattle, Washington, the ASCE Seattle Section’s K-12 Outreach Committee was the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Service Project Award. Committee members coordinated with mall representatives, university students, and volunteers to organize and hold this event, whose goal was to expose families to civil engineering for perhaps the first time and make them aware of it as a career path. In addition, the event also provided take-home materials, giving participants the opportunity to continue their exploration of civil engineering on their own.
At the awards luncheon in Providence, the Vermont Section received the Outstanding Section and Branch Award for Small Sections and Branches, the Maine Section was awarded the Outstanding Section and Branch Award for Medium Sections and Branches, and the Boston Society of Civil Engineers (BSCE) was honored with the Outstanding Section and Branch Award for Very Large Sections and Branches. In addition, the Metropolitan [New York City] Section was honored with the Web Award for Very Large Sections and Branches.
Acknowledged for its members’ involvement in educational activities, community service, and advocacy for the profession of civil engineering, BSCE was also the recipient of this year’s Public Service Award. The award also recognized BSCE’s highly visible community outreach work, interaction with state legislators, cooperation with other professional engineer groups, and hosting of the local television show “Civil Engineering Today.”
Michelle Jose, A.M.ASCE, a member of the BSCE, was presented the second Citizen Engineer Award. An advocate of promoting civil engineering as a future profession to youth, Jose has been involved in numerous programs such as the Future City Competition and Thinkfest, working with ASCE Student Chapters, and appearances on the program “Civil Engineering Today.” In addition, Jose has been actively involved in projects with Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA).
The third winner of the Citizen Engineer Award was Janey Smith Camp, P.E., M.ASCE, from the Nashville Branch of the Tennessee Section, who served her local and global communities by organizing volunteers for events hosted by the Salvation Army and by participating in activities with the Red Cross, Hands on Nashville, and EWB-USA. Camp demonstrated her passion for involving youth in programs that expose them to civil engineering by providing students with resources to develop their math and science skills.
The BSCE, Maine Section, Nashville Branch, and Richmond [Virginia] Branch all received Honorable Mentions for the Section and Branch Diversity Award for their noteworthy efforts in the promotion of diversity and furthering of inclusion within the civil engineering profession.
Jon M. Young, P.E., M.ASCE, who was not in attendance at the Leadership Conference, was the fourth recipient of the Citizen Engineer Award. Actively involved in numerous programs for students such as the Popsicle bridge contest, the West Point Bridge Design Contest, and the Webling Student Engineering Night, Young also took on the challenge of starting an ASCE Civil Engineering Club at three local high schools in Hawaii. Aside from his numerous presentations about choosing a career as a civil engineer to elementary, middle school, and high school students, through his involvement with the University of Hawaii Student Chapter, Young has been a valuable role model and mentor for many engineer students.