ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith
ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith

At the ASCE 2016 Convention, ASCE Industry Leaders Council members shared the successes of the inaugural ASCE Innovation Contest and used the momentum of the ASCE Grand Challenge dialogue to support the launch of the second Innovation Contest.

The ASCE Innovation Contest welcomes ideas from all engineers, ranging from students to seasoned professionals.

The contest enables entrants to draw interest in their ideas from top industry decision-makers. Last year, winners pitched their ideas before representatives from KCI Technologies, Pennoni Associates, Mott MacDonald, Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Smart City Works, and Walt Disney Imagineering.

One winning submission, from HDR’s Jason Magalen, investigated ways to use small unmanned aerial vehicles to collect data about coastlines. Another winning submittal, by SUNY Stony Brook student Morgan DiCarlo, highlighted ways in which collecting and sharing information can affect the psychology behind daily water use.

This year’s contest adds a new category – Next-Generation Transportation – and puts a special emphasis on those submittals that help remove lead from our drinking water. Additionally, we expanded the submission window to six months, giving more time to perfect your design ideas.

Think your idea is the next big thing? We’d love to see it. Help us transform how we plan, deliver, operate, and maintain the infrastructure of the world.

The second ASCE Innovation Contest opened on Sept. 1 and is accepting submittals through March 1 of next year.

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In case you missed them, here are some other exciting developments around the ASCE community:

Urge building officials to approve the new ASCE 7-16 as a code standard

Help ensure that the new version of ASCE 7 will be included as a reference standard in the 2018 International Building Code. ASCE 7-16, Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures, features several important updates since the 2010 edition, including new wind-speed maps and an entirely new chapter with tsunami design provisions. The International Code Council has given ASCE 7-16 provisional approval, but it now faces an online vote by ICC governmental members. We urge you to contact your local building officials to ask them to support adoption. Find out more in ASCE News.

ASCE’s looking for its next New Faces of Civil Engineering

Are you or someone you know one of the next New Faces of Civil Engineering? Now in its 14th year, ASCE’s New Faces of Civil Engineering–Professional Edition and Collegiate Edition shines a spotlight on young, talented civil engineers under 30 and their potential to build on already impressive achievements. View the criteria and apply online before Nov. 18.

Valuable advice for dealing with five gray areas in professional ethics

Nuanced situations in civil engineers’ work can make doing the right thing not as easy as black or white. From proper use of credentials to having to discipline or dismiss subordinates, ASCE News has compiled five common gray areas in professional ethics, with advice on how to handle each, as explained by the Society’s legal expert, Tara Hoke. The cases featured were deliberated by the Committee on Professional Conduct.

Renew for 2017 now and you could win $1,100 in gift cards

You could win a total of $1,100 in Amazon gift cards just by renewing your membership. ASCE’s renewal raffle is underway, so the earlier you renew, the higher your odds of winning. Discover how benefits like 5 free PDHs and a host of discounts more than offset your dues. Renew today.

Four ways to find that mentor you’ve been seeking

In a recent edition of Ask Anthony, engineering career adviser and professional engineer, Anthony Fasano, explains why finding the right mentor is one of the most effective ways to give your career a boost. And he shares ways you can find the perfect match in his latest post to ASCE News. Check out the archive of past posts at the ASCE News Careers & Leadership page.

Say ‘I’m in’ to support ASCE’s drive to slash life-cycle costs 50 percent

Civil engineers around the world have begun taking a pledge to support ASCE’s goal of cutting infrastructure life-cycle costs in half by 2025. A new ASCE Grand Challenge website is encouraging professionals to support the initiative by clicking an “I’m in!” button. While there, visitors can share relevant professional experiences, follow updates on outreach projects, and more. The site’s resources include an outreach toolkit, a graphic on “closing the infrastructure gap,” and more. Are you in?

Find a speaker for your next local ASCE meeting, and step up to become one

ASCE’s Online Speakers Bureau database offers a roster of members willing to share insights and expertise with fellow professionals. The Online Speakers Bureau also invites potential speakers to sign up and provide details on what they can offer. Sign up to be a speaker or find one for your next meeting or event.

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