ASCE Innovation Contest Seeks New Ways to Maximize Infrastructure

October 9, 2015

A year ago, the Society’s Industry Leaders Council launched its “Grand Challenge” program for infrastructure. It’s now issuing a related grand challenge to engineering in the form of its ASCE Innovation Contest.

The contest encourages professionals, educators, researchers, and students to submit their most creative, most innovative ideas for reshaping the world’s infrastructure.

As engineers search for new ways to maximize the value of infrastructure, the ability to innovate has never been more important. The ILC’s Grand Challenge program, which seeks a dramatic reduction in infrastructure life-cycle costs over the next 10 years, demands innovative solutions.

“We just can’t continue to do the same old things the same old ways we’ve always done it,” said Terry Neimeyer, P.E., F.ASCE, vice chair of the Industry Leaders Council. “This contest is a great way to get people talking about innovation.”

Contest entries will fall within four different categories – business models and technologies, the “Internet of Things,” green engineering, and resilence.

In each category, three winners will be selected – for most innovative and creative, best value proposition and relevance, and most efficient and feasible, with three best overall winners also named.

Winners will be given the opportunity to present their ideas to industry leaders, earn consideration for research grants, and receive special recognition including coverage in trade publications. Students whose entries are selected as winners will have interview opportunities for jobs and internships.

Details and a form are available at asce.org/innovation-contest. Deadline for entries is Jan. 5.

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