ASCE: Working For You – April 2013

April 3, 2013

Patrick J. Natale_without nameI would like to thank each and every donor who contributed to the ASCE Foundation’s success this year. Our generous and loyal supporters enable ASCE to continue a tradition of funding excellent programs that enrich our civil engineering community, including our Failure to Act reports, the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, the ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshops, National Engineers Week, and the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition. To learn about all of the initiatives the Foundation funds, please visit our website. Show your support for ASCE’s outstanding projects and programs, and make a gift to the ASCE Foundation today.

You may be interested to know that ASCE has been working with our Sections and Branches in several states to ensure that the voice of the civil engineering profession is heard in state capitols as infrastructure issues are being discussed. Transportation funding issues have been a hot topic of discussion this year, and as many as 15 states are currently considering plans to increase the gas tax to help fund infrastructure and transportation. Already, Wyoming has passed a gas tax increase and Virginia legislators have passed a huge transportation funding package. ASCE staff have assisted Section and Branch leaders in testifying before the legislature in Connecticut and Maryland, and are working with Sections and Branches in Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Nevada to help support proposed infrastructure funding plans. Make your voice heard in public policy by getting involved. Learn how by visiting our State Government Relations Web page.

With the many infrastructure challenges and changes facing the engineering profession in the world today, civil engineers must be committed to lifelong learning and be equipped with state-of-the-practice skills and knowledge. Did you know that one of the ways that ASCE provides continuing education is with our customized, on-site training programs? You can bring a live seminar to your office which has been tailored to meet the needs of your engineers on staff. ASCE’s on-site training programs, in addition to being customized to your organization, offer a very convenient and cost-effective training option. Educate 15 or more engineers and eliminate the need for travel expenses and downtime. In addition, the per-person savings with ASCE’s on-site training will reduce your training costs by more than 25 percent, while maximizing the impact of staff training. ASCE conducts more than 40 on-site training programs annually, both in the U.S. and internationally. As a recognized leader in providing quality, real-world training, ASCE is IACET accredited and the Society’s seminars have met the premier benchmark for continuing education. Visit our continuing education Web page to find out more about our complete list of face-to-face seminars, live webinars, continued on-site training, on-demand learning, and continuing education catalogs.

Please join me as ASCE honors six outstanding papers from the offshore industry at the Eighth Annual ASCE OTC Hall of Fame gala, held in conjunction with the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas. The Hall of Fame gala will be held on May 7 at the Petroleum Club in downtown Houston. The OTC Program Committee selects seminal papers in the offshore technology field that have been presented at previous OTCs. The honored guests are true pioneers in the offshore industry, and their work has set the standard for current practices worldwide.

If you were not able to attend this year’s Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) gala on March 21 in Arlington, Virginia, you missed a truly wonderful event that honored significant accomplishments of both individuals and projects. It is now time to start thinking about nominating the best for recognition in 2014. Our Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Award recognizes the project that best illustrates superior civil engineering skills and represents a significant contribution to civil engineering progress and to society. And our Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented to recognize a civil engineer in one of five categories—construction, design, education, government, and management—whose lifetime achievements and contributions have enhanced the health, safety, and economy of our nation and the world. Entries are due June 1; I encourage you to visit our awards page to download entry forms or to learn more.

I would like to invite you to recognize a colleague or a Society member nationally by placing his or her name in nomination for the 2013 Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award. The award recognizes an engineer leader for a specific accomplishment or for lifetime achievements that demonstrate superior ethics and leadership while the individual participated in professional practice or service to the public. The individual must be a licensed professional engineer, may not currently (or within five years) serve on the ASCE Board of Direction or ASFE: the Geoprofessional Business Association Board of Directors, and may not have previously received the award. Visit the official award page for additional information and for the official award nomination form. Or send nominations to ASCE by June 3.

It’s never too early to make plans to attend ASCE’s 143rd Annual Civil Engineering Conference, October 10-12, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Bookmark our new conference website today for the most up-to-date information pertaining to our unique destination and top-notch technical programs. You will find details about our host city, program content, tour information, and much more, to make your conference planning process easier. Take a look and discover what our conference has to offer and plan to join us in Charlotte.

— PATRICK J. NATALE, P.E., CAE, F.ASCE
Executive Director

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