ASCE: Working for You – April 2014

March 28, 2014

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailWith the increasing complexity of the world today, the rapid pace of change, and the globalization of the civil engineering profession, leadership and management competence are more important than ever for civil engineers. Recognizing this, ASCE offers many continuing education programs to assist you in acquiring or improving on these essential skills. In addition to face-to-face seminars on topics such as financial management, project management, leadership development, legal issues and liability, and earned value management, ASCE offers many on-demand webinars on management and leadership topics. These on-demand webinars cover topics such as ethics, improving project communication skills, negotiating, quality management, time management, writing, marketing, managing project teams, and leadership which can be taken at your convenience, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, special reduced prices are in effect for individual engineers and small organizations for all of ASCE’s on-demand webinars. I am confident that you will find the Society’s leadership and management programs very helpful in advancing in your career and succeeding in today’s increasingly complex world.

The importance of preparing engineers as leaders, especially by complementing our technical expertise with enhanced skills in communications, business, public policy, and other “21st century skills,” is the subject of much discussion among our professions current leaders. As part of the ASCE Roundup of news and blogs, a new blog, “The Leadership Imperative,” we’ll bring perspectives on the subject from many of today’s thought leaders and innovators. I hope you’ll follow the blog and consider contributing or joining the conversation.

Please join me in congratulating Seth L. Pearlman, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, who received the Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research at our 2014 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) gala on March 20. If you were not able to attend OPAL, it was a spectacular event, which paid tribute to 5 of the most highly regarded members of our profession and showcased 5 remarkable projects that embody the spirit of civil engineering. Help ASCE find the next innovative civil engineer and visionary leader whose work has had an impact on research and innovation in design, construction, and/or environment. The Henry L. Michel Award recognizes today’s most influential innovators. Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2015 Michel Award; the entry deadline is June 1.

This year’s OPAL gala opened with the recognition of an important ASCE milestone—the ASCE Foundation’s 20th birthday. As part of the birthday celebration, ASCE Foundation President Michael Goodkind, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., F.ASCE, presented a 3-minute video highlighting philanthropy, recapping our last 20 years of philanthropic impact, and looking towards the future. This video features ASCE members and foundation supporters sharing their perspectives on why philanthropy is so important to civil engineering. Established in 1994, the foundation has provided more than $20 million in funding to ASCE and this year alone the foundation gave ASCE $1,350.000. The past two decades of accomplishments were made possible by those who make giving back to the profession a priority.

As the stewards of the civil engineering profession, defining the criteria for civil engineering degree programs is one of our most important responsibilities. During the past year, ASCE’s Civil Engineering Program Criteria Task Committee (CEPCTC) has discussed each of the 24 outcomes of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century for potential inclusion in the ABET criteria for civil engineering programs. The task committee asks you to carefully review the proposed program criteria and associated frequently asked questions, and seeks your comments on these questions vital to the future of civil engineering education. Comments will be accepted until April 18.

Tired of spending a small fortune on your prescriptions? Did you know that thanks to your ASCE membership, you can save on prescriptions with your GoodRX card. You can use your card at participating pharmacies to get the best price possible on your prescriptions. Need a temporary card? Visit GoodRX for a printable card and coupons.

The Panama Canal, one of the great civil engineering triumphs, was the dream of Spanish conquistadors and the failed ambition of famed French canal builder Ferdinand de Lesseps. Under the direction of Col. George Washington Goethals, 42,000 workers dredged, blasted and excavated the path stretching from Colon to Balboa. They moved enough earth and rubble to bury the island of Manhattan to a depth of 12 feet, or enough to open a 16-foot-wide tunnel to the center of the Earth. The canal was finished on time and within budget. Today, the canal operates as regularly as it did in when it opened in 1914 and remains a testament to the combined skills of structural, geotechnical, hydraulic and sanitary engineers. Join me at our Global Engineering Conference 2014, October 7-11 in Panama City, Panama, and together we can make history. Included in your conference registration is a basic tour of the Panama Canal.

Traveling to Panama for our Global Engineering Conference 2014 is easier and more affordable than you may think.  You will need a valid passport, so renew or apply for your passport now. Specific information on passport requirements can be found at the U.S. Department of State Website. See you in Panama.

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

 

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