While renewing your membership this year, consider making a gift to support some of ASCE’s vital programs. By simply adding the ASCE Foundation as a line on your renewal form, your contribution will help support programs including Engineers Week, the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating tool, ExCEEd faculty workshops, our infrastructure Report Card and Failure to Act series, LEED certification for ASCE headquarters, pre-college outreach, the National Concrete Canoe Competition, the National Steel Bridge Competition, and much more. Your contributions to the Foundation will make a lasting impact on the civil engineering profession for generations to come.
You will enjoy our latest Insights podcast episode featuring Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers. In this episode of Insights, Jay shares his views on what civil engineering and manufacturing have in common, and also addresses ASCE’s 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure and the critical impact our aging infrastructure system has on business, commerce, and individuals. Jay also shares a personal example that inspired him to make sure we are leaving this country in better shape for future generations, and discusses current challenges, among them: What are the reasons 600,000 manufacturing jobs are going unfilled, and which potential Congressional actions directly impact the reliability of our infrastructure systems?
Why not spend some time this summer investing in yourself? On-demand webinar packages are now available to provide the training you need in a convenient and cost-effective way. Recorded from our most popular live webinars, ASCE’s on-demand webinars are presented by the best instructors in engineering, and here is the best part: while earning up to 1.8 CEUs, you can save as much as 50 percent. Choose from a variety of topics and begin improving your essential skills today.
Please nominate a worthy colleague for ASCE Distinguished Membership. The Distinguished Membership grade is reserved for members of the Society who have attained the rank of Member or Fellow and who demonstrate acknowledged eminence in some branch of engineering or in its related arts and sciences. The list of honorees is prestigious and includes engineers of wide renown. The streamlined nomination process makes it easy to submit a nomination. Nominations for the class of 2014 are due by Oct. 1.
Speaking of honors, ASCE presents more than 80 awards in every discipline. Nominations are now being accepted for many of these prestigious awards. That includes the Norman Medal, instituted in 1897; the Arthur M. Wellington Prize, recognizing papers on transportation; and the ASCE State of the Art of Civil Engineering Award, which honors papers for their scholarly review of scientific and technical information. Submissions for the 2014 selection cycle are due by Oct. 1. Further information and nomination forms can be found by visiting our awards page.
Early-career researchers are eligible for an honor with a cash prize. Young researchers in any civil engineering discipline can submit their work for a 2014 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize. The Huber Prize recognizes Society members at any grade for notable achievements in research related to civil engineering. Preference is given to younger members of early accomplishment, generally under 40 years of age, who can be expected to continue fruitful careers in research. Past Huber winners view this prize as an important milestone in their careers. Nominations are due by Oct. 1. Learn more and download nomination forms at the Huber Prize page.
— PATRICK J. NATALE, P.E., CAE, F.ASCE