The ASCE Foundation is celebrating its 20th Birthday on August 2; please join me in thanking the Foundation for supporting so many valuable Society programs. The Foundation’s birthday wish is for you to “pay it forward” to the students and young professionals, our future civil engineering leaders, by supporting programs such as our ExCEEd teaching workshops, the National Concrete Canoe Competition, the National Steel Bridge Competition, pre-college outreach, the Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, the Envision sustainability rating tool, and much more. Join with me and the thousands of other civil engineers who already choose the ASCE Foundation as their philanthropic priority by making a gift during this celebratory time, and together we can write the next chapter in this great profession.
To assist ASCE members in remaining current and competent, I am very pleased to announce our new “Summer Special” on ASCE’s live webinars. Individual members can now register at the special reduced rate of $99 for any of ASCE’s live webinars taking place between now and December 31. This special reduced price applies to both 60-minute and 90-minute webinars and is specifically designed to make ASCE’s live webinars more affordable and accessible to our valued members. Please note that reduced fees for individual ASCE members are already available for our on-demand webinars and our P.E. Exam Review courses. And remember, to assist you in meeting your continuing education requirements for P.E. license renewal, ASCE awards Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for your participation in our live webinars. Registrations for the “Summer Special” must be received by Tuesday, September 30. So what’s stopping you? Sign up now and take advantage of our “Summer Special” and participate in ASCE’s live webinars.
Do you understand ASCE’s Code of Ethics? Are you equipped to navigate the varied ethical situations frequently encountered by busy and sometimes harried engineers? To assist you in resolving ethical dilemmas, in earning and keeping the trust of colleagues and those we serve, and in meeting states’ continuing education requirement for P.E. license renewal, ASCE offers a variety of webinars on ethics topics. We offer both live and on-demand webinars on ethics, including “The Ethics of Leadership,” “Ethics – The Road All Engineers Must Follow,” and “Ethical Behavior – The Key to Earning Trust.” Engineering is consistently ranked by the general public as one of the top 5 ethical professions. So I am confident that you will find ASCE’s ethics webinars valuable in dealing proactively and intelligently with ethical issues and in meeting your professional development requirements for P.E. license renewal.
Our Global Engineering Conference 2014 in Panama City, Panama, is going to be one of the most fascinating and exciting annual conferences ever organized by ASCE. Need proof? Our popular Distinguished Lecture Series will return and we’ll feature concurrent sessions on topics such as: Lessons from the Tsunami, Anatomy of a Giga Project, and Construction Challenges on the Boston Central Artery Tunnel Project. We are going to have an Engineers Without Borders–USA credit course, technical tours of the Panama Canal Expansion, and special events like the Order of the Engineer. We are going to open the conference by hearing from keynote speaker Jorge L. Quijano, administrator of the Panama Canal Authority; [from there] stay engaged in an Industry Leaders Forum with Thomas P. Bostick, Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; conduct a closing session and luncheon with Grant Imahara, engineer on Discovery’s Mythbusters, and much, much more. Included in your registration is an exclusive tour of the Panama Canal. Register now to receive the early-bird rate through August 14. So join me in Panama and together we will have the unique opportunity to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the legendary Panama Canal with all its history.
Please join me in giving a warm and well deserved round of applause to our 2015 OPAL Leadership Award Winners. Congratulations to Andrew K. Phelps, P.E., M.ASCE, for construction; Edward J. Schmeltz, P.E., F.ASCE, for design; Bernard Amadei, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, for education, Thomas D. Rust, P.E., M.ASCE, for government; and Nicholas DeNichilo, P.E., M.ASCE, for management. Our 5 winners will be presented their awards at ASCE’s 2015 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) gala, which will be held March 26 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, in Arlington, Virginia.
I am very honored to also announce the 5 finalists for ASCE’s prestigious 2015 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award (OCEA), the Charles Pankow Award for Innovation, and the Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research. Praise indeed is bestowed upon the Colton Crossing Flyover in Colton, California; the Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation Project in Los Angeles, California; the Halley VI Antarctic Research Station in Brunt Ice Shelf, Antarctica; the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge New East Span in San Francisco and Oakland, California; and the Ward County Water Supply Project, running through Monahans and Odessa, Texas. Well-deserved congratulations also go out to the Thermal Integrity Profiler for earning the Charles Pankow Award for Innovation, and Anil K. Kar, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, for being honored with the Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research. As with the lifetime achievement honorees, the OCEA winners and the Pankow and Michel award winners will be announced at our ASCE’s 2015 Outstanding Project and Leaders (OPAL) gala on March 26.
ASCE needs your help to shape the future of the civil engineering profession and the civil engineering team. Our new Committee on the Civil Engineering Technologist (CCET) is seeking individuals with experience practicing as, hiring, or educating civil engineering technologists. The purpose of the CCET is to advance the integration of civil engineering technologists into the civil engineering profession. The CCET will begin in October 2014 as a standing constituent committee of the Committee on Advancing the Profession (CAP). Up to 8 applicants will be selected as full members of CCET, with up to 20 additional individuals selected as active correspondents. If you are interested, submit an online application or contact Kelly M. Dooley, ASCE’s manager of Professional Activities.
Are you a student in need of tuition assistance? ASCE has society scholarships and society fellowships for qualified candidates. Undergraduate students are invited to apply for the following: the Lawrence W. and Francis W. Cox Scholarship; the Eugene C. Figg, Jr., Civil Engineering Scholarship; the John Lenard Civil Engineering Scholarship; the Robert B.B. and Josephine N. Moorman Scholarship; the Samuel Fletcher Tapman ASCE Student Chapter Scholarship; and the Y.C. Yang Civil Engineering Scholarship. Graduate students may apply for the Trent R. Dames and William W. Moore Fellowship, the Freeman Fellowship, the J. Waldo Smith Hydraulic Fellowship, and the Arthur S. Tuttle Fellowship. Complete applications including current transcripts, are due by February 10, 2015. Please contact ASCE for further information.
Congratulations to all the winners of ASCE’s “Bridges Inspire!” International Photography Contest. We received over 900 submissions from engineers, students, and photographers from nearly 50 different countries around the world, as well as the greater community of bridge enthusiasts. Our expert judges selected 14 winners in 7 different categories. But the contest is not over. Our final category, the Viewer’s Choice Award is now open for voting until August 31. All of the winning photos are eligible to appear in ASCE’s 2015 Bridges Calendar.
— PATRICK J. NATALE, P.E., CAE, F.ASCE