Since I became executive director 12 years ago, we have accomplished so much together. I want to thank all of our 147,000 members for your dedication to the profession and focus on protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public. While we all should be proud of where the profession is today, I would like to especially thank all the volunteers who through their commitment to sustainable practice, public policy statements, and technical codes and standards, have helped make ASCE a global leader with a clear vision. Through communication, education, ethics and professionalism, diversity, public advocacy, and leadership, our Society’s members and leaders have made ASCE a strong and well-respected organization that prepares civil engineers for the challenges of the 21st century. As many of you know, I could not have accomplished any of this alone; I would like thank our hard-working, amazing, knowledgeable, efficient, and creative staff, who will continue to serve you and the profession in the coming years. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the support that I received from my family—especially my wife Shelia, who has given up many weekends and evenings to be at ASCE activities. While I am retiring at the end of year, this is not a final good-bye. I hope to still see many of you at conferences, meetings, and activities in the future. Together we have accomplished so much. Thanks again for helping to develop a vision to inspire civil engineers to build a sustainable world that we all can live in. Your best work is yet to come.
Why not start the New Year right by participating in a convenient, low-cost webinar that will assist you in staying current and in earning the Professional Development Hours (PDHs) you need to maintain your P.E. license? A top priority for ASCE’s Continuing Education Program is identifying members’ continuing education needs and preferences and responding to them by developing new, high-quality programs. ASCE will be offering many new webinars in the winter quarter 2015. Just a small sampling of some of the new webinars being offered in January: Toll Technology and Implementation; Practical Insights for Diaphragm Modeling in the Analysis of Building Structures; Corridor Studies; Effective Internal Circulation for Commercial Land Developments; Development, Detection, and Containment of Elevated Temperatures in Landfills; Using Nonlinear Analysis and Fiber Wrap Materials for Efficient Seismic Retrofit; and Sustainable Transformation/Rehabilitation of Urban Corridors. If you would like to suggest topics for new seminars and webinars to ASCE, please email us.
Remember, if you are unable to attend a live webinar, ASCE’s webinars are recorded and are available on-demand 24/7. By taking and passing a test at the conclusion of an on-demand webinar, you will earn PDHs/CEUs. Also, please keep in mind that special reduced rates are provided for individual engineers for on-demand webinars.
Ravi Shah and I choose to give back and make a gift to the ASCE Foundation. Why don’t you? Ravi Shah, P.E, M.ASCE, a member of the 2013 class of New Faces of Civil Engineering, has experienced the impact of the great Foundation-sponsored programs firsthand, beginning as a student member in 2006. Now, both of us are asking you to join us and give back by making a generous gift to the ASCE Foundation. For 20 years the Foundation has provided opportunities for all civil engineers, including students and young professionals like Ravi. Annual contributions to the ASCE Foundation support vital ASCE programs that go beyond membership and extend ASCE’s reach into the world. Join Ravi and me today with your gift and make a direct impact on the next generation of civil engineers.
If you have not had the chance to meet ASCE’s newest Distinguished Members class of 2014, I want to invite you to view each honoree’s introductory video segment. ASCE inducted this year’s class on October 8, 2014, in conjunction with the 100th anniversary celebration of the Panama Canal opening. The event in Panama City at our Global Engineering Conference 2014 was attended by several hundred professionals. Now, here is your chance to revisit that experience and watch the video, which includes individual acceptance remarks. Congratulations to our Distinguished Members class of 2014.
Have you gotten your 2015 Bridge Calendar yet? Our popular 2015 Bridge Calendar, containing 24 stunning photos of bridges from around the world and showcasing a unique blend of technology and design, is now available for online ordering just in time for the holidays. Every photo in the calendar was selected from entries to ASCE’s Bridges Photo Contest and appears with a description of its technical or historical significance and the name of the winners of the photo contest. A single calendar costs $12.95, but order 2 or more and they are $10 each. Order yours today.
In our new book published by ASCE Press, Engineering for Sustainable Human Development, Bernard Amadei, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, addresses the role of engineering in poverty reduction and human development. Amadei, professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder and founder of Engineers Without Borders–USA, gave an engaging presentation on engineering for sustainable human development as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at our Global Engineering Conference 2014 in Panama, in October. Engineering for Sustainable Human Development introduces a framework to help engineers conduct small-scale projects in communities vulnerable to the consequences of a wide range of adverse events. A must-read for civil engineers, this book provides a multidisciplinary approach to sustainable engineering that will be valuable to practitioners and students, as well as people associated with development organizations and aid agencies. Order your copy today.
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ASCE Publications has done it again! I am pleased share with you one of our latest publications, the new manual of practice 127, Hydraulics of Wells. This much-anticipated manual provides comprehensive treatment of the engineering issues related to the development and management of economical supplies of groundwater. Hydraulics of Wells codifies existing practices in the water-well industry in order to improve the identification, development, and management of groundwater resources in the future. Used in environment and water, hydrologic, and hydraulics engineering, MOP 127 guides engineers and designers through the process of planning, designing, installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting water-well systems. Managers, administrators, and water-well operators at all levels of government as well as in the private sector will find it an indispensable reference to water-wells assets.
— PATRICK J. NATALE, P.E., CAE, F.ASCE