I would like to invite you to join me and other leaders in the civil engineering profession for our Outstanding Projects And Leaders (OPAL) Gala, to be held March 20 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. This annual black-tie event is a great opportunity to join other engineers in recognizing individual lifetime achievements and winning projects. At this year’s Gala, which includes a reception and dinner, we will be presenting our 2014 leadership awards, the Charles Pankow Award, and the Michel Award. Plus, the 5 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) finalists will be honored, and the winner revealed. This is an event you won’t want to miss; register by March 4 and receive a discount.
Did you know that past ASCE President George S. Morison was the only member of the Canal Commission appointed by President McKinley in 1899 to select the route across Panama as opposed to Nicaragua? Morison believed that the Panama Route was best and he convinced President Theodore Roosevelt that Panama was the right choice. Roosevelt made it known to the Commission that he supported Morison’s position. Don’t miss your chance to be part of history by joining ASCE at the ASCE/EWB-USA Global Engineering Conference 2014, in Panama City, Panama, October 7-11, where we will offer exciting technical tours of the Panama Canal Expansion. Be there with me when the Panama Canal celebrates its 100th anniversary, as we gather together engineers from around the world to explore risk management and mitigation on major infrastructure projects.
Traveling to Panama for our Global Engineering Conference 2014 is easy but you will need a current passport, so apply for or renew yours now. Specific information on passport requirements can be found at the U.S. Department of State website. See you in Panama.
Want to learn more about the history and heritage of ASCE? Visit our History and Heritage web page where you can find out about the construction of the Panama Canal, discover how a surveyor of salt mines became one of the chief engineers of the Erie Canal, or tour many of the great engineering feats of France.
Please join me in wishing the ASCE Foundation a very Happy Birthday in 2014. Throughout this year, the Foundation, which was incorporated as the fundraising arm of ASCE, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. Since 1994 the Foundation has built a culture of philanthropy within the profession, amounting to more than $20 million in support for vital ASCE programs, such as ExCEEd workshops, the National Concrete Canoe Competition, the National Steel Bridge Competition, precollege outreach, the 2013 Report Card, the ISI Envision sustainability rating tool, Section 100th anniversary celebrations, and much more. The Foundation is grateful for your generosity over the past 2 decades, which has allowed us to pay it forward to future generations of civil engineers. If you haven’t done so already, you can join in the celebration by making a birthday gift to the Foundation this year.
You can also help the ASCE Foundation spread the celebration Society-wide by requesting a Birthday-in-a-Box be sent to your Section. Your Section will be featured on the Foundation’s social medial channels as well as their eNewsletter. For more information, contact Natalie Zundel, ASCE’s senior manager of Major Gifts.
One of the Fundamental Canons of ASCE’s Code of Ethics is that “Engineers shall continue their professional development throughout their careers, and shall provide opportunities for the professional development of those engineers under their supervision.” I am pleased to announce that ASCE recently finalized its webinars and seminars calendar for the spring/summer 2014 and will provide our members with a wide variety of continuing education opportunities in the coming months. More than 150 live webinars and more than 90 live, face-to-face seminars will be held from April through September 2014. We continue to expand our webinar offerings in response to increasing requests from ASCE members for convenient, lower-cost continuing education programs. More than 30 new topics will be covered this spring/summer in a wide variety of technical areas.
If you are a small organization (those with less than 5 engineers), I have a special offer for you: we are offering $100 off the webinar registration fee. In addition, to assist members who are unable to attend the Society’s live webinars, ASCE’s webinars are recorded and accessible online, 24/7. Along with our usual site (group) registration discounts, special reduced registration fees are available for individual engineers and small organizations for on-demand webinars on more than 250 topics. For more information, call 1-800-548-2723.
Do you have technical and/or professional expertise to support the Society’s vision and mission to advance the practice of civil engineering? Applications are currently being accepted for the 5 ASCE standing Society Committees and their constituent committees. In order to be eligible, an applicant must be an ASCE member in good standing and have knowledge and experience appropriate to the purpose of the committee which they are interested in serving. To be considered for service on one of our Society Committees and/or constituent committees, please complete the online committee application form. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Patty Jones, director of Executive and Board Operations. The deadline for submitting an application for consideration is March 15.
— PATRICK J. NATALE, P.E., CAE, F.ASCE