ASCE: Working For You – January 2013

January 15, 2013

Patrick J. Natale_without nameOn behalf of the ASCE Foundation, I would like to thank each and every donor who contributed in 2012. Our generous and loyal supporters make ASCE’s programs truly extraordinary. The foundation’s donors have helped to fund such endeavors as the Failure to Act studies, the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, Engineers Week, the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition, and the workshops held in connection with our Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) program. Philanthropic support for the foundation significantly affects ASCE and advances civil engineering. If you would like to join our supporters and make a difference in 2013, you can give your gift securely online.

I would like to invite you to join Thea Sahr, the programming director for the National Engineers Week Foundation, and me for a free, one-hour webinar on Wednesday, January 30, at 2 PM (eastern time). Entitled “Civil Engineers: It’s Time We Change the Conversation in K–12 Outreach,” the webinar will make your outreach efforts more effective and will offer tips on generating excitement and improving the conversations you have with youngsters about engineering. We intend to provide an informative and packed hour that is sure to enliven and invigorate your outreach efforts and make your presentations and activities even more compelling. You will come away with access to slogans, taglines, and images that will change the way you talk about civil engineering in addressing not only youngsters but also adults. The registration deadline is January 25. Space is limited; reserve your webinar “seat.”

Are you getting ready for Engineers Week (February 17–23)? If so, let ASCE help. The Society is ready to mail you a free volunteer kit that includes a poster for Engineers Week and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (February 21). The kit also includes practical ideas to get you started, a calendar of Engineers Week events, and links to resources designed to make your Engineers Week celebration a success. To order, send an e-mail (limit of one kit per customer). Learn how ASCE can support your Engineers Week campaign.

Let me also remind you of all the other free resources ASCE has available for Engineers Week 2013. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Awesome,” which gives ASCE volunteers a reason to highlight all that is great about civil engineering. Planning an Engineers Week event? ASCE has tips and tools, free downloadable graphics, and plenty of other free or low-cost resources, including this year’s bookmarks, which can be shared with students, teachers, and parents. ASCE staff members also are available at to answer questions or help you learn more about our support services.

Planning to take the P.E. exam this spring? It’s not too early to start thinking about the best way to prepare for it. Earning your P.E. license is a pivotal step in your career, and ASCE’s exam review courses are designed to give you an edge. ASCE offers three live P.E. exam review courses: one for the P.E. civil exam, one for the P.E. structural exam, and one for the P.E. environmental exam. The deadline for registration is January 29. These courses are presented live over the Web by highly experienced instructors and combine lectures with problem solving. You will benefit from immediate feedback and assistance from the instructors during the live webinars. As an added benefit, you will receive unlimited access to the recorded sessions so that you can supplement your learning and review material from the live sessions when it is most convenient to you. You can register for a live review course individually or as a group. Reduced rates are available for individuals. If you register as an individual and do not pass the exam, provide us with proof of your exam results, and we will enroll you in the next course for free. Register today.

I am also pleased to report that the live review course for the P.E. civil exam now includes 5 “depth” sessions (in addition to the 12 sessions in the basic review course). ASCE’s live review courses begin in early February, and we are also offering an in-depth multimedia P.E. exam review course. The latter is an on-demand offering. This online, interactive experience makes it possible for you to review relevant exam material, work through sample problems, and take practice exams—all at your own pace.

Whether you are participating in a career fair, setting up an exhibit at the mall, or taking part in a science or engineering day with local partners, ASCE’s Career Fair-in-a-Box is the perfect resource for acquainting middle school and high school students with the rewards and opportunities that a career in engineering can offer. The “box” comes with a loaner table cover and tabletop posters and also includes brochures, handouts, drawstring bags, and other items that can be given to students. The $50 kit includes setup instructions and a prepaid shipping return label for returning the loaner items. Place your order in the precollege outreach store. Be sure to state whether your kit is for a middle school, high school, or all-female audience.

Have you ever considered working for a year on Capitol Hill as a congressional staff member? Being on Capitol Hill is an experience vastly different from the practice of engineering, but it can be extremely enlightening. It is an opportunity to observe the workings of Congress firsthand and to make an important contribution. So far 17 ASCE members have served as congressional fellows, and they have had an effect both on Capitol Hill and within ASCE. Recent legislation dealing with issues ranging from transportation to the environment has benefited from the input of a highly qualified civil engineer. For more information about ASCE’s Congressional Fellows Program, visit us online or contact Martin Hight, ASCE’s senior manager for government relations. The deadline for applications for the 2013–14 fellowships is March 8.

Please join me in March in celebrating civil engineering’s greatness at the annual gala held in connection with our Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) program. The gala will be held on March 21 in Arlington, Virginia, at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel. Among those being honored at this year’s black-tie event are Sreenivas Alampalli, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, the winner of the Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research, and the HC Bridge Company, LLC, of Wilmette, Illinois, the winner of the Charles Pankow Award for Innovation for its development of the hybrid-composite beam. Here is more information about the OPAL program.

I would like to share with you a unique opportunity open to young authors of papers published in ASCE’s journals. Our Alfred Noble Prize, presented jointly by ASCE, the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, ASME, IEEE, and the Western Society of Engineers, is accepting nominations until May 1. This is an excellent opportunity for ASCE authors 35 years of age or younger to gain wide recognition.

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