ASCE: Working For You – July 2013

July 1, 2013

Patrick J. Natale_without nameThe best way to recognize important professional milestones in your career is by advancing your membership grade at ASCE. As a dedicated civil engineer, upgrading represents your professional advancement and demonstrates to your employers and to your colleagues your commitment to growing your knowledge and skills. Membership categories include Student, Associate/Affiliate Members, Members, and Fellows. Find out which ASCE membership grade you are eligible for and advance your membership grade today.

Technical tours are always one of the most popular features at ASCE’s 143rd Annual Civil Engineering Conference, October 10-12 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The tours provide an opportunity to network with other attendees while expanding your learning experiences at the conference. This year’s lineup–which includes tours of the innovative transportation design of the Diverging Diamond Interchange, the world’s largest man-made whitewater river at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, a greenway and stream project that has transformed Charlotte, and an infrastructure security and emergency response training facility–will provide valuable real-world examples of civil engineering feats. Space for each tour is limited, so visit the conference homepage for program details and to register for the tour of your choice.

Do you want to inspire high school students in your community to consider becoming a civil engineer? After a successful first year testing Civil Engineering Clubs in 9 states, ASCE is ready to launch its Civil Engineering Club program as a Society-wide resource to support engineering educational outreach for high school students. These clubs are initiated by ASCE members who form partnerships with a host school, a school faculty advisor, and a team of engineer mentors. With our handy ASCE Civil Engineering Club guide, we offer tips for forming a partnership, planning, and running a successful club, including 2 topic modules with lesson plans and student handouts for 7 activities. Suggestions for speakers, site visits and community service activities relating to bridge design and water systems engineering are also included.

I am really excited to share with you the ASCE Foundation’s 2012 Annual Report, which highlights the donors who made a direct impact on the civil engineering community this past year, as well as the programs the Foundation supported. See if your name is listed among our wonderful donors that made a gift to the Foundation. To be included in the 2013 Annual Report, make a gift to the ASCE Foundation today.

New from ASCE Press is Wind Loads of ASCE 7-10. This helpful guide focuses on the wind load provisions of Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, Standard ASCE/SEI 7-10 that affect the planning, design, and construction of buildings for residential and commercial purposes. This book is an essential reference for practicing structural engineers, as it offers the most authoritative and in-depth interpretation of the wind loads section of Standard ASCE/SEI 7-10.

Licensure is important to the civil engineering profession, and members of ASCE’s Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) recently played a key role in contributing to the licensure process. On June 6-7 in Kansas City, Missouri, 20 licensed professional engineers who practice in the electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, and construction management areas of the building design and construction profession gathered at the workshop conducted by ASCE’s Architectural Engineering Exam Committee to write and review test items for the Principles and Practice of Engineering (P.E.) exam in architectural engineering. At the workshop, the participants also updated previously written test items to current codes and standards and pre-tested the April 2014 exam. If this sounds interesting to you, consider volunteering to be part of the 2014 workshop.

Let me extend an invitation to you to attend our PORTS ’13 conference, organized by ASCE’s Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI). This year we have an exciting lineup of 11 sessions, 6 short courses, and 5 technical tracks, and a wide variety of topics will be covered. This conference’s theme was selected in recognition of the broad spectrum of factors that make ports so important, including the wide range of missions they support, such as moving cargo, providing recreational opportunities, serving as engines of economic development, and providing for stewardship of environmental resources. Register now and please join us in Seattle, Washington, August 25–28. The PORTS conference series is internationally recognized as an outstanding opportunity to network with hundreds of practitioners, researchers, and specialists at the leading edge of the port engineering profession.

Executive Director

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