I am really excited to share with you the news that the latest edition of one of ASCE’s best known and most quoted publications, the Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, will be released on March 19 after more than a year of research and planning by ASCE’s Committee for America’s Infrastructure and the Government Relations staff. Shifting away from a paper report to a new digital format for tablets, smartphones, and the Web, the 2013 Report Card has more content than ever before, with 16 infrastructure categories, interactive charts and graphs, and over 100 infrastructure success stories from across the country. Over 100 Society members will join ASCE in Washington, DC, for our annual Legislative Fly-in, March 19-20, to put our Report Card in the hands of their members of Congress. I invite each of you to get your own digital copy on March 19.
Here is something that you can bank on: becoming a Diplomate qualifies you for professional liability credit. This credit is an exclusive Diplomate discount on your ASCE professional liability insurance that could range from 5 to 7.5 percent. In many cases, the value of this discount alone may exceed your application and recertification costs. ASCE is confident that your specialized knowledge and skills as a Diplomate reduce the risk and liability of your projects. While our underwriters have the final decision on providing insurance after proper evaluation of your firm and its history, we will work with you to make sure you receive a fair premium and the premium credit that acknowledges your expertise, strong ethics, and commitment to excellence. For more information about the Diplomate professional liability credit, contact an ASCE professional liability specialist at 800-650-2723.
Did you know that the ASCE Foundation provides more than $1 million annually to support ASCE programs? ASCE Foundation initiatives include projects such as the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition, the ExCEEd: Excellence in Civil Engineering Education Teaching Workshops, K-12 outreach, our series of Failure to Act economic studies, and the release this month of our 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. Show your support for ASCE’s outstanding programs and make a gift to the ASCE Foundation today.
I am pleased to announce that ASCE recently finalized its calendar of webinars for Spring/Summer 2013. More than 170 webinars are being offered this spring and summer as we continue to expand our offerings in response to increasing requests from ASCE members for convenient, lower-cost continuing education programs. Also in response to members’ requests, we have continued to diversify our webinar offerings and instructors. More than 30 new topics will be covered in a wide variety of technical areas. Be sure to visit our on-line catalog for a complete list of webinars.
If you are a small firm, here is a great deal ASCE has for you: companies with fewer than five engineers will receive $100 off the webinar registration fee. In addition, to assist members who are unable to attend the Society’s live webinars, all ASCE webinars are recorded and accessible online, 24/7. On-demand (recorded) webinars on more than 220 topics are now available, with special reduced registration fees for individual engineers for on-demand webinars in addition to our usual site (group) registration fees. For additional information on ASCE’s live and on-demand webinars, call 800-548-2723.
The newest complete catalog of Continuing Education programs, featuring face-to-face seminars and on-demand programs, is also now here. With our new, 44-page Spring/Summer 2013 Continuing Education Catalog, you can easily search for upcoming programs to meet your professional development needs.
I am very pleased to announce three ASCE nominees for awards presented by the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) who will be honored at its April 22 banquet at the National Academy of Engineering. The honorees of this year’s AAES awards are Paul F. Mlakar, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, for the Norm Augustine Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Communications; Perry L. McCarty, Sc.D., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, for the Joan Hodges Queneau Palladium Medal; and John Murphy-Teixidor, for the Engineering Journalism Award.
Explore civil engineering history with ASCE’s new Web-based newsletter. Discover why a city in Kansas was named after a civil engineer, read about the great history of your profession, and know how your predecessors helped to build this country by reading our new History and Heritage Newsletter. This bi-monthly newsletter honors the rich history of civil engineers and their influence on the development of America and the world through the centuries.
Don’t forget to take five minutes and fill out our salary survey by March 31. Each year, ASCE encourages its members to enter their salary information in our Engineering Income and Salary Survey, which is an open-ended poll that gathers information continually to keep our members abreast of compensation trends. It lets engineers see how their salaries stack up against others in their region, industry, or age group. The data can be searched by organization type, number of full-time employees, revenue, industry, years in the industry, educational degree, age, and geography. Participating ASCE Fellows, distinguished members, and honorary members will get unlimited access.
The ASCE Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) is pleased to announce the formation of Graduate Student Chapters (GSCs) and encourages graduate student groups to establish their own local GSC. Participation in a GSC can help members connect with their peers and broaden their view of what it means to be a structural engineering professional. Learn how to form your own SEI Graduate Student Chapter. Membership is free, but SEI GSC members must be ASCE/SEI student members. Don’t miss out on this valuable SEI opportunity and member benefit.
— PATRICK J. NATALE, P.E., CAE, F.ASCE