ASCE: Working For You – May 2013

May 7, 2013

Patrick J. Natale_without nameEarning your professional engineer (P.E.) license is one of the most pivotal steps in your career, so make sure you are well prepared for this essential milestone by enrolling in an ASCE P.E. Exam Review Course. With ASCE courses you will learn from experienced instructors during live webinars and benefit from free on-demand recordings. And let me make this offer to you: if you register as an individual and you do not pass your exam, we will enroll you in the next course for free. As an added bonus, individuals or groups registering by July 1 can save $100 by using Promo Code EHPE13.

Many of you know that ASCE has become a widely recognized global leader in civil engineering, bringing the benefits of U.S. engineering practice and experience to practitioners around the world. Now, some of that engineering knowledge is coming back to the U.S. ASCE has recently partnered with the Research Institute of Highway, Ministry of Transport, Beijing (RIOH) to publish an English edition of the Chinese Journal of Highway and Transportation Research and Development in the ASCE Library. This new journal extends our Library’s existing collection of in-depth coverage of emerging civil engineering technologies with Chinese articles on road engineering, bridge engineering, tunnel engineering, ITS and traffic engineering, and transport economics. The online edition features select papers translated into English and is released quarterly.

From 1852 until today, ASCE has a long tradition of recognizing acknowledged eminence through our Distinguished Member program. There are now 637 engineers accorded this honor, and the Class of 2013 was recently announced by the Board of Direction. Please join me in applauding these 12 eminent engineers who will be formally inducted at ASCE’s 143rd Annual Civil Engineering Conference, October 10–12 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Their contributions to our profession make them role models for others. Nominations for the Class of 2014 are due to the ASCE Honors and Awards Program office by October 1.

ASCE also honors civil engineers through the Outstanding Projects And Leaders (OPAL) awards. Career accomplishments are recognized in the categories of Construction, Design, Education, Government, and Management. I encourage your participation by nominating outstanding professionals. Nominations are due to the ASCE Honors and Awards Program office by June 1.

You don’t want to miss this new member-only benefit from ASCE. Our Newsletter on the History and Heritage of American Civil Engineering is now a Web-based, bi-monthly publication, which explores the history of the profession and how civil engineers have influenced the development of this country and the world. You can view archived issues in PDF format dating back to November 2007. View the March/April 2013 issue today and read all the articles about the great engineering projects and the people who built them.

Civil engineers are natural leaders who design the pathways for our society. We allow communities to thrive by creating access to clean water, safe buildings, and efficient transportation systems. I would like to invite you to further demonstrate your leadership within the profession and community by making a philanthropic gift to the ASCE Foundation. Programs funded by the ASCE Foundation are designed to support ASCE’s Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025, including initiatives within all 3 focus priorities: Education for Today and Tomorrow, Policy and Participation, and Advancing the Practice. Each is equally important to help our profession solve the crisis of our failing infrastructure, which was outlined in the recently released 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. Help shape the future of our profession by giving a gift today. Your contribution will truly make a difference.

Big things will be occurring at ASCE’s 143rd Annual Civil Engineering Conference, October 10–12 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Do you want to be a part of the new and exciting things that are taking place? Let me cordially invite you to attend our new Distinguished Lecture Series, Opening Plenary Session, Celebration of Leaders Luncheon, Leadership and Society Awards Breakfast, Order of the Engineer ceremony, and Closing General Session Luncheon. You won’t be disappointed with the annual Industry Leaders Forum, which this year will feature a debate on the hot topic of hydraulic fracturing. And don’t forget it all kicks off on October 9, at the Ice Breaker Reception taking place at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. For a full listing of events and program information, explore our Annual 2013 conference Website.

I know many of you have downloaded ASCE’s Report Card to your phone or tablet, but did you know that there is also a Report Card Toolkit as well? ASCE’s infrastructure initiatives team has put together an online toolkit of infrastructure presentations, videos, state infrastructure information, infographics, and more for every member to use. Whether you’re speaking at a conference or to your city council, these tools are for you! For more information, contact Brittney Kohler at

Are you a graduating student about to look for your first job? Where would you like to be in your career 5, maybe 10 years from now? How will you get there? ASCE gives you the resources to answer these questions. Visit the Career Resources portion of our Career Connections website and check out ASCE’s “Career Paths in Civil Engineering.” You can search by career stages or find the services you need by using keywords or phrases. Is your resume standing between you and your next job? Get individual help from our experienced coaching staff. Let one of our professional writers create a resume and cover letter that will help open the door to your next interview and land the job you want today. You can also check your references to ensure they’re saying what you think they are. Whether moving along your current career path, looking to make a change, or ready to hire your next employee, ASCE’s Career Connections is your blueprint for the future.

If you have not had a chance to listen to any of the podcasts in our Insights series, let me call your attention to the latest installment, which features Christopher M. Stone, P.E., F.NSPE, F.ASCE. Mr. Stone is president of Clark Nexsen, P.C., an architecture and engineering firm headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia. Stone shares his unique insights and stresses the importance of family and education. He talks about his work for NASA and encourages young engineers to seek engineering mentors who are effective communicators—skills you only can learn on the job. Without a strong knowledge of the marketing and business development aspects of engineering, your great ideas may get lost. There’s something for all of us to learn in these Insights podcasts.

Because we value your membership in ASCE, we are committed to providing you with a single resource for your personal and professional insurance needs. The ASCE Member Insurance Program gives you the power of group purchasing and quality coverage at affordable rates. You can quickly and easily access plan descriptions through downloadable brochures, request coverage using downloadable applications, and contact a customer service representative for any assistance you may require. I urge you to take some time to review the options you have to help protect your family and career. You can start building your insurance portfolio with quality, portable coverage today. In addition, I want to invite you to utilize all that ASCE affords to help you achieve and surpass your career and personal goals. Visit our ASCE Member Benefits page to preview all of the benefits available to you as an ASCE Member.

I would like to invite you to recognize a colleague or Society member nationally by placing his or her name in nomination for the 2013 Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award. The award recognizes an engineer leader for a specific accomplishment or for lifetime achievements that demonstrate superior ethics and leadership while the individual participated in professional practice or service to the public. The recipient will be presented a certificate and an honorarium. More information and downloadable forms are available on our 2013 Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award Web page. Deadline to submit nominations [] is June 3.

I am very pleased to announce that ASCE now has available 2 new online courses in our sustainability series that will assist you in designing and implementing sustainable infrastructure projects. “Sustainable Project Management: Delivering Projects for a More Sustainable Infrastructure” is an 8-hour online course that will help you to: understand the urgency of achieving a more sustainable infrastructure; know what is required of the project manager to deliver sustainable projects; know the difference between traditional and sustainable project management; be articulate in the application of the Envision Sustainability Rating System for infrastructure projects; and understand and know how to apply key project management leadership competencies. You will earn 0.8 CEUs (8 PDHs) by taking this course and passing the exam upon completion of the course. “Ecological Systems: Maintaining and Enhancing Natural Features and Minimizing Adverse Impacts of Infrastructure Projects” is a 5-hour online course that will help you to: become familiar with the basic principles of ecology and develop an understanding of how ecosystems work; learn how to anticipate the ecological impacts of infrastructure projects; learn techniques to prevent, minimize, and mitigate these impacts; learn how to design infrastructure systems that contribute to productive, environmentally restorative, and socially desirable uses of land and protection of native flora and fauna; and learn which credits are available in the Envision Sustainability Rating System and how to earn them. You will earn 0.5 CEUs (5 PDHs) by taking this course and passing the exam upon completion of the course. For your convenience, these online, on-demand courses can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

ASCE is always looking for ways to provide tools, resources, and knowledge to our members to help you acquire the skills that you need to become an effective Section or Branch leader. This spring, the Leader Training Committee (LTC) hosted 2 webinars for our Section and Branch leaders. The themes of the webinar were government advocacy/relations and public outreach. The presentation and Q&A session featured 4 active Section leaders speaking from their own successful Section experiences in an effort to help other Sections and Branches expand their programs in these areas. The LTC also produced a Section and Branch Best Practices publication showcasing Section and Branch programs and activities which have been proven successful. Each Best Practice also describes the processes and steps to arrive at those results. If you are a Section or Branch leader, this is information that you don’t want to miss.

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