Are you a rising leader? Do you have the tools to effectively lead your organization? At the Emerging Leaders Alliance Conference you will develop leadership skills in social styles, personal vision, team building, leading innovation, and more. The purpose of the conference, first conceived in 2008 with ASCE as a founding member, is to provide cost-effective, high-quality leadership training for emerging leaders in the engineering and scientific community. This year, 8 Society members will be selected to attend on behalf of ASCE. There is no registration fee to attend if selected by ASCE; however, travel expenses and arrangements are the responsibility of the participant. The 2014 Emerging Leaders Alliance Conference will be held November 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Reston, Virginia. Applications are due by July 1, and selected applicants will be notified in August. Join the dozens of other civil engineers who have attended this conference in the past and learned not only how to be better and more effective leaders but also how to work with different professional disciplines and with diverse cultural groups.
I am very proud to say that since its founding in 1994, the ASCE Foundation has inspired a generous spirit of giving within the civil engineering profession. Since then, the Foundation has provided support to a variety of significant projects that have advanced ASCE and the civil engineering community, including ASCE’s 150th Anniversary, National Engineers Week, the National Infrastructure Vision Summit, and Envision, the sustainability infrastructure rating tool, just to name a few. Over the past 20 years the Foundation has raised more than $20 million for critical ASCE programs such as our ExCEEd workshops, the National Concrete Canoe Competition, the Student Steel Bridge Competition, pre-college outreach programs, the 2013 Report Card, our Section 100th anniversary celebrations, and much more. This year is a milestone as the Foundation celebrates 20 years of giving back and building a culture of philanthropy within the profession. Their birthday wish is to continue to pay it forward to students and young professionals—our future civil engineering leaders. You can join in their celebration by making a special birthday gift to the Foundation. Your gift will honor the past 20 years as well as benefit the future.
Historians tell us that in 1914 the Panama Canal was finished on time and within budget, but after completion a challenge remained: how to tame the flood waters of Chagres River, known to rise 25 feet in a day during monsoon season. Solution: civil engineers erected a dam that formed the world’s then-largest human-made lake. In one of the most highly anticipated annual conferences ASCE has ever organized, I am very excited to invite you to our Global Engineering Conference 2014, October 7-11 in Panama City, Panama. Together, we will have unique opportunities to not only celebrate the 100th anniversary of the legendary Panama Canal but to hear great speakers — including Jorge L. Quijano, CEO of the Panama Canal Authority, and Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick, Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — talk about “giga projects,” focusing on construction, financial, political, and engineering aspects. Included in your registration is a tour of the Panama Canal. Registration opens this month; this is one conference you won’t want to miss.
Traveling to Panama for our Global Engineering Conference 2014 is surprisingly easy, but you will need to renew or apply for your passport. Specific information on passport requirements can be found at the U.S. Department of State website. See you in Panama.
Using a single sheet of paper, how many metal washers can be loaded on a paper bridge before it collapses? This civil engineering question and many more were answered at the ASCE booth during the titanic 3rd USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, April 26-27 in Washington D.C. Billed as “the largest celebration of science and engineering in the U.S.” with more than 250,000 people in attendance, the festival featured more than 3,000 hands-on activities, 150 performances and lectures, book signings, a career pavilion, and hundreds of exhibits with leading-edge technology. At the ASCE booth called, “Civil Engineers Build Bridges, Connect People,” children and adults were able to build a 5-foot foam arch, build bridges from single sheets of paper to find out how much weight they could hold, or build a 12-foot-long cable-stayed bridge from clothesline and shipping boxes. Visitors were able to view a video of interesting bridges from around the world, meet with members of the George Mason University Steel Bridge Team who displayed their bridge, and much more. ASCE also hosted a second booth as part of the EPA P3 National Sustainable Design Expo, housed within the festival, where attendees had a chance to learn about permeable pavement and sustainable civil engineering by visiting ASCEville. Ultimately, attendees were amazed to learn that it took 575 washers before the paper bridge collapsed.
Being sued can affect more than just your professional reputation. Are you prepared for the financial obligation that can come from one claim? Even if your name is cleared, the time taken away from work and the financial impact of defending yourself (upwards of $275,000) in a legal dispute can be taxing in more ways than one. ASCE now offers members professional liability insurance specifically designed with civil engineers in mind. Competitively priced and offered exclusively to members, ASCE has the coverage you can rely on to protect your professional and financial security, with coverage limits up to $5,000,000 and earning reimbursements up to $500 per day. For more information, call (800)650-ASCE (2723).
I would like to share with you the availability of two new online, on-demand courses from ASCE. The first course, Introduction to Tunnel Design and Construction, examines key aspects of design, specification, cost, construction, and risk management during tunnel design and construction as well as the selection and installation of tunnel lining and the construction of shafts. The second course, Community Participation: Effective Stakeholder Involvement Throughout the Project Lifecycle, provides practical advice and information on educating the public, as well as clients, partners, and regulatory decision-makers, about sustainability. The course is enriched by real stories from engineers who have succeeded and struggled with stakeholder involvement. You will learn about the context in which the public views engineering, the different expectations among different types of stakeholders, the factors that might require more intensive techniques, the roles outside experts can play, and the methods for evaluating the effectiveness of stakeholder involvement. ASCE’s online, on-demand courses provide a convenient and effective way to gain practical, real-world knowledge and earn PDHs. They can be accessed at your convenience 24/7.
I am excited to announce the recent launch of our new online buyer’s guide, the Civil Engineering Vendor Search. The online buyer’s guide is designed to help you easily find the industry-specific services and supplies that you need to support yourself and your organization. Search through the guide today.
— PATRICK J. NATALE, P.E., CAE, F.ASCE