ASCE: Working for You – October 2014

October 14, 2014

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Many  ASCE members – myself included – share a passion for promoting our profession to the next generation. Each year, the Structural Engineering Institute partners with the National Council of Structural Engineers to produce a poster illustrating how a career in engineering can help you “Make Your Mark” in the world. The poster is perfect for classrooms and guidance offices, and is available free upon request. Email your request, with the address and the number of posters needed, to Suzanne Fisher. ASCE’s manager of Operations for the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI). 

Would you like to help tell the story of the future of structural engineering? If you’re a student member and you think you have what it takes to put together a team to write, produce, and film your own video, consider entering the SEI  competition “Achieving the Vision: Structural Engineers as Leaders & Innovators.” The short video should be based on the SEI Vision for the Future of Structural Engineering and Structural Engineers: A Case for Change. The winning video will be shown at the Structures Congress (www.structurescongress.org) April 23-25, 2015, in Portland, Oregon. The winning team will receive complimentary registration for up to 5 students and their faculty advisor to participate in the full program at the Structures Congress, including special opportunities for students to meet and mix with industry and academic leaders. Project deadline is December 12, so get started now.

Do you know a student member who represents the “New Face” of civil engineering? Each year, as part of the DiscoverE Foundation’s New Faces of Engineering Recognition Program, ASCE recognizes 10 outstanding students who demonstrate the best of civil engineering – academic achievement, early career leadership, and community service. Nominations are open through November 14. ASCE members who are 3rd, 4th, or 5th-year students are eligible. More details as well as the nomination forms are available now.

 Have you met Phil? Since joining the ASCE Foundation 2 years ago and graciously accepting our offer of service as Foundation ambassador and mascot, Phil the Philanthropist Hedgehog , a cute 7-inch stuffed animal, has been traveling the world visiting civil engineers and the projects they design. Already, Phil has visited over 10 universities and ASCE Younger Member Sections exploring their local engineering sites, and he recently took an international trip to Italy. He has extensive experience traveling in suitcases, passing through security checkpoints, and posing for photos. Only recently, Phil was spotted with the USC Student Chapter at a USC football game, observing a local Steel Bridge Competition, and enjoying Disneyland. However, it is not all fun for Phil since he also emphasizes to members the important message of paying it forward by making a generous gift to the Foundation. Every contribution makes a lasting impact on the civil engineering profession for generations to come. Phil and I both agree, by making a gift, together we can make a difference.

 Have you earned all the Professional Development Hours (PDHs) you need to renew your P.E. license? To assist members in states with a December 31 P.E. license renewal deadline, ASCE will hold more than 65 live webinars  and more than 40 live seminars between now and the end of the year.

Too busy with work to attend a live seminar or webinar? ASCE also offers a variety of on-demand seminars and more than 300 on-demand webinars that you can take 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at times that are convenient for you. ASCE’s on-demand seminars are available this fall at a special discounted price. Simply enter promo code ASCE25 when purchasing on-demand seminars and save 25%. I encourage you to visit our continuing education homepage to view our live and on-demand seminars and webinars.

 ASCE membership is all about you. Don’t believe me? Let me introduce you to ASCE’s online Professional Interest Inventory (PII). It’s really easy to use and takes less than 5 minutes to quickly identify your professional needs. Once we know what’s important to you, we will then be better able to serve you and help you meet your career goals. Log on to our PII, check off your preferences, and submit; it’s that easy.

Whether you’re renting a car, charging groceries on your credit card, or insuring your car or house, ASCE membership has its advantages. As an ASCE member, we can help you save money on a wide range of services, from travel and technology, to financial, insurance, and health. To learn more about the full range of Member Advantages, visit our member benefits page today.

Have you renewed your ASCE membership for 2015 yet? Renewing your membership opens you up to a wealth of benefits that will serve you throughout your career. Members receive 5 free PDHs (1-hour on-demand webinars) per year, free eLearning (live webinars), discounts on publications and other resources, Civil Engineering magazine, SmartBrief, and much more. Renew today and you could win a Visa Gift Card! ASCE will draw 6 total winners between September 23 and December 10. Gift cards start at $250 and will decrease after every drawing. That means the earlier you renew, the bigger your chances to win. Plus, you will be entered in the Grand Prize drawing on December 16 for a 50-inch flat-panel TV! Don’t miss any opportunities to win, renew your membership today.

 Have you taken advantage of our new learning management system, myLearning? When managing your professional development and license renewal, myLearning is a great way to keep online records of your PDHs, print certificates of completion, print transcripts, take online tests, and much more. Discover new possibilities with this new PDH tracker and personalized hub for your continuing education needs.

                                        —   PATRICK J. NATALE, P.E., CAE, F.ASCE
                                                                Executive Director         

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