ASCE: Working For You – September 2013

September 4, 2013

Patrick J. Natale_with full nameI would like to invite you to watch the lastest Insights podcast episode featuring ASCE Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel Thomas Smith III, CAE, M.ASCE. Tom strongly believes that it is the obligation of the civil engineer to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare. In this podcast, he shares his insights about sustainability and smart innovation as well as ethical standards, challenges and conduct, and where helpful resources can be found. Hear about the person Tom admires most, who had a profound impact on his life. Each month, our ASCE Insights series features honest, straightforward viewpoints, based on unique experiences and interests, and tackles a wide range of compelling issues that you don’t want to miss. Insights is sponsored by the ASCE Industry Leaders Council.

I am very pleased to announce a new ASCE / Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) Distinguished Speakers Webinar Series. The series will offer a unique opportunity to hear and learn from recognized leaders in the environmental and water resources field. It features a total of 9 webinars presented by Diplomats from the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers and ASCE Distinguished Members. The series will begin on Wednesday, October 16, and will be offered several Wednesdays a month through the end of January 2014. All webinars in the series will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time. In addition, Webinar Series registrants will receive unlimited access to all 9 webinars in the series on-demand at no additional charge. And if you are unable to attend the live webinar, you will be able to listen to the on-demand recording of the session at your convenience 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This webinar series is co-sponsored by ASCE’s Environmental and Water Resources Institute and Continuing Education Department.

This year, for the first time, the ASCE annual conference will feature a Distinguished Lecture Series showcasing some of the Society’s best-selling authors. Each day during our 143rd Annual Civil Engineering Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 9-12, one notable civil engineering author and/or editor will host a session on their work and its impact on the civil engineering profession. Please join me in attending sessions with Peggy Layne, P.E., author of Women in Engineering: Pioneers and Trailblazers and Women in Engineering: Professional Life, and Norbert J. Delatte, Ph.D., P.E., P.ASCE, author of Beyond Failure: Forensic Case Studies for Civil Engineers and current editor of ASCE’s Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend these new, one-of-a-kind sessions, brought to you by the ASCE Publications Department. And don’t forget, there is still time to register. I hope to see you in Charlotte.

Just in time for back-to-school, ASCE has new tools and resources available to promote the civil engineering profession and support STEM education in K-12 classrooms. First, our interactive educational site ASCEville [http://www.asceville.org], now includes more than 100 fun, hands-on civil engineering activities, making it easy for parents, educators and engineer mentors to introduce kids to the engineering design process. Activities are catalogued by topic, materials and time needed, grade-level recommendations, and educational setting to make it easy to quickly find appropriate activities. ASCEville also has a new section on bridges, where kids learn not only the principles of physics, such as tension and compression, but also gain insight into the civics of bridge building and the decisions that engineers make to balance public need with costs, efficiency, safety, design, and appearance. In addition, ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute is offering an exciting free poster to encourage students to pursue a career in civil engineering. Called “Make Your Mark,” the poster features a photo of the Summer Olympic Stadium in London, England. Limited supplies of the poster are available upon request by contacting, Suzanne Fisher, manager of Operations of ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute.

I would like to thank all of you who have been an invaluable resource to the ASCE Foundation and given generously through your charitable contributions. Your gifts have enabled the Foundation to support many of ASCE’s important programs and initiatives, including precollege outreach like those above, as well as our 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, Engineers Week, the ISI EnvisionTM Rating Tool, ExCEEd workshops, the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition, the ASCE National Steel Bridge Competition, the West Point Bridge Design Contest, and more. But did you know the Foundation can be a resource for you, too? The Foundation maintains a website full of estate planning resources and they are completely free. Whether you are new to the term estate planning or are considering a planned gift that benefits your family and the causes you love, start your research at the Foundation’s newly launched interactive page, which helps you put together the pieces that fit your life goals.

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

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