Please join me in welcoming Tom Smith as our new executive director. A civil engineer by training, Tom has served as assistant executive director of ASCE since October 2004 and general counsel since January 1997, so he brings a wealth of experience to his new responsibilities, which will begin January 1. During his tenure, Tom has provided leadership, direction, and management oversight across a wide spectrum of ASCE’s programs, operations, and strategic initiatives, working closely with ASCE geographic and technical organizations and affiliates worldwide. After my 12 years as executive director, we will not skip a beat with Tom. He will work to advance ASCE as the global leader for the profession, guided by The Vision for Civil Engineering 2025; continue to strengthen protection of the public through educational requirements for licensure; and maintain ASCE’s position as the lead voice for infrastructure renewal and sustainability. Having worked closely with Tom, I know he brings with him our and the Society’s shared core values of integrity, honesty, trust, respect, professionalism, member service, innovation, collaboration, inclusion, and excellence. I couldn’t be leaving us in better hands. I am proud of Tom and I know he will serve ASCE and lead it successfully into the future.
Haven’t made your reservations yet for Panama? Next month we’ll hold our Global Engineering Conference 2014 (October 7-11) in Panama City, Panama, and you won’t want to miss it. Along with an exclusive tour of the Panama Canal, you’ll hear from our keynote speaker Jorge L. Quijano, administrator of the Panama Canal Authority, who will share how the authority is managing the construction of one of the world’s biggest infrastructure projects – the Panama Canal Expansion. At our Industry Leaders Forum, Thomas P. Bostick, Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will explain what it is like overseeing the nation’s infrastructure and military construction, and we will end the conference with the dynamism of our closing keynote speaker, Grant Imahara, an engineer on Discovery’s show Mythbusters. Add a host of Distinguished Lectures and sessions and an Engineers Without Borders–USA credit course, and you have an experience for a lifetime. Registration is now open, celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal!
Congratulations to the 8 Society members who were selected to represent ASCE during the 2014 Emerging Leaders Alliance (ELA) leadership conference scheduled for November 9-12 in Reston, Virginia. The ELA is a partnership between engineering and scientific organizations seeking to provide an interdisciplinary community of learning and to promote the development of great leaders to guide our professions in addressing the needs of 21st century society. For attendees, the ELA is a unique opportunity to sharpen their leadership skills, increase their visibility in the engineering community, and network with engineers and scientists from a cross section of disciplines. This year, ASCE selected Eset Alemu and Natalie Weiershausen (2 of the 2014 New Faces of Civil Engineering), Allen Townsend, Chad Schrand, Gidti Ludesirishoti, Samantha Beaulac, Rudraprasad Bhattacharyya, and Amber Girard. Many past attendees have gone on to leadership positions in both ASCE and their workplace, and have received numerous Society awards. Sound interesting? Stay tuned next spring for an announcement of how and when you can apply to participate in the 2015 ELA conference.
Last month, the ASCE Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary, and there is no better time to thank the Foundation for all the valuable Society programs they support than by making a gift when you renew your Society membership. Writing in a gift on your renewal form to underwrite important ASCE programs will make a lasting impact on the civil engineering profession for generations to come. In the past year alone, the Foundation supported the 2013 Report Card on America’s Infrastructure, congressional fellows, Engineers Week, New Faces of Civil Engineering, the ISI Envision rating tool, ExCEEd faculty training workshops, the Failure to Act series, LEED certification on our headquarter building in Reston, the National Concrete Canoe Competition, the National Steel Bridge Competition, precollege outreach, Section 100th anniversaries, the Engineering Encounters Bridge Design Contest, and much more. By making a gift, together we can make a difference.
Please help me recognize outstanding civil engineers. ASCE annually presents more than 85 Society awards to an incredible group of deserving individuals. Don’t miss this opportunity to acknowledge one of your peers, supervisors, or mentors for their research or achievements. The nomination deadlines for many of these prestigious awards that are presented in 2015 are due by November 1. To view a complete list of awards and calendar of deadlines, visit ASCE’s award page or contact us directly. Let’s honor those who have given so much to the civil engineering profession.
Speaking of awards, have you gone above and beyond to represent ASCE and the civil engineering profession with your elected official? Well, you can be our next Outstanding Civil Engineer Advocate of the Year. If you are one of the many ASCE Key Contacts actively building relationships with and educating your elected leaders on issues important to the civil engineering profession, then ASCE would like to recognize your efforts. You can nominate an individual (including yourself), and a group such as an ASCE Section, Branch, or Younger Member Group can nominate themselves. The nomination submission deadline is October 17. Details and nomination forms are now available from the ASCE Government Relations website.
Renew your ASCE membership early for a chance to win valuable prizes. Being an ASCE member provides many benefits, including providing 5 free PDHs (1 hour on-demand webinars) per year, free eLearning (live webinars), discounts on publications and other resources such as Civil Engineering magazine, SmartBrief, and much more. But wait, renew your 2015 membership 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 a high of $250, so 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 of these opportunities to win. Renew today and you could be celebrating the holidays with a brand new television.
As an ASCE member, your voice matters greatly. We are interested in learning more about the most important workplace and career experiences in your own life, and are asking our members to consider participating in a study on “Why Men & Women Stay in Engineering.” This study, the first of its kind, is being conducted in collaboration with the American Association of Engineering Societies by the researchers behind the groundbreaking study Stemming The Tide: Why Women Leave Engineering. It is designed to systematically document what engineers enjoy the most and least about their jobs, workplaces, and ultimately the engineering profession. This nationwide survey of women and men currently working as engineers will help ASCE and other engineering professional societies, employers, policymakers, and educators to thoughtfully craft initiatives that optimize engineers’ engagement in technical careers and workplaces. As a small token of appreciation for contributing your time and insights, the research team will enter all the participants in a raffle for a combination of large and small gift certificates worth $5,000 on Amazon.com. The survey closes on September 30. Please direct any questions about the study to Constance Thompson, ASCE’s senior manager for diversity, at (800) 548-2723 x 6405.
— PATRICK J. NATALE, P.E., CAE, F.ASCE