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January 1, 2015

 New Faces of Civil Engineering Are Inspiring!

ASCE Executive Director, Tom Smith

ASCE Executive Director, Tom Smith

Last month, ASCE introduced our 2015 New Faces of Civil Engineering.  These 10 individuals – aged 30 years or younger – exhibit leadership, excellence, confidence, curiosity, integrity, sound judgment, and a positive attitude. They were chosen not only for their technical knowledge but their commitment to the organizational values of ASCE, as outlined by The Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025, “entrusted by society to create a sustainable world and enhance the global quality of life.” I invite all of you to read the article in ASCE News and watch their individual videos to find out more about these 10 remarkable young engineers. Since the first New Faces class was introduced in 2002, we have eagerly watched as many of these young civil engineers have gone on to use their creativity and technical skills to plan, design, construct, and operate the facilities essential to the quality of life, ranging from bridges and highway systems to water treatment plants and energy­-efficient buildings. Some have chosen the path to be leaders and volunteers within the ASCE community by becoming elected to leadership positions in their local Section and Branches, or at the national level. It is these special individuals, who have accomplished so much in such a short period of time, that clearly represent the future of the profession. We could not be more proud of them.

Tom Smith

ASCE Is Working for You

Teaching 3Did you know that more than 159,000 PDHs were issued by ASCE in 2014, helping many ASCE members to stay current and meet their licensure requirements? ASCE has available many online, on-demand seminars covering a wide variety of technical and management topics and continues to develop new online, on-demand seminars in response to members’ needs. The latest online course, “Low Impact Development (LID) Applications for Water Resource Management,” introduces an innovative approach to stormwater management that is being implemented by federal agencies and state and local governments for aquatic resource protection and regulatory compliance. The 10-hour online LID course focuses on strategies and techniques in planning, engineering, constructing, and determining the effectiveness of LID. When you register for the LID course or for any ASCE on-demand seminar, you will receive unlimited 24/7 access to the course for up to 1 year.

 buffalo-snowfallIn the wake of the record snowfall and roof collapses throughout Buffalo and Western New York State, ASCE is proud to release a new book, Snow-Related Roof Collapse during the Winter of 2010–2011: Implications for Building Codes. This book describes an investigation into nearly 500 roof collapses and snow-related roof problems that occurred in the northeastern United States during the winter of 2010–2011. The key issue is whether the collapses and poor roof performance were the result of snow loads exceeding what was prescribed in building codes or of structural capacity that was significantly less than required by the building codes. Weather data from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island is examined, along with case studies of snow-related roof problems derived from databases of 3 states and 5 engineering firms.

 networking-tips-for-engineersStudents are invited to apply for Society Scholarships and Society Fellowships for the fall of 2015.  Undergrads may apply for the Lawrence W. and Francis W. Cox Scholarship; Eugene C. Figg, Jr., Civil Engineering Scholarship; John Lenard Civil Engineering Scholarship; Robert B. B. and Josephine N. Moorman Scholarship; Samuel Fletcher Tapman ASCE Student Chapter Scholarship; and Y. C. Yang Civil Engineering Scholarship. Graduate students may apply for the Trent R. Dames and William W. Moore Fellowship, Freeman Fellowship, J. Waldo Smith Hydraulic Fellowship, and Arthur S. Tuttle Fellowship. Complete applications, including current transcripts, are due February 10, 2015. Complete information on Scholarships and Fellowships is now available.

Natalie and Sign2014 was a momentous year for the ASCE Foundation. The Foundation celebrated 20 years of giving back to the civil engineering profession, and it is looking forward to the next 20 years. Last year, the Foundation experienced a record level of giving from generous ASCE members. An example of this outpouring of support is the Foundation’s recent celebration of Giving Tuesday on December 2, where over 40 ASCE members and staff showed their support for the profession with a gift. The Foundation experienced a record amount in donations, exceeding its goal of $10,000 for a total of $12,025 given in just 1 day. To truly understand the impact of gifts like these, visit the Foundation’s website or watch this video featuring past president Kathy Caldwell talking about the importance of some of the ASCE programs funded with charitable contributions. The Foundation thanks everyone who has made its 20th birthday a success. Two decades of giving back to civil engineering does not happen without the support of generous ASCE members, and I am honored to be a part of this amazing community.

UK-componentsThis month, ASCE’s Board will vote on a proposal to formally launch the new Infrastructure Resilience Division (IRD), which will focus on fostering cross communication and develop collaborations among the worlds of lifelines, civil infrastructure, and hazards, resulting in a cohesive approach to resilience that will facilitate the development of guidelines, standards, and dissemination of knowledge.  The merger will help avoid duplications within ASCE and encourage building on each other’s strengths and human capital, as well as providing the opportunity to take on more responsibility and accountability for budget priorities and expenditures. The primary need for the IRD is to develop a common approach to advance the concepts of resilience in our nation’s civil infrastructure and lifeline systems. In addition, it will serve to actively and strategically coordinate with other ASCE entities as well as allied associations and other stakeholders on resilience concepts. The IRD will provide leadership to units internal and external to ASCE, as well as communities nationally and globally, for civil infrastructure and lifeline system engineering resilience. Watch ASCE News for more information.

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