Ben Walpole
Ben Walpole

Ben Walpole is associate editor for ASCE News, celebrating member achievements, updating members on Society news, and promoting civil engineering as a whole.

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Society News

2018 Innovation Contest logo WEB FEAT
May 17, 2018

The third annual edition makes it nearly a tradition. Each spring, the ASCE Innovation Contest spotlights creative, talented engineers and their brilliant new ideas. The 2018 crop of winners...
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Society News

ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith, left, talks with author J.D. Vance and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola during a panel discussion at the Infrastructure Week DC Kickoff Event. PHOTO: Joy Asico/AP Images for Infrastructure Week
May 17, 2018

The D-plus grade outlined in last year’s Infrastructure Report Card is no easy fix. Fortunately, Infrastructure Week 2018 shows that ASCE has plenty of partners eager to take on the...
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Society News

“We waited to start a family until we were well-established in our careers,” Ariel Christenson said. “... But then we were like, ‘You know what, it’s time for the next stage in our life. We’re ready to have a family.'" PHOTO: Ariel Christenson
May 10, 2018

It’s a tight-knit group, this 3 a.m. texting club. Ariel Christenson is a proud member. These days – or more accurately, these nights – she finds herself awake in the hazy daze between...
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Society News

DreamBigDVDFeatImage
May 10, 2018

The hit rate is astounding. Students watch the film Dream Big: Engineering Our World and, in nearly every case, come away excited and motivated about STEM subjects. Take the kids down in Rio...
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Society News

The 2018 National Concrete Canoe Competition is June 23-25 in San Diego. PHOTO: Barry Staver
May 8, 2018

The 2018 National Concrete Canoe Competition field is complete. Under a revised format this year, six university teams that did not qualify through their spring student conference competitions...
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Society News

Denver is the perfect civil engineering destination for the ASCE 2018 Convention.
May 2, 2018

Edward Stafford was born and raised in Colorado. He wouldn’t have it any other way. “I’ve always been in Colorado. I love Colorado,” said Stafford, P.E., PTOE, F.ASCE, a member of the...
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Society News

Election 2018
May 1, 2018

The ASCE officers election opens today, May 1, with votes accepted through 11:59 p.m. ET, June 1. Members at the grade of Associate and above in good standing as of April 1 will be eligible to vote...
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Society News

CERT WEB FEAT
April 26, 2018

Each month, the ASCE News Civil Engineering Roundtable showcases insights on important industry topics from a cross-section of ASCE members. With spring graduation approaching on college campuses...
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Society News

The Purdue project team: from left, Ruoxing Wang, Wentao Zhong, Wenzhuo Wu, Jun Chen, and Unmesha Kale. PHOTO: DeEtte Starr/Purdue University
April 20, 2018

As the saying goes, “When it rains, it pours.” In central Africa, though, to be accurate you’d have to say “When it rains, it pours … for eight straight months.” The lengthy rainy...
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Society News

ASCE offers a construction engineering certificate program.
April 19, 2018

Doug Gransberg, Ph.D., P.E., FRICS, M.ASCE, has the ideal background for helping construction-oriented civil engineers elevate their careers to the next level. He knows academia – having taught...
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