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October 20, 2016

Brent Darnell, Aff.M.ASCE, is president and owner of Atlanta-based Brent Darnell International. For more information, email brent@brentdarnell.com or visit brentdarnell.com. The long-standing issue of diversity and inclusion is reaching a tipping point. I have attended…Read More >>

President Mark Woodson and Executive Director Tom Smith stand atop the newly dedicated international historic landmark Cape Agulhas Lighthouse in South Africa.
July 6, 2016

The past 10 months have brought clear and unmistakable statements from organizations at the heart of licensure: The future education of P.E.s can’t remain stuck in a century-old holding pattern. At its recent annual meeting…Read More >>

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June 7, 2016

As part of our newly coordinated global strategy to more aggressively advance ASCE’s goals internationally, Executive Director Tom Smith and I traveled to South Africa, to meet with leaders to discuss a myriad of different…Read More >>

January 28, 2016

Recently a few states have considered doing away with professional licensure. Those pushing the concept that licensure is an unnecessary barrier to employment fail to recognize the crucial role professional licensure plays in protecting the…Read More >>

Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: CSX Railroad to Michoud Canal Levee
September 4, 2015

The 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina prompted the New Orleans community and the nation to reflect on the tragic events of Aug. 29, 2005. The tragedy was an example of the important role infrastructure plays…Read More >>

ASCE Treasurer Dennis Truax, Chair of NCEES’s Advisory Committee on Council Activities presents Position Statement 35 Future Education Requirements for Engineering Licensure. Seated is ASCE member Mike Conzett.
August 21, 2015

This week, NCEES, the organization representing engineering licensing boards, held its annual meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia. Not surprisingly, ASCE is deeply invested in the issues discussed and debated by NCEES delegates. After all, civil engineers…Read More >>

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June 24, 2015

About a month ago, I spoke to the Student Chapter at the American University in Dubai. I asked the students, “Was there a time that you thought you might not want to be a civil…Read More >>

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June 8, 2015

With summer comes lots of opportunities to embrace what the season has to offer. It’s a time when kids are out of school, and we spend more time with family enjoying the warmer weather. Many…Read More >>

President Stevens with Dr. Sameh El-Sayeh and Majed Shoman
June 2, 2015

I’m back from my second trip to the United Arab Emirates in three months where I presented at a global project management conference and visited two UAE universities. This hosted trip began at the American…Read More >>

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May 11, 2015

Critical to our nation’s transportation infrastructure is the Highway Trust Fund. This fund is America’s federal bank account for transportation, and every year, states share over $45 billion to repair and modernize their roads, bridges…Read More >>