Thanks for joining me on my blog as your new ASCE President. During my year in office, I’ll share some of my views on current civil engineering-related issues affecting our profession, including how ASCE fits in. I’ll then read your replies and respond to the most thought-provoking comments.
To all who have suffered losses due to Hurricane Sandy, I extend my sympathies and wishes for as full a recovery as possible.
Sandy was so enormous, so unprecedented, it actually made “hurricane” seem inadequate to describe it. The huge swath of damage it inflicted on the Northeast has been estimated at $50 billion and continues to climb. Most tragically, scores of people have died. Fortunately, most residents in Sandy’s path heeded evacuation warnings, so the toll is not as severe as it could have been.
Are we entering a new era of “superstorms,” as the media dubbed Sandy? If so, what should civil engineers be doing to prevent devastation on a huge scale? Are we really going to need Netherlands-style dikes to protect New York City? Will we need to build levees up and down the Eastern seaboard? Could this change how we define sustainability?
Offer your thoughts below on what “superstorms” may mean for the future of civil engineering. This critical issue deserves a robust conversation.
Before signing off, I want to encourage you to join me in contributing to relief efforts. The American Red Cross, ASCE’s official partner for relief efforts, has been busy helping those hit hardest by Sandy. The fastest and easiest way to provide financial support for relief efforts is to text the word “Redcross” (one word) to 90999. You will donate $10 automatically, which will appear on your cell phone bill. There also are other worthy agencies conducting relief efforts deserving of your help.