You’ve heard me say it before and you’ll hear me say it again – when it comes to infrastructure and other civil engineering-related issues, the public wants to hear from you. Yes, you – civil engineers! Research has shown that civil engineers are trusted voices in the community. So what are you waiting for?
Follow your local news and look for stories related to civil engineering. You may be surprised at how often a story catches your eye. If you read a story and have an opinion on the topic, take advantage of the opportunity!
Jim Pajk, a past president of ASCE’s Ohio Council, recently came across such an opportunity and submitted a letter to the editor to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. In the letter, he talked about the recent appointment of professional engineers to high-ranking positions in the Ohio Department of Transportation, including director. Jim cited the importance of having qualified individuals ready to address the challenges Ohio’s infrastructure faces. (Bonus – he even had an opportunity to cite the 2009 Ohio Infrastructure Report Card!) Read more in his letter posted online.
In addition to providing an opportunity to share your professional opinion, letters to the editor are a great way to continue talking about your local infrastructure report card after its release.
Have you submitted a letter to the editor before? Like I said, what are you waiting for? Get out there and let your voice be heard!
Manager, State Public Relations