Often these days, much of the talk around your office water cooler probably centers on what you need to be adding to your Netflix queue (hint: the answer is Dream Big.)
ASCE is here to help you elevate the level of office discourse.
The ASCE 2018 Convention, Oct. 12-15 in Denver, has short courses, tours, and sessions to boost your career.
You can bank valuable professional development hours, expand your skill set, and – most importantly, who are we kidding? – pick up insights that will impress your colleagues around the office.
Here are five can’t-miss sessions at the ASCE 2018 Convention:
1. Resilient Coastal Design in an Uncertain Future
Sea-level rise isn’t a problem reserved for coastal cities. It’s affecting the entire world. And it’s going to take innovative civil engineers to save the day.
This session will cover the latest flood-risk modeling, coastal design case studies, and a new rating system for waterfront design.
2. Interview to Win
So you’ve been shortlisted for your dream engineering project or position? Congrats!
Now it’s time to successfully deliver your ideas and stand out from the crowd. ASCE Fellow David T. Williams, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, outlines the secrets to a successful interview.
3. Collaboration Model Between Practicing Professionals and University
Everyone benefits from an open line of communication between civil engineering students and civil engineering professionals. At the University of California, Irvine, they’ve been connecting students with local CEs for more than 30 years.
They call it the UC-Irvine Affiliates program, and this session will give you ideas on how to replicate their successes at your school or engineering practice.
4. Fight to the Finish: The Transcontinental Railroad
The saying goes something like this: Learn your history so you don’t repeat the mistakes of the past.
But it’s also good to learn your history so you can repeat the successes of the past.
Case in point: the Transcontinental Railroad. With its 150th anniversary approaching next spring, it’s a great time to take note of one of civil engineering’s most ambitious projects.
5. Engineering: How Do We Compare to Other Professions?
Perspective is always a good thing. Breaking out of your silo and getting an outsider’s view can change your entire way of thinking on a topic.
So it will be interesting to see the ideas this session shakes loose when a panel of professionals from engineering, law, and medicine compares notes about advanced education and early career training.