ASCE Narrows to Two Nominees for 2014 President-Elect

March 27, 2013

Robert D. Stevens, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, and Mark W. Woodson, P.E., L.S., F.ASCE, have been selected by the Board of Direction’s Nominating Committee as the two official nominees for the position of 2014 ASCE president-elect.

ASCE’s election, which will also include Region and At-Large directors and Region governors, begins on June 15 and will close on August 14.

Stevens has been actively involved in the Society since 1961, when he was a member of the University of Akron’s student chapter. Over the years he has lent his time and expertise to no fewer than 38 ASCE and Transportation and Development Institute committees, and within T&DI he has served as president, vice president, and treasurer. Stevens was executive vice president for ARCADIS, U.S., Inc., and oversaw the firm’s infrastructure division and managed its transportation practice until his retirement in 2007. Stevens served as a member of the ASCE Board of Direction as director of ASCE’s Technical Region from 2009 to 2012, was a member of the Society’s Executive Committee from 2011 to 2012, and since last year has been the chair of the Committee on Technical Advancement. He also sits on the governing boards of Engineers Without Borders–USA and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

“In these challenging times, it’s still great to be a civil engineer,” Stevens wrote in the official vision statement he provided for his candidacy. “While civil engineers can provide society the infrastructure that it needs, it is only possible for us to do that if funds are available to do it. Both our Infrastructure Report Card and Failure to Act reports provide valuable information. They are helping us get the message out that the condition of our infrastructure is not what it should be or could be and that more public- and private-sector funding is needed. While we are doing a great job getting this message out to the public and our elected officials, more needs to be done. We especially need to do more to enhance our efforts towards influencing public policy. I see an ASCE that is an even more influential leader.”

Woodson is president and owner of Flagstaff, Arizona-headquartered Woodson Engineering & Surveying, Inc., which he founded in 1994. Woodson served as a member of ASCE’s Board of Direction from 2003 to 2006, held the office of treasurer from 2007 to 2009, and chaired the Strategic Planning Committee from 2009 to 2012. He currently sits on the Committee on Leadership and Management and the Transportation and Development Institute’s Board of Governors. Actively involved in his community, he is a member of Flagstaff’s city council, the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, and the state’s Board of Technical Registration’s Enforcement Advisory Committee. He was appointed by Arizona’s governor to the state’s Land Department Urban Land Planning Oversight Committee. Woodson served as president of ASCE’s Arizona Section in 1991. The section honored him with its Arizona Civil Engineer Distinguished Service Award in 1994 and John C. Park Outstanding Engineering Award in 2002.

“I’ve had the pleasure of serving at the Branch, Section, and national levels [of ASCE] at the technical level on the T&DI board, and as chair of Strategic Planning, working to keep ASCE’s primary strategies front-and-center while keeping important new initiatives on our radar,” Woodson wrote in the official vision statement for his candidacy. “There are three primary strategies we must continue to pursue going forward in order to sustain and expand ASCE’s impact across the globe. We must raise the bar for our profession; ensure our global infrastructure keeps pace with growth; and focus not only on the sustainability of our infrastructure, but the resiliency of it, too.”

Details about this year’s election process are available at ASCE’s frequently asked questions page. Any questions regarding the election may be addressed to Patricia Jones, ASCE’s director of executive and board operations and special assistant to the executive director.

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