ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith. PHOTO: Jason Dixson Photography

From skyscrapers and dams, to bridges and drinking water, civil engineering is integral to our quality of life. Civil engineers build modern civilization and are responsible for the health, safety and welfare of the public, while harmonizing the built and natural environments. In short, civil engineers are society’s unsung heroes. That’s why it is important to celebrate the difference civil engineers make in our world.

Each year, ASCE partners with DiscoverE to hold Engineers Week. The event aims to help a child discover the world of engineering. Various workshops and hands-on activities spotlight engineering in an exciting way for them. This year’s theme is “Pioneers of Progress.”

History is proof that engineers, like pioneers, help society cross frontiers. Civil engineers led us through mountains with tunnels, connected communities with bridges, and created alternative sources to harness energy. Now it is your chance to inspire future pioneers. Engineers Week is the perfect way to do that while celebrating this great profession.

The Future City Competition calls on middle school students to imagine, research, design and build cities of the future. For four months, teams are challenged to create solutions to citywide sustainability issues 100 years from now. You can get involved by leading a team, volunteering at a competition or serving as a mentor or judge.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day specifically aims to inspire girls’ futures. The worldwide campaign helps young girls develop an interest in engineering, build their confidence in problem-solving skills and create a STEM identity. You can share your engineering expertise as a Girl Day Role Model or a Girls Night Out host.

But celebrating engineering does not have to be limited to one week. DiscoverE is also ASCE’s official partner for “Dream Big: Engineering Our World.” Together, the organizations help engineers bring engineering to local schools. The “Dream Big” educational toolkits provide engaging activities and lessons geared to K-12 students. Civil Engineering Clubs also allow high school students to connect with engineering mentors to further explore the profession. Whether you’re an engineer, teacher or parent ASCE gives you the tools to bring engineering to life.

Don’t miss these other ways ASCE is working for you:

Lead the way
Develop your leadership skills and hone new ones. iLead provides early-career professionals with the building blocks for success. This includes a power skills series, Younger Member Leadership Symposia and career booster webinar series. Learn more about iLead.

Enjoy and learn from ASCE’s lively podcast
Hear from dynamic civil engineers reshaping the profession. Learn about their projects and passions, and what it takes to succeed. The “ASCE Plot Points” podcast tells their stories one engineer at a time. Listen to the latest episodes.

Submit nominees for ASCE awards
ASCE honors civil engineers who advance the profession in innovation, leadership and management. Think you know someone worthy of recognition? Submit them for consideration.

Find a mentor or be one with ASCE Mentor Match
Navigate your career path with a guide or pay it forward by sharing your expertise. ASCE Mentor Match connects civil engineers based on similar interests and levels of experience. See how to get involved.

Earn 10 PDHs Free
ASCE membership entitles you to 10 free on-demand webinars yearly. Earn a free PDH for each one you successfully complete. That’s 10 free PDHs just for being a member! Take advantage of this exclusive member benefit.

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