Promote the Profession

March 31, 2020

The two most recent additions to ASCE’s National Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks would seem to be polar opposites – one honoring a failure, the other an incredible success – yet the lessons each has taught…Read More >>

April 25, 2019

The Transcontinental Railroad, one of the great infrastructure triumphs in U.S. history, turns 150 years old May 10. The ASCE History and Heritage Committee is celebrating with the Golden Spike 150th Anniversary history symposia, May…Read More >>

February 27, 2018

February marks the anniversary of the death of French structural engineer Jean-Rodolphe Perronet, renowned for his stone arch bridges, particularly the Pont De la Concord in Paris. Perronet advanced bridge design by integrating Gothic building…Read More >>

January 9, 2018

January marks the anniversary of the birth of structural engineer Joseph Strauss, most noted as chief engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge, but deserving of recognition for his innovation in the advancement of bascule bridges…Read More >>

Inset from Harper's Weekly illustration explaining Eads' jetties
July 28, 2017

July marks the anniversary of the certification of navigability for the Eads South Pass Navigation Works. The completion of the South Pass Navigation Works opened a channel at the mouth of the Mississippi River that…Read More >>

June 29, 2017

June celebrates the birth of Englishman John Smeaton, the first self-proclaimed civil engineer, often regarded as the “father of civil engineering.” Smeaton was born in Austhorpe, Leeds, England on June 8, 1724. After studying at…Read More >>

May 31, 2017

May marks the anniversary of the birth of James Baird (May 18, 1873–May 16, 1953), an American civil engineer whose career accomplishments included New York City’s Flatiron Building, the Lincoln Memorial, the Tomb of the…Read More >>

April 28, 2017

April marks the births of father and son civil engineers Sir Marc Isambard Brunel and Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Marc Isambard Brunel is most famous for the construction of the Thames Tunnel. His son Isambard Kingdom…Read More >>

March 31, 2017

March marks the anniversary of the birth of Clifford Holland, the engineer who designed the 1.5-mile-long tunnel that bears his name, connecting New York City and Jersey City, NJ, under the Hudson River. Clifford Milburn…Read More >>

January 31, 2017

January marks the anniversary of the first lighting of the Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, ME. Of 65 historical lighthouses still standing along 5,000 miles of Maine’s coastline, inlets, and islands, 57 of the…Read More >>