Civil Engineers Plan, Design, Construct, Operate, Maintain … and Advocate!

March 7, 2019
ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith. PHOTO: Jason Dixson Photography

As civil engineers, you are uniquely qualified to lead Society’s infrastructure conversation – indeed, you know firsthand how infrastructure works.

Civil engineers are at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society’s economic and social engine – the built environment. With a mission to protect the public health, safety, and welfare, civil engineers need to be at the table with lawmakers to ensure infrastructure gets strategic, sustained investment, with careful preparation for the needs of the future.

One program that teaches you how to advocate and influence your elected leaders is the Legislative Fly-In. This two-day event gives members a chance to learn about the legislative process, key ASCE legislative priorities, and techniques and best practices to lobby legislators face-to-face on issues important to the civil engineering profession. At last year’s event, members advocated for aviation, water, and water resources infrastructure legislation, as well as urging members of Congress to draft a comprehensive infrastructure bill.

This year, the Society is gearing up for its 20th Fly-In event. Members from every state will make their way to Capitol Hill to participate in over 310 congressional visits. The event will host Senator Tom Carper, Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Rodney Davis as the keynote speakers, and Neil Pedersen, executive director at the Transportation Research Board.

If you want to tackle key issues facing humanity, your local community, and the planet, then I encourage you to get involved with ASCE’s advocacy programs. Become an ASCE Key Contact and influence public policy processes at the state and federal levels. Or keep up-to-date on current federal and state legislative action and gain access to tools and resources, like free webinars. Also, subscribe to the This Week in Washington newsletter.

ASCE provides the resources and tools you need to be an effective leader and advocate – it’s up to you use them. Please get involved, make a difference, and use your knowledge to influence the future of America’s infrastructure.

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

Select 10 free PDH-earning webinars when you renew

ASCE membership entitles you to free on-demand webinars that earn PDHs for each one you successfully complete. Choose up to 10 on-demand webinars from an expansive catalog. Each webinar is an hour long and worth one PDH. That’s 10 free PDHs just for being a member. Login to get started.

Popular handbook for women in STEM, Becoming Leaders, newly updated

The second edition of Becoming Leaders: A Practical Handbook for Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology, from ASCE Press, was written both to support career success and to encourage leadership self-awareness. Becoming Leaders is a book that all women can use for advice, information, and inspiration. Order your copy today.

Love bridges? Submit a photo to the 2019 Bridges Photo Contest

Do you live near a great bridge? Submit your awesome image of it to the ASCE Bridges Photo Contest by March 31 and you could win a cash prize. First- and second-place winners in each of seven categories get $250 and $200, respectively. Find out how to enter and win at ascebridgephotos.org.

New early-career resources site can help you get ahead

Don’t fear that your career won’t get off to a good start. ASCE’s Career by Design, a new online portal for young civil engineers, can build your confidence. Society members gain access to a wealth of targeted content, tools, tips, and opportunities for advancement. Plug in and charge your career.

Find a mentor or be one with ASCE Mentor Match

Another new benefit program in 2019 brings civil engineers together for professional growth. Mentor Match pairs you with an expert who can guide you in the right direction. You can also share your experiences to help others. Get involved today.

Have you had an insurance checkup lately?

Like with any other kind of checkup, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re in good shape. Contact a GEICO agent and let them know you’re an ASCE member. They’ll discuss your potential insurance needs, be it car, homeowners, renter’s, condo, motorcycle, RV, or boat, and offer you a rate at a deeper discount. Get a quote from GEICO.

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