Future Civil Engineering Leaders Are Made Not Born

April 8, 2015
ASCE Executive Director, Tom Smith

ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith

The first quarter of the year began with the opportunity to work with leaders from our Sections, Branches, Regions, Younger Member Groups, and Student Chapters at our annual Multi-Region Leadership Conferences (MRLCs). We conducted extensive training and education programs designed to develop the future leaders of our industry, provide them mentor support, and help them advance their careers with critical personal skills in public speaking, ethics, and, of course, leadership. As evidence of the value this training has for career development, participants also earned 6.5 Professional Development Hours.

On the heels of those successful events, we celebrated National Engineers Week, where we recognized the vast contributions engineers make to our society, and promoted civil engineering careers to the next generation. Each year, ASCE presents a special award to a team of middle school competitors in the Future City Competition national finals. As judges for this year’s awards, President Stevens and I were both surprised and delighted by the talent and poise these students demonstrated at such an early age.

That talent is also evident in our New Faces of Civil Engineering, 10 young professionals under the age of 30 who are making their mark in the world through professional achievements and community service. The New Faces are honored during Engineers Week, and are invited to join us as special guests for the annual OPAL Awards ceremony.

Capping the first quarter, the annual OPAL gala once again honored the best and the brightest in the civil engineering industry. Whether honored for a lifetime of engineering achievement, an outstanding civil engineering project, or for developing unique and impactful innovation that will benefit civil engineering from this point forward, OPAL winners have devoted their time and talents to making the world a better place for us all. I was overwhelmed by the humility of the multiple generations of individuals who were honored at OPAL, and I couldn’t help but think that one of those Future City competitors or New Faces will one day be standing on the OPAL stage.

Based upon the first three months of the year, and inspired by the people, the projects, and the prospects of our industry, I remain confident that the current frontrunners of our profession – along with the future leaders of civil engineering – are guiding us in the right direction. The sky is the limit, and our future has never looked brighter.

Tom SmithASCE: Your Professional Community

Members Meet with Congressional Leaders During March Fly-In

Nearly 200 ASCE members went to Capitol Hill to meet with Congressional leaders in search of a financing solution for the nearly depleted Highway Trust Fund. During ASCE’s 15th annual Legislative Fly-In, lawmakers were encouraged to adopt a permanent fix to the Highway Trust Fund. ASCE members met with Senate and House lawmakers and staff members from 46 states.

In addition, ASCE Names Two Members of Congress Honorary Fellows for their service in Congress in support of advancing infrastructure issues, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) (below, left), and Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) (below, right) were inducted as ASCE Honorary Fellows this month in Washington.

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ASCE Updates Standard on Flood Resistant Design and Construction

We’ve published an important new update to ASCE/SEI Standard 24, Flood Resistant Design and Construction. The revised standard 24-14 not only provides requirements for design and construction of structures in flood hazard areas and subject to building code requirements, it introduces a new concept, Flood Design Class, that bases requirements for a structure on the risk associated with unacceptable performance. Find out more about why you should consider picking up the revised ASCE/SEI standard 24-14.

June 1 Deadline for 2015 Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award

ASCE is now accepting applications for its 2015 Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award. The criteria used to evaluate projects are: the extent to which innovative design or construction methods improve economic, social and environmental sustainability; the promise shown by the innovation to extend future developments in sustainability; and the degree to which the project extends public understanding of sustainability in construction. ASCE is particularly interested in projects that previously received sustainability awards from local Sections, Branches, and institutes. Deadline for application is June 1.

Review all ASCE Award deadlines.

Alfred Noble Prize’s May 1 Deadline is Quickly Approaching

I would like to share with you a unique opportunity open to young authors of papers published in ASCE’s journals. Our Alfred Noble Prize, presented jointly by ASCE, the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, ASME, IEEE, and the Western Society of Engineers, is accepting nominations until May 1. This is an excellent opportunity for ASCE authors 35 years of age or younger to gain wide recognition. Alfred Noble served as ASCE President in 1903.

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Support the ASCE Foundation

Since its founding in 1994, the ASCE Foundation has inspired a spirit of giving within the civil engineering profession. Foundation donors are generous engineers who make a difference by supporting vital ASCE programs in their local communities and around the globe.

Through his support of the ASCE Foundation, Dennis Truax, PhD., P.E., BCEE, F.ASCE is able to change people’s lives for the better. In this video, Dennis shares his belief that gifts to the Foundation allow individuals to make a positive influence on society and improve the wellbeing of communities. He shares his passion for giving to the ASCE Foundation, not only to help the current membership improve people’s quality of life, but to create resources for the civil engineers of the future. To join Dennis with a gift to the Foundation, visit www.ascefoundation.org/give.


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