Reaching Beyond Our Borders

January 17, 2018
ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith

With members in 177 countries around the world, ASCE is continually working to expand opportunities for civil engineers globally and to connect our diverse and skilled membership around the world. Our Society vision states that civil engineers are global leaders building a better quality of life, and we continue to seek new ways to expand our reach and services for the benefit of all civil engineers.

With that vision firmly in mind, this past December, Kristina Swallow and I attended the inaugural ASCE India Conference in New Delhi. Over 300 engineers from 15 countries joined us to explore infrastructure solutions to challenges presented by rapid urbanization and the world’s expanding population. More specifically, the conference centered around challenges and solutions specific to emerging economies, like that of our host.

More than 210 papers were selected for podium presentations and 46 for poster presentations. Topics for the presentations included implementation of low-impact development, sustainable urban drainage systems, and water-sensitive designs.

Kristina and I were thrilled to hear the innovative strategies and designs that engineers around the globe are implementing to solve infrastructure challenges, which are at once unique to their country, while also broadly relevant. The conference provided a forum for engineers to discuss and debate the future direction of emerging economies around the world.

As another sign of our expanding global success, ASCE will also host its first student conference in India at the Vellore Institute of Technology, March 15-18, 2018. India represents the fastest-growing region for student membership, and 20 ASCE student chapters are expected to attend. Including the next generation of engineers in our programs is crucial as we look to solve the infrastructure challenges of the future.

Thank you to the ASCE India Section and the collaborating organizations that worked with ASCE to develop such an important and constructive conference. We look forward to building on this success with more innovative ideas and solutions at future global conferences.




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Have you explored the wealth of free tools in ASCE’s new member benefit?

Access Engineering, launched in partnership with McGraw-Hill Education, is an online reference hub loaded with calculators, tutorial videos, popular handbooks, guides, and other practical content. Check out AccessEngineering (member login required). Once you see all it has to offer, you’ll want to add a shortcut to it for easy access.

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What you don’t say is just as important as what you do say. The latest ASCE Interchange video goes into depth on the importance of nonverbal communication at work. Watch the interview with U.S. Military Academy associate professor Brock Barry, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, and gain insights about nonverbal cues you can apply in your job.

What are some members hoping for from 2018?

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Are you a student or do you work with students who might have an idea that could be the next breakthrough in infrastructure? ASCE developed the Innovation Contest to foster forward-looking infrastructure ideas. Proposals are accepted through March 1, 2018. Enter today.

Join in celebrating civil engineering eminence at ASCE’s 2018 OPAL Gala

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Simplify workflow and save time with the new ASCE 7 Online, coming soon

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