ASCE members have elected Robert D. Stevens, Ph.D., P.E., AICP, F.ASCE, as ASCE’s new president-elect. Stevens, who is the first ASCE Technical Region director to be elected president, began his involvement in ASCE in 1961 as a member of the Student Chapter at the University of Akron. He brings a wealth of expertise, having served on no fewer than 38 ASCE and Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) committees throughout his distinguished career. Stevens also sits on the governing boards of Engineers Without Borders–USA and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.
“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to be the president-elect of ASCE,” said Stevens upon being elected. “As I talk to different groups around the country, I find members are not aware of all of the opportunities ASCE has to offer; whether it be geographically, technically or professionally.
“So as we look ahead, one of the really important things is that through our communications our members become more aware of the things ASCE has available to them and the ways that they can participate in the Society to help advance the profession and themselves.”
Stevens says one of the things he hopes to accomplish as the Society’s future president is to increase membership.
“According to the Department of Labor, there are approximately 260,000 civil engineers in the work force and, not counting students, only 120,000 who are members of ASCE,” says Stevens. “So there is such a big pool of civil engineers out there who I think need be part of this highly recognized organization.”
In looking toward the future of civil engineering, Stevens says, “The profession has changed so much from when I first got into it. At that time there were hardly any computers, and now computers are doing a lot of the calculations and analysis. But we still need to understand what we are doing behind those calculations, and we still need more innovation in engineering and more emphasis on education—science, math, and technology in engineering—to help us provide a higher quality of life for people all around the world.”
Aside from president-elect, there were elections for several other national offices. The officers elected will begin their terms of office at the business meeting to be held in conjunction with the 143rd Annual Civil Engineering Conference on October 9–12 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Complete Election Results
The Tellers Committee convened on Friday, August 16, in the Presidents Room at ASCE headquarters, in Reston, Virginia, to review and validate the results of the 2013 national election for the positions of president-elect, at-large director, region directors, and region governors. Below are the election results with the winners in bold and the number of votes cast for each candidate in parentheses:
Robert D. Stevens, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE (6,581)
Mark W. Woodson P.E., L.S. D.WRE, F.ASCE (6,087)
Charles J. Hookham, P.E., M.ASCE (12,204)
REGION 2 DIRECTOR
Christopher J. Menna, P.E., F.ASCE (1,060)
REGION 2 GOVERNOR (2 Positions)
William F. Brittle, Jr., F.SEI, P.E., S.E., F.ASCE (610)
Jack A. Raudenbush, P.E., M.ASCE (516)
John O. Grieshaber, P. E., S.E., F.SEI, M.ASCE (435)
John Casana, P.E., M.ASCE (399)
REGION 6 DIRECTOR
Kenneth B. Morris, P.E., PTOE, M.ASCE (935)
REGION 7 DIRECTOR
F. Jay Burress, P.E., M.ASCE (936)
REGION 10 DIRECTOR
Himansu K. Banerjee, Ph.D., CPEng, F.ASCE (458)
Constantine D. Memos, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE (365)
2013 Eligible Members 93,766
2013 Total Voter Participation 12,885
2013 Participation Rate 13.74%
2012 Eligible Members 94,074
2012 Total Voter Participation 12,427
2012 Participation Rate 13.2%