Updates from ASCE conferences are a mainstay of this blog and for good reason. Whether attending a specialty congress or the the annual conference, attendees leave with more than the obligatory CE credits that these gatherings offer. Meeting with peers and leaders from the profession can be invigorating. Anyone can attend an ASCE conference, and there is something for everyone – particularly younger members.
Frequent contributor, Rafael Gomes de Oliveira wrote about his first Structures Congress experience in 2011. A fortunate seat assignment on his flight to Las Vegas paired him with another civil engineer. By leveraging that chance encounter to meet more structural engineers, Rafael was able to land his dream internship. A year later, Rafael returned to Chicago for the 2012 Structures Congress. After a year of job experience, the technical sessions made an even greater impact, and Rafael reinforced the friendships made a year earlier. I have shared similar experiences throughout my ASCE career. In all, I’ve been to more than 10 conferences and made countless friends from around the country.
This year’s Structures Congress will be held in Pittsburgh, which also hosted the 158th Annual ASCE Conference in 2008. The main session of the 2013 Structures Congress will be held May 2-4. However, pre-conference seminars on Wednesday, May 1st will feature “New Essentials for your Sustainability Toolkit,” and “Design of Bridges for Accelerated Bridge Construction.”
The organizers of this year’s Structures Congress are making a concerted effort to encourage participation by younger members. Thursday and Friday feature special events for members 35 and younger.
- 7:00 AM, 5/2 – Meet the Leaders Breakfast will provide an opportunity to meet SEI and industry leaders
- 10:00 AM, 5/2 – Technical Session: Soft Skills for the Young Engineer
- 5:30 PM, 5/2 – Young Professional Mixer, enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages
- 8:30 AM, 5/3 – Technical Session: The structural engineering profession from a young professional’s perspective: Diversity, Challenges, and Retention
- 12:00 PM, 5/3 – Young Professional’s Luncheon.