ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith. PHOTO: Jason Dixson Photography

The holiday season is upon us. Although it is a time of celebration, it’s also a time for gratitude and giving.

Civil engineers have much to be thankful for. With salaries continuing to trend upward, we earn a good living as well as the respect of the public. Entrusted with protecting the public health, safety and welfare, civil engineers truly have a profound impact on our quality of life. President Herbert Hoover, himself an engineer, recognized their importance, aptly noting, “the engineer himself looks back at the unending stream of goodness which flows from his successes with satisfaction that few professions may know.”

The great privilege of being a civil engineer also carries great responsibility. It is incumbent on civil engineers to give back to their profession. It is their duty to engage in public policy and discourse, to advance the profession and to prepare future civil engineers to sustain that growth.

As the voice of civil engineering, ASCE has a duty to you, the profession and the public. We speak with a single, trusted voice on federal, state and local public policy. We provide the tools engineers need to stay current. Perhaps most importantly, we advance professional, technical and ethical standards through education and by enforcing a Code of Ethics. And in addition to the wide variety of member benefits, ASCE provides many volunteer opportunities for you to serve your profession.

I encourage you to use your skills to give something back. Volunteer with a committee, publication or conference through ASCE or one of our technical Institutes. Get involved with your local ASCE Section or Branch. Lend a hand in engineering projects for underserved communities with our Community Engineering Corps. Inspire the next generation of civil engineers through our Mentor Match program. Influence the profession as a speaker, author, Key Contact and advocate. Give back through the ASCE Foundation to support these and many other important ASCE programs. The opportunities are endless.

Learn more and get involved. Thank you for giving back, for your work as a civil engineer and for your ASCE membership and service.

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

Enjoy and learn from ASCE’s lively podcast

Hear from dynamic civil engineers reshaping the profession. Learn about their projects and passions, and what it takes to succeed. The “ASCE Plot Points” podcast tells their stories one engineer at a time. Listen to the latest episodes.

Recruit and earn rewards

Know someone who can benefit from ASCE? If so, you can benefit too. The Member Get a Member program calls on existing members to recruit new members and earn awesome rewards along the way! Refer and start earning.

Don’t miss out on your 10 free PDHs

ASCE membership entitles you to 10 free on-demand webinars that earn one PDH for each one you successfully complete. That’s 10 free PDHs just for being a member! Log in to get started.

Kick-start your career

Take advantage of ASCE’s Career by Design, the Society’s online hub for young civil engineers. Discuss the latest industry topics with fellow engineers and discover tools to build professional skills. Find ways to advance your career, along with opportunities to do so. Get connected.

Lead the way

Develop your leadership skills and hone new ones. iLead provides early-career professionals with the building blocks for success. This includes a power skills series, Younger Member Leadership Symposia and career booster webinar series. Explore this benefit.

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