The Society’s Vision 2025 initiative set the pace for a series of programs created in 2008 that challenged civil engineers to become leaders in the global world of tomorrow. These new efforts promoted professionalism and high ethical standards and embraced civil engineering professionals of diverse backgrounds.
‘Ethicana’ Shows What Corruption Looks Like
Corruption in the global engineering and construction industry is a huge economic burden approaching $500 billion annually. Fraud, bribery and corruption occur in every country. The resulting devastating effects to engineering and construction worldwide inspired the creation of "Ethicana." The film is the centerpiece production of the Anti-Corruption Education and Training Initiative, a consortium of 12 cooperating agencies including ASCE.
‘Diversity by Design’ Manual Encourages Inclusiveness
In keeping with ASCE’s efforts to assess diversity trends in civil engineering, help the profession stay abreast of them, and most of all encourage such inclusiveness, the Society created a new manual, Diversity by Design: Guide to Fostering Diversity in the U.S. Civil Engineering Workforce. The manual provides professionals with practical, hands-on recommendations from CE firms, private consultants and government agencies on how to foster, improve and maintain a diverse and thriving civil engineering workforce.
Reaching Out Via International Alliances
As part of our global outreach effort, ASCE worked with the Afghanistan Capacity Building Project and the U.S.-based Society of Afghan Engineers to develop an effective capacity building model. The program, funded by the U.S. Trade Development Agency and with sessions hosted by Kabul University, encourages U.S. firms to learn about capacity building opportunities and to mentor Afghan engineers. In Africa, ASCE collaborated with our Environmental & Water Resources Institute to participate in the Millennium Villages program, to give members the chance to assist with water resources issues there. An ASCE delegation was also invited to join the American Bar Association’s World Justice Project to advance good governance and the rule of law as an anti-corruption initiative.
CEO Forum Webcast Discusses Ethics
The Society provided a live Webcast of the CEO Forum on November 1. More than 4,400 members logged in to view What Does Tragedy Teach About Ethics and Public Safety? Over 2,000 additional members viewed the archived video online after the event.
Emerging Leaders Alliance Workshop Trains Younger Members
As part of our commitment to encourage leadership development, ASCE joined the Emerging Leaders Alliance to provide a community of learning for engineers and scientific professionals and to develop great leaders. Supported by a grant from the United Engineering Foundation, the first Emerging Leaders Alliance training workshop was held in October.
ASCE Partners With Minority Engineering Societies
At the National Society of Black Engineers annual convention, ASCE hosted a career fair booth, a pre-college initiative event, a professional development workshop on Infrastructure in the Urban Community and a Civil Engineering Networking Suite for student and professional members. ASCE also supported NSBE’s Summer Engineering Experience for Kids camp with members who served as volunteer mentors in the Washington, DC area.
ASCE was also the proud sponsor for a second year of the annual symposium of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering which seeks to support collegiate students from underrepresented populations primarily in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.