To enhance the stature of civil engineers and to influence public policy, ASCE actively promotes professionalism and the profession throughout society.
Partnership Supports Engineers Without Borders-USA’s Humanitarian Goals
To honor the Vision 2025 mission “to create a sustainable world and enhance the global quality of life,” ASCE established a partnership with Engineers Without Borders-USA. The non-profit humanitarian organization works with developing communities worldwide to implement sustainable engineering projects. By joining forces with EWB-USA, our members are provided an outlet to enrich their lives by applying their expertise to elevate standards in impoverished communities in the U.S. and abroad. Our partnership also gives ASCE members the opportunity to become EWB-USA members at a discounted rate. As part of the affiliation agreement, and in an effort to streamline their operations, ASCE took over management of many of EWB-USA’s administrative tasks.
Raising Public Awareness
ASCE is the nation’s top source on infrastructure for the media. In The New York Times, an ASCE member, who had previously served on the 9-11 team that analyzed the collapse of the WTC towers, provided an expert’s perspective on the types of challenges facing structural specialists who went into China after the earthquake. The Seattle Times featured ASCE in a story on America’s Crumbling Infrastructure. ASCE was featured in USA Today’s coverage of bridge deficiencies. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette worked with ASCE on their infrastructure story, “Time Bomb Ticking.”
ASCE SmartBrief Keeps Members Updated Daily
In our ever-faster moving world, news and current events affecting the civil engineering profession occurs on a daily basis. Seeing how our members would gain from staying abreast of these developments, the Society launched ASCE SmartBrief early in 2008. This free, daily digest of news stories related to civil engineering with direct links to each news source proved to be a popular and valuable member benefit. Each day our member-subscribers also learn about ASCE activities through two featured briefs in the “News from ASCE” section. Launched in February, its popularity spread quickly with more than 30,000 members and Society friends subscribing by the end of October.
‘New Faces of Engineering’ Honors Up-and-Coming Professionals
As part of the Engineers Week celebration, ASCE was one of the sponsors of New Faces of Engineering, a program that highlights the unique work of young engineers and the difference they are making in the world. Younger members, under the age of 30 are the focus of this recognition program. The Society recognized Oregon member Javier Moncada as ASCE’s New Face of Civil Engineering. Javier studied wave forces at the epicenter of earthquakes and actively volunteered in his community sharing his profession with young students.
Young Engineers Compete to Plan ‘The City of the Future’
ASCE was again a leading partner in every stage of The History Channel competition, The City of the Future: A Design and Engineering Challenge, in its second year in 2008. ASCE recruited civil engineering teams, assisted in preparing the engineering briefs for the teams, and provided jurors to judge the projects. As an opportunity to promote the profession, this competition attracts rising engineers to serve as innovators in addressing the challenges cities will face in 100 years.
ASCE Joins ‘Design Squad’ to Encourage Kids
At this year’s annual Family Day Festival in Washington, DC, ASCE sponsored hands-on activities featuring the Design Squad TV show, the PBS program that introduces kids and families to the engineering design process. Approximately 7,300 families and children attended the Family Day Festival. ASCE secured a grant from the United Engineering Foundation to coordinate additional Design Squad outreach and training events across the nation.