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Arthur G. Hoffmann, P.E., D.GE., M.ASCE

Arthur G. Hoffman 

Arthur G. Hoffmann, P.E., D.GE., M.ASCE

Technical Region Director Nominee

Biographical Statement 

Responses to Questions for the 2012 Technical Region Director Nominees 

Endorsements 

Vision Statement: 

Technical Region Directors represent the Institutes on the ASCE Board of Direction. They serve as a conduit, carrying information, concerns, needs and direction back and forth between these organizations. A Technical Region Director is able to use this connective position to act as a catalyst and facilitator for new cooperation and improvement of an already good, productive ASCE / Institute relationship.

As a Technical Region Director I will have the opportunity, for the benefit of all members, to energize relationships between Institutes and Sections and Branches, developing and delivering continuing education materials and supporting and advancing Vision 2025 through specialty certification. These will be my priority initiatives.

I am a Vice President and shareholder of an ENR Top 50 engineering firm and former leader and manager of a profitable, growing, 110 person, $21 million regional office. For the past 6 years I’ve been Gannett Fleming’s Corporate Quality Officer, a position that includes constant team facilitation responsibilities and process improvement leadership. I’m also Past President of both the ASCE Pittsburgh Section and the Geo-Institute. I have 15 years of national ASCE and Institute experience.

Helping teams identify opportunities for improvement is what I do on a regular basis. I’ve spent the past 15 years working with ASCE, the Institutes and local Sections and Branches exploring ways to strengthen and clarify their relationships. Recently, some Institutes have involved their Board members in outreach to local Institute Chapters, Section and Branch technical groups and Institute Graduate Student Organizations. This type of high level contact builds trust and understanding and provides personal pathways for action and involvement. Some Institutes have convened summits where local Institute Chapters have met together with Institute leaders to discuss their common objectives and efforts and to plan cooperative activities. Summits will develop Chapter to Chapter networks and additional opportunities for productive activities. I intend to encourage and facilitate more of these programs in all of the Institutes.

Relationships and networks are great, but their real value lies in using the networks to accomplish things. Local Institute Chapter subject matter experts can be a key part of these relationship networks by developing continuing education content. Webinars, in particular, are in great demand by ASCE members and others. Development and presentation of webinars and other continuing education materials by local Institute Chapters is one way of capitalizing on these improved relationships. These outcomes will benefit our members, the local Institute Chapters, the Institutes and ASCE. As the person responsible for Gannett Fleming’s Learning Management System, I’ve led the implementation of these types of activities across my company’s 50 office locations and I’ll use this experience to assist with these Institute efforts.
A viable, valuable, meaningful specialty certification program for civil engineers is an effective tool that will help achieve our Vision 2025. As a Civil Engineering Certification Inc. (CEC) Board member, I believe a significant infusion of energy and action is needed regarding our specialty certification program. We must reaffirm our purpose and re-energize our efforts to promote and expand certification. We are already focusing on demonstrating the value of Board Certification to owners of infrastructure (the clients of civil engineers) as well as to State Registration Boards and our own ASCE members. As Technical Region Director, I will continue to bring my Institute perspective to CEC and the Academies to help achieve these goals.

ASCE, the Institutes and the Sections and Branches already have good relationships. As Technical Region Director, I hope to help improve these relationships by applying my experience and skills as a businessman, facilitator, quality manager and national ASCE and Geo-Institute volunteer leader.

Biographical Statement 

Responses to Questions for the 2012 Technical Region Director Nominees 

Endorsements