Brian R. Manning, P.E., F.ASCE
Technical Region Director Nominee
Responses to Questions for the 2012 Technical Region Director Nominees:
1. What do you perceive as being the most significant responsibilities of a Technical Region Director?
1. Represent the will of the eight distinct Institutes and Technical Activities (TAC) to the Board of Direction of ASCE.
• To represent my constituents, the eight Institutes and TAC, to the Board is the most significant responsibility.
2. Increasing awareness of the impact of Institutes on the Society.
• Promote active participation in already established Multi-Region Leadership Conferences.
3. Developing effective processes between publications, conferences, and Institutes.
• Streamline process to publish and present.
4. Advocating state-of-the-art information technology on behalf of the Institutes.
• Increase use of Facebook, Twitter & Webinars.
5. Supporting Younger Member and Student Activities.
• Continue successful Student Days program.
2. What do you perceive as being the most significant challenges and opportunities facing the Institutes and ASCE?
The most significant challenge is the competition from specialty industry organizations. As professionals begin to concentrate on their core competencies, specialty industry organizations take their time and leadership away from ASCE. The Institutes have a great opportunity to pull these potential members back to ASCE through the focused programs the Institutes offer. We have opportunity to appeal to younger members by offering them leadership positions within their industry specialization provided by the Institutes.
3. As Technical Region Director, how would you enhance the effectiveness of the Technical Region in serving the Institutes and ASCE?
I have gained extensive knowledge on how ASCE works from my previous, Branch president, Section president, Institute president, and Region Governor positions, and I understand what motivates members. I will bring the great programs that we develop nationally back to the members, through the use of electronic webinars and local presentations at Section meetings. I will ensure that the successes achieved within one Institute is shared with all Institutes and ultimately delivered back to the member. One of my main goals will be to promote active participation in already established Multi-Region Leadership Conferences to advertise what the Institutes offer.
4. As Technical Region Director, how would you promote better understanding and cooperation between the Geographic Regions (Sections and Branches) and the Technical Region (Institutes and TAC)?
We have made great progress in this area through the implementation of a simple, standard Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Section, Branches and Institutes. I was instrumental in advocating for a better process and the past Technical Region Directors responded with a simple MOU. I used this tool as president of the Texas Section to create two local Institute chapters. As Director, I will further promote the use of this MOU as a tool to expand programs on a local level. Cooperation with Geographic Regions should be a part of each Institutes strategic plan.
5. What can the Institutes do to more effectively recruit and better serve local Institute Chapters?
I have focused a great deal of my efforts within ASCE to promote interaction at a local level. In the 2009 Texas Section Meeting where I hosted the first joint Student Days between a Section and an Institute. We invited the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) and the Transportation & Developing Institute (T&DI) to participate alongside the Construction Institute and for the past eight years I have hosted a joint meeting between Houston Contractors Association and the ASCE’s Houston Branch. This cooperation promotes further interaction and today I am coordinating the Construction Institute’s partnering with the Texas Section and the Houston Branch for Student Days 2012 in Houston.
6. As Technical Region Director, what would you do to increase the interaction of the Institutes with the Industry Leaders Council, EWB-USA and other similar entities?
The first step is to reach out and ask how the Institutes can help. The Institutes possess a wealth of technical knowledge that is vital to many of the projects that EWB-USA undertakes. This interaction is a great opportunity for Institutes to share their vast resources with entities that promote membership within our organization and encourage students and younger members. Our Institute leaders are at the top of their profession and can offer significant input to the Industry Leaders Council.
7. As Technical Region Director, what would you do to help ASCE achieve its vision for the profession of civil engineering in 2025?
I support the Vision because it helps promote the longevity and direction of the organization. The Technical Region Director must make continuous course corrections and use the Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025 as a roadmap to for our success. The Technical Region Director must advocate for the ideas presented in the Vision. In particular, the Director must embrace the idea that “the education and training of future civil engineers and the continued development of today’s civil engineers must include and go beyond the required technical competencies”.