D. Wayne Klotz, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE - Vision Statement
ASCE IN 2009
Imagine leading an organization with the history and impact of ASCE. Add the element of change. Throw in a mix of domestic, international, technical, professional, educational and diversity initiatives. The role of leadership of this organization is both daunting and invigorating.
Each of us has the choice of where to invest our time. Civil engineers have a myriad of alphabet organizations available. For 35 years, I have invested my time in ASCE. I made that choice because ASCE is the pulse of civil engineering - the only organization solely dedicated to the profession of civil engineering.
I have served ASCE at every level. I identify with leaders at the Branch and Section level because I’ve been in your chair. I served on National committees as we grappled with complicated issues. I served on the Board of Directors when decisions were made that literally changed the direction of our organization. All of these positions have prepared me for the ultimate privilege of leading ASCE in 2008-2009.
My Presidential priorities will be as simple as ABC.
Advocate - We live in the information age. We must do a better job in communicating the importance of our profession. Our knowledge is needed by elected officials in the development of infrastructure policy and funding. Our voice is essential in supporting the need for funding of higher education and research. ASCE should strongly support reasonable pay for experienced engineers who work in government so we will continue to have experienced leadership in critical jobs.
Benefit - Engineers choose ASCE because they benefit from our various activities. Every activity should benefit the members. Our members continually tell us what is important to them, and I believe that we should order our priorities accordingly.
Change - Civil engineering is changing, and so is ASCE. Our Raise the Bar initiative now moves to the PE Boards. Final adoption of this initiative will change how we educate and license engineers. Our workforce is changing. Our outreach and education efforts must change to attract a new generation of civil engineers. Our leadership is changing. We can modify the time commitment for national leaders to allow more people to serve. Change is good.
I am proud to be a civil engineer and a member of ASCE. I am committed to addressing the issues that will allow those who follow to enjoy our profession and organization.