Douglas D. Knapp, P.E., M.ASCE
Region 8 Governor Nominee
I am excited to be a nominee for Region 8 Governor of ASCE. I have spent the last decade as an active member of the Seattle Section, and in addition, I have gone to school or worked throughout the Region, including the states of Idaho, Montana, and Oregon. My experiences within ASCE have covered all levels of the Society as I have served as a member of the Seattle Section Board, Chair of the Seattle Section Water Resources Committee, member of the Seattle Section University Advisory Committee, and Chair of the Society Level Committee on Younger Members. My interest with Region 8 has developed over the last few years since I worked directly with every Section and Branch in Region 8 by overseeing Younger Member Group activities and by serving as a voting delegate to the Region 8 Assembly. I believe that the Region 8 Board of Governors is the link between the Sections and Society, and my ASCE experiences are an ideal blend to serve this purpose.
One of the keys to a successful team is diversity. There are two qualities that I bring to the Region 8 Board of Governors that are unique: 1) I am employed by the Federal Government, and 2) I have been actively involved with Younger Members throughout ASCE. These traits have also defined my primary goal for my role as a Region 8 Governor which is to help recruit and sustain quality members. Members are what make any society successful and enduring. Two ways to do so align perfectly with my unique attributes: 1) increase membership in the public sector, and 2) effectively transition Student Members to Full Members. Membership in the public sector is much lower than the private sector, and it will be critical to convey member benefits to public engineers to add value to the Society. As for transitioning Student Members to Members, a healthy Younger Member Program is vital and should continue to be supported on a Regional level.
I look forward to the opportunity to serve the Sections and Branches of Region 8. Maintaining a strong structure of ASCE will ensure that education, outreach, advocacy, volunteerism, professional development, and networking will be provided to the Civil Engineers of today and tomorrow.