James A. Rispoli, P.E., BCEE, F.ASCE
At-Large Director Nominee
Since joining the American Society of Civil Engineers as a student, ASCE has represented for me the ultimate professional organization. My membership has been completely transportable, throughout over 15 changes in city of residence, and nine changes in professional employment.
My own vision for the Society is derived from my continuous membership since student days, and builds upon ASCE’s own “visions” as well depicted on our Society web site. The actual ASCE Vision is presented as: “Civil Engineers are global leaders building a better quality of life.” Additionally, I offer a shortened version of our ASCE Vision 2025: Entrusted by society to create a sustainable world and enhance the global quality of life, civil engineers serve competently, collaboratively and ethically as master planners, designers, constructors, operators, stewards of the environment, innovators and integrators, managers and leaders shaping public environmental and infrastructure policy. (Interestingly, I have been blessed to have actively performed, during various aspects of my engineering career, each and every one of these functions.)
My vision for the Society, during my term, if elected, and beyond, is: “Each civil engineer recognizes ASCE as the most significant, pertinent and exciting professional organization to them, with a wide array of technical and professional activities to suit each one’s personal career preferences.” I truly believe that ASCE’s vision, and the Vision 2025, can be attained only by attracting and engaging the fine civil engineers in practice today. To do that, we must offer a society that evokes excitement, attracting and retaining members, and growing in features and offerings.
ASCE’s vision of “Civil Engineers are global leaders building a better quality of life” has been especially pertinent to me. My own career has taken me to job assignments throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, Europe, Asia and the Indian Ocean. Whether the assignment has been facilities engineering, environmental stewardship and restoration, or design and construction, my engineer colleagues have truly been global leaders building a better quality of life.
I believe that ASCE can even further increase its value and attraction to the civil engineering profession by enhancing and stressing existing, and potentially additional, options to best suit the professional career development of its members. Many members are able to attain stability and professional growth through local section activities. Local sections offer the opportunity to serve by attaining officer status, thus recognition in the community and local government as an engineer leader who can influence policy.
Many other members who are more mobile, such as I have been, see their own vision fulfilled through activities in ASCE programs at the national level. For these members, the institutes and their activities enable professional growth by interaction with other esteemed members irrespective of geography, career specialty, employer or national origin.
Fortunately, I have been afforded the opportunity to serve the profession through ASCE activities at both the national and the local levels.
So, to further my own vision for ASCE, “Each civil engineer recognizes ASCE as the most significant, pertinent and exciting professional organization to them, with a wide array of technical and professional activities to suit each one’s personal career preferences”, we should:
- enhance the attractiveness of both local section activities, and activities available through the institutes and other national-level professional activities.
- enable every civil engineer to see the society as offering the best opportunity for professional growth, at each stage of that engineer’s professional development.
- continuously demonstrate the value of membership through leadership on national issues, where membership activities can provide significant professional contributions.
As an At-Large Director who has served at both Section and national levels in the Society, and as a Director without specific assigned geographic territory, I would be an individual who can advocate across the structure of ASCE; one who can speak to the opportunities to serve the profession, and to grow as a professional, through local Section activities as well as through activities in organizations at the national level. By availing oneself of these opportunities, we can realize the vision of civil engineers as global leaders building a better quality of life.
And I would endeavor to assist this professional society, the one with my longest and most consistent sustained activity over the years, by advancing this vision for ASCE: “Each civil engineer recognizes ASCE as the most significant, pertinent and exciting professional organization to them, with a wide array of technical and professional activities to suit each one’s personal career preferences.”