John O. Grieshaber, P.E., SECB, F.SEI, M.ASCE
I have had the pleasure of being involved with ASCE since I joined the Drexel University student section in the early 1990’s. Over the years I climbed the ladder of the board for the Delaware Section culminating in being elected president in 2000. Since being president I have remained actively involved both on the local and national level, and as a past member of the Board of Governors for the Structural Engineering Institute. I have spent many hours working on various ASCE and SEI committees but can honestly say that any effort that I put forth was returned to me tenfold with the outstanding activities, personalities and contacts I have made through ASCE.
A frustration that I have found is the inherent disconnect between ASCE’s local and national activities. Often I have found local sections and branches duplicating efforts on programs already established by ASCE. By compiling the activities and organizational efforts of all sections and branches, ASCE has developed best practices manuals and other excellent sources of information which encompass nearly all aspects and issues encountered by local groups. Chances are, if your section or branch is considering a new activity, you can learn from the experiences of another ASCE section or branch. The problem is often this information is not disseminated adequately. With only one Multi-Regional Leadership Conference held each year, which is typically attended by a small minority of section and branch leaders, it is difficult to comprehend all the assistance the ASCE national office is able to offer. That should be the primary purpose of Regional Governors, being an effective conduit for informing and coordinating ASCE national activities with the activities of your local section and branch.
Another area where Regional Governors should assist is in coordinating activities between regional events of Younger Member Forums. There is not a voting member representing the Regions 2 Younger Member Forums on the Region 2 Board of Governors. This should change. Today’s ASCE younger members are tomorrow’s society leaders.
I am passionate about ASCE and particularly ASCE activities on a local level. I hope that you will have the confidence to elect me as your Region 2 Governor.