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ASCE: Working for You

February 2009 Volume 34, Number 2

 Do not miss out on your ASCE benefits . Be part of what promises to be an influential year for civil engineers by keeping your ASCE membership current. Your renewal was due December 31. If you have not done so already, visit to ensure that your membership is up to date. Members who have paid will see a message indicating that they are in good standing, and the “2009 Dues” line will no longer appear as part of the renewal. If you have any questions, contact customer service via e-mail at or via phone at (800) 548-2723.

 Did you know that ASCE offers the opportunity to work in the United States Congress? The Society’s Congressional Fellows Program places a civil engineer in the middle of important policy debates. The fellow works on Capitol Hill as a staff member for a committee or for a member of the Senate or the House. The program provides engineers with the opportunity to expand their horizons, become involved, and make a difference. For more information, visit Congressional Fellows Program.

 ASCE is seeking mentors for its online mentoring program. Engineers like you can share your expertise with protégés and provide guidance that can truly make a difference. You will also gain valuable new perspectives by interacting with peers as well as with the next generation of engineers. Visit ASCE’s
new eMentoring Web site at for more information about mentoring opportunities and for tips that will help you build successful relationships.

 On the evening of April 23 the stars will definitely be shining as we hold our annual Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) gala. Five individuals will be honored for lifetime achievements in education, government, design, construction, and management. The festivities will also celebrate the winners of the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award, the Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research, and the Charles Pankow Award for Innovation. Join us that evening at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport, in Arlington, Virginia, to applaud the extraordinary accomplishments of this year’s honorees. To learn more about the gala, visit Honors and Awards.

 To help all those who would like to inspire girls to consider careers in engineering, asce and the PBS station WGBH are offering a free webinar entitled Effectively Communicating Engineering Careers to High School Girls. The webinar draws on information that has been gathered in Engineer Your Life (, a program developed by the engineering community to acquaint young women with the challenges and opportunities that a career in engineering can offer. The webinar, which will be offered on Wednesday, February 25, at noon, will suggest various ways of effectively reaching out to young people. Patricia D. Galloway, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, a president emeritus of ASCE, and Thea Sahr, the associate director of educational outreach for WGBH, are expected to conduct the 45-minute webinar. To register for the webinar, which is free, visit

—Patrick J. Natale, P.E., F.ASCE
Executive Director