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ASCE: Working for You

February 2010 Volume 35, Number 2

How does the federal budget of fiscal year 2011, which begins on October 1 of this year, address civil engineering priorities? Check out a special summary for civil engineers in This Week in Washington, ASCE’s e-newsletter for those participating in our Key Contact Program. Visit and click on the This Week in Washington link to view the most recent issues. If you would like to receive the newsletter in your in-box every Friday, sign up for ASCE’s Key Contact Program at

There is a unique opportunity open to young authors of papers published in ASCE’s journals. The Alfred Noble Prize, conferred jointly each year by ASCE, the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Western Society of Engineers, is accepting nominations until May 1. This is an excellent opportunity for ASCE authors 35 years of age or younger to gain wide recognition. To learn more about the prize, visit and click on “Society Honors and Awards.”

Did you know that more than 40,000 civil engineers participated in ASCE’s webinars last year? The webinars offer a convenient, cost-effective way to obtain the continuing education you need without leaving your office. Your organization pays a single site registration fee, and an unlimited number of engineers can attend at your site. I am pleased to announce that ASCE’s calendar of webinars for the spring and summer 2010 has now been finalized. More than 150 webinars will be held from April through September. These programs will address a wide variety of technical and management subjects, and more than 50 webinars on new topics are being offered. Why not join the ASCE members who are benefiting from these webinars? For a complete listing of upcoming webinars as well as additional information on these programs, visit and click on “Live, Interactive Web Seminars.”

In view of the success of ASCE’s 139th Annual Civil Engineering Conference, which was held last fall in Kansas City, Missouri, the anticipation is building for this year’s conference, which will be in Las Vegas October 21–23. The organizers of this year’s event are intent on offering more through unique additions that will enhance your experience. For example, ASCE has developed a call for presentations that will be open to the entire membership. Focusing on this year’s theme, “Today’s Civil Engineers: Innovating a Dynamic Future,” members can submit proposals to set the stage for multidisciplinary collaboration, unique ideas, strong leadership skills, and more. As an added attraction, the conference will be taking place during the 75th anniversary of Hoover Dam. If you are interested in participating in the conference program, visit  

Today’s complex global engineering arena demands an updated approach to meeting the needs of all those in the construction field. This year the Construction Institute is focused on making the research and knowledge of its committees directly available to industry professionals. The conference Managing Project Risk, to be held in Los Angeles March 11–12, will showcase the work being done by the institute’s Claims Avoidance and Resolution Committee, which is making valuable contributions to industry practice with its program for managing the risks inherent in engineering and construction projects. Risk is part and parcel of any construction project, and the responsibility to mitigate and manage risk falls to everyone involved in the project. Understanding the functions of others and working together are critical to successful management and project completion. The conference will also include presentations by six committees selected by the Construction Institute’s Board of Governors to receive funding in 2010. The presentations will enable conference participants to learn about the committees and their work, as well as about the products generated through their efforts. Come and see what the institute has to offer, earn up to seven professional development hours, interact with active committees, and get to know the members of the board. For more information visit

In connection with the Society’s new series of civil engineering books from China, PCG Press, LLC, is seeking civil engineering experts adept at translating from Chinese into English. The series will feature some of the most recent technical works published by China’s ministries of transport, railways, and construction. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer technical translator for the series, contact Eva Lerner-Lam, M.ASCE, or the book series translation manager, Juana Zhao, at  Translators will be included in ASCE’s bibliographic listings of the final published works.

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