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July/August 2010 Volume 35, Number 7/8


A new Insights episode featuring Raymond P. Daddazio, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, the president and chief executive officer of Weidlinger Associates, Inc., of New York City, has been posted at Jared L. Cohon, Ph.D., the president of Car-negie Mellon University, will be featured next month. Visitors to the site are sure to find Daddazio’s views on a number of critical issues highly interesting.

I hope you are making plans to attend our 140th Annual Civil Engineering Conference, which will be held in Las Vegas October 21–23. Please join ASCE’s president, Blaine D. Leonard, P.E., D.GE., F.ASCE, and me on Thursday, October 21, for a luncheon that will see the formal induction of this year’s class of distinguished members. Those in attendance will hear about the extraordinary contributions made by these 13 eminent engineers. Also, be sure to mark your calendars to attend the luncheon scheduled for October 22, when we will introduce you to this year’s ASCE award recipients.    

As one year’s awards selection cycle ends, another begins. Please help ASCE continue to recognize those among us who represent the best in our profession. I especially invite you to nominate young researchers for the 2011 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize. Winning a Huber prize can have a profound effect on a person’s career. Preference is given to younger members, generally under the age of 40. In this way the winner can build on early accomplishments and continue a fruitful career in research. Nominations for the Huber prize and for distinguished membership are due by October 1.    

ASCE signalizes innovative design and materials, as well as research and development work that finds reflection in engineering practice in construction, with the Charles Pankow Award for Innovation, named in honor of the industry visionary Charles J. Pankow. The award-winning innovation will be showcased next spring at the gala held each year in the Washington, D.C., area to honor the winners in our Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) program. Previous winners have found that the Pankow award not only confers recognition but also provides widespread industry visibility for the project and its participants through ASCE publicity. To learn more about this and other Society awards or to download nomination forms, visit  

Applaud the community contributions of your fellow civil engineers. ASCE is seeking nominations for the 2010 Citizen Engineer Award and ASCE Public Service Award to recognize individuals and groups who have placed their time and expertise at the service of their communities. The Citizen Engineer Award recognizes individual ASCE members, and the ASCE Public Service Award pays tribute to groups within ASCE. Both awards will be presented at the multiregion leadership conferences. For more information or to download nomination forms, visit or call Becky Waldrup at (800) 548-6281. Nominations are to be e-mailed to by October 1.

Following two failed attempts in recent weeks, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the America competes Reauthorization Act (H.R. 5116). The legislation is intended to update programs authorized by Congress in 2007 with the passage of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act, or America competes Act. The final vote was held during a rare Friday session and the tally was 262 to 150. Seventeen Republicans joined 245 Democrats in supporting the bill. Action on the legislation has now moved to the Senate. ASCE, together with other engineering, science, business, and industry groups, is calling for swift passage and has signed a letter endorsed by 25 engineering organizations urging Congress to move quickly to approve the legislation.   

Throughout the summer, ASCE is visiting five cities to help jump-start the conversation about solutions for the nation’s infrastructure. Engineers and local policy makers will be meeting to discuss the five key solutions outlined in ASCE’s 2009 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, and the gatherings will take place in Sacramento, California; Raleigh, North Carolina; Omaha, Nebraska; Houston; and Boston. Hosted in conjunction with the magazine Governing, these events will build upon the infrastructure roundtables held in Washington, D.C., this winter. (See “The Infrastructure Roundtables: Seeking Solutions to an American Crisis,” Civil Engineering, April 2010, pages 42–103.) Information about the five solutions is available at

For the second year in a row, ASCE Press has been recognized by the Washington Book Publishers for excellence in publishing. This year the Field Guide to Environmental Engineering for Development Workers: Water, Sanitation, and Indoor Air, by James R. Mihelcic, Ph.D., Lauren M. Fry, S.M.ASCE, Elizabeth A. Myre, Linda D. Phillips, P.E., M.ASCE, and Brian Barkdoll, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE., has been awarded second place in the category covering technical text from large nonprofit publishers. The award is for typography and the presentation of data in figures, tables, graphs, charts, photographs, and line drawings. The book includes more than 100 original, hand-drawn technical illustrations by Phillips describing the rationale behind—and the step-by-step instructions for—international engineering service projects involving water supply and treatment, watersheds, sanitation systems, and indoor air quality in developing countries.

It is not too early to make your plans for acquiring the continuing education units (CEUS) and professional development hours (PDHS) you may need by the end of the year to renew your p.e. license. To help you remain up to date and earn the PDHS or CEUS you need, ASCE will hold more than 125 live webinars and more than 135 seminars this fall and winter on a wide range of technical and management topics. ASCE is authorized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) as a continuing education provider, and it adheres to the continuing education guidelines established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. The IACET is accredited as a standards developing organization by the American National Standards Institute, and the standard on continuing education and training developed by these two bodies shapes the criteria that organizations use in developing and implementing high-quality continuing education programs. For younger engineers preparing to take the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying’s P.E. exam this fall, ASCE is offering three review courses live on the Web starting in the middle of August. The courses have been designed to prepare you for the P.E. Civil exam, the P.E. Structural I exam, and the P.E. Environmental exam. Moreover, a course entitled Seismic Review is being offered that can benefit not only those taking the P.E. Civil or P.E. Structural I exam but also those who will be taking the California Structural Engineer Seismic Examination. Many ASCE members have used these review courses to prepare for and pass the p.e. exam. For additional information on all of these programs, visit or call (800) 548-2723.  

ASCE’s Leader Education and Development (LEAD) Program, an eight-month course that helps engineering managers become more effective as leaders, will begin on November 30 at ASCE headquarters, in Reston, Virginia. Those participating in the program will learn how to communicate more effectively, handle conflict, build trust with colleagues and clients, and help others to become leaders. With an average rating by past participants of 4.8 on a 5.0 scale, both public- and private-sector participants feel that they benefited greatly from the interactive discussions and from the faculty’s expertise and experience and that they grew as professionals. You will earn up to 45 professional development hours or 4.5 continuing education units and will acquire skills that will help you both personally and professionally. An information session will be held on September 16 at ASCE headquarters. I encourage you to visit to learn more about the information session and about course dates and how to register for the program.   

I’m pleased to announce the official release of the printed 2010 Engineering Income and Salary Survey and would like to thank all those who contributed their compensation data. Your participation has made it possible for the 2010 edition to feature salary data encompassing more than 20,000 engineers nationwide. Participating members can now log in to the survey to access their free report and can tailor the information retrieved to match their region and level. Members may also purchase an online subscription to the survey and in this way can generate reports comparing salary trends based on such categories as licensure, location, and engineering grade. Furthermore, human resources professionals can use the tool to benchmark their company’s compensation strategy. Please visit the survey’s Web page,, for more information.  

The ASCE Foundation’s quarterly electronic newsletter employs an interactive format in offering useful information about planned giving and estate planning. The information will, it is hoped, help you plan for the future, an important task at any age. Planned giving is a way of leaving a legacy by making charitable gifts now or after your lifetime. Many easy options and strategies are available that can both enhance your personal well-being and help your favorite organizations. Consider leaving a legacy gift to the ASCE Foundation to support programs that will benefit ASCE and civil engineering in the future. To learn more about planned giving and estate planning, visit

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