ASCE has a passion for preparing the civil engineering profession for tomorrow’s world. The publications The Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025 and Achieving the Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025: A Roadmap for the Profession mark the culmination of almost eight years of effort to redefine what it will mean to be a civil engineer in the world of the future. And Vision 2025 has indeed gone global, with Chinese and Spanish translations available here for download.
Vision 2025 represents the collective wisdom of more than 60 experts from around the world and presents an aspirational vision for what the future can and should be. Numerous individual civil engineers and civil engineering organizations around the world have embraced this appeal for a new, enhanced role for the profession. They call on civil engineers to control their own destiny rather than letting events control it for them.
Learn about the Chinese endorsement of Vision 2025 in May 2010, and Spain's endorsement in June 2010.
The Vision for Civil Engineering in 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, and operators of society’s economic and social engine -- the built environment;
- stewards of the natural environment and its resources;
- innovators and integrators of ideas and technology across the public, private, and academic sectors;
- managers of risk and uncertainty caused by natural events, accidents, and other threats; and
- leaders in discussions and decisions shaping public environmental and infrastructure policy.
President Blaine Leonard addressing ASCE Student Chapter members at George Mason University school of Engineering
The path to achieve Vision 2025 has been laid out in the Vision 2025 Roadmap. The report calls on civil engineers worldwide to “get on the road, get moving” to achieve the Vision, offering this challenge: "Rallying the forces and the energy to take on this wide array of initiatives is not for the faint of heart.The key is to do your part and to marshal others, be they organizations or individuals, so that the sum of all your energy, over time, will add up to a new future. You will then have reshaped your professional stature and remained the force behind your destiny, discovering a practical reality in what was once just imagined, and achieving the Vision. It is time to roll up your sleeves, embrace the Roadmap, and put your passion and expertise into play. Ask yourself, 'If not me, who, and if not now, when?' "
ASCE would like to thank the following volunteers for their invaluable assistance in the Chinese translation of Vision 2025 and Achieving the Vision: Shuangbi Chen, P.E., M.ASCE; X. Hannah Cheng, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE; Wanzhi Li, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE; Xila Liu, P.E., M.ASCE, M.CCES; ChinaYujie Lu, S.M.ASCE; Yi (Max) Meng, Ph.D., S.M.ASCE; Yonghui Song, P.E., S.M.ASCE; Hui (Ivy) Wang, P.E., M.ASCE; Jiaer Wu, PhD, P.E., M.ASCE; and Liuzong Zhou, P.E., M.ASCE.
ASCE also thanks the Asociación de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, Spain, for the translation into Spanish.