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The Team - October 2012

Message from the AEI President
Ali M. Memari, Ph.D., P.E.

It is a great honor for me to start my term as the new President of the Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) for 2012-2013. I would like to first thank Ray Yunk for his efforts and contributions to AEI as the President, 2011-2012, and to also express my gratitude to the members of the Board of Governors, all Administrative and Technical Committees and of course to the AEI Manager Jennifer Balsley and AEI Administrator Verna Jameson for all the hard work they have done to bring about a very successful year 2011-2012 for AEI.

As one of the eight ASCE technical specialty institutes, AEI provides various types of technical, educational, and professional services to our membership and the profession as a whole. In one sense, AEI provides a platform to promote and support the Architectural Engineering Departments and Programs in universities and the field of Architectural Engineering in practice. Read more.

2013 AEI Conference  
The Pennsylvania State University, April 3- 5, 2013    

 Penn State and AE Logos

The Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering is pleased to announce that we will host the 2013 Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Conference in State College, PA on April 3 - 5th.  

The meeting will include several workshops, technical papers presentations, invited technical sessions, panel discussions and local tours of technical interest. The conference is geared toward a balance of academics and practitioners.

Register Here.

New Webinar
Hurricane Design of Glazing Systems: Understanding the Intricacies

Thu Jan 31, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Eastern Time

Dynamic Facades Conference: Architecture's New Frontier

February 13, 2013
McGraw-Hill Auditorium, NY

The Architectural Engineering Institute of ASCE and the Ornamental Metal Institute of New York invite you to attend this one day conference on February 13, 2013, at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium in New York, to gain new insights on dynamic facades from many of the industry's most innovative architects and engineers.  Learn more.
Journal of Architectural Engineering (JAE)
Call for Participants

The AEI Committee on Facilities for the Aging is working on a special section for the Journal of Architectural Engineering. If you are interested in submitting a paper or would like more information on the special section, please contact Rich Behr, Committee Chair, at

JAE table of contents for September 2012, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp. 199-260.

The BOSTON 2012 Regional Design Forum

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 5:30 - 9:00 pm
Design in a Time of Change

ASCE's New Movable Bridges Webinar
November 15, 2012
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Register now for ASCE’s NEW Movable Bridges Webinar—November 15, 2012, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Earn one PDH and gain state-of-the-practice knowledge on moveable bridges with ASCE’s New Webinar, presented by industry-expert and ASCE President, Andrew W. Herrmann P.E., SECB, F.ASCE.

This webinar will provide essential knowledge on the three most common types of movable bridges in use today—the bascule bridge, the vertical lift bridge, and the swing bridge. Herrmann will discuss the operational characteristics of each of these bridges and provide you with skills to select the appropriate type of movable bridge, based on advantages and disadvantages. Learn more and register now.

Nominate the next ‘New Face’ of civil engineering!

Are you or do you know a civil engineer who's 30 or under, yet is already making a name for himself or herself? Do you or does this individual show the potential for a long and distinguished career in the profession and a commitment to excellence in everything he or she does? If so, nominate him or her for National Engineers Week Foundation 2013 New Faces of Civil Engineering – Professional recognition.

ASCE will be accepting nominations for New Faces of Civil Engineering–Professional Edition from the civil engineering community through Friday, Oct. 19. Nominees must be ASCE members age 30 or under as of Dec. 31, 2012. Download a nomination form for New Faces – Professional Edition and be sure to check out ASCE 2012 New Faces of Civil Engineering- Professional Edition.  
To request more information or if you have questions please email us at or contact Constance Thompson, ASCE Senior Manager for Diversity at 703.295.6405 or

ASCE New Faces of Civil Engineering, College Edition

Be recognized as a leader among your peers!  For a second year, ASCE College Edition is recognizing bright and talented 3rd, 4th, and 5th year engineering students, whose academic successes and experiences as engineering students have positioned them to make an impact as they launch their careers. Is that you? Students recognized as collegiate ASCE’s New Faces of Civil Engineering will be announced in late January on Facebook, featured in online venues, and will be eligible for further recognition in April as a National Engineers Week Foundation New Face of Engineering, College Edition representing our discipline. A $500 scholarship awaits the deserving student chosen to represent ASCE.  The application is available at College Edition. The deadline is November 16. College Edition is a program of the National Engineers Week Foundation (EWeek) and its partners, including ASCE.

New Pre-College Outreach resources online!

Planning outreach activities for the fall? Stock up on resources from ASCE.   ASCE has added several new items to the online eStore to put even more free and low-cost resources at your fingertips for inspiring the next generation of civil engineers.  New merchandise includes: Engineer Your Life posters, postcards and brochures featuring girl-friendly graphics and messaging that appeals to all students,  ASCEville stickers, and blue ASCE shoulder bags and  pencils that sport the message, “Engineers Make a World of Difference.”  Visit Pre-college resources.

New FEMA Building Science Web Links!

The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently launched the new Please be informed that many of the most popular Building Science web links have changed:

What is Mitigation?:
Building Science Branch:
Residential Coastal Construction:
Additional Resources:
Frequently Asked Questions:
Safe Room:
Funding and Initiatives:
Case Studies:
Safe Room Resources:
Frequently Asked Questions:
MAT Program:
Mitigation Best Practices Portfolio:
If you need additional information contact the Building Science Helpline at (866) 927-2104 or email  Please allow up to 5 business days for a response.

For more information on the new initiative, visit It’s here: the new
Wind Engineering for Urban Planners and Designers
Urban Aerodynamics introduces the basic tools and technology used by engineers to determine the effects of wind on city streets and structures. This book is a compact essential reference for city planners, urban designers, and architects, as well as structural and wind engineers.
Read more.

 Wind Issues in the Design of Buildings

This book explains the ways that designers accommodate the impact of extreme wind events on the built environment. Structural engineers and architects will find this book a useful aide in explaining wind-related issues to clients, builders, building officials, and owners.
Read more.      



  Bridges 2013 Calendar

A must-have for bridge lovers, the ASCE Bridges 2013 calendar continues to delight and inform. With a visually stunning, elegant design, this full-size wall calendar showcases 12 extraordinary bridges from the United States and around the world. View photos.


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