October ASCE Board Meeting Tackles CE Education, Technical Advancement, and More

At its October meeting, the ASCE Board of Direction dealt with a variety of issues central to the civil engineering profession and ASCE members.

University of Buffalo Students Make the Grade for Designing a Footbridge in Rural Kenya and Raising the Money to Build it

If a civil engineer designs it, it can be built.

That is the lesson senior students learned in their professional practice class and capstone project at the University of Buffalo this past year under the direction of their professor, Jerome S. O'Connor, P.E., F.ASCE.

New ASCE President Calls on Membership to Recommit to Serving Their Profession

At a recent visit to the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M, the Society’s new president, Randall “Randy” S. Over, P.E., F.ASCE, discovered a quote from the 41st president of the United States: “Any definition of a successful life must include serving others.”

ASCE Continues as Strong, Dynamic Leader of the Profession, Natale Reports

In his 2013 State of the Society address, ASCE Executive Director Patrick J. Natale, P.E., CAE, F.ASCE, had an important message for the Society membership: ASCE continues as a leader in public policy, remains committed to improving the nation’s infrastructure, advocates for sustainable design and construction, calls for change in the future educational requirements for professional engineers, serves as a global leader, and advances understanding of the profession through the development of an IMAX movie showcasing engineering on a grand scale.

ASCE’s 143rd Annual Civil Engineering Conference in Photos

Enjoy a gallery of highlights from ASCE’s 143rd Annual Civil Engineering Conference, held Oct. 9 to 12 in Charlotte, NC.

In His Farewell Address, DiLoreto Recalls a Year of Progress

As president of ASCE, Gregory E. DiLoreto, P.E., P.L.S., D.WRE, F.ASCE, had an opportunity earlier this year to hear President Obama speak to a small gathering in Jacksonville, Florida, where he talked about investing in America’s infrastructure.

In Keynote Address, Velshi Stresses Importance of Infrastructure Investment

Ali Velshi is concerned.

Like ASCE, Velshi, the former anchor of CNN’s International World Business Today, is worried about the consequences of the nation’s underinvestment in infrastructure.

Be Your Own Boss - Short Course Offers Tips for Launching Your Own Business

What is the first thing you should consider if you want to start your own civil engineering business?

ASCE Executive Director Natale Puts Bookend on His Tenure - December 2014

After leading ASCE through some of its most challenging and successful years and after helping move the civil engineering profession in a more positive direction, Executive Director Patrick J. Natale, P.E., CAE, F.ASCE, announced at the ASCE annual conference, that he will be retiring on December 31, 2014.

100th Anniversary Celebration Makes for a Real Philadelphia Story

With a student scavenger hunt and a series of newsletter articles, the Philadelphia Section’s year-long centennial celebration paid tribute to the numerous civil engineering landmarks that were central to building the city, things like Philadelphia City Hall, the Reading Terminal train shed, and William Penn’s city plan.

ASCE Explores Closer Ties in India as That Nation Eyes Trillion-Dollar Infrastructure Investment

Last November, the Indian government announced that it will spend approximately $1 trillion (US dollars) on infrastructure over the next 5 years, with about 40% coming from the private sector.

DiLoreto Shares Vision of a Sustainable Future with CECAR 6 Attendees in Jakarta

The issue of sustainability took center stage at the 6th Civil Engineering Conference in the Asia Region (CECAR 6), where one of the conference’s keynote speakers, ASCE President Gregory E. DiLoreto, P.E., P.L.S., D.WRE, F.ASCE, declared to attendees that the civil engineering profession can offer solutions to both society and the environment.

Five OCEA Finalists Chosen - OPAL Lifetime Achievement Honorees and Pankow and Michel Winners Named

ASCE has announced its five finalists for the 2014 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award, honoring projects that best illustrate superior civil engineering skills and make significant contributions to civil engineering progress and society.

Education Workshop in Columbia Provides Framework for Cooperation

Enhancing engineering education, accreditation, and job creation in the Americas was the focus of a 1-day workshop organized by ASCE at the Pan American Federation of Engineering Societies (UPADI) Annual Meeting 2013 in Medellin, Colombia, August 19-24.

ASCE/EWRI Participates in Developing Thematic and Regional Framework for 2015 World Water Forum

The World Water Council’s Board of Governors recently appointed 2 distinguished ASCE/EWRI members to the highly influential World Water Forum Regional and Thematic Commissions.

LA Section’s 100th Year Celebration Promotes the Values of the Society and Celebrates the History of the Section

ASCE’s Los Angeles Section knows a thing or two about an anniversary celebration.

We’re Gold(en)! ASCE’s Headquarters Building Earns LEED Gold Certification

In a commitment to increase sustainability at the Society’s headquarters building in Reston, Virginia, the ASCE Foundation, the building’s owner, pursued the prestigious LEED Gold Certification rating, and on August 28, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) confirmed that ASCE had achieved its goal.

ASCE Signs Jakarta Protocol

Recognizing the central role that the civil engineering profession and ASCE play in developing sustainable infrastructure and promoting the triple bottom line – economic, social, and environmental – in the U.S. and worldwide, ASCE was a signatory of the Jakarta Protocol, along with 9 other Asian-region civil engineering organizations who together form the Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council (ACECC).

Stevens Is Elected ASCE’s New President-Elect - 22 Others Elected to National Office

ASCE members have elected Robert D. Stevens, Ph.D., P.E., AICP, F.ASCE, as ASCE’s new president-elect.

Student Days Event Challenges Participants with Real-Life Civil Engineering Experiences

Thirty-six civil engineering students from universities across the U.S. were given the unique challenge of competing in teams to produce the best bid for a city’s request for proposal (RFP) to reconstruct a collapsed sewer system as part of the ASCE/Construction Institute (CI)’s Student Days competition in San Diego, California, July 31-August 3.

Notice of Proposed Bylaws Amendments for At-Large Director Nomination Process

At its October 8-9 meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, the ASCE Board of Direction will consider amendments to the Society’s Bylaws related to the At-Large Director nominating process (7.4 Nomination of At-Large Directors).

EMI Honors the “Father of Soil Mechanics” at BIOT Conference on Poromechanics

It was Karl von Terzaghi in the 1930s who took the concept of a fluid-filled porous medium to become the founder of consolidation experiments and the theoretical field of soil mechanics.

ASCE Seattle Section Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary with Panel Exhibit and Gala Event

First in a series of five
Five ASCE Sections are celebrating 100th anniversaries in 2013 – Los Angeles, Oregon, Texas, Philadelphia, and Seattle. This series showcases the special events and activities organized by each Section to commemorate this achievement.

Board Approves Fiscal 2014 Budget to Move ASCE Initiatives Forward

ASCE's Board of Direction has given its approval to a fiscal 2014 budget that funds the Society's strategic initiatives on sustainability, infrastructure, and Raise the Bar educational standards, as well as restores some other programs, while keeping member dues flat.

ASCE/COPRI to Produce First Waterfront Facilities Inspection and Assessment Manual

If as a civil engineer you were asked to inspect and assess an existing waterfront facility located nearshore, on the waterfront, or at an inland location exposed to fresh or salt water, and constructed of materials including concrete, masonry, metal, composites, or wood, how would you undertake it?

First Envision Project Award Highlights ASCE’s Role in Creating a Sustainable World

ASCE’s efforts to promote sustainable infrastructure development achieved a significant milestone on July 24, when the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure presented the first-ever Envision project award to the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery in Anchorage, Alaska.

Three Teachers Honored for Inspiring Tomorrow’s Generation of Engineers

The future of the engineering profession received a boost when the National Engineers Week Foundation announced the 3 winners of the 2013 DiscoverE Educator Awards on June 3. Now in its 2nd year, the program recognizes educators teaching grades 6 through 12 for their effective methods to interest kids in engineering through math and science.

ASCE Seeks Comments on Updated Professional Standard ASCE 10

ASCE will conduct a public comment period from July 22 to September 1 on the update to ASCE 10, Design of Latticed Steel Transmission Structures. All interested ASCE members are encouraged to participate.

ASCE/TCLEE China Reconnaissance Team Gathers Valuable Lessons in Lifelines and Earthquake Protection

A team of four civil engineers sponsored by ASCE’s Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering traveled to Sichuan Province, China, May 27–28 to investigate and report on a U.S. Geological Survey-estimated 6.6 magnitude earthquake that struck there on April 20.

ASCE Hosts Meeting with World Federation of Engineering Organizations Leader

Marwan Abdelhamid, civil engineer and general secretary of the General Union of Palestinian Engineers, recently visited ASCE headquarters in Reston in his role as president-elect of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) to discuss areas for greater cooperation and involvement between the 2 organizations.

At Civil Engineering Department Heads Conference, Teachers Become Learners

“What do the [civil engineering] department heads care about? They care about attracting better students, they want to have better curriculum, and they want to have more effective faculty—faculty who do a great job teaching and a great job doing research,” says James J. O'Brien, Jr., P.E., M.ASCE, the managing director of ASCE’s Professional and Educational Activities Division.

École de technologie supérieure Captures 26th Annual ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition

After finishing either second or third three times over the previous four years, the fifth time proved to be a charm as École de technologie supérieure was crowned champion of the 26th Annual ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition  (NCCC) taking place June 20-22 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They became the first international civil engineering school to win the competition since it started in 1988.

 

Climate Change Speech Highlights Presidential Visit to South Korea

Speaking before 600 attendees at the Korean Institute of Construction Technology 30th Anniversary International Seminar, 2013 ASCE President Gregory E. DiLoreto, P.E., P.L.S., D.WRE, F.ASCE, described the potentially serious worldwide impact that climate change could have on water resources, energy production and use, agriculture, forestry, coastal development and resources, flood control, and public infrastructure.

Future Effects of Climate Change Explored at Cold Regions Symposium

On March 15, the National Snow and Ice Data Center announced that the Arctic had reached the end of the freezing season and begun its thaw.
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Get ready for the Society’s exciting annual conference next year in Panama; get smart with our new online continuing education course on “Construction Project Management”; get inspired by the winners our first annual international bridge photography contest; get a free podcast featuring the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Peter J. Zipf; and, give back by helping the ASCE Foundation celebrate the 2nd Annual Giving Tuesday.
In Memoriam: Six Accomplished Members of the Civil Engineering Profession
In Memoriam: Six Accomplished Members of the Civil Engineering Profession
Elvin R. “Vald” Heiberg III, youngest chief of Engineers and commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since 1838; Jimmie Wayne Hinze, instrumental in getting Rinker Hall built at the University of Florida; George E. Johnson, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hydrologic and Hydraulics Branch; Everett V. Richardson, river engineering and scour river engineering expert; David C. Sims, past president of ASCE’s Central Pennsylvania Chapter; and Richard George Weingardt, founder of Richard Weingardt Consultants, Inc., and prominent spokesperson of the profession.
ASCE elects Society members to the grade of Fellow
ASCE elects Society members to the grade of Fellow
Edwin S. Anthony, P.E., F.ASCE, in his 34-year career as an engineering practitioner in the arena of bridge design, has contributed to many significant projects and several professional organizations.