ASCE achieved a significant milestone in May when the Society’s LinkedIn group page passed the 100,000-member mark.
Sea level rise (SLR) brought on by a changing climate and the increasing frequency of extreme storms have exposed metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. to both the long- and short-term threat of major flooding.
“How many people in the course of their careers are acknowledged by the President of the United States for making a significant impact with what they do and then get the opportunity to actually sit down and discuss it with the president?”
One of the great challenges the U.S. faces today is recognizing the magnitude of risk posed by flooding and the difficulty of motivating the public and decision makers to make the investments required to reduce flood risk; whether it be emergency preparations, strengthening our flood systems, or finding new ways to reduce our vulnerabilities.
For designing a low-cost device to automatically disinfect water with chlorine before it flows into the homes of people in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a team of 5 students from Stanford University was awarded the ASCE Sustainable Development Award at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s P3 (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) Award Competition in Washington, D.C., April 18 – 19.
This summer, ASCE members will be casting votes that will affect the future of the civil engineering profession.