I am convinced of the importance of ASCE involvement outside the U.S. and the need of working together with the international members in a global economy, to fulfill our social responsibilities, since our profession is the one called to improve the quality of life all over the world.
As an educator and cofounder of a School of Engineering I am concerned about the kind of preparation in values and technical matters we are giving to our students so they may build a better society; succeed in their jobs and become entrepreneurs of new engineering firms.
If elected I will focus my efforts in establishing close ties with the Sections in Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and Colombia and the Groups in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru, and try to establish more Sections and Groups in other Latin American countries. In addition, I will encourage these Sections and Groups to work together with the national engineering societies in each of our countries to empower the initiatives of mutual benefit.
I will work toward getting all our civil engineering students to register as Student Members of ASCE, and creating as many ISG as we can to get them enthusiastic about our profession.