2024 official nominee for president-elect

Vision statement

My vision for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) revolves around the reality that we, as civil engineers, are masters of the built environment and protectors of the natural environment. Our collective work not only safeguards the health, safety and welfare of all persons, our work saves lives. I am proud to be a civil engineer and career long member of our organization. ASCE is the most highly regarded organization representing civil engineers with a strong focus of support for our individual members and protection of our profession. I am committed to the furtherance of the goals of our organization; seeking to not only enhance the technical and leadership capabilities of our members, but to continually drive the positive impact of civil engineering in our world.

Our 2022 Strategic Plan is not just a document; it is a pledge. A pledge to not just react, but to anticipate; not just to build, but to innovate; and not just to lead, but to inspire. We have embraced being nimble addressing new and emerging issues and challenges. Each of the six Strategic Objectives of the Plan (Innovate, Advocate, Inspire, Stimulate, Magnify and Deliver) are integral pillars in supporting our ongoing efforts to uplift our profession and organization. Under my leadership we will act to amplify our impact and expand the reach of our organization as a trusted brand to the larger community including as a beacon for those seeking guidance. Engaging with the broader business ecosystem is a necessity for the future of civil engineering. Through shared goals and mutual respect, our endeavors can benefit the world from partnerships with manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, financiers, and allied professionals.

A pivotal area of focus must be the fortification of our communication channels and coordination between the myriad components that form the collective that is ASCE. The Institutes, Regions, Sections, Branches, Younger Member Groups, Student Chapters and Academia are integral and play a vital role in the tapestry of our organization. The power of collaboration, underscored by transparent and effective communication, is the catalyst that can propel us towards achieving our shared objectives. We are a vast organization with seemingly multiple individual interests but together, as a collective group, we are powerful. I am a strong believer in collaboration which results in the additive strength of coming together for a common goal. The advocacy efforts of ASCE have long been a source of strength and influence. I have spent much of the last 20 years working as an advocate for good public policy, educating local, state and federal elected officials on the importance of enhanced investment in infrastructure. I have witnessed firsthand the transformative power of our collective voice.

We are now in the implementation phase of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the largest financial investment in infrastructure in a generation, for which ASCE appropriately takes credit. The onus is on us to ensure success in the efficient application of this new funding stream and to reinforce workforce development. The enactment of this Law is a testament to our volunteers and advocacy efforts. It serves as a blueprint that can be replicated on the global stage. The interconnectedness of the global engineering community necessitates the forging of strong alliances with other engineering societies and related professions. As your President, it will be my goal to drive continuance in strengthening our bonds with groups that have similar interests in addressing societal challenges and contributing to the betterment of the world in a unifying force to drive positive change. Our communication with decision makers and the public will be strongly enhanced with consistent messaging, sharing the value that civil engineers bring to solving societal issues and striving to heal the world. As a member of the Board of Direction, our recent actions to create an Office of Standards within ASCE along with the adoption of ASCE/COS 73-23, the world’s first Standard Practice for Sustainable Infrastructure, is a major step forward in putting our words into action.

My personal journey with ASCE began during my college days, and it was during this time that I was introduced to the essence of what it means to be a civil engineer. One of the core values of ASCE that greatly appealed to me was the Code of Ethics. It was more than just words presented on paper; it became a compass that guided my professional journey. This Code has been updated and serves as the bedrock of our profession, guiding our every action and decision, ensuring that we uphold our sacred duty to society, the environment, our clients, and to each other. The emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within ASCE is a testament to the organization’s necessary and progressive stance. During my term as Director for Region 9, I was privileged to spearhead the formation of our own Justice. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee to carry the work of Members of Society Advancing an Inclusive Culture (MOSAIC) to the local level to enhance our understanding, tolerance, and acceptance of all persons within and outside our profession.

The position of President of ASCE is an opportunity to serve, to listen, and to lead. My vision for the American Society of Civil Engineers is clear: to foster a culture of continuous improvement, to serve all members with inclusiveness and respect, to tirelessly advocate for the advancement of our profession, to maintain open and transparent communication, to be future-ready, and to champion wise public policies and infrastructure investments. I am deeply committed to nurturing a culture within ASCE that is both progressive and grounded in our core values. Together, we can co-create a future that is reflective of our shared aspirations, where every member feels valued, every voice is heard, and every challenge is met with resilience and innovation. In this endeavor, I seek your trust, your insights, and partnership. Together, lets shape the future of ASCE as a family and, by extension, the future of civil engineering.

 

Biographical statement

Education

  • Master of Business Administration, University of California, Riverside, CA
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine, CA

Certification and licenses

  • Professional Engineer, State of California, No. C-33496, 1981 - present
  • Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP), No. 9945, 2014 - present
  • Qualified Stormwater Practitioner/Developer (QSP/QSD), CA
  • Disaster Service Worker – State of California, Office of Emergency Services, No. 62637, 2005 - present

Work experience

  • Senior Project Manager, Ardurra Group Inc., Newport Beach, CA, September 2022 – present
  • Interim City Manager, City of Laguna Hills, CA, January 2021 – May 2022
  • Director of Public Works/City Engineer, City of Laguna Hills, CA, July 1995 – January 2021
  • Vice President, Berryman & Henigar, Santa Ana, CA, March 1985 - June 1995
  • Assistant City Engineer, City of Yorba Linda, CA, June 1980 - March 1985
  • Associate Civil Engineer, City of Lynwood, CA, April 1978 - May 1980

ASCE involvement

Society level

  • Region 9 Director, Member of the Board of Direction, 2020/2021 - 2022/2023
  • Member, Program and Finance Committee, 2022/2023
  • Chair, Task Committee to review the status of The Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025
  • Local Committee Convention Chair ASCE22 – Anaheim, CA, 2022
  • Member, Convention Advisory Committee, 2020/2021 - present
  • Chair, Public Policy and Practice Committee (PPPC), 2019/2020
  • Member, PPPC, 2016/2017 - 2021/2022 (Board of Direction Liaison 2021/2022)
  • PPPC Liaison to the Transportation Policy Committee, 2017/2018
  • Member, Committee for Preparing the Future Civil Engineer (CPFCE), 2018/2019 – 2020/2021
    • Chair, Communications Subcommittee for Engineer Tomorrow
  • Member, Raise the Bar Initiative Committee, 2015/2016 – 2017/2018
  • State Advocacy Captain and attendance at Society Washington DC Fly-ins 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022 & 2023
  • Member, State Government Relations (SGR) Committee, 2012/2013 – 2015/2016
    • Led the effort to update the ASCE publication, “How to Start a Government Relations Program”
  • Board and Governor Orientation, September 2015
  • Raise the Bar initiative training, July 18, 2015
  • Legislative Advocacy Captain training, June 8, 2015
  • President’s and Governor’s Forum training, September 2008 and 2014
  • Attended ASCE Annual Conventions:2001 Los Angeles, CA; 2007 Chicago, IL; 2008 Pittsburgh, PA; 2009 Kansas City, KS; 2010 Las Vegas, NV; 2011 Memphis, TN; 2012 Montréal, Quebec; 2013 Charlotte, NC; 2014 Panama City, Panama; 2015 New York City, NY; 2016 Portland, OR; 2017 New Orleans, LA; 2018 Denver, CO; 2019 Miami, FL; 2020 & 2021 Virtual; 2022 Anaheim, CA; 2023 Chicago, IL.

Local level

    REGION 9
  • Chair, Board of Governors, 2020/2021 – 2022/2023
  • Presiding Officer, California Infrastructure Symposium and Awards Event, 2020/2021 – 2022/2023
  • Chair, Joint Legislative Visit Day, ASCE and APWA, Sacramento, CA, June 14, 2023
  • Vice-Chair, February 2020 – September 2020 and 2017/2018
  • Chair, Government Relations Committee, 2017/2018 – 2019/2020
  • Governor At-Large, 2015/2016 – 2017/2018
  • Chair, Raise the Bar Committee, 2017/2018
  • Chair, Nominating Committee, 2016/2017 - 2017/2018
  • Chair, Strategic Initiatives Update Committee, 2016/2017
  • Chair, Transportation & Development Committee, 2009/2010 - 2014/2015
  • Transportation Track Lead for the California Annual Infrastructure Symposium, 2010, 2011, & 2012
  • Chair of the Transportation Section for the 2012 California Report Card
  • Participant in the annual Sacramento Legislative Advocacy Day 2010 – 2019, 2022 (virtual), 2023
  • LOS ANGELES SECTION, CA
  • Past President, 2015/2016
  • President and Chair of the Annual Awards Event, 2014/2015
  • President-Elect, 2013/2014
  • ORANGE COUNTY BRANCH, CA
  • Chair, Annual Awards Program, 2010/2011
  • Past President, 2009/2010
  • President, 2008/2009
  • Vice President, 2007/2008
  • Treasurer, 2006/2007
  • Secretary and Newsletter Chair, 2005/2006
  • MULTI-REGION LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE (MRLC - REGION 8/9) Attendance
  • Salt Lake City, UT 2007, Orange County, CA 2008, Sacramento, CA 2013, Phoenix, AZ 2014, Bellevue, WA 2015, Anchorage, AK 2016, Los Angeles, CA 2017, Las Vegas, NV 2018, Virtual 2021/2022, and Anaheim, CA 2023

Other volunteer activities

  • Three-time Chair of the Orange County Transportation Authority Technical Advisory Committee for implementation of Measure M funding
  • President, Orange County City Engineers Association, 2003
  • Member, American Public Works Association
  • Fellow, Institute of Transportation Engineers

Awards

  • Outstanding Civil Engineer in the Public Sector, ASCE Region 9, 2022
  • 25-year Service Award, City of Laguna Hills, CA, 2020
  • President's Award, ASCE Los Angeles Section, 2018
  • Outstanding Civil Engineer in Legislative Activities, ASCE Los Angeles Section, 2015
  • Outstanding Civil Engineer in Legislative Activities, ASCE Orange County Branch, 2015
  • President's Award, ASCE Orange County Branch, 2014
  • Outstanding Engineering Merit Award, Orange County Engineering Council, 2013
  • Government Engineer of Merit, Orange County Branch, 2001

Publications

  • Kenneth H. Rosenfield, P.E., “5 Tips for answering post presentation questions”, Civil Engineering Online, August 2023.
  • Kenneth H. Rosenfield, P.E., “6 Errors to Avoid in Public Presentations”, Civil Engineering Online, July 2023. 
  • Kenneth H. Rosenfield, P.E., “7 Tips to Help You Prepare to Speak Publicly”, Civil Engineering Online, June 2023.
  • Kenneth H. Rosenfield, P.E. and Yazdan Emrani, P.E., “Effective Public Speaking”, APWA Reporter, September 2019 / Vol. 86, No. 9, p. 64
  • Kenneth H. Rosenfield, P.E., “Why Public Agencies Should Retain Consulting Engineers”, Civil Engineering News, February 1993
  • Kenneth H. Rosenfield, P.E., Analysis of Local Public Agency Attributes and Consultant Utilization, a Master’s Thesis, June 1989
  • PRESENTATIONS
  • Public Speaking – Master this Hard Skill, ASCE Convention, Chicago, IL, 2023
  • Public Speaking, Presentation and Communication Skills needed for Success! APWA Convention, Seattle, WA, 2019
  • Public Policy and You! ASCE Convention, New Orleans, LA, 2017
  • Public Works without Agency Staff – Alternative Service Delivery Options, APWA Convention, Phoenix, AZ, 2015
  • All Civil Engineering is Local, ASCE Convention, Montréal, Quebec, 2012