It was a complicated – but remarkably productive – 2021 for ASCE and the civil engineering industry. Here are some highlights:

Infrastructure advocacy produces big results

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ASCE President Dennis Truax was invited to attend the signing of the bipartisan infrastructure law at the White House.

ASCE released its 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure in March, grading the country’s overall infrastructure a C-.

Eight months after the report card launch, ASCE members celebrated the passage of a bipartisan infrastructure law, marking the largest ($1.2 trillion) federal investment in infrastructure ever. ASCE 2022 President Dennis Truax was invited to the White House for the signing into law by President Biden.

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The return of concrete canoe

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The University of Florida concrete canoe team won its second consecutive championship in 2021.

After the Society-wide concrete canoe competition was canceled in 2020 because of COVID, ASCE students were thrilled to get back to work on their vessels in 2021 for a full series of virtual competitions. The University of Florida concrete canoe team won the 2021 Society-wide competition in June.

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Special gift

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Janet and Jean-Louis Briaud made a record-breaking gift to the ASCE Foundation in 2021.

ASCE thrived in 2021 under the guidance of President Jean-Louis Briaud. Briaud’s Student Presidential Group continued to be a tremendous success, and in related news, Briaud and his wife, Janet, generously gave a $1 million gift to the ASCE Foundation to support student activities.

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Virtual events thrive

The new year did not bring with it a return to in-person events. But ASCE members continued to make the best of things with a full array of engaging online events, including technical conferences, student conferences, the first annual Tech Talks, the OPAL Gala, and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg’s talk at the ASCE 2021 Convention.

New Faces 2021

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Announced in February, the 2021 class of New Faces of Civil Engineering – 10 exceptional young professionals and 10 accomplished college students – was as impressive as ever.

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ASCE prioritizes sustainability

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It was a big year for ASCE’s sustainability efforts, highlighted by the Society’s presence at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November, the issuing of a climate change communique, and the ASCE 2021 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure, which featured a talk from Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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The standard of all standards

ASCE released the latest version of ASCE 7 in December. ASCE/SEI 7-22 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures features several key updates, including first-ever criteria for tornado-resistant design.

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