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Vision Statement

The American Society of Civil Engineers is an organization that provides resources and programs to assist Civil Engineers in their technical and professional development which supports the development of our global communities. I have been a member of ASCE since 1966 and ASCE has and continues to be the knowledge base following college for my technical and professional career.

Our civil engineering profession and the projects we work on has an effect on the localities where they are developed. Involvement with our Local, State and Federal Agencies provides a means to take part in the early decision making process and the introduction of our technical, professional, and management capabilities to assist in project development.

ASCE Region Directors and Governors, along with ASCE Staff, are an important part of the Society's communication network and support activities with the membership. The Directors and Governors are an important part with their member support by assisting in the development of ASCE contacts, communicating current issues, providing mentorship to student members, younger members, sections and branches, promoting continuing education and other ASCE programs and in promoting future member leaders.

We are a part of a strong profession and have much to offer by our involvement in the communities that we live and work in. With our professionalism, our interest in continuing education programs and the development of programs for the next generations, we will see our leadership abilities recognized and advanced.

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  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Washington State University, 1967
  • Registered Professional Engineer: Alaska and Washington


  • Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), Reservist, Public Assistance Project Specialist (civil engineer), 2012-present
  • NANA Native Corporation, ASTS/Sivuniq/Akmaaq Companies, General Manager and Construction Services, 2007-2011
  • Alaska District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, $200M New Bassett Army Hospital Facility, Fort Wainwright, Chief, Construction, 2005-2007
  • Alaska District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Assistant Resident Engineer and Chief, Contract Administration, $400M Missile Site System Construction, Fort Greely and Shemya Island in the Aleutian Islands, 2002-2005
  • Various Private Design and Construction Project/Program Management Engineering Firms to include partnership, Anchorage AK, 1967-2002 (firms included Dames & Moore, CH2MHill, Alaska Railroad, Skilling Ward Rodgers Barkshire, Nelson-Smith, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, US Army Alaska)


  • Member Communities Committee, 2012-2015
  • Chair, Region Operations Task Committee, 2013-2014
  • State Government Relations Committee, 2011-2015; Chair 2014-2015
  • Technical Activities Committee, 2011-2013
  • Audit Committee, 2010
  • Region 8 Vice Chair, 2010
  • Region 8 Governor, 2007-2010
  • Committee on Professional Practice, corresponding member, 2002-2012
  • ASCE Washington State University Student Chapter, 2002-present
  • Anchorage Branch and Alaska Section, continuous support activities
  • Canadian-American (CAN-AM) Civil Engineering Amity Award Committee, 1992-1994
  • National Infrastructure Policy Committee, 1992-1994
  • Professional Activities, Engineering Management Publications Committee, National Committee, 1991-1994
  • Land Use Policy Committee, 1984-1986
  • Professional Activities Committee on Public Affairs and Legislation, 1981-1984
  • Professional Activities, Committee on Engineering Management at the Individual Level, 1978-1982
  • Pacific Northwest Council, Chairman and Officer, 1985-1988
  • Pacific Northwest Council, Alaska Delegate, 1977-1985; 1988-1991
  • Alaska Section, President, 1978 (went through all of the officer chairs)
  • Anchorage Branch, President, 1975 (went through all of the officer chairs)


  • Commissioner, Anchorage Municipality Light & Power, engineer representative, appointed by the Mayor of Anchorage, 2013-present
  • Washington State University, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Advisory Board, Past Chair, Senior Project Reviews, fall and spring semesters, 2002-present
  • Washington State University: one-on-one visits, small groups and in the class room for general discussion of civil engineering when they graduate and the value of ASCE
  • Alaska Professional Design Council, Alaska Section/Branch ASCE representative to the APDC Board, Past Chair of the Board, late 1990s-present
  • Alaska Professional Design Council, Legislative Liaison Committee Chair, (a lobbyist is retained by the LLC). The APDC LLC actively works with the Alaska State Legislature concerning design profession concerns and with the State Registration Board), meets with the Alaska Legislature twice per session and provide testimony on engineering issues, 2006-present
  • South Addition Community Council, Municipality of Anchorage, Past Chair and Board member (elected position) and presently community member attendee
  • Resource Development Council, Alaska
  • Presentations in an Elementary School, grades 4 and 5, Alaska General Contractor's (AGC) Tool Box program

Endorsements from Organizational Entities

1. USA Sections and Branches

  • Anchorage Branch
  • Alaska Section

Endorsements from Individuals

1. Section and Branch Board Members

  • Kate Mickelson, A.M.ASCE, Alaska Section Past President, Juneau Branch Past President
  • Tor J.S. Anderzen, P.E., M.ASCE, Anchorage Branch Past President

2. ASCE Members

  • T. Bart Quimby, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Interim Dean of the College of Engineering, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
  • Robert E. Miller, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Former Dean of Engineering School, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK


  • Married, 46 years, wife: Elaine
  • Two adult children: Son is a registered civil engineer, structural engineer on water front projects and a diver, member of ASCE; Daughter is an environmental biologist and practicing in the area of site cleanup, remediation, and brown fields
  • Grandson, 11 months old
  • Resident of Anchorage Alaska since 1967
  • Play Handball, try to play three times per week
  • We like to have gathering at the Nelson's house for neighborhood block parties, friends and family gathering to visit and to enjoy the seasons and the times together, and there have been many ASCE functions at the house