The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is the most highly regarded and oldest professional organization representing the interests of all civil engineers. I am a proud member of ASCE. 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 State. We pursue these interests for the individual and the profession because we accept our duty to protect the public safety, health and welfare. I will continue this good work and extend the organization's efforts by working with all of our members in furtherance of ASCE's goals.
ASCE Region 9 is a large part of the entirety of ASCE and includes within its boundaries every facet of both Technical Institutes and Geographic Entities. We include a full range of members from beginning students to Life Members. We must and will continue to work together to meet the needs of every member. The Technical Institutes are to be celebrated and recognized for their important role in furthering the knowledge of our members. Technical programming and learning should be a part of our regular activities to continually improve our knowledge. The Geographic Entities, the Region, Sections, Branches, Younger Member Forums and Student Groups, are to be celebrated and recognized for providing the opportunities and forums for our members to gain professional interactions, to increase professional cooperation, to enhance leadership skills and to extend the value our members receive. Region 9 can and should increase its membership numbers and we will do that by better communicating all of the benefits of membership to our peers.
The ASCE published Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge, third edition, is a scholarly work that defines the recommended outcomes and achievements for which our civil engineering students should strive to meet in order to be prepared to be in responsible charge of civil engineering works. The Engineer Tomorrow initiative of ASCE is working to convey this message to the students and our younger members as they chart their course into our profession. With its many Student Groups, Region 9 is in an excellent position to elevate this information, educate students, and prepare them for participation in this great profession. This will serve to enhance the future of civil engineering. It is my intent to facilitate this information exchange and to help our younger and future civil engineers to reach their goals. As a part of this same objective, we should increase our mentoring efforts, encouraging our senior experienced members to provide volunteer time to mentor younger civil engineers.
ASCE is at the forefront of advocating for infrastructure investments in our State and Nation. I participated in the Executive Committee and witnessed first-hand the preparation of the 2019 California Infrastructure Report Card. Thank you, to all volunteers for their great contributions! This Report documents the work we need to complete in order to meet the infrastructure needs of our population. Civil Engineers are uniquely suited to educate not only our elected officials but the public at large on the needs to maintain what we have and to improve the capacity, sustainability and resilience of our infrastructure for current and future conditions. We must participate in advocacy if we are to protect the public safety, health and welfare. Please join me in these efforts, join your local government relations committee and start today.
I respectfully seek your support for the position of Region 9 Director. Thank you!