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2020 PGF Goes Virtual

Last week, 147 ASCE Section and Branch presidents, Region governors, Society directors, board members and institute leaders attended the annual Presidents and Governors Forum, held virtually this year, Sept. 10-12. This event, sponsored by the Leader Training Committee, provided opportunities for attendees to learn about ASCE resources, network with other ASCE leaders and develop skills that will benefit their Sections/Branches, Regions and Institutes. Because we...

ASCE members in Lebanon lift Beirut in aftermath of explosion

ASCE members in Lebanon have helped lead the recovery effort in the aftermath of an explosion that shook the Port of Beirut at 6:08 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4, in the center of the densely populated capital. The destruction extended across a four-mile radius, with casualties reported at 220 dead, 6,000 injured and 300,000 left homeless. “What motivated all of us is passion for our beloved country...

New Orleans Branch Assists Those Affected by COVID-19

The ASCE New Orleans Branch organized a program this summer to match member donations to certain organizations supporting those most affected by COVID-19. The four organizations include UNO First Student Support Fund, Second Harvest Food Bank, Gayle Benson Community Assitance Fund and the Gig Workers Relief Fund. Treasurer Kyle Galloway brought the idea to the Branch Board, and they immediately supported it. "We thought it sounded like...

ASCE Groups Honored at 2020 MRLCs

Several ASCE groups were honored with awards during the 2020 Multi-Region Leadership Conferences. The Metropolitan Section received the 2019 ASCE Outstanding Section/Branch Award for very large Sections (over 2,500 members). The 2019 ASCE Outstanding Section/Branch Award for large Sections and Branches (1,00o-2,500 members) was bestowed on both the Dallas Branch and Pittsburgh Section. The 2019 ASCE Outstanding Section/Branch Award for medium Sections and Branches (500-1,000 members) was...

ASCE Members Make Engineers Week 2020 Special

Every year in February, Engineers Week recognizes the amazing contributions made by engineers around the world. It's a great chance for ASCE members to take a step back, take stock of their work and then take a bow. The funny thing about ASCE members, though, is that Engineers Week – the week set aside to honor them – often finds them working harder than ever, doing...

PGF Sets Local Leaders Up to Thrive

The annual Presidents and Governors Forum (PGF) gathered 107 Section and Branch presidents, Region governors and Society directors from around the world to ASCE headquarters in Reston, Virginia. This Leader Training Committee-sponsored event provided opportunities for attendees to learn about ASCE resources, network with other ASCE leaders and develop skills that will benefit their Sections and Branches. The program began, Sunday, with an icebreaker, followed...

Turning Adversity into a Platform for Pride

Guillermo Díaz-Fañas could have stayed quiet. Growing up in the Dominican Republic, Díaz-Fañas, C.Eng, Ing., P.E., M.ASCE, was different in a place where normalcy reigned. He was exceedingly smart. Exceptionally ambitious. And, in perhaps his most significant divergence from community expectations, he was gay. “I remember, I was pointed out always as, ‘Oh, he is a little sissy, he has a lot of mannerisms,’” Díaz-Fañas said. Guillermo...

ASCE Foundation Rewards Hard Work With MRLC Grants

The ASCE Foundation provides grants to Student Chapters, Younger Member Groups, Sections, and Branches attending the annual Multi-Region Leadership Conferences. Applicants must show how they will use the money and build compelling cases for why they should be selected. This year, the applications were so impressive the ASCE Foundation gave three grants at each MRLC. Orlando MRLC Winners First place: Indiana Section for programming to provide professional...