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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...

Three Years Later, Still Dreaming Big

It was three years ago this month that ASCE got into the movie business. “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” debuted on IMAX and other giant screens in museums and theaters around the world in February 2017. The film, presented by Bechtel and produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films in partnership with ASCE, showcases engineering in a colorful, dynamic and diverse way, forever changing how a generation of...

ASCE Plot Points Season 3 Episode 5: Representation

When it comes to inspiring the next generation of civil engineers, representation is so very important. Jose Castro, an assistant engineer in water resources for Michael Baker International in Irvine, California, tells his story of both how he was inspired to pursue civil engineering when he was a student and how he now inspires students through outreach work (1:52). In Extracurricular, we hear from Ashlyn Alexander,...

ASCE Plot Points Season 3 Episode 2: The Gift of Presence

Maybe you've recently been offered the chance to go work a career fair or talk to some students at a local school. And maybe you've thought, "Sure, it might be fun, but what would I even say? Why would those kids want to hear my story. I'm nobody special." But maybe you're totally wrong. Your presence for just one afternoon can have a huge effect...

ASCE Plot Points Season 2 Episode 3: Find Yourself

You have to know yourself before you can be yourself. For Clint Martin, that meant taking on the Appalachian Trail thru-hike for nearly six months in the woods before starting his first full-time civil engineering job. He talks about how the experience helped make him a better civil engineer (1:20). We hear an Origin Story from Vanessa Eslava, a civil engineer in San Diego who gives...

Member Voices: Building Community in Puerto Rico

Luis Duque, EIT, A.M.ASCE, is a structural engineer at DLK Engineering in Lafayette, Colorado. An active member of ASCE (particularly the Structural Engineering Institute) and Engineers Without Borders, Duque has helped shape the online communities at ASCE Collaborate and Career by Design as a topic moderator. In today's Member Voice article, he recaps, with words and his gift for photography, a recent trip he...

What’s in My Backyard? – CECorps Connects Engineers, Communities

Take a look in your backyard (figuratively). You might be surprised what you find (literally). Underserved communities across the United States are in need of civil engineering solutions. That’s where the Community Engineering Corps comes in, and, with its new “What’s in My Backyard?” campaign, lays out how to help, step by step. CECorps – an alliance between ASCE, the American Water Works Association and Engineers Without...

The Power of Mentoring

Michael Paddock, P.E., M.ASCE, a 30-year member of ASCE, is a licensed civil engineer and surveyor. His professional career was spent managing teams of over 100 engineers designing infrastructure projects over $1 billion, and he was the youngest-ever recipient of Wisconsin’s “Engineer of the Year” award. After a near-death cancer experience, he was motivated to begin a pro bono engineering career that has delivered...

ASCE Members ‘Invent Amazing’ During #EWeek2019

Engineers Week 2019 is here and ASCE members have geared up to take part. This year’s theme, Engineers: Invent Amazing, is on par with everything members have accomplished so far. ASCE Announces 2019 New Faces of Civil Engineering – Professionals ASCE celebrated its 2019 New Faces of Civil Engineering – Professional, a group of 10 talented young professionals who are taking the civil engineering industry...

ASCE Plot Points Season 1 Episode 12: Community Needs

Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs has been a staple of teacher training for decades, providing a guideline for working with young students. But what if you took the theory and applied it to what a community needs to reach its full potential? In a sense, that's what civil engineers do every day. On today's episode, we hear from Logan Johnson, the Neighborhood Development Project Management for NeighborWorks...