Topic: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Board Sharpens New Strategy

The picture is starting to come into focus. The ASCE Board of Direction spent a good portion of its quarterly meeting, July 28-29 in Baltimore, honing its strategic plan, a process that began in January with vision, goals, and measurables set to coalesce at the October meeting. The Board broke into focus groups to discuss and refine six goal statements. They then ranked several potential strategies...

Board Adopts New Canon for ASCE Code of Ethics

The ASCE Board of Direction voted unanimously at its July meeting to adopt new language in the Society’s Code of Ethics that expresses a professional obligation to provide fair and equal treatment for all. The ASCE Code of Ethics, adopted in 1914, lays out the model for professional conduct for ASCE members. The newly adopted canon – Canon 8 in the Code of Ethics –...

What Career Advice Would You Give Your 22-Year-Old Self?

Imagine you could go back in time and meet yourself at 22 years old. What would you say to your younger self? What career advice would you offer, given all you’ve learned since? What nuggets of civil engineering wisdom would you bestow? We asked our members. Here’s what they said:   Jaffer Almosawy Jaffer Almosawy, EI, ENV SP, A.M.ASCE, Engineering Intern I – GCW Inc. – Las Vegas, NV: “Be assertive, take...

Ask Anthony: Which Civil Engineering Networking Events Should I Attend?

Your time is limited, today more than ever. Like most everyone, civil engineers are overextended, and between their careers and personal lives they have way too many responsibilities. That said, sacrificing networking due to a lack of time could be a dangerous move that jeopardizes your career success. As a civil engineer, your network will drive your success. Your network can provide a mentor to help...

Dream Big Premiere Brings Out ‘Joy and Wonder’ of Engineering

It was near the end of the evening. Near the end of the film’s second screening. As the long, glorious night that was the world premiere of Dream Big: Engineering Our World at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, wound down, at the base of the theater – hidden in darkness just out of the audience’s sight – Avery Bang and...

The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion

Brent Darnell, Aff.M.ASCE, is president and owner of Atlanta-based Brent Darnell International. For more information, email brent@brentdarnell.com or visit brentdarnell.com. The long-standing issue of diversity and inclusion is reaching a tipping point. I have attended many industry events lately, and the demographics are a little frightening. As wonderful as our industry is, these events are filled with mostly middle-aged, white men. If I were a woman...

Board Heads into 2017 More Diverse; Calls for Broader Look at Raise the Bar Strategy

With diversity a key theme at the ASCE 2016 Convention in Portland, OR, it was fitting that the Board of Direction meeting, at the outset of Convention week, welcomed the most diverse Board in Society history. The Board’s fall meeting marked the final gathering of the outgoing 2016 members whose terms expire this year, and an unofficial first meeting of incoming 2017 Board members who...

4 Ways You Can Grow Engineering

With increasingly complex projects requiring new technology, will we have enough civil engineers prepared for the challenges of tomorrow? It is essential to inspire more students to choose careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, pursue gender and minority equality in the workplace, and foster partnerships with diverse groups. Here’s how. 1. Reform education to include engineering in K-12 schools Stephen Pruitt, Ph.D., project lead for...