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1973 Pittsburgh Section President, Past Chair of Pitt’s CE Department Abrams Dies at 88

Distinguished Member Joel Ivan Abrams, chairman of the University of Pittsburgh’s civil engineering department for more than 20 years and a past president of ASCE’s Pittsburgh Section, has died at 88. Abrams, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, served as department chairman from the mid-1960s through 1987, and was founding director of Pitt’s groundbreaking program in public works. “He was a passionate defender of the value and the transformational...

Engineer’s Vision for Concrete Canoe Now 30 Years Strong

It’s all how he envisioned it would be. ASCE student teams from across the country – from across the world – will travel to the Colorado School of Mines this weekend. They’ll come in caravans with colorful concrete canoes in tow. They’ll chant and cheer and bang drums. They’ll talk shop and trade ideas and share presentations about concrete mixes so innovative they defy logic. And they’ll take...

Concrete Canoe: By the Numbers

The 2017 ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition celebrates its 30th year when teams convene on the Colorado School of Mines this weekend in Golden, CO. Take a look back on three decades of history, fierce competition, and mind-boggling records. Most All-Time Wins: • UC Berkeley (5) • University of Wisconsin–Madison (5) • University of Alabama in Huntsville (5) Number of Teams to Win National Championship: 11 Number of Official Competitions: 30 Total...

Ethics: Doing the Right Thing

Ethics lie at the core of all engineering decisions. And the decisions made by civil engineers can affect millions of people. Despite the importance of ethics, many questions remain about ethical issues pertaining to sustainability, billable hours, and how to voice ethical concerns to a superior. “You can always find another job, but you can’t build another career,” said Steve Starrett, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, F.EWRI,...

ASCE Fellow’s Generosity Paves Path for Future Civil Engineers

ASCE has been there to help Robert P. Wadell, P.E., F.ASCE. So it only seemed natural to him that he return the favor. And then some. Wadell recently made an extraordinary gift to the ASCE Foundation, placing him among the Foundation’s 1852 Society – a prestigious group of 16 of the most generous donors in ASCE’s storied history. “Every ASCE member can be proud when one of...

Ask Anthony: How Do I Find a Civil Engineering Internship?

The million-dollar question that is currently running through the minds of thousands of civil engineering students: How do I find a civil engineering internship? And with good reason. Finding a good internship can set you up for early career success as a civil engineer. Here are seven actions you can take immediately to find your next civil engineering internship: 1. Ask your professors for help Professors in civil engineering...

Ask Anthony: What Concentration Should I Pursue for My Civil Engineering Degree?

What concentration should I pursue for my civil engineering degree, and how much does it affect my ability to change paths later in my career? I get these related questions often from civil engineering students who are confused as to what concentration they should focus on for their civil engineering bachelor’s and/or master’s degree program. Some schools don’t allow for a specific concentration in undergraduate,...

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...

Mind Your Mind

My studies and experience convince me that the trajectory of our professional and personal lives will be heavily influenced by our brain literacy; that is, what we know about our brain, how we apply what we know, and how we take care of our brain. “The lack of brain education is a huge mistake,” says neuroscientist and psychiatrist Daniel G. Amen, “because success in all...

By engineers, for engineers

The Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at Toronto's York University brings together students of civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering in a structure designed with innovation and collaboration in mind.