Topic: Perspectives

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Can engineering save nature?

Author Elizabeth Kolbert looks at whether humans — after doing so much damage to nature through the development of the built environment — can now reengineer nature to save it.

Now is (finally) the time to future-proof our infrastructure

Constantine Samaras and Mikhail Chester write of the unique opportunity afforded by the upcoming infrastructure bill in Congress, presenting it as a chance to finally address the country’s need for climate-resilient infrastructure.

How are ancient Egyptian and modern American road construction linked?

Maxwell Lay, Ph.D., P.E, M.ASCE, lead author of Paving Our Ways (2020) talks about how pavements have evolved throughout history and what their evolution in the future might look like.

A year later – considering the effects of COVID-19 on civil engineering

ASCE's COVID-19 Community Calls podcast series featured civil engineers checking in on how the pandemic was changing their worlds. Now they're back reflecting with a year's worth of perspective.

How does ASCE work?

Members and staff work together to ensure ASCE will soar to new heights.

Funding and innovation are required in equal measure

ASCE's 2021 Report Card for America's Infrastructure highlights the need for the types of innovations civil engineers provide.

Verbal acknowledgments are not always reliable

An owner's officer thought a contractor's differing site condition claim would be recoverable. A court saw it differently.

Engagement and commitment are hallmarks of transportation engineering course at Oregon State University

David S. Hurwitz, Ph.D., EIT, A.M.ASCE, a professor at Oregon State University, is committed to creating an engaging online experience for students.

How to prepare for – and succeed in- conversations with the media

Maribel Castillo, vice president and director of corporate communications at T.Y. Lin International, discusses interacting with the media.

There is great value in mentorship and networking

Randell H. Iwasaki, P.E., M.ASCE, had a long career in the transportation field, one that greatly benefited from the encouragement of others.