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Virginia Water-Resources Engineer Delivers on Potential

It wasn’t Rajan Jha’s finest moment. “I hadn’t performed that great, I’m just being honest with you,” Jha remembers. Report card day at Delhi Public School in Korba, India. Jha’s literature teacher, Sreekala Madhavan, had left a hand-written note in the margin: “‘You don’t even know how much potential you have,’” Jha remembers. It was as if his academic career was struck by lightning. “Those lines made me think, ‘You...

Engineer Takes Inspiration from Childhood, Gives Back to Bangladeshi Students

Ariful Hasnat, Aff.M.ASCE, used to travel with his family from their Noakhali home in Bangladesh to the capitol city of Dhaka. Hasnat was only 7, but even then he wondered why it would take as many as seven hours to cross three kilometers by ferry. “My father answered, ‘If you can build bridges over these rivers, then you can pass it in 10 minutes,’” Hasnat wrote....

‘Empowering’ Education Takes Akono Around the World

Education has been a journey for Ange Therese Akono – both figuratively and literally. Her studies started in her home country of Cameroon, took her to the leading engineering school in France, and then to a doctorate program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. One of ASCE’s 2016 class of New Faces of Civil Engineering Professionals, Akono now is a tenure-track assistant professor at the University...

Commitment to Service Unites ASCE’s 2016 New Faces of Civil Engineering – Professional

The 2016 class of ASCE New Faces of Civil Engineering – Professional is ripe with diversity and difference. They hail from completely different regions of the Americas, different parts of the world. They speak different languages, practice different specialties. Some work in the field; some educate. Each path to engineering excellence is unique. But the common thread running through each story is that of service. Each...

Elio D’Appolonia, Geotechnical and Foundations Giant, Dies at 97

Elio “D’App” D’Appolonia, Ph.D., P.E., Hon.M.ASCE, NAE, a giant of geotechnical and foundation engineering, has died. He was 97 years old. A longtime Pittsburgh resident, D'Appolonia started the renowned consulting engineers firm bearing his name in 1956. Employing many of his family members and former students from his time as a faculty member at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University), the firm grew into a group...

Gary Keefer, 30-Year ASCE Member and Longtime Educator, Dies at Age 63

Gary Keefer, Ph.D, P.E., M.ASCE, a respected civil engineering educator, has died. He was 63. He served as chancellor of the Pennsylvania State University Beaver Campus for 16 years, retiring in 2014. “He was truly a role model for all of us and led our campus with high morals, character and integrity,” Interim Chancellor Donna Kuga said on Penn State Beaver's website. “Gary will be greatly missed...

Paving the Way to a New Surface Transportation Bill: Insights from Senate Committee Chair Inhofe

“That old document that no one reads anymore or pays any attention to, it’s the Constitution,” said Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “It says what we are supposed to be doing here … defending America and the roads, highways, and bridges.” Hear Sen. Inhofe share why short-term extensions don’t work and why we need continued...

Civil Engineers Have A Key Role to Play in Adaptation to Climate Change

What was once considered an issue of the far distant future, climate change, has been clearly stated by the Third National Climate Assessment as now meeting us in the present. People from corn producers in Iowa, to coastal planners in Florida, to city dwellers in New York City, to Native Peoples on tribal lands are experiencing extreme changes to the climate around them. Summers are longer...