ASCE hosts Pan American Union of Engineering Societies annual meeting
ASCE 2023 President Maria Lehman, center, takes part in the Pan American Union of Engineering Societies annual meeting alongside newly inaugurated UPADI president Aridai Herrera, third from right.
Leaders of engineering societies from 14 countries in the Americas and Puerto Rico convened at ASCE’s Washington, D.C. offices for the annual meeting of the Pan American Union of Engineering Societies, known best by its Spanish acronym UPADI, for Unión Panamericana de Asociaciones de Ingenieros. With ASCE and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as the U.S. representatives on UPADI, ASCE served as meeting host. Representatives from the societies in the 27-member UPADI who could not attend in person did so virtually. Aridai Herrera, M.ASCE, was inaugurated president for a two-year term.
The meeting was capped by a declaration agreed to by UPADI representatives calling for global leaders to “foster engineering education and development, mitigate damages due to natural disasters, design and construct climate resilient infrastructure, and commit to mitigate and adapt to climate change.”