REGION 7 NEWS Top student teams race to Concrete Canoe nationals
Photo by Brandon Wade for ASCE
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology canoe was named “Milkywave.”
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology was among the 21 schools to qualify for this year’s National Concrete Canoe Competition, hosted in June at the University of Texas, Tyler.
École de technologie supérieure finished first in the overall standings, following the school’s steel bridge team national championship two weeks earlier. UCLA finished second, followed by the University of Nevada, Reno.
SDSM&T notched the eighth-best oral presentation in the competition and finished 13th in the final overall standings.
NEBRASKA SECTION Stan Musial Bridge honored as OCEA finalist
AEI Student Design Competition leads to prestigious award for Nebraska engineering students
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction recently won the 2016 National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education.
The department’s submittal, “888 Boylston Street-Interdisciplinary Team Design,” was the result of a new two-semester capstone class using the ASCE Architectural Engineering Institute Student Design Competition.
The project united electrical, structural, and mechanical engineering students on a team with faculty members and more than 50 licensed professional engineers and architects to design a proposed 17-story mixed-use highrise building.
The award jury praised the project for “its strong interaction with professional engineers as well as the complexity and multidisciplinary aspects of the project.”
Jay Burress, P.E., M. ASCE, your Region 7 Director is a member of the
Kansas City Section. Jay represented you at the ASCE Board meeting in San Diego, CA, July 8-9.
At its most recent meeting, the ASCE Board debated a host of key civil engineering and ASCE issues and set direction on how to advance the profession and strengthen the organization in the coming year and beyond.
In addition to deliberations on strategic initiatives, adopting new policies, and passing a budget (see story in ASCE News), the Board addressed additional items on its extensive agenda.
As part of its fiscal year 2017 budget, the Board approved a new print ASCE News newsletter that will be mailed to members 10 times per year in conjunction with Civil Engineering magazine. Beginning in November 2016, this publication will deliver timely highlights of ASCE activities in a vibrant, brief format that provides both at-a-glance updates and guides readers to more content that can be found online. In a survey of randomly selected ASCE members who received sample copies, some 80% said they learned something new about ASCE activities from going through the newsletter.
The Board continues to debate how best to align the Society geographically and to most effectively constitute itself as a Board. After studying options for realignment, the Board elected to retain the Society’s existing Region structure, alignment, and representation, for the present. A new task committee will be formed to examine a number of proposals that were raised during the Board’s discussion.
The Society’s Member Communities Committee (MCC) outlined its strategic planning process and received endorsement of its mission to enable members “to advance the profession and enhance their career growth by integrating member support and promoting member engagement.” MCC oversees such successful programs as the Multi-Region Leadership Conferences and younger member and student programs.
The Board heard progress on ASCE’s Global Strategy, which aims to enhance ASCE’s global image, global voice, and global footprint; reserve a seat at the table for ASCE in global civil engineering forums; and expand products and services for international members. Currently 25,870 of ASCE’s more than 150,000 members live outside the U.S.
The ASCE Public Policy Committee (PPC) held its strategic discussion with the Board, highlighting that:
• ASCE successfully advocated for infrastructure issues on Capitol Hill, such as the passage and signing into law of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act last year, and progress toward passing a new Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The Senate WRDA bill would authorize $9 billion for new projects and studies at the Army Corps of Engineers, add a dam rehabilitation component to the National Dam Safety Program, establish a new Water Infrastructure Trust Fund, and provide $220 million in aid for Flint, Michigan.
• ASCE worked closely with Congress as a founding member of the STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) Education Coalition to help achieve enactment of the Every Student Succeed Act, which maintains a strong focus on STEM subjects.
• ASCE has been active in monitoring and addressing recent threats to professional licensure in several states. During the 2015 legislative sessions, six states considered measures to eliminate all professional licensure. While none of these measures were enacted, ASCE views this as a serious threat to public safety and continues to mobilize in opposition.
To share your thoughts on ASCE issues and governance, please email Jay.
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