April 2017    

Board Meeting Caps Busy Society Week in D.C.

Jay Higgins, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE, your Region 9 Director, is a member of the Los Angeles Section.  Jay represented you at the March 17-18 Board meeting in Arlington, VA.

The March Board meeting capped what is always one of ASCE’s busiest weeks of the year. The week kicked off with the Legislative Fly-In, followed by an ASCE Industry Leaders Council meeting and the annual OPAL Gala. This year, Board members were invited to enjoy a special screening of the IMAX film Dream Big at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum just before convening for the Board meeting.

It certainly was an inspiring, fun, and very productive week.

Highlights of the Board meeting included:

      • The Board of Direction voted to approve the desired outcomes for a strategy roadmap for student transition and Younger Member retention. The roadmap suggests eight action items, including an emphasis on giving Younger Members a greater voice in the Society (see story in ASCE News).

      • The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and the Committee on Ethical Practice proposed the addition of an eighth canon to the ASCE Code of Ethics with language that would provide a basis to enforce ASCE’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, while establishing accountability to the Society’s prescribed diversity and inclusion guiding principles. The recommendation was well-received by the Board and will go to a vote in July.

      • A new Task Committee on Governance Structure made its first presentation to the Board, offering thoughts on possible alternatives to the size and structure of the Board. The session prompted vigorous discussion among Board members as the task committee continues to fine-tune its plan.

      • The Board heard from Greg DiLoreto, P.E., P.L.S., D.WRE, Pres.13.ASCE, chair of the Committee for America’s Infrastructure, about the recent launch of the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. The overall grade for the nation’s infrastructure remains a concerning D+, and the Report Card puts forth ASCE’s solutions to raise the grades and reverse this trajectory, including increased, sustained investment, bold leadership, comprehensive planning, and careful preparation for the needs of the future. DiLoreto reported on the thousands of media mentions about the Report Card across the country in the first week following the release, including prominent features on CBS News, CNBC, NPR’s Morning Edition, NBC News, The Wall Street Journal, and many more.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for July 28-29 in Baltimore, MD. The agenda features a full day of strategic planning.

Congratulations to Region 9’s latest ASCE Fellows and ASCE Award Winners:

ASCE Fellows:

Faiz I. Makdisi, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

Robert L. Bertini, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

Society Awards:

Soroosh Sorooshian, Ph.D., M.ASCE – 2017 Ven Te Chow Award

R. Rhodes Trussell, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, NAE, M.ASCE – 2018 Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture

Lucio Soibelman, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE – 2017 Construction Management Award

To share your views or provide ideas on how ASCE can better serve its members and the profession, email Jay.  

Great outreach event or other activity? Let the whole Region know!

If you’re a local ASCE leader and your Section, Branch, Younger Member Group, or Student Chapter has staged any special events, engaged in outreach from grade-school kids to lawmakers, done charity work, fund raising or anything of the sort, let ASCEnews Weekly know and we may include it in next month’s Region report. You may already have written about it and posted pictures in your newsletter, website, or social media. Share the details and any photos at asce.org/localnews. Got questions? Write to submissions@asce.org.

See the other Region reports for February
If you live adjacent to a Section in a different Region, or are merely interested in the other Region reports for February, click on each to view them:
Region 1   Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section, Buffalo Section, Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers Section, Ithaca Section, Maine Section, Metropolitan Section, Mohawk-Hudson Section, New Hampshire Section, New Jersey Section, Puerto Rico Section, Rhode Island Section, Rochester Section, Syracuse Section, Vermont Section 

Region 2   Central Pennsylvania Section, Delaware Section, Lehigh Valley Section, Maryland Section, National Capital Section, Philadelphia Section, Pittsburgh Section

Region 3   Akron-Canton Section, Central Illinois Section, Central Ohio Section, Cincinnati Section, Cleveland Section, Dayton Section, Duluth Section, Illinois Section, Michigan Section, Minnesota Section, North Dakota Section, Quad Cities Section, Toledo Section, Wisconsin Section

Region 4   Arkansas Section, Indiana Section, Kentucky Section, North Carolina Section, South Carolina Section, Tennessee Section, Virginia Section, West Virginia Section

Region 5   Alabama Section, Florida Section, Georgia Section, Louisiana Section, Mississippi Section
Region 6   New Mexico Section, Oklahoma Section, Texas Section

Region 7   Colorado Section, Iowa Section, Kansas City Section, Kansas Section, Nebraska Section, South Dakota Section, St. Louis Section, Wyoming Section

Region 8   Alaska Section, Arizona Section, Columbia Section, Hawaii Section, Inland Empire Section, Montana Section, Nevada Section, Oregon Section, Seattle Section, Southern Idaho Section, Tacoma-Olympia Section, Utah Section

Region 9   Los Angeles Section, Sacramento Section, San Diego Section, San Francisco Section

Region 10  All International Sections, Branches, and Groups

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