August 2017    

Strategic Planning Dominates Board Meeting in Baltimore

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 July 28-29 Board meeting in Baltimore, MD.

Board members rolled up their sleeves and did a deep dive into strategy planning in what proved to be a very productive weekend. We began the process in January, looking at ways to sharpen goals, strategies, and measurables for not only our work as a Board but for ASCE as a whole. At the Baltimore meeting, we workshopped six goal statements and prioritized a variety of strategies and programs to achieve each. It’s exciting to see everyone’s perspectives and ideas combining to form one cohesive, focused strategy for our Society. (Read complete story in ASCE News.)

Other highlights from the Board meeting included:

      • The Board of Direction voted unanimously to adopt a new canon to the Society’s Code of Ethics that expresses a professional obligation to provide fair and equal treatment for all. (see story in ASCE News)

•    The Board received annual reports from several committees, which generated valuable debate and high-level conversation among Board members. The Member Communities Committee stressed the importance of student transition as we continue to develop new strategies for engaging and retaining our Younger Members.

      • The Task Committee on Governance Structure offered a progress report. The Board voted in an informal straw poll to support the committee’s continued efforts to explore potential changes to the structure of the Board as we look to adapt to an ever-evolving industry.

•    The Committee on Sustainability presented the four priorities of its strategic roadmap – sustainable project development, standards and protocols, expanding technical capacity, and communication and advocacy. 

      • Several Department Heads and Chairs from universities around the country addressed the Board, calling for new ways in which they could work with ASCE in the future to help foster more innovation and creativity in college curricula with the objective of increased student interest in civil engineering programs. The presentation spurred excellent discussion.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 7-8 in New Orleans, LA, kicking off the ASCE 2017 Convention.

Congratulations to Region 9’s latest ASCE Fellows and ASCE Award Winners:
ASCE Fellows:
Robb Eric S. Moss, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

Lisa M. Penna, P.E., F.ASCE

Society Awards:

Glenn M. Boyce, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE – 2017 Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award

Martin A. Fischer, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE – 2017 Peurifoy Construction Research Award

Mohammad Ilbeigi, A.M.ASCE; Baabak Ashuri, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE; and Soheil Shayegh, Ph.D., S.M.ASCE – 2017 Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize

Amit Bhasin, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE; Mikhail V. Chester, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE; James K. Guest, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE; Kaveh Madani, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE; and Jamie E. Padgett, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE – 2017 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prizes

James L. Beck, Ph.D., F.EMI, M.ASCE – 2017 George W. Housner Structural Control and Monitoring Medal

Alec Ramirez, S.M.ASCE – 2017 Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students

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