President's Perspective

Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: CSX Railroad to Michoud Canal Levee
September 4, 2015

The 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina prompted the New Orleans community and the nation to reflect on the tragic events of Aug. 29, 2005. The tragedy was an example of the important role infrastructure plays…Read More >>

ASCE Treasurer Dennis Truax, Chair of NCEES’s Advisory Committee on Council Activities presents Position Statement 35 Future Education Requirements for Engineering Licensure. Seated is ASCE member Mike Conzett.
August 21, 2015

This week, NCEES, the organization representing engineering licensing boards, held its annual meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia. Not surprisingly, ASCE is deeply invested in the issues discussed and debated by NCEES delegates. After all, civil engineers…Read More >>

Photo by Matias Volonte
June 24, 2015

About a month ago, I spoke to the Student Chapter at the American University in Dubai. I asked the students, “Was there a time that you thought you might not want to be a civil…Read More >>

CC Image by Jacek Cieplinski on Flickr
June 8, 2015

With summer comes lots of opportunities to embrace what the season has to offer. It’s a time when kids are out of school, and we spend more time with family enjoying the warmer weather. Many…Read More >>

President Stevens with Dr. Sameh El-Sayeh and Majed Shoman
June 2, 2015

I’m back from my second trip to the United Arab Emirates in three months where I presented at a global project management conference and visited two UAE universities. This hosted trip began at the American…Read More >>

Photo credit: Matthew Matheson, Flickr
May 11, 2015

Critical to our nation’s transportation infrastructure is the Highway Trust Fund. This fund is America’s federal bank account for transportation, and every year, states share over $45 billion to repair and modernize their roads, bridges…Read More >>

Durbar Square, Paton, Nepal
April 30, 2015

As you probably know, on Saturday, April 25, a devastating earthquake rocked Nepal, flattening densely populated areas surrounding Kathmandu. The Nepalese people are dealing with tremendous loss of life and destruction of homes, historic sites…Read More >>

April 8, 2015

As part of ASCE’s global civil engineering information exchange and outreach, Tom Smith and I traveled to India and the United Arab Emirates in March. We chose these two countries because of the rapid growth…Read More >>

President Robert Stevens receives thanks on behalf of ASCE from Naruhito, the Crown Prince of Japan.
December 8, 2014

Commemorating one hundred years provides a special luster to an accomplishment, and in 2014, I had the opportunity to participate in several amazing events that highlight the global civil engineering profession. The centennial celebrations include…Read More >>

ASCE Members visit the Port of Long Beach. Photo courtesy of Bill Wallace.
November 17, 2014

  After seeing the Panama Canal in October, what could be more informative than ASCE’s inaugural International Conference on Sustainability in California? Long Beach was the perfect venue for talking about the challenges of a…Read More >>