Civil Engineers Dream Big

January 14, 2016

“No dreamer is ever too small; no dream is ever too big.” –Anonymous

Where would we be if the Roeblings hadn’t dreamed big by designing and constructing the Brooklyn Bridge, paving the way for the George Washington Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, and other great suspension bridges? Or if the Panama Canal, a 48-mile-long international waterway that allows ships to pass between the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean, saving about 8,000 miles from a journey around the southern tip of South America, hadn’t been constructed? Built by civil engineers, these modern day wonders have changed civilization for the better. And it’s this big dreaming that has led us to some of the greatest human achievements.

Many of these civil eTom_Smith_DreamBig_Finalngineering achievements will be featured in Dream Big: Engineering Wonders of World. ASCE’s giant-screen movie moved into full production with Bechtel Corporation signing on as the film’s presenting sponsor. To help promote the movie, we debuted the Civil Engineers Dream Big contest at the 2015 ASCE Convention in New York City. By entering, you could win a dream trip to a Dream Big international film shoot, a trip to attend an exclusive rough-cut screening with the director in Laguna Beach, CA, or a premiere event in your local community.

The contest celebrates how civil engineers dream big and encourages members to share how civil engineering helped them reach their dreams. These are some of the dreams shared so far:

My dream, as a student working for a small town engineering department more than 50 years ago, was to make a career in municipal government making a difference in my neighbors’ lives. – Theodore MacLeod

I entered civil engineering with a dream to design roller coasters. I found a career in the Air Force and an understanding of how civil engineering can help the world with sewage treatment, water supply, and transportation infrastructure. I now enjoy helping to keep people safe as an engineer and transportation planner with the National Park Service. – Lilly Hardin

My dream is to help replace and recreate our aging transportation network, but not by replacing what is crumbling. I want to use the latest technologies to design more efficient, sustainable transportation options, and lessen our dependence on cars. – Nathaniel Shellhamer

But you don’t have to tell us your dream to enter. Any ASCE member in good standing is eligible to enter the contest by filling out an online entry form. We will draw from eligible entries and announce the winners during Engineers Week 2016. The deadline is Feb. 1, 2016, so don’t delay.

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In case you missed it, here are some other exciting opportunities around the ASCE community:

ASCE’s Innovation Contest is looking for unusual, cutting-edge ideas with the potential to greatly impact the future of infrastructure. But time is running out – the deadline for entry is Jan. 18.

The contest seeks creative thinking in one of four categories – innovative business models, Internet of Things, green engineering, and resilience. Winners will meet with industry leaders and potential employers. Explore the topic areas and the rewards for winning, get questions answered, and enter.

Community service is a huge part of what being a civil engineer is all about. Our ASCE members are active everyday in volunteer efforts that make significant impacts on people in their local communities and the world. Find your service niche using the ASCE Volunteer Opportunities index. Search by activity, location, or time commitment, and get started today.

The ASCE 2016 OPAL Gala hails lifetime achievements and state-of-the-art projects, March 17, in Arlington, VA. Break out your formal wear and join in celebrating the Outstanding Projects And Leaders honorees and other major ASCE award winners, then join in the ovation as the 2016 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement winner is revealed from among six nominated projects. Discounted tickets are available now.

Finding the right career path is a top priority for every young engineer. ASCE Career Connections provides the guidance to get there. Add a bookmark or shortcut to asce.org/careers for handy access to search job openings, post your resume, and get the career advice that will have you ready to take the next step.

ASCE Week returns to balmy Orlando, FL, in March, following a successful event in Las Vegas last fall. The week features the chance to earn as many as 36 PDHs in one location – including 4 PDHs from a behind-the-scenes tour of Disney World engineering. View the complete schedule of courses and tours, and register.

ASCE’s On-Demand Webinar Packages give members the chance to build skills and earn PDHs from the comfort of their own homes. View all package options.

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