ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith, left, talks with author J.D. Vance and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola during a panel discussion at the Infrastructure Week DC Kickoff Event. PHOTO: Joy Asico/AP Images for Infrastructure Week
May 17, 2018

The D-plus grade outlined in last year’s Infrastructure Report Card is no easy fix. Fortunately, Infrastructure Week 2018 shows that ASCE has plenty of partners eager to take on the challenge. “I’m energized by everybody’s…Read More >>

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May 16, 2018

I recently had the honor of interviewing ASCE President Kristina Swallow, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE, for an infrastructure series we are running on the Civil Engineering Podcast, and afterward was able to ask her a…Read More >>

“We waited to start a family until we were well-established in our careers,” Ariel Christenson said. “... But then we were like, ‘You know what, it’s time for the next stage in our life. We’re ready to have a family.'" PHOTO: Ariel Christenson
May 10, 2018

It’s a tight-knit group, this 3 a.m. texting club. Ariel Christenson is a proud member. These days – or more accurately, these nights – she finds herself awake in the hazy daze between midnight and…Read More >>

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May 10, 2018

The hit rate is astounding. Students watch the film Dream Big: Engineering Our World and, in nearly every case, come away excited and motivated about STEM subjects. Take the kids down in Rio Grande Valley,…Read More >>

ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith. PHOTO: Jason Dixson Photography
May 10, 2018

“The future won’t wait. Neither can we. It’s time to build.” That’s the message conveyed by countless American businesses, workers, elected leaders, and others during Infrastructure Week 2018, May 14-21. According to recent polls, over…Read More >>

The 2018 National Concrete Canoe Competition is June 23-25 in San Diego. PHOTO: Barry Staver
May 8, 2018

The 2018 National Concrete Canoe Competition field is complete. Under a revised format this year, six university teams that did not qualify through their spring student conference competitions have been selected as wild-card entrants. ASCE…Read More >>

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June 14, 2018

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works held a hearing entitled “Innovation and America’s Infrastructure: Examining the Effects of Emerging Autonomous Technologies on America’s Roads and Bridges.” The hearing explored questions regarding the feasibility and importance of autonomous technologies as it relates to infrastructure. The Senators’ questions were fielded by a...

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June 13, 2018

Last week, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) attended an invitation only event with U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao announcing the Department’s release of nearly $1.5 billion in grants to fund the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America or “INFRA” program for freight, highway, and bridge improvements created by the Fixing America’s...

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June 12, 2018

This week, the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science of America, and Soil Science Society of America hosted a Capitol Hill briefing entitled “Urban Soil and Water: Geoscience that Underlies our Economic Prosperity” that explored the important role that soil – buried beneath our urban concrete jungles – plays in reducing stormwater runoff and in...

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June 07, 2018

As state legislatures across the country are wrapping up their sessions for 2018, lawmakers in several states acted this year to make investments to address their states’ infrastructure needs. In Colorado, Governor John Hickenlooper (D) signed a major bill to fund transportation infrastructure projects. The legislation calls for periodic transfers from the state’s general fund...

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