December 5, 2014

ASCE’s 1st International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure was held in Long Beach, California, November 6-8, 2014. The conference had many notable highlights and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I was there. This commentary was sparked…Read More >>

December 5, 2014

Today, more than ever, the engineering profession looks to young engineers who can articulate their passion for problem solving and their desire to improve the quality of life. Our nation’s economy increasingly depends, in particular, on…Read More >>

December 5, 2014

Since I became executive director 12 years ago, we have accomplished so much together. I want to thank all of our 147,000 members for your dedication to the profession and focus on protecting the health,…Read More >>

Berthoud as mayor of Golden, Colorado
December 4, 2014

The town of Berthoud, Colorado, about 45 miles north of Denver, is one of several notable landmarks named for Edward L. Berthoud, a railroad engineer who in 1877 located the Colorado Central Railroad in the…Read More >>

December 3, 2014

I recently finished reading Nate Silver’s excellent 2012 book titled, The Signal and the Noise:Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don’t. The book is a must read for aspiring statisticians and anyone who…Read More >>

November 21, 2014

My earlier post in “The Leadership Imperative” considered the fact that many of the challenges facing civil engineering in the 21st century are “back to the future,” in the sense that today’s civil engineer increasingly…Read More >>

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September 21, 2016

Last year, 35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the United States, which averages out to 96 people per day. This represents a 7.2% increase in deaths from 2014, the largest percentage increase since 1966. While Americans drove more in 2015 than 2014 and statistically the more people drive, the more crashes there...


September 20, 2016

Today we added 15 new #GameChangers and two new trends to the repertoire. These projects showcase the power that innovation and investment can have to solve problems and improve our infrastructure. “Rebuilding Stronger” and “Sustainable Solutions” are the new trends we’ve identified that are shaping the way infrastructure is designed, built, and maintained. The projects...


September 16, 2016

Thursday was a big day for water infrastructure. With the passing of WRDA in the Senate, Imagine a Day Without Water could not have fallen on a more fitting day. Yesterday hundreds of organizations across the country, including water agencies, mayors, engineers, schools and business and labor leaders, joined forces to raise public awareness about...


September 15, 2016

In a major victory for ASCE and other infrastructure stakeholders (i.e. everyone!) the Senate on Thursday passed S.2848 the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 in a vote of 95-3. In many ways, passing the bill should be a no-brainer, as WRDA will increase America’s competitiveness by preparing ports and harbors for post-Panama Canal renovation...


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