The Mears Memorial Bridge in Alaska.
February 3, 2016

January marked the anniversary of the birth of Ralph Modjeski, Polish-born American civil engineer, best known for his distinguished work that spanned two eras of bridge engineering and construction. Modjeski’s superlatives include many early reinforced…Read More >>

February 3, 2016

While he certainly could be excused to take some well-deserved R&R at this point in his career, Rudolph Bonaparte remains more interested in R&D. A passion for research and development has driven Bonaparte throughout his…Read More >>

Bahareh Kokabian recently fulfilled her dream of earning a Ph.D. at Mississippi State University. PHOTO: Bahareh Kokabian
January 29, 2016

Every career is driven by a dream. It’s just that in civil engineering, those dreams tend to be a bit larger than in most professions. ASCE’s Dream Big Contest is celebrating those big dreams, along with the…Read More >>

January 28, 2016

It started with a paper. It spawned a movement. Dan Frangopol took pride in “Life-Cycle Cost Design of Deteriorating Structures,” written with two of his former Ph.D. advisees, Kai-Yung Lin and Allen C. Estes and published…Read More >>

January 28, 2016

Recently a few states have considered doing away with professional licensure. Those pushing the concept that licensure is an unnecessary barrier to employment fail to recognize the crucial role professional licensure plays in protecting the…Read More >>

The Denver Light Rail system is an example of progressive infrastructure, according to Bill Wallace. PHOTO: Jeffrey Beall
January 22, 2016

It’s not difficult to notice that Bill Wallace, ENV SP, M.ASCE, is a man of passion. Listen to him talk for two minutes about the importance of building sustainably in the modern world and it’s…Read More >>

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August 16, 2017

On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order (EO) on infrastructure permitting, titled Presidential Executive Order on Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure. The EO aims to reduce permitting time, which in the past took an average of seven years, and will now be condensed into an average...


August 08, 2017

Public-private partnerships (P3s) are increasingly becoming a recognized and tapped tool in the toolbox to fund infrastructure investments. While the early adopter states have many P3 ventures under their belts, others are still navigating the process of how to structure an effective P3. To help further the conversation, the National Conference of State Legislatures released...


August 01, 2017

It’s been 10 years since a bridge carrying Interstate 35 West over the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145 more. The eight-lane bridge was Minnesota’s third busiest, carrying 140,000 people a day.  Its failure opened many people’s eyes to the danger of taking our infrastructure for granted and led...


July 31, 2017

In an effort to raise the Dams grade, which received a “D” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, ASCE and the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) spent two days on Capitol Hill last week advocating for funding the High Hazard Potential Dam Rehabilitation Program and the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) – programs...


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