2017 ASCE President Norma Jean Mattei playfully wrests the ceremonial gavel from 2016 President Mark Woodson.  Photo by Jim Tkatch for ASCE
October 3, 2016

ASCE members got better acquainted with Norma Jean Mattei, the dedicated civil engineer, teacher, and mother, at the Society’s annual business meeting Friday during the ASCE 2016 Convention in Portland, OR. By the end of the…Read More >>

September 30, 2016

Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, has been busy the past couple of weeks preparing to be ASCE’s new president, but thrilled about what the future holds. “The future that I see is one where…Read More >>

September 30, 2016

With diversity a key theme at the ASCE 2016 Convention in Portland, OR, it was fitting that the Board of Direction meeting, at the outset of Convention week, welcomed the most diverse Board in Society…Read More >>

Frans Johansson delivers his opening keynote at the ASCE 2016 Convention, Sept. 29. Photo by  Jim Tkatch for ASCE
September 30, 2016

Civil engineering and fashion models? Believe or not, there is a connection there. Frans Johansson, the ASCE 2016 Convention opening keynote speaker, challenged attendees Thursday morning during his talk at the opening plenary to combine…Read More >>

September 29, 2016

I enjoy a quote that’s often attributed to Spider-Man, although technically, his uncle Ben said it: “With great power comes great responsibility.” It’s wisdom that is highly applicable to the professional engineer’s license. In my…Read More >>

Convention attendees enter the hall to view a rough cut of Dream Big.
Photo: Jim Tkatch for ASCE
September 29, 2016

The only thing missing was the paparazzi. The ASCE 2016 Convention got underway Wednesday night with a movie-premiere style opening welcome reception worthy of Hollywood’s finest. Members who walked the red carpet of the Oregon…Read More >>

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December 09, 2016

Autonomous vehicles are heralded as the next big thing in transportation—the technology that will change everything. But there’s one part that won’t change: autonomous vehicles will still drive on roads. And as you may have heard, our roads and bridges aren’t in great shape. So far, autonomous vehicles are being tested in select settings. In...


December 07, 2016

Congressional negotiators released a newly rebranded water infrastructure bill this week after months of hashing out differences between their respective Water Resources Development Acts (S.2848 and H.R.5303) that each chamber passed earlier this year. The new bill, dubbed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act or WIIN Act not only includes a traditional Army...


December 05, 2016

This Sunday was the one year anniversary of the signing of the FAST Act, the five-year federal surface transportation authorization. The law authorizes federal funding for highways, bridges, transit systems and railroads. The passage of the FAST Act was a victory for proponents of infrastructure and everyday Americans who use it. It provided a small...


December 02, 2016

With plans for Congress to adjourn at the end of next week, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 is still waiting for final passage. The bill is being conferenced by the House and Senate, which has been making good progress on a compromised bill that incorporates parts of each chamber’s version of WRDA. However,...


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