American Society of Civil Engineers
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Mission: To provide essential value to our members, their careers, our partners and the public by developing leadership, advancing technology, advocating lifelong learning, and promoting the profession.
Leadership: A 28-member Board of Direction governs the Society. The 2004-2005 President is William P. Henry, P.E., F.ASCE. The 2005-2006 President-elect is Dennis R. Martenson, P.E., DEE, F.ASCE. The Executive Director is Patrick J. Natale, P.E., F.ASCE. The Deputy Executive Director is Lawrence H. Roth, P.E., G.E., F.ASCE. The Society comprises over 400 local affiliates, four Younger Member Councils, 230 Student Chapters, 36 Student Clubs and six International Student Groups.
Government Relations: ASCE encourages its local affiliates to support state and local public and governmental affairs activities. The Key Contact Program, with 9,310 members, gives the Society a strong voice in Washington and in state capitals on engineering issues. The Society's federal priority issues for the 109th Congress are clean water, math and science education, natural hazards mitigation and infrastructure security, procurement of professional services, reauthorization of TEA-21 and smart growth/sustainable development. The state priority issues are building codes, infrastructure financing, licensing, procurement of professional services, smart growth, taxation of professional services, tort reform and transportation infrastructure financing.
Public Relations: Through programs such as the Report Card for America’s Infrastructure and national sponsorship of PBS series, such as Building Big™ and Great Projects: The Building of America, ASCE enhances the image of civil engineers and builds public support for better investment in America’s infrastructure. ASCE is engaging the next generation of civil engineers by showcasing young engineering talent through New Faces in Engineering, and by conducting public outreach activities such as Family Festivals. Stories featuring ASCE or civil engineers as experts have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Business Week, U.S. News & World Report, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, The Discovery Channel, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, National Public Radio and NBC Radio.
Professional and Diversity Activities: ASCE addresses a wide variety of issues affecting the professional practice of civil engineering today including licensure, ethics, business practices, career development, community service, leadership and management. The Journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering, the annual CEO Forum, online seminars, the How to Work Effectively with Consulting Engineers manual of practice, and the Peer Review for Public Agency program are some of the resources available to transfer knowledge to the profession. ASCE also developed a series of diversity awareness programs to better serve industry globalization and a growing diverse society. In addition, ASCE sponsors Summer Institutes to introduce students from under-served communities to the opportunities of the civil engineering profession, and has established a Diversity Award Program to recognize those who champion diversity initiatives.
Publications: ASCE is the world’s largest publisher of civil engineering information – producing more than 50,000 pages of technical content each year. The Society publishes the monthly magazine Civil Engineering, a monthly newspaper ASCE News, the quarterly Geo-Strata for the Geo-Institute, an annual ASCE bridges calendar, 30 technical and professional journals (available in print and online), and a variety of books including conference proceedings (available online), committee reports, manuals of practice, standards and monographs under the ASCE Press imprint. The 125,000-entry civil engineering database is available at www.pubs.asce.org, along with many other resources for practicing civil engineers including a complete catalog of ASCE publications.
Conferences and Continuing Education: Informing civil engineers about new innovations in civil engineering, the Society holds 15-20 technical conferences annually, with an average total attendance of 10,000. ASCE’s 2005 annual conference takes place in the Wilshire Grand Hotel, Los Angeles CA, October 27 – 29, 2005. Each year, the Society also offers more than 275 continuing education seminars, workshops, distance learning programs and customized in-company training programs. ASCE offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and/or Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for conferences, seminars and workshops, and most distance learning programs to help professional engineers meet mandatory continuing professional competency requirements in their states.
Educational Activities: ASCE plans, organizes, and conducts activities supporting the formal education process of civil engineers. Recent initiatives include the nationally-acclaimed ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Teaching Workshops that develop college faculty into effective teachers, and the Practitioner and Faculty Advisor Training Workshop that improves the leadership skills of student chapter/club advisors. To provide middle and high school students with an opportunity to learn about civil engineering through a realistic, hands-on design experience, ASCE is the primary sponsor of the fourth annual West Point Bridge Design Contest.
Engineering Programs and Institutes: To ensure safer buildings, water systems, and other civil engineering works, ASCE develops codes and standards that often are adopted by federal, state and local governments. For example, ASCE's national standard for building loads (ASCE 7) is routinely referenced in model building codes. Through ASCE’s Institutes and technical committees, more than 6,200 civil engineers serve on more than 600 national committees that develop technical information disseminated through conferences, books and journals, policies, standards and other services that benefit society and the profession. The Technical Activities Committee (TAC) has 11 Technical Divisions and Councils under its direction. They include Aerospace, Cold Regions, Computing in Civil Engineering, Energy, Engineering Mechanics, Forensics, Geomatics, Lifelines Earthquake Engineering, Disaster Risk Management, Pipelines and Sustainability. ASCE now has seven full-service Institutes created to serve professionals working within specialized fields of civil engineering. They are the Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI), the Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI), the Construction Institute (CI), the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI), the Geo-Institute (GI), the Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) and the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI). The ASCE Critical Infrastructure Response Initiative (CIRI) establishes strategies and guidelines to assess infrastructure vulnerability, identify research and development needs for new approaches to protecting critical infrastructure, develop retrofit designs to mitigate damage from disasters, develop new approaches to design and construction, and improve disaster preparedness and response.
International Influence: To advance civil engineering practices and encourage greater technical knowledge transfer, ASCE pursues collaboration with 66 civil engineering organizations worldwide, and fosters the formation of and participation in regional and worldwide groups including: The Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council (ACECC) which implements the Civil Engineering Conference in the Asian Region (CECAR) every three years; The North American Alliance for Civil Engineering (NAACE) to address the needs of civil engineers in Canada, Mexico and USA; the Union Panamericana de Associaciones de Ingenieros (UPADI) that includes engineering organizations in Latin America; and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO). The Society maintains local affiliates in 25 countries, including 6 international student groups, and serves members in 159 nations.
ASCE Foundation: Established in 1994, the ASCE Foundation’s mission is to generate resources for the civil engineering profession. In its ten year history, it has raised nearly $13 million for ASCE and its affiliates. The Foundation's active fundraising programs include: annual giving, sponsorships, major gifts, awards and scholarships, capital campaigns and planned giving. The Foundation initiated The Civil Engineering Legacy Society to honor members and friends who include ASCE and civil engineering in their estate plans. It also publishes the ASCE Foundation News. In addition, the Foundation owns and operates the property in Reston, Virginia which houses ASCE's World Headquarters. As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, all gifts to the Foundation are used to support civil engineering and are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Civil Engineering Research Foundation: CERF is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, created by ASCE, focused on advancing the design and construction industry through research and innovation. In collaboration with the companies, agencies, academics, and professionals of the planning, design, construction, and maintenance industry, CERF promotes and facilitates the advancing of technology, research, and innovation to improve productivity. CERF operates innovative technology evaluation programs to accelerate the adoption of technology and the deployment of innovation, in all sectors of the natural and built environment.
Budget: The total budget for ASCE and its affiliates is $50.0 million for FY 2005. Publication sales and advertising generate 36 percent of the Society's income. Dues represent 34 percent. The balance comes from conventions, conferences, exhibits, continuing education, seminars, affinity programs, and special project grants. ASCE is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Offices: ASCE’s World Headquarters is located at 1801 Alexander Bell Dr., Reston, Va. 20191-4400; toll free: 800-548-ASCE (2723); international: 703-295-6000; fax: 703-295-6222. The ASCE Foundation can be reached by phone at 703-295-6342, by fax at 703-295-6343, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. CERF can be reached by phone at 703-295-6314 or by fax at 703-295-6315. The Society's government relations office can be reached by phone at 202-204-2500, or by email at email@example.com. Visit the Society on the web at www.asce.org.
Jobs: Civil engineering jobs are expected to increase 8 between 2002 and 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Salaries: Due to the new partnership between the American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers, the 2004 Engineering Income and Salary Survey was unable to provide comparisons to previous year’s surveys. Using April 2004 data, average salaries of civil engineers by region are: New England—$71,000, Mid-Atlantic—$78,000, Middle Southeast—$73,560, Lower Southeast—$72,500, Great Lakes—$69,113, Central Plains—$71,000, South Central— $76,500, Upper Mountain—$64,750, Lower Mountain—$67,300, Pacific Northwest—$72,000 and Pacific Southwest—$80,000.