Dear Members and Friends,

Holiday lights are starting to twinkle in the shops and in our neighborhoods.  With so many demands on our time during this season, it’s important to stop and be appreciative of those who enhance our lives and make our jobs easier. We want to express our sincere thanks to all of you for your support and enthusiasm. The dedication and engagement of our volunteers allows our Society to advance the profession and to make a difference in our world.

This year, as we struggled to adjust to a new economic reality, focusing on priorities became essential.  At ASCE, we have made strides in representing the profession and in moving civil engineering into the future.  Dedicated to taking a leadership role in bringing the outcomes outlined in The Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025 into reality, we concentrated on three strategic initiatives: infrastructure, sustainability and competency.

As we reflect upon the past year, it’s clear that our infrastructure is the foundation of the economic strength and quality of life we enjoy in the United States. Public awareness and regard for civil engineers as the stewards of infrastructure grew in 2010.  Lawmakers are hearing us and quoting us. News organizations are seeking our insights. The ideas and approaches we are proposing are gaining traction. And our continued efforts to bring all parties into the discussion, as in the roundtable discussions held recently in Washington, D.C., and around the country, are helping to define workable solutions.

We are also making inroads in advancing the role of civil engineers as stewards of a sustainable environment. While we have always taken the natural environment into account, “sustainable design” has taken on a much broader meaning. At ASCE, we’re working to redefine sustainable infrastructure design with a focus on incorporating a “triple bottom line” approach that encompasses environmental, social, and economic sustainability. We joined with APWA and ACEC in the development of a new infrastructure sustainability rating system, which is slated for full release in 2011. A pilot was rolled out in October at the annual conference. We will be offering sustainable certification educational programs that will establish an overall context for improved design of infrastructure and will help us assume the leadership role we envision.

With the rapid advances in technology, our world is changing at an astounding pace. We need to prepare the engineers of the future to deal with this complexity.  This year marked the 12th anniversary of the Board of Direction’s approval of Policy Statement 465 – Academic Prerequisites for Licensure and Professional Practice. Our focus on raising the formal educational requirements for licensure is making progress, we are offering more opportunities for post-licensure certification, and our continuing education choices are being enhanced.

ASCE is leading the charge in all of these areas and helping to transform the profession; we appreciate the support and dedication of our members, organizational entities and staff.

We welcome the opportunities and challenges that 2011 will bring as we advance our strategic initiatives and reach toward our vision.  Whether you celebrate here or abroad, the leadership and staff of ASCE wish you and your family a peaceful holiday filled with joy.

Sincerely,

Kathy J. Caldwell, P.E., M.ASCE               Patrick J. Natale, P.E., CAE, F.ASCE
2011 ASCE President                                ASCE Executive Director